VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 48 November 25th, 2020

Your VRPS Membership affords you this member-only publication.  Thanks for your support!

VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 48
November 25th, 2020
Like us on Facebook
Visit our blog
Covid Relief Fund
On Monday, VRPS members received a special message from Ned Cheely, President of the Foundation, and Dan Smith, VRPS President, regarding the Covid Relief Fund.
If you would like to contribute, just go to the Foundation page on the VRPS website, https://www.vrps.com/foundation/  and click on the “Create a Legacy” Tree. That will take you to the Online Store. The drop-down box that displays “Membership” can be changed to search for “Donation”. The Foundation General Donation – Covid Relief” is one of the items in the store.  Thanks to any and all supporters!

A Message from the President

To all our members,
It is my pleasure to announce that at the VRPS Board meeting on 11/19/20,  the Board elected our 2021 President, Arlana Fauntleroy.  Arlana has been a member and leader in VRPS for over 20 years and was this year’s Vice President to the Society and an integral part of the team that has kept VRPS operating in this very trying year.
Members should know that VRPS is on sound financial ground and has a plan going forward for this year.  More details about next year’s budget and transition plans will be featured in the next Newsletter in December.  Starting December 11th, until his departure in March 2021, Jim Stutts will only attend weekly meetings with VRPS staff and the President.  For 2021, please direct your communication to the VRPS office or email vrps@vrps.com. In the short term, the Society will be operating with one staff member and utilizing Board members and volunteers from the Society to continue normal operations. The transition team is continuing to work on the process for long-term transition of the Society and will be looking at what changes the Society will make going forward.
Please stay safe and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday with (as the governor recommends) your immediate family. .
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society


 Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP
James City County Parks & Recreation
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the VRPS Board of Directors elected and swore in Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP, as the VRPS President for 2021. Arlana has been highly active and engaged in VRPS since 2000. She has served as Past Chair of Annual Conference Committees and the Eastern Service Area and liaison to several resource groups and service areas. She is currently the 2020 Board of Directors Vice President and serves on the Professional Education & Certification Committee and as the liaison to various groups.
Arlana is the Recreation Services Administrator for James City County Parks & Recreation and a graduate of Old Dominion University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies and Master of Public Administration. She leads a Division comprised of 20 full-time staff and numerous part-time staff and volunteers, while guiding the comprehensive programming, budget development, strategic planning, marketing and evaluation of 10 program areas: youth, teens, seniors, neighborhood outreach, inclusion, therapeutic recreation, special events, special interests, sports and outdoors. With over 25 years of leadership and advocacy experience, her strongest attributes are her commitment, accountability and working seamlessly with diverse groups. In partnership with our members, her high energy, integrity, excellent organizational skills and creative strategies will lead our Society forward.
Her one-year term as President will begin January 1, 2021.
Other 2021 VRPS Board members include:
  • Justin Bullock, CPRP, Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Dean Crane, CPRP, Blacksburg Parks and Recreation
  • Kat Fish, Prince William County Parks and Recreation
  • Aaron Reidmiller, CPRP, Hopewell Recreation & Parks
  • Jane Shelhorse, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities
  • Dan Smith, CPRP, Hanover Parks & Recreation
  • Matt Spruill, CPRP, Colonial Heights Recreation and Parks
  • Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE, Virginia Recreation and Park Society
  • Kim Turner, CPRP, CTRS, New Kent County Parks and Recreation
  • Amanda Walker, Lay Member
Register now for the ARG Symposium! 
See flyer here!.
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
Register HERE after logging in.
Sponsored by:

2021 VRPS Leadership Orientation
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 1 – 3 pm
  • President Elect Arlana Fauntleroy will conduct the training session via Zoom. This is for all leaders in service areas, resource groups, board members, foundation members, educational conference committee members and anyone that is interested in getting involved with VRPS leadership.  More information will be coming soon.
  • .1 CEU available for $10
  • LOGIN and REGISTER NOW!  Obviously, as leaders, it is important that your membership be valid throughout the course of your term. This registration is limited to VRPS members. Contact vrps@vrps.com if you need assistance with renewing your membership.
Service Area/Resource Group ToDo’s:

2021 VRPS Management Conference
Virtual Playground Maintenance Instruction Course – 2021
The National Recreation and Park Association’s Playground Maintenance Course will provide an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices. This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items
Why Attend?
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.
  • Poor maintenance is one of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.
Who Should Attend?
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Recreation Staff
  • University Seniors
  • Anyone Responsible for Playgrounds
Virtual Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
March 3, 2021
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
With the safety of both professionals and instructors in mind, NRPA is offering a virtual CPSI Blended Learning Course this Spring. . The course will be comprised of 12 hours of independent online learning, followed by 4 hours of a live Virtual Training Session by ZOOM with an instructor.
Examinations will be completed via computer-based examination at PSI Professional Testing sites upon completion of the CPSI Online Learning Course and CPSI Virtual Learning Session.
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.  Invest in Certification:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA‘s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety

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 
Fall Virginia Parks & Recreation Magazine
Featuring Awards and News from Around the State!
Now available on vrps.com:
To view VRPS publications, follow the links below  – you must login to the website and be recognized as a VRPS member to see the archives:
Job Opportunities
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
Virginia Recreation and Park Society, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111