VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 24 June 16, 2021

Message from the President
VRPS 2021: RE-Set…RE-Build!
Hello VRPS Members & Leaders,
Summer is here and it’s the season when parks and recreation shines the brightest…welcome all new members, joining the Society for the first time! Busy it may be, with 100’s of summer camps and countless visits to our pools, beaches, and parks and recreation centers, however the benefits to our communities outweigh it all. July is approaching and is national Parks & Recreation month (#OurParkAndRecStory). What are you doing to highlight the great service to your community and the great staff that make it happen? All of you…staff, volunteers, partners, sponsors and families across our beautiful state of Virginia are “Our Park and Rec Story.” In case you didn’t know, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has declared Friday, July 16 Park and Recreation Professional Day, “a day to honor all the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the high-quality programs and infrastructure we desire and expect in our parks and public spaces.” CELEBRATE your team and share your “Park and Rec Story” through pictures and social media posts with us on Facebook (VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Parks Society)!
Top President’s Picks:
·       The discounted EARLY BIRD registration deadline is soon approaching on June 30 for the in-person VRPS Annual Conference 2021 in Harrisonburg, VA, October 24-26! Register Early and Save! Choose the special “Bill Me” option, which allows you to reserve your registration at the discounted price and pay later if your department’s funding isn’t available until after June 30.
·        The REAL Talk Summer Series: there are still educational sessions left and time to Register. This new training will ignite conversations about P&R hot topics and trends and further educate and engage you with other parks & recreation professionals. ($25/webinar or $99 for the bundle)
Remaining REAL Talk Webinars:
  • July 13: Marketing for Seasonal Recruitment…Snapchat, Instagram and more!
  • August 10: TR, Inclusion, ADA Oh My!…What You Need to Know!
  • September 14: The Trans Community Enjoys Recreation Too: Gender Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
·        Organizational Updates:
  • Proposed VRPS Board Structure Changes: Due to a recent Board vacancy and the approaching departure of the current VRPS Executive Director, the Board is recommending to streamline our current board structure in alignment with industry standards for parks and recreation associations. Currently there is an 11-member Board inclusive of nine state-wide members, one lay member and the VRPS Executive Director as a voting member. The new structure would reduce the Board size to nine total members inclusive of eight at-large Board members and one lay member; the new Executive Director would attend meetings, but not be a voting member. A smaller Board size will result in greater efficiency and decision-making on the behalf of VRPS members. This recommendation will require changes to the VRPS Board bylaws, which will proposed at the next Board meeting on July 15.
Stay connected and in the KNOW through E-updates, Facebook (“LIKE” our page: VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Parks Society) and the website.
Arlana Fauntleroy
2021 VRPS President
Cast Your Ballots Now !
2022 VRPS Board of Directors and Service Area/Resource Group Board Ballots
All ballots for 2022 Service Area and Resource Group boards as well as the VRPS Board of Directors CLOSE 7/6.
  • Only individuals with voting membership types are eligible to vote: Professional with Agency, Professional, Retired, Life, and College/University Representatives.
  • Individuals may cast only one vote per ballot.
  • Individuals may vote for only one Service Area, determined by the geographic location in which they are employed or reside.  Click here for a Service Area map.
  • Write-in candidates are permissible.
List of Ballots:
Eastern Service Area News
Summer Survival – Virtually train your staff as they prepare for summer camps!
To register multiple people for Summer Survival: One individual will login at vrps.com and put the event in their shopping cart once per attendee, changing the badge name each time. When all are registered, select “Bill Me” at check-out and submit. To make payment by credit card, go to “My Transactions” on the VRPS Home page to access the bill. If payment will be made by check, email lori@vrps.com for an invoice. The individual who completed the registration will receive the Zoom links by email prior to the sessions, to share with the people they registered.
More details on these events can be found on the Eastern Service Area webpage HERE.
CPSI and Playground Maintenance Courses: In-Person This Fall!
Early Bird Rate Deadline is 7/31/2021
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. You can also visit our website here for the latest updates, too!
Save $10 per award nomination through June 30th!
For details on award categories, review the Eligibility and Selection Criteria.
Annual Conference Corner
Visit the 2021 VRPS Annual Conference Webpage HERE
Exhibit Hall
Monday, October 25th, 2021
12 PM – 6 PM
Going to the NRPA 2021 Conference?
September 21 – 23, 2021
Virginia Hotel Block information HERE
Coming Soon! Kings Dominion Good Any Day Tickets!
More information, including ticket types and updated order forms , will be available on the VRPS Ticket Webpage.
To participate as a Consignment Ticket Agency, complete and submit a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form“. Ticket order forms will be available soon!
See King Dominion’s ad below