VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No 5
Message from the President
VRPS 2021: RE-Set…RE-Build!
Hello VRPS Members & Leaders,
Welcome all new members, joining the Society for the first time! In January, we all have been working diligently planning with our three primary 2021 goals of Re-Structure, Re-Engage and Re-Invent on the forefront of our minds. Key leaders are positioned and ready to Lead FORWARD, supporting the needs of our members and the Society. Please stay in the KNOW by reading the Operational Updates below. Be assured that our 67-year foundation of VRPS is in good hands as we Lead Forward together.
- Congratulations to Matt Spruill (CPRP), Assistant Director of Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks and Kat Fish (CPRP), Recreation Specialist II of Prince William County Parks & Recreation on their election to the VRPS Executive Committee. Matt will serve as Vice President and Kat as Treasurer for the 2021 year.
- Congratulations to Ed Matthews (MLS, CPRP, AFO), Assistant Director of Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space on his new appointment to Chair of the Professional Education/Certification Committee. Ed replaces Shannon Moore, Recreation Supervisor of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, after serving nearly 20 years of committed service.
Financial Update: VRPS receives Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) “forgivable loan” from federal government COVID-Relief Package in the amount of $58,300. A special thank you to Jim for his due diligence and efforts toward applying for this opportunity. This is great news as the money will help off-set some eligible personnel and operating expenses over the next 24 weeks. For more detail on the PPP loan, read further in the E-update.
Executive Director Update: Jim Stutts is available and still working limited hours per week in the capacity of the VRPS Executive Director. Under the terms of and funds received from the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) “forgivable loan” Jim Stutts will be able to continue assisting the Board in his current capacity with special projects for several more weeks.
Upcoming Conferences & Trainings: Invest in you, Invest in your staff, Register today!
*All conferences and trainings are currently virtual opportunities only.
Stay connected through E-updates and the website
VRPS Receives PPP Loan
After months of aggressive lobbying efforts by VRPS and many other associations nationwide, Congress agreed to include 501 (c) 6 organizations in the recent Paycheck Protection Program.
VRPS was one of the first organizations to apply for the forgivable loan* ( following strict guidelines *) Using a complicated formula, we were approved for $58,300. The funds were deposited into the VRPS account on Friday, January 29th.
This “loan” will cover a good portion of operating expenses for many weeks, allowing us to continue to serve VRPS members with uninterrupted service.
Please understand that these funds will allow VRPS to use existing resources later into this year. We continue to operate with limited resources.
Under the terms of the “loan” Jim Stutts will be able to continue assisting the Board in his current capacity with special projects for several more weeks.
The VRPS Board and committees continue to assist Lori in the office, and are pitching in to keep services on track.
Please keep your membership current as the combined efforts of all of you will ensure that VRPS continues to be a viable organization.
2021 VRPS Management Conference
VRPS Past President, Kirk Kincannon, CPRP, Retiring
Kirk Kincannon, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Executive Director and VRPS Past President is retiring after 40+ years of public service. Kirk served the VRPS Board of Directors during two terms in key leadership roles, 2008 President and 2017 Treasurer and currently remains an active member of VRPS.
Kirk is a recognized national leader and seasoned parks and recreation professional with four decades of national experience. In Virginia, he has led the profession in the Town of Herndon, FCPA, City of Alexandria, as well as Wythe County. He grew up in Fairfax County and received a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, leisure services, and physical education from Virginia Wesleyan College. Under his leadership, the Park Authority has thrived, serving as a role model for other park systems across the state and nation.
JIm Stutts, VRPS Executive Director, says “Kirk Kincannon has a vast amount of experience from working in a small rural environment, mid-size agencies, and a very large urban county. In each stop, Kirk never lost sight of why we are here. He always treated people in the same gracious way. We are fortunate that Kirk chose to spend the majority of his career in Virginia and remain grateful for his public service, as well as his support and service to NRPA and VRPS! Best wishes, Kirk, as you begin an exciting new chapter in your life.”
He’ll be missed tremendously. Fairfax County Park Authority leadership is hosting a virtual Retirement Celebration honoring Kirk on February 11, at 4 p.m. You are invited to celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well on this next chapter.
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.
Tell Our Story through the VRPS Magazine & E-updates!
E-updates and the VRPS Magazine are vehicles to further
“tell our story”. Submit an article by February 5 to Amy-Jo Hendrix,
You can even submit an article and get CEU credit for article submission.
February Magazine Theme: Past, Present and Future-What did we learn from 2020? How have changes impacted our agencies? What will our challenges be in the future?
Submittal Dates 2021:
- February 5
- May 5
- August 5
- November 5
- Please submit articles in MS Word about your agency, service area, resource group, enterprise group, board highlights, etc.
- Title the Article
- List the author and authors’ title.
- Submit photos separately.
- Send all entries to Amy-Jo Hendrix, AHendrix@viennava.gov
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 email@example.com
by Friday, February 19, 2021.
Virtual Playground Maintenance Instruction Course – 2021
Held via ZOOM, March 2, 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
- 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 – REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 5TH (or when course fills)
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.
- 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
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.
- Organizations: post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
- Individuals: search for openings