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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 49
December 2, 2020
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2021 VRPS Leadership Orientation
SAVE THE DATE and EARN .1 CEU!
  • 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:
New Director for Town of Warrenton

The Town of Warrenton is pleased to announce that Thomas (Tommy) Cureton has been selected as the Town’s new Director of Parks and Recreation.

Tommy started his career with the City of Manassas Park as an Athletics Specialist. He then spent two years working for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services as a Youth Sports Specialist for Camps and Clinics. Following his time with Loudoun County, he spent eight years with Headquarters for the United States Marine Corps, the last four years as a Section Head for Fitness, Aquatics, and Sports developing policy and procedures to guide the section’s operations and monitoring program standards across 18 Marine Corps installations. Most recently, he served as Division Manager-Recreation Centers for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. He led a large team of full-time and part-time staff across two recreation centers and one indoor aquatic facility.
Tommy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education-Sport Management with a Minor in Business, and a Master of Science in Recreation and Facility Administration from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN). Tommy is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), is a Certified Program Planner through Learning Resources Network and is a member of both the NRPA and Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. He lives in Bealeton with his wife Sarah and two children and has a passion for the community and Fauquier County as a whole.  He enjoys camping/hiking, trail running, and being physically active.
2021 VRPS Management Conference
 
Covid Relief Fund
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!
Virtual Playground Maintenance Instruction Course – 2021
 
PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PLAYGROUND HAZARDS
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
NPSI
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
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.

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.
 
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
 
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