VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 5 January 29, 2020

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VRPS E-Update:   Vol 17 No 5
January 29, 2020
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  • Site security
  • Great photos and graphics
  • Logical placement of key information
  • The ability to search on any page!
  • An updated Career Center
  • “Members Only ” menu item that includes:
    • Board Meeting Archive
    • All Publications
    • Legislation News
    • Webinars
    • Documents and Forms
Please join VRPS Central Office for a webpage management training via GoToMeeting.
2020 VRPS and Foundation of VRPS Officers
Ned Cheely, CPRP, is the newly elected President of the Foundation of VRPS for 2020. Ned joined the Foundation in 2019. He retired from the recreation profession in 2009 after 37 years as director in Shenandoah, Frederick, and James City Counties. He was VRPS President in 1986 and is a Fellows Award recipient (1996). He chaired approximately six VRPS Annual Conferences and served on the VRPS Board for 30+ years. He also served on the NRPA southern regional council for a number of years.
Darrell R. Crittendon, CPRP, Director of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space is the newly elected Treasurer of the Foundation of VRPS. Darrell joined the Foundation board in April, 2018 and served as Treasurer in 2019 as well. Darrell has been a parks and recreation professional for thirty years and has been Director in Norfolk for thirteen years. Prior to Norfolk, he served as the City of Durham Parks and Recreation (Director), Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism (Administrator of Recreation Operations), and Charles City County Parks and Recreation (Director). He is a two-time VRPS President (2003 and 2011), Fellow Award recipient (2009), and 2020 Annual Conference Committee Chair.
Dan Smith, CPRP, is the new Board of VRPS President for 2020. Dan is the Deputy Director for Hanover County Parks and Recreation. He joined the VRPS Board in 2018. He is the co-founder of the Parks Operation Resource Group and has also played committee roles for Annual Conference and Virginia Senior Games. Dan has been a parks and recreation professional in Virginia for over 28 years, performing in a variety of roles with Virginia State Parks, James City County Parks and Recreation, and Hanover. He takes great pride in the fact that he has worked in nearly every area of parks and recreation: administration, parks, recreation (all areas and ages), project management, maintenance, park law enforcement, and centers.
Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP is the newly elected VRPS Vice President for 2020. Arlana is Recreation Administrator with James City County Parks and Recreation and a highly active and engaged VRPS member. With over 25 years of leadership and advocacy experience, she has served the Board of Directors since 2017, Certification/Annual Conference Committees, Eastern Service Area and liaison to various resource groups and service areas.
Jane Shelhorse, Director of Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events, is the newly elected 2020 VRPS Treasurer.   Jane has served as Director in both Louisa County and Fredericksburg. She has been active with VRPS throughout her career, serving in leadership roles for the Central Service Area and on the LTI Board for 10 years.  She also served as Treasurer for the VRPS Board in 2019 and is the Liaison for the Senior Resource Group and Professional Education. She received the VRPS Distinguished Service Award in 2001.
Amanda Walker, a managing partner at Patdart LP, rounds out the VRPS Executive Committee as the VRPS Lay Member.  Through Amanda’s consulting business, she has worked with various VRPS boards over the past twenty years and has twice facilitated the VRPS Strategic Plan.  Amanda was referred to VRPS by Dr. Wally Johnston, a former VRPS lay trustee.
2020 Leadership Training Institute – Limited Spots Remaining
Why LTI?
  • Proven Career Advancement – 90% of Directors and Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI
  • Beautiful Setting – LTI takes place at Wintergreen Resort and utilizes mountain top housing and amenities
  • Fun Educational Sessions – LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive and educational games, activities and presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you
  • 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
NOTE:  LTI is limited to 65 registrants.  Unpaid registrants will be placed on the waiting list.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training Opportunity

NRPA is offering training scholarships for park and recreational professionals to participate in a   National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) , which certifies professionals to properly build, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure practices. The training is being held in Atlanta, GA on May 11-14, 2020 and interested professionals are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the training opportunity and to apply, please click here

Young Professionals Community
Network Focus: The Young Professional Community (YPC) is designed to inspire and engage members of the recreation profession under the age of 35 (of course all ages are welcome to be involved) to become active members of Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, grow and maintain their professional network, share ideas along with asking questions to the group, and discover the benefits of professional development.
For more information about the YPC, please join the group on Facebook at VRPS Young Professional Community group. If you have any questions or have additional information to share, contact Roberto Ramos at rramos@vbgov.com.
Publication Online Archives and Submission Deadlines
Click to view the latest VRPS President’s Newsletter
Submit your content for the
  • February  VRPS Parks & Recreation magazine to magazine editor Amy-Jo Hendrix by January 31.
If you would like to place an advertisement, please review the Advertising Pricing and Publication schedule and contact vrps@vrps.com .
To view previous VRPS publications, follow the links below  – you must login to the website and be recognized as a VRPS member to see the archives:
Please take note of the following deadlines in regards to submitting content for the VRPS publications:
Hands-On Athletic Fields Workshop
A Great Hands-On Approach while earning .2 CEUs!
  • basics in agronomic and cultural programs
  • what is available in the world of herbicides and precautions to consider when using them on trafficked turf.

Monday, March 16, 2020:  Virginia Tech

Tuesday, March 17, 2020:  Chesapeake

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:  Henrico

Thursday, March 19, 2020:  Loudoun


2020 VSG Registration is Open
  • Competition Dates:  Tuesday, May 12 – Saturday, May 16
  • Early registration deadline is February 29, 2020 – registrants save $10.
  • Registration deadline is April 15, 2020.
  • No refunds.
  • Visit www.virginiaseniorgames.org for more information.
  • Registration is online:
Agencies may request Registration Books for their facilities by contacting vrps@vrps.com.
NEW:  Playground Maintenance Instruction Course
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

Newport News, March 3, 2020

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
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
Newport News, March 4-6, 2020
Online Registration – Early registration rate ends 12/31/2019.
2020 ESA Summer Survival
Summer Survival 2020 offers recreation leaders and supervisors the tools to survive summer.  Topics include therapeutics, team building, fitness, customer service, and more.
ESA will also offer a 50/50 raffle and prize raffle anyone can be a part of for just $1.00 per ticket.
  • June 6, 2020
  • 8:30am-3pm
  • Denbigh Community Center, Newport News, VA
  • T-Shirts provided
  • Lunch provided
  • Online Registration
Please bring note taking materials and dress comfortably – no sandles, boots, high heels, or shoes in which you can not run.
Interested in speaking?  Please contact Roberto Ramos.
2020 Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Registration
Norfolk Marriott Waterside
Exhibit Hall Hours:
  • Sunday, October 4, 4-6pm
  • Monday, October 5, 11am-1pm
Other promotions available:
  • Conference App Ad
  • Exhibit Hall Aisle Signage
  • Exhibit Hall Center Stage
  • Registration Packet Stuffer
  • Tabletop Brochure Placement
Register Online – Early Deadline 1/31/2020
Planning a VRPS Workshop or Function?
VRPS Logo Blocks Left to Right
Here’s a checklist to help:
  1. Plan your event.  Use your VRPS liaison for questions and consultation.
  2. Prepare your event flyers/brochures.
  3. Update your webpage with event content, including your flyers.  Each Service Area and Resource group has an identified contact person who is responsible for managing the webpage.
  4. Add your event to the VRPS calendar; your VRPS website manager can do this as well.
  5. Complete your CEU Session Proposal Form, if pertinent, and submit it through the online form.
  6. Complete and submit your VRPS online registration setup request.    Keep in mind that if you are offering CEUs, a portion of each registration fee will go to the CEU Committee, depending on the registration period:  $10 early, $15 regular, $20 late.
  7. Submit your Eupdate event promotion block to vrps@vrps.com.  Eupdate deadline is COB Fridays.  Please include graphics in picture format (.JPG or .PNG preferred).
  8. Send “fresh” content for your event weekly to vrps@vrps.com to run in subsequent weeks.
2020 Annual Conference Seeks Speaker Proposals
Submit your proposal online by April 15, 2020.
Topic Areas include:
  • Administration
  • Aquatics
  • Career Development
  • Customer Service
  • Facilities
  • Funding
  • Human Resources
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership/Management
  • Marketing
  • Park Resources
  • Programming
  • Research Based Best Practices
  • Special Events
  • Technology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
NEW:  Session Proposals can be saved and completed later – there will be a link at the bottom of the submission form page.  HOWEVER:
  1. Speakers must save the link they are provided to use in order to resume their submission at a later time.  VRPS will not have this link!
  2. The link is good for thirty days.
  3. Attached files will not be saved within the form until it is submitted.
2020 Annual Conference Delegate Registration
Register by 5/31/2020 and save.
FULL  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions Sunday – Tuesday
  • Saturday Welcome Social
  • Sunday Social
  • Sunday Exhibit Evening Reception
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Monday Awards Banquet Dinner
  • Monday Social
SUNDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Opening Session/Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibit Hall Evening Reception
MONDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Luncheon
TUESDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
STUDENT  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Does NOT include Socials or Banquet

Registration does NOT INCLUDE CEUs which are available for additional pre-purchase.

Apply for a Scholarship – Deadline 5/31/2020
Submit an Award Nomination – Deadline 6/30/2020
Don’t forget, if you chose “Bill Me”, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.