February 6, 2019

We would love to be your Valentine!
Show your love for PRPS by making a small donation of $10, $25 or $50 to help burn the PRPS principal mortgage balance. Every gift counts, please donate today!

Call for Presenters: TR Institute

The 2019 Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Institute (TRI) offers educational programs for attendees who are therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators. The TRI will be held June 5-6, 2019 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Lancaster, PA. View the session topics and submit the session proposal form by Friday,  February 15, 2019.
Conference & Expo - Save $ by registering before 2/15
There is only 10 days left until the early registration discount deadline ends on February 15, 2019!

Save up to $75 on your registration - register today!

We are offering additional discounts for students willing to room host.

To view the full agenda, sessions, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, fees, socials, and more, click here.
Still time to Vote!

PRPS General Election Nominees:
President Elect (2019-2021): Tonya Brown and Dave Hutner 
Secretary (2019-2021): Chalet Harris, Jason Lang, Becky Richards 
Treasurer (2019-2021): Todd Roth 

View each nominee's background information and vote here. Votes must be received by 4pm on Friday, February 15, 2019
Good for You Outreach, Calling all Good members! 

Jane LaMar, PRPS Administrative Assistant, will be assisting with the Good for You/Good for All Campaign. Look for a call or email from Jane within the next two weeks to discuss more about Good for You/Good for All.
The PA Urban Parks & Recreation Alliance

The Pennsylvania Urban Parks and Recreation Alliance helps urban areas increase the effectiveness of their own essential public services of parks, recreation and green connectivity that stimulate economic growth, foster social stability and enhance environmental quality.
The Alliance, comprised of citizen volunteers, conducts educational programs, trains community leaders, and promotes public policy that offers solutions to real community issues.
The Alliance is seeking new leadership team members to serve on its Advocacy, Education, Communications, and Funding Committees. Meetings are held via phone conference on first Mondays of each month at 2:30 pm. Those with interest may consult www.goodforpa.com/urban  and contact Tim Herd for more information.
New! Webinars coming soon
We have a series of webinars scheduled and provided by Molly Hetrick, Training with Molly. 

Let's Meet People - Networking at the Conference - March 5
Business Etiquette & Professional Communication - April 16
Customer Service Excellence - May 21

See more details here. Registration will be available soon!
Is Your Agency Gold Medal Worthy?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Gold Medal Awards, the Oscars for parks and recreation. The National Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.

The online application consists of 25 questions broken into two components - questions 1-10 are essay questions and 11-25 focus on statistical data - which all applicants must complete by March 29. Apply for the 2019 Gold Medal Awards today!
PRPS Events
District 3 Ski Socials (January 31, February 12)
District 2 Winter Workshop - (February 13) York College -  details to follow soon!
Conference & Expo  (April 2 - 5) Penn Stater, State College
Pre-Conference: Green Infrastructure (April 2) Penn Stater
Swimming Pool Recertification (April 22, 2019) Lancaster County Environmental Center
Swimming Pool Recertification (April 23, 2019) Greater Plymouth Community Center and  Murrysville Recreation Community Center
Swimming Pool 101 & Department of Ag. Exams (April 23-24, 2019) Lancaster County Environmental Center, Pav. 22 and  Murrysville Recreation Community Center
Swimming Pool 101 & Department of Ag. Exams (April 24-25, 2019) Greater Plymouth Community Center
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course (May 13-15) Murrysville - Registration Open
Therapeutic Recreation Institute (June 5-6) DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster
Other Events
Weathering The Storm Workshop (February 21, March 5, March 13)
PSATS Educational Conference & Exhibit Show (April 14-17) Hershey
Momma I Made It!!!
by Jason Lang
I am a very positive person... a "3/4" full kind of guy, believing that what I do matters. That working weird hours away from my family is worth it, that I make a lasting difference in my community. However, just about every single day, I sit at my desk, and need some sort of pep talk...and I usually go back to this story.. Continue reading on the blog
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