Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 VRPS Annual Conference: MONDAY 9/9 Notes

Virginia Recreation and Park Society
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  1. Read your emailed Daily 2013 VRPS Conference Notes.
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* Registered delegates must wear their VRPS badge and present their VRPS Conference Social Ticket (cost included in full registration fee) or guest ticket at the door.

* Non-registered guests may purchase event tickets at the Conference Registration Desk in the Presidents Ballroom lobby during scheduled registration hours.

* Many socials will have a cash bar available:  MUST SHOW VALID ID FOR DRINK PURCHASES!

* Grab & Go food stations will be available Monday & Tuesday mornings 6:30-9:30am in the Promenade, outside the President's Ballroom.  Attendees may purchase assorted and individually priced breakfast items.
VRPS Annual Conference
September 7-12, 2013

(formerly Williamsburg Marriott)

Stop by the Conference registration area on SUNDAY and MONDAY to learn how to manage your VRPS membership electronically!

Membership Renewal
Event Registration
Member-Only Areas of the VRPS Website:
  • membership directory
  • publications
  • member news
  • forums
  • career center
Cunningham Recreation Logo 
All Recreation Logo 
James City County Logo
VRPS Foundation Logo

Active Network Logo 
VRPS Service Areas Logo

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MONDAY, September 9
2013 Annual Conference Exhibit Hall
  • Delegate Registration will be 7am-5pm in the President's Ballroom Lobby.
  • Directors Forum meets 9:45-10:45am.
  • VRPS Expo includes luncheon, silent auction, interactive exhibit booths, and raffles 11:15am-2:15pm.
  • Service Areas meet 5:30-6pm.
  • Awards reception takes place 6:30-7pm, followed by the banquet 7-9pm. 
  • 9:30pm-12am REC it Out!  Wrap it Up! in Pitchers Sports Bar, located in the hotel, is hosted by the VRPS Service Areas.

Aquatics Resource Group at 2013 Annual Conference 
  • Delegate Registration will be 7:30am-11:30am in the President's Ballroom Lobby.
  • Resource Groups meet 8-8:30am.
  • CPSI begins Wednesday, September 11.


  • Monday, September 9, 8:30am:  How the USTA Can Help You Increase Tennis Through Grants and Programming
  • Tuesday, September 10, 8:30am:  Alexandria's National Safe Place:  Building a Safety Net for Youth in our Community


  • Keeping Out of Legal Hotwater - Impacts of Under "18's" as Employees and Volunteers:  moved FROM Tuesday 11:30am TO Monday 8:30am


  • Monday, September 9, 10am:  Weed Control Under Trafficked Turf Conditions.  New speaker is Michael Cox.
  • Monday, September 9, 10am:  From Battlefield to Homefront:  The VA Wounded Warrior Program.  New speakers are Brandi Jancaitis and Harry Davis.

Katie Legg Speech
VRPS President Katey Legg, CPRP, addresses and recognizes Delegates.
John Crompton Speech
Keynote Speaker Dr. John Crompton at Opening Session


Keynote Dr. John Crompton presented information on the six eras of the parks and recreation department, stating that every department is in one of these eras.  His session touched on the progression from program-focused to user-benefit-focused and then to community-benefit-focused departments.  The address left Delegates thinking about how to position their departments in today's reality of tight budgets. 

Current VRPS President, Katey Legg, CPRP presented five President's Awards to members who have exhibited outstanding service to the society over the past year.  Congratulations to:

  • J. Michael Nealer; Administrator of Parks, Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Aaron Reidmiller, CPRP; Recreation Coordinator, Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks
  • Pamela J. Sheets, CPRP, CPSI; Director, Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation
  • Katherine D. Williams, CTRS; Recreation Supervisor, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
  • VRPS Central Office:  Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE; Marlene Bresee, Karen Florey, Nancy Turnage

Art Thatcher HeadhshotThe Business Meeting included the induction of the 2014 VRPS Board of Directors as well as incoming VRPS President Arthur G. Thatcher, CPRP, AFO, MPABureau Manager, Recreation and Human Development, City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space.

Marcy Durrer, CPRP
Michael Kalvort, CPRE
Katey Legg, CPRP
Michael McCarty, CPRP
Cindy Messinger, CPRP
Rita Miller 
Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE
Art Thatcher, CPRP, President
Margaret Thorne 
LaTanya Turner
Kathy Williams, CTRS

2013 Annual Conference Education Sessions
Education Session are in full swing!
Amy Woodson Chubby Bunny
Amy Woodson sets the VRPS "Chubby Bunny" record of 10 marshmallows ... a sign of what's to come at LTI 2014?
The 2014 VRPS Annual Conference committee welcomes our host of the 60th VRPS conference, the Omni Homestead, to James City County. Be sure to have BUSINESS CARD IN HAND  when you visit the exhibit hall, stop by the Homestead table, and enter for a drawing to win a 2 night stay for 2, including breakfast each morning and 2 rounds of golf for 2.  This can be used during 2014 (any date restrictions will be provided to the winner and cannot be redeemed during the 2014 VRPS Annual Conference dates). The winner will be announced during the VRPS 2012 Awards banquet Monday evening.

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