VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No 3 January 20, 2021

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 18 No 3
January 20, 2021
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New to Zoom or a Zoom Beginner?
As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of online meeting tools like Zoom have become a necessary and useful resource for us to continue to offer programs, trainings, and meetings. The team at Zoom has put together some great training resources that are FREE to its users and we have made them available on the VRPS website. Simply log-in with your VRPS credentials and visit the Documents & Forms link in the Members Only section. Under Tools & Resources you will see the link under Leaders Toolkit or you can visit the link here.
There are very useful trainings in these main areas:

Getting Started

Zoom Meetings (Advanced)

Zoom Webinars

Zoom Rooms

Whether you are new to Zoom, a Zoom beginner, or consider yourself an expert, these trainings walk you through how to set-up and run Zoom meetings, webinars, and more! There are many helpful resources for remote working, educating over Zoom, and more.
Planning a VRPS Meeting or Workshop and need Zoom?
VRPS has purchased a Zoom account that can be used to host your function. Please contact Lori at the VRPS office, vrps@vrps.com, to schedule Zoom meetings.
Keeping VRPS Members Up-To-Date
On January 14th, Governor Northam and the Virginia Emergency Support Team provided updates on the Commonwealth’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and the vaccination program. Eldon James has provided us with a summary of this briefing, that you can download HERE.
2021 VRPS Management Conference
Register today – Early Bird Discount ends January 22nd!
Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG)
SEMRG Virtual Roundtable is today at 10 a.m. (details below)!
In the event world, you always plan for different scenarios, but WOW, 2020 made us plan in a whole new way! Join us as we discuss some modified event plans that occurred in 2020, and see how those plans and ideas may work in your community as we navigate through 2021.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to SEMRGVRPS@GMAIL.COM or on our Facebook group here  – thank you!
Virtual Playground Maintenance Instruction Course – 2021
Held via ZOOM, March 2, 2021
8:30 am- 4 pm

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
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
Welcome back, Marlie!
Marlie Creasey-Smith has returned to Virginia, joining Chesterfield County as the Assistant Director of Recreation under the direction of Parks and Recreation Director, Bob Smet. Marlie has a wide range of experience, having most recently served as the Director and Deputy of Greenville Parks and Recreation, and previously serving as the Park Coordinator for James City County and as Park Operations Manager for the City of Richmond.  In addition, Marlie spent almost six years as the program director of the 4-H Educational Center in Jamestown, VA.
Marlie holds a Masters of Natural Resources degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Tourism from ODU.  She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – Patagonia, Chile, Oglebay’s Park Foundation School, and NRPA’s Director’s School.  She has been active in the Virginia and South Carolina Recreation and Park Societies and filled multiple roles in those organizations. She is looking forward to continued involvement with VRPS and the Central Service Area.
Marlie can be reached via email at creaseysmithm@chesterield.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)
Covid Relief Fund
If you would like to donate, 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!

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.
Health & Wellness Resource Group
The Health & Wellness Resource Group is suitable for facility managers, fitness programmers, and all recreation professionals who would like to learn more about providing health and wellness programming and services. Recent meeting topics include agency marketing of fitness programs, enhancing personal training services, and virtual fitness programming. The next meeting will be February 4th at 10am.
Email Julie Frederickson at julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information, or to submit a topic of discussion for an upcoming meeting.
Job Opportunities
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
Virginia Recreation and Park Society, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111