January 2, 2019
There is still time to give!
If you were busy over the holidays and didn't get a chance to make your end-of-year giving. You can still make one at www.prps.org/donate. You can give to the following: Advocacy Fund, General Fund, Building Fund and Member Support Fund. 
New Year & New Resolutions!
Happy New Year! Thank you all for your continued support in 2018. We look forward to continuing another year of success with all of you.

We're sure some of you have several New Year's resolutions. Well...one of them could be to join a committee. We are looking for assistance with the following Committees: Communications, Government Affairs, Leadership & Training, Inclusion, Membership Engagement, Partnerships & Sponsorships, and moreIf you are interested, please let us know. 
New! Park Foundation School
The Park Foundation School is a unique professional management school geared toward improving attendees' understanding of how to start, build, and grow park foundations, friends groups, and other nonprofit organizations that support parks and recreation agencies, while enhancing their professional networks. Learn more
Have You Registered?
It's time to start thinking about the Conference. Take a few minutes and review the online Conference Registration Guide. Select your educational sessions and register early to save money. Watch for your printed guide to come in the mail this week.

The Pre-Conference: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care registration is now open. The other two will be available soon.
Submit Your Award Nomination Today!
Help us by nominating someone deserving. They deserve to be recognized. Here are the following categories:
  Outstanding Achievement Award in Honor of Fred Coombs
  PRPS Distinguished Member Award in Honor of Robert D. Griffith
  Outstanding New Professional Award
  Agency of the Year Award
  Community Champion Award
  Green Parks Award
  Excellence in Recreation & Parks

View the award descriptions here and submit a nomination by January 25.
PRPS Events
District 3 Ski Socials (January 15, January 31, February 12)
District 3 Meeting (January 24) Whitpain Township
District 2 Winter Workshop (January 30) York College
Conference & Expo (April 2 - 5) Penn Stater, State College
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course (May 13-15) Murrysville - Registration Opens 1/3/19
Therapeutic Recreation Institute (June 5-6) DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster

Other Events
How to Knit Together a Public Meeting
by Niki Tourscher
Productive public meetings are a project, with a process and a pattern, much like knitting a sweater. And while many of you may not be able to knit or understand the basics involved in knitting, you do understand the threads and complicated patterns involved in producing an effective and efficient public meeting. Yet, no matter how well you understand those processes, meetings can still get out of hand if not managed properly. Through my years as both a meeting attendee and as a meeting Chair, I have found the following tips helpful when knitting my meetings together.... Continue reading on the blog.
Renew Membership-Receive the Conference Member Rate

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  1. Logon to prps.org.
  2. Sign in, click on your name in the top right corner of the website to view your profile, membership status, invoices, registrations, and groups.
  3. Click on the orange Renew Now button on your profile page to add the invoice to your shopping cart and checkout. You can also view a printable version of your invoice by clicking on the Accounting tab on your profile.
Please note: If you are logging in for the first time, please click on Sign In, select "I don't know my username," and enter your email address. You will receive an email with your username and a link for setting your password.

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