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2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show:
'Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities'
April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington
WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Update:
Early Registration Rate Expires Soon!
Hotel Rooms Going Fast
Early Bird Rate for WRPA Members Ends on Monday, March 9!
Join us from April 29 through May 1 for the WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show! Did you know that you can register now, and pay later? Our website has a great "invoice me" option that you can utilize for any WRPA events. Hurry and register yourself and your colleagues by 11:45 p.m. on March 9 to receive the discounted price.
After March 9, the conference fee for members increases to $309. REGISTER NOW!
Mickey Corso Scholarship — Applications are due March 31!
As a tribute to Mickey and his contributions to the field of parks and recreation, his family, friends and co-workers have established the Mickey Corso Leadership Scholarship. It is worth noting however, that this is more than just a scholarship, it is a celebration of the life of a man whose honesty, competence and compassion were not only in the constant spirit of furthering humankind, but inspired others to make their communities a better place!
Those who work in the field of parks and recreation have a tremendous opportunity to help communities come together, spend quality time with one another, and share positive experiences. Mickey Corso believed that the most important things in life aren’t “things” at all, but rather, the quality time and experiences that he shared with his family, friends, and co-workers. Submit an application today!
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
The Student Connections Committee needs your help
The SCC is looking for volunteers to speak to students at the Annual Conference. The primary topics will be interviewing skills and best ways to get noticed when applying for jobs after college. The session is scheduled for Friday, May 1, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. This session will help students learn the "trade secrets" of getting jobs and how to answer interview questions. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please email Sarah Sandquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Witte (email@example.com). Thank you!
New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Maintenance Technician, City of Redmond
- Program Specialist, City of Tualatin
- Groundskeeper, City of Everett
- Maintenance Worker positions, Kitsap County
- Several positions available for the City of Lacey
Join the Ethnic Minority Society
The Washington Recreation and Park Association is seeking members for its Ethnic Minority Society. The EMS's mission is to "unite the communities of ethnic minorities in the field of parks and recreation." EMS provides individuals with technical information, advocacy and professional networking opportunities, but more importantly, access to the Mentor Program where new and young professionals are paired with middle and senior managers and retired professionals.
If you're interested in becoming a member of the state affiliate or would like more information, please contact Kelly Guy, Recreation Division Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (206) 684-7157. As the state affiliate EMS lead, Kelly will be working on a meet-and-greet, informational session for the upcoming WRPA April conference.
Member survey coming soon!
WRPA is proud to be a member organization since 1947, and we welcome and value your input. Many of you offered feedback in 2012 that helped WRPA update our strategic plan and operating model and helped us get to where we are today. We want to check back in with you and hear how we’re doing. What are our strengths? What areas can we do better? What do you think WRPA should be doing that we currently aren’t? Help us continue to evolve and serve you by offering your input here. The Survey will be available in the next couple of weeks, so keep checking back here and we look forward to your input.
5 blocks of proposal for waterfront unveiled in Vancouver
The central feature of Vancouver's new waterfront park likely will be a futuristic, triangular pier that juts 90 feet over the Columbia River, a dock so modern it will be suspended from cables rather than supported by pilings. The dramatic pier, along with the 7.2-acre park and a $1.3 billion residential and commercial development sprawling 21 city blocks, will be a "game-changer" for Vancouver and Southwest Washington, predicts Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
Parklets offer 'play and go' in cities
We've all heard the timeless adage "stop and smell the roses." While this is sound advice, when folks today find a spare moment away from life's responsibilities they are more likely to be transfixed by a handheld device than by the natural beauty that surrounds them. This is especially true in urban environments, where nature and play spaces are often hard to come by. This is what inspired the invention of parklets.
Walter is boating safety program's newest vessel
The Bellingham Herald
Walter is the newest member of the state's boating safety team. The newly acquired, bright yellow 23-foot boat will be used to teach boating and water safety to youth and adults, promote Washington State Marine Parks and train marine law enforcement officers.
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