VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 15 April 14, 2021

Important VRPS Leadership Opportunities Available – Deadline 4/16!
The Virginia Recreation and Park Society Nominations and Elections Committee is soliciting suggestions/nominations of individual members to be considered for the elections slate for three professional positions on the 2022-2024 Board of Directors. The committee is also encouraging individuals interested in being considered for the slate to submit their names and qualifications for consideration. These opportunities consist of a three-year commitment to serve on the VRPS Board of Directors.
It must be understood that just because someone is recommended or self-recommends does not  automatically mean they will be chosen by the Nominations and Elections Committee to be on the  ballot. It is also important for all prospective Board members to understand that their term is for three  years and that they potentially could be nominated by another Board member and subsequently elected  by the Board to serve as the VRPS President anytime during their three-year term.
All candidates who are recommended for consideration or individuals wishing to be considered for the  slate are required to submit  a resume listing their qualifications, and a brief  narrative (no more than 100 words) summarizing what they can provide to the Board, specific goals they  may have, their specific involvement in VRPS, and the vision they have for the future for the Society. The narratives submitted for consideration will be used on the ballot for the selected candidates. All of this information is required to be received at nominations@vrps.com by April 16, 2021. To learn more about the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, individuals are encouraged to review the Bylaws and/or Manual of Procedures on the Society’s website (www.vrps.com).
Criteria for Consideration for Nomination to the VRPS Board of Directors:
1. Available to fulfill the responsibilities and time commitment as a Board Member.
2. Knowledge of the history of the organization.
3. Sense of vision for the future of the Society
4. Past service to the Society and the profession.
5. Must be a current member of the Society who is eligible to vote.
Junious “Bubba” Joyner, Jr. Passes
March 31, 1944 – April 6, 2021
Bubba was an Army Veteran with a love for the outdoors. His passion led him to be the Park Foreman for Nike Park in Smithfield, Virginia for many years. He later began working at Franklin Public Works as a Maintenance Supervisor, retiring in 2005. After retiring, his love for children led him to work with the public schools of Franklin and Isle of Wight as a dedicated bus driver. Beloved by the community, Bubba was known as the ultimate outdoorsman, both in hunting and fishing. He loved to expose others to the great outdoors, especially youths, teaching them to hunt and fish.
A Drive-in Celebration of Life was held 1pm Sunday, April 11, 2021
Full obituary and guestbook HERE
Aquatics Resource Group
Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG) Spring Roundtable
Join SEMRG on Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m. for the second roundtable of the year!
We’ve selected a few hand-picked agencies to share about their recent virtual, hybrid or in-person events, and will provide details on the good, the bad and lessons learned. Following the presentation, there will be time for an open discussion and idea sharing. Register TODAY for this special Zoom meeting: https://tinyurl.com/SEMRGApril. Note: if you plan to attend and want to highlight a unique event from your agency during the session, please let us know by Friday, April 16, Noon. Email: SEMRGVRPS@GMAIL.COM with the event name, and the event’s pros, cons and lessons learned!
Senior Resource Group
Apply for SRAE Small Project Funds
The Virginia Department of Health is soliciting applications for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) small projects. These projects will have a timeline of 3-4 months, and organizations can request between $5,000-$25,000 to serve young people between the ages of 10-19 during this time frame. Funds will need to follow the guidelines of the Federal SRAE Program, and be focused in one or more of the following topic areas:
  • Self-regulation
  • Goal setting
  • Healthy decision-making
  • A focus on the future
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dating violence
  • Substance use
Organizations are encouraged to be creative with the format of interventions, and should focus on providing support to young people during the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. More information can be found in the RFA.
Questions can be directed to Maddie Kapur, Adolescent Health Coordinator, at madeline.kapur@vdh.virginia.gov. Organizations who already receive SRAE funding should reach out before applying.
For details on award categories, review the Eligibility and Selection Criteria.
  • Please embed pdf high-quality photos (300 dpi minimum).
  • Nominations for individual awards must include one photo of the nominee.
  • For all other awards, please include at least one (two preferably) with each entry. Include at least one before and one after photo in the renovation categories
Are You a Member of the Foundation of VRPS?
Not sure? Check out the Foundation Membership LIst here on vrps.com!
Support your peers and the future of parks and recreation while offering educational scholarships and opportunities through your membership.
Grant Opportunity for Parks and Rec Projects
Application Deadline April 16, 2021
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is making $1.13 million available for grants that connect more Virginians to public open space. Grants may be used by local governments to acquire land, rights of way, lease agreements, easements, or other real estate interests that create, improve, or expand public access to parks, trails, and other outdoor resources. There is also funding available for infrastructure and planning. Visit https://www.vof.org/2021/03/01/vof-seeks-grant-proposals-for-public-open-space-projects/ for details.
PORG News – VSTMA Field Day
June 9th, 2021
Warhill Sports Complex
5800 Warhill Trail
Williamsburg, VA
Go to vstma.org for more information or to register!
Click on the flyer to view
2021 Annual Conference Delegate Registration
Register by 6/30/2021 to save!
FULL registration includes:
All educational sessions
Monday Exhibit Hall Lunch
Sunday Keynote Banquet
Tuesday Business Meeting
Tuesday Awards Ceremony
All Socials
SUNDAY registration includes:
JMU Facility Tour
Education Sessions
VRPS Service Area Meetings
MONDAY registration includes:
Education sessions
VRPS Resource Group Meetings
Exhibit Hall Lunch
TUESDAY registration includes:
Education sessions
Business Meeting
Awards Ceremony
STUDENT registration includes:
All educational sessions
(Exhibit Hall, Socials and Meal Functions are not included)
Registration does NOT INCLUDE CEUs, which are available for purchase.
Speaker Submissions for Annual Conference 2021
The Virginia Recreation and Parks Society is seeking dynamic speakers to lead educational sessions to be presented at the 2021 VRPS Annual Conference. The Conference will be held October 24-26, 2021 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, VA. If you have a passion for sharing your knowledge, apply today.
VRPS Annual Conference participants represent a broad spectrum of professionals from college students to executive-level Administrators. Attendees come from a variety of communities and programs, so their perspectives and challenges vary greatly. This opportunity provides interested speakers the chance to share your expertise and ideas with other park and recreation professionals to benefit our profession.
Are you interested in speaking alone? Perhaps you have other colleagues whom you would prefer to join?? Session formats may include single speakers, interactive, hands-on, and panel presentations. Session types are available in one-hour or two-hour session slots (a maximum of 2 speakers for one-hour and 4 speakers for two-hour sessions).
The deadline to submit your proposal is June 15, 2021. Submission requirements can be found online by visiting www.vrps.com. If you need assistance, please contact Education Co-Chairs Tom Hoy (tom.hoy1961@icloud.com), Stacy Herbaugh (sherbaug@fcva.us), or CEU Coordinator Nicole Gray (Nicole.gray@harrisonburgva.gov).
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)
Job Opportunities
  • Organizations: post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals: search for openings