VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No 6 February 10, 2021

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 18 No 6
February 10, 2021
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Keeping VRPS Members Up-To-Date
On February 5th, Governor Northam 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
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.
2021 Annual Conference Delegate Registration
Register by 6/30/2021 and save!
Don’t forget, if you choose “Bill Me”, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.

FULL registration includes:
All educational sessions
Monday Exhibit Hall Lunch
Sunday Keynote Banquet
Tuesday Business Meeting
Tuesday Awards Ceremony
All Socials

SUNDAY registration includes:
JMU Facility Tour
Education Sessions
VRPS Service Area Meetings

MONDAY registration includes:
Education sessions
VRPS Resource Group Meetings
Exhibit Hall Lunch

TUESDAY registration includes:
Education sessions
Business Meeting
Awards Ceremony

STUDENT registration includes:

All educational sessions
Exhibit Hall, Socials and Meal Functions are not included.

Registration does NOT INCLUDE CEUs which are available for additional pre-purchase.
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.
VRPS Annual Conference participants represent a broad spectrum of professionals from college students to executive-level Administrators. Attendees come from a variety of communities and programs, so their perspectives and challenges vary greatly. This opportunity provides interested speakers the chance to share your expertise and ideas with other park and recreation professionals to benefit our profession.
Are you interested in speaking alone? Perhaps you have other colleagues whom you would prefer to join?? Session formats may include single speakers, interactive, hands-on, and panel presentations. Session types are available in one-hour or two-hour session slots (a maximum of 2 speakers for one-hour and 4 speakers for two-hour sessions).
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).
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)
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 tomorrow,  February 11, at 4 p.m. You are invited to celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well on this next chapter.
To join this Zoom event please register at:   http://bit.ly/kirk-retirement-party 
If you wish to present during the event, please email  parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov
to sign up.
New Member Spotlight
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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
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings