VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No 4 January 27, 2021

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 18 No 4
January 27, 2021
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Virginia Parks and Rec Professionals Recognized

Did you know that Virginia is home to three of the country’s best and brightest park and recreation professionals under the age of 30!? Check out the February issue of Parks and Recreation magazine to learn more about these real-life heroes and the rest of the 30 Under 30 inaugural class!
 
2021 VRPS Management Conference
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 held on Thursday, February 4th at 10 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.
Email Julie Frederickson at julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information, or to submit a topic of discussion for the upcoming meeting.
SRG Would Like You to Share Your Story!

The Senior Resource Group (SRG) is searching for parks and recreation agencies, from around the state, that have had successful senior programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have a story that you would like to share in an upcoming SRG workshop, please contact LaTanja Jones at latanja.jones@fairfaxcounty.gov  by Friday, February 19, 2021.
Virtual Playground Maintenance Instruction Course – 2021
 
Held via ZOOM, March 2, 2021
8:30 am- 4 pm
 
REGISTER SOON TO SAVE – REGULAR REGISTRATION RATE ENDS 1/31/2021! 



PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PLAYGROUND HAZARDS
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
REGISTER NOW – ONLY 2 SPACES REMAIN!
 
NPSI
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
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.
 
Job Opportunities
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  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
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