October 31, 2018
Get Involved with the Board!
The next slate of the Board of Directors will be nominated by the Fall Membership meeting. If you are interested in serving in one of the capacities listed below or possibly in the future, contact Karen Franck.  View the following board position descriptions. 
The following positions are open for nominations: 
President-Elect: two-year term, 4/2019 - 4/2021 
Secretary: two-year term, 4/2019 - 4/2021 
Treasurer: two-year term, 4/2019 - 4/2021 
Educators Director: two-year term, 4/2019 - 4/2021
To nominate yourself or a fellow professional, or find out about any position, please contact Karen Franck, Nominations Committee Chair or call 610-277-4646.
Join a PRPS Committee!
It's almost the time of year to start giving. Why not make it about volunteering too. It could be one of your New Years Resolutions. Now is your chance to help PRPS continue moving forward by volunteering on one of our committees. Take a few minutes today or tomorrow and view the committees we have available. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering with us! We would love to have you!
Fall Meeting is 14 days away!
The deadline to register is November 5. Take some time for one day and join us Wednesday, November 14, in Harrisburg at PSECU. This is a good day to learn, network and earn CEU's. President Kirk Rakos, wants to let you know the top 5 reasons why you should attend. Register here.
  1. PRPS is and always has been a member society and your input is necessary and valued
  2. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals
  3. Member engagement makes PRPS successful
  4. Stay informed of the happenings in the society
  5. PRPS Board of Directors will share the new 5 year Strategic Plan
NRPA Conference Session Proposals - Now OPEN!
The 2019 NRPA Annual Conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, September 24-26, 2019. The deadline to submit session proposals is  November 30. So, before you get swept away preparing for upcoming vacations and holidays - take a minute to visit the site - and make sure to note your session was recruited by Karen Hesser.

Session proposals relating to resiliency, recession-proofing, financial sustainability, and similar themes are ideal for the conference audience in 2019 as the economy is, or appears it will soon start, cooling off. If you know of any success stories from the 2008-2012 recession period that might serve as a good case study for a session feel free to forward the link and my name to those people or places.

Energetic and engaging speakers and leaders who can share their knowledge, experiences, and best practice techniques related to the work of parks and recreation are key! NRPA is giving away one FREE Full Package Registration to one randomly selected person whose proposal is selected for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

For additional information, contact: Karen Hesser, Chief of Operations, Five Rivers MetroParks or call (937) 274-3183.
Get your Good T-shirts!
At the Fall Membership Meeting we will be selling the Good for You/Good for All T-shirts. So, bring some extra cash along to purchase a t-shirt. We have men's and women's styles available and youth sizes. The prices are $17 Adults and $13 Youth.
PRPS Events
Fall Membership Meeting (November 14)
D1 Holiday Show (December 1)
Leadership Summit by invitation only (December 5-6)
D3 Mini Expo (December 12)
Other Events
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Getting the Most out of a Professional Conference
by Todd Roth 
Professional educational conferences offer a wide array of opportunities to enhance your vocation, but it is often easy to miss out if you don't plan ahead!  Find some helpful tips. The first one is:
Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.  Look at the guide - in print, on-line, or via the app (most conferences use one now).  Plan out an agenda for all of the sessions and events that you wish to attend. Continue reading on the blog.
Welcome New Members!

Joshua Aniskevich, The Hideout; Joseph Carolan, The Hideout; Skylar Cohick, East Pennsboro Twp. Rec. Dept.; Sandra Dulay, Snider Recreation, Inc.; Brent M. Erb, PA DCNR Bureau of State Parks; Jennifer Fiscus, Independence Conservancy; Caroline Grove, East Pennsboro Twp. Rec. Dept.; Marisa Logan, Independence Conservancy; Rebecca Matsco, Independence Conservancy; Victoria Michaels, Independence Conservancy; Kate Nematollahi, National Alliance for Youth Sports; Jay Pollinger, East Pikeland Township; Ryan Pursell, Selinsgrove Borough Parks & Rec. Bd; Mike Scahill, East Pikeland Township; Carol Shenk, Community Associations Institute; Lexa Taylor, Independence Conservancy; Samuel F. Wagner
Reminder! Bring a non-member to the Fall Meeting

If you are coming to the Membership Meeting you are welcome to bring a non-member and they can come for FREE. This is the time and place they can learn and experience the value of belonging to a professional society. If you bring a prospective member, you have a chance to get a ticket entered into a random drawing for a PRPS Basket.

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