VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 47 November 18th, 2020

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 47
November 18th, 2020
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Register now for the ARG Symposium! 
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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Educational Sessions:  
Session 1: Drowning Prevention Technology (via Pectora)
Session 2: Aquatic Litigation (via Pectora)
Session 3: Resiliency/Managing Change (via GoTo Webinar)
Panel Session: Overcoming COVID Challenges in Aquatics (via GoTo Webinar)

All sessions included in your registration.
CEU’s available for purchase when you register. 
More information on the ARG web page HERE
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2021 VRPS Management Conference

2020/21 Leadership Training Institute – April 26-28, 2021

As many have quoted before, we might not be able to control the wind, but we can always adjust our sail…
Like many this year, due to various protocols and travel restrictions still in place across the state, LTI has had to adjust their sails and change direction. With the health and safety of our delegates at the forefront, LTI will be going virtual.    
Although it may look a little different this time, LTI will still bring dynamic speakers, interactive sessions, and opportunities for networking.
Adding to the LTI experience this year, 5 preconference sessions are being included throughout the 6 months leading up to the Institute. Please visit the LTI webpage  for more information on dates, times and topic sessions.
Why choose LTI?
  • Proven Career Advancement – over 90% of Directors and Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI
  • Flexible Setting -while LTI (usually) takes place at Wintergreen Resort and utilizes mountain top housing and amenities – this year, you can enjoy LTI from the comfort of your home or office
  • Fun Educational Sessions – LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive and educational games, activities and presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you (activities will still be interactive, just from afar)
  • Networking Opportunities – meet other professionals from around the state to make lasting relationships, share ideas, improve your self confidence and begin forming a support group to last throughout your career
  • CEU’s – Earn CEU’s to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified (the preconference sessions will give you additional opportunities to earn CEUs) which are included in the registration fee
It’s not too late to join – Register HERE
Deadline to register: April 9, 2021.
2021 Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Registration
Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Exhibit Hall Hours:
  • Monday, October 25, 12pm – 6pm
Other promotions available:
  • Conference App Ad
  • Exhibit Hall Aisle Signage
  • Exhibit Hall Center Stage
  • Registration Packet Stuffer
  • Tabletop Brochure Placement
Register Online (after logging in)
2020-21 Virginia Tech School of Turfgrass Ecology
School goals: VT-STEM serves as an introductory course detailing the principles in environmentally responsible turfgrass ecology and management for all segments of the turfgrass industry and is suitable for managers that grow either cool- or warm-season turfgrasses. The school provides an inexpensive virtual opportunity for students desiring a better understanding of the principles of turfgrass management to formally engage with the faculty and staff of the VT Turfgrass Team, and prepare to become a VT Certified Turfgrass Professional.
Contacts: Dr. Michael ‘Mike’ Goatley Jr.,
Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, goatley@vt.edu; Whitnee Askew, Turfgrass Program Manager, waskew@vt.edu; Mr. Jordan Booth, CGCS, Research Specialist, VT-Independence Golf Club, jordanbooth@vt.edu
How to enroll: Online enrollment is available at https://tinyurl.com/VT-Turfgrass-School from November 1 thru December 18. The cost is $515 per student.
Regional Public Recreation Survey
Parks and Recreation professionals, please take a moment to complete and share this regional public recreation survey. The survey is available to anyone who lives in Virginia, and provides useful information about the activities and desires of outdoor recreation for all Virginians. Reports on this crowd-sourced survey will be included in the 2023 Virginia Outdoors Plan which is the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
Please note: This survey DOES NOT take the place of the  Virginia Outdoors Demand Survey that is conducted every 5 years.  Rather, due to the pandemic, we are not having in person regional meetings but the public still needs to be represented and their voice counted.
VRPS Health and Fitness Specialty Resource Group Update

The VRPS Health & Wellness Specialty Resource Group will hold their next meeting on Thursday, December 3rd at 10 a.m.  Past discussion topics include enhanced cleaning practices, mask policies, and professional development. This group is suitable for facility managers, fitness programmers, and any recreation professionals who would like to expand their current offerings to include health and wellness programming and services.  We are a group of people striving to serve our communities and improve the health and wellness of all Virginians.

Email Julie Frederickson julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information, or to submit a topic of discussion for upcoming meetings.

Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG)
Stay connected with us! To make sure you don’t miss out on important updates for quarterly meetings, socials and more – join our group SEMRG VRPS on Facebook. For instructions on how to update your VRPS profile and join our e-Blast list, click here. If you have any questions or suggestions for SEMRG, contact Joy Johnson at  joy.johnson@jamescitycountyva.gov 
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