by Nancy Turnage
Member Services Coordinator
Virginia Recreation and Park Society
In my position at VRPS Central Office, I love watching the evolution of service areas and resource groups from year-to-year, and in particular, their stellar efforts at growth. It seems that in July, when we're putting together resource group and service area ballots for the following year (yes, it starts in July), that we were just starting to get a groove going with the current year boards.
However, I am seeing greater transition between the two teams - the current and oncoming ones. There is less "starting over" and more "picking up where we left off".
For example, Senior Resource Group is holding call-in meetings, formulating a theme-driven effort for the year, and blogging. Aquatics Resource Group is hosting GoTo meetings, employing creative methods to expand their reach, and qualifying themselves to be a go-to resource in Virginia for aquatics training. And, several of the event committees are charting new territory as well, into the world of webinars and Google docs and apps and WebEx.
Recently, under the guidance of Chair Heather Grubb (Special Events Coordinator, Henrico County Recreation and Parks), the Central Service Area has initiated its own blog.
So, in a sense, this is a blog about a blog. Central Service Area is employing some newer "talent" (i.e. what some of us would consider professionals on the more youthful side) to reach a wider audience and highlight their objectives.
2017 is off to a great start!