VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No 7 February 17, 2021

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 18 No 7
February 17, 2021
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2021 VRPS Management Conference
February 22-26, 2021
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.
Join Us Here: Teams Meeting
Virtual Playground Maintenance Course – NEW DATE
Held via ZOOM, March 30, 2021
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
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)
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!
Job Opportunities
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings