VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 18 May 5, 2021

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George Sachs, MCC Executive Director, Retiring
McLean Community Center (MCC) Executive Director George Sachs is announcing his retirement effective Friday, May 7, 2021. At the time of his retirement, Sachs will have served as the executive director at MCC for 11 years (2010-2021).
Sachs’ career in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services profession started in 1974, when he was hired as a Recreation Specialist with the Fairfax County Department of Recreation. He later was hired by the Fairfax County Park Authority and opened the first RECenter at Wakefield Park, now named Audrey Moore RECenter. He left the county in 1982 to open the new Fieldhouse Sports Complex at George Mason University and managed the university’s recreation and sports facilities. While there, he also became an adjunct professor for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services. In 1991, he was hired as the Deputy Director of MCC under Executive Director Page Shelp. Four years later, he moved to South Carolina, where he owned and operated what grew to be a chain of five recreation, health and fitness centers.
Sachs returned to Fairfax County in 2009 and was hired to manage MCC’s Old Firehouse Teen Center. A year later, the MCC Governing Board appointed him the community center’s new Executive Director.
Best wishes on your retirement, George!
Patrick Nalley Named Amherst Co. Director of Recreation, Tourism and Cultural Development
Mr. Nalley’s job will include planning, organizing, and overseeing recreation and cultural development programs for Amherst County’s residents and visitors.
Patrick has a Master’s in Sports Administration from Arkansas State University and is currently working toward his Doctorate in Public Administration from West Chester University. His previous experience includes three years as a Parks and Recreation Director for Peyton, Colorado, and twelve years as a swimming coach and aquatics facilities manager for multiple organizations.
Patrick is excited to start working for Amherst County and looks forward to bringing new ideas and activities to the Department.
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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.
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).
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