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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


News from WRPA Board President Carrie Hite
WRPA
Happy summer everyone! The WRPA board meets once a month now, and I will be giving the membership updates once a month in the weekly news. This past month, we have been working on recruitment of our members to assist on various committees. In particular, we are looking for people to help on the membership and professional development committee. If either of these areas pique your interest, feel free to reach out to myself or Tom Tidyman, our Executive Director, to get more information or sign up!

The Board also adopted a new Cancellation Policy for conferences and events. This new policy will help to alleviate any revenue loss for the organization and is still very flexible for our members. We also adopted a Board meeting policy for members to attend board meetings. We want to welcome any member at any board meeting and also give members a chance to add to the agenda.

In financial news, we made our targets for the Annual Conference at Magnuson, and are just meeting budget this year. We will be working on revenue enhancement opportunities to help solidify the reserves and keep us on a positive bottom line.

As everyone is working on budgets for next year, please remember to plan for your WRPA membership and our annual Business Institute (this year in Tukwila on Oct. 23) and the Annual Conference (Tacoma, April 29-30, 2015).

Have a fun and safe summer.

Carrie Hite
WRPA Board President

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New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
WRPA
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Parks Planning & Development Manager — City of Auburn
  • Aquatic Manager — City of Seaside, Oregon
  • Project Manager — Pierce County Parks
  • Tumbling/Gymnastics Instructor — City of Kirkland.


  • View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    WRPA Advocacy News


    New questions asked by Engage Outdoor Washington
    WRPA
    Gov. Jay Inslee's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation is gathering ideas about how to improve Washington's outdoor opportunities. We've posted three new questions to the online town hall. Visit Engage Outdoor Washington and let us know:

  • What steps can we take to ensure parks and public lands remain readily available despite tight budgets?
  • How do we ensure that a broader and more diverse group of Washington residents become active in the outdoors?
  • Should Washington establish an office focused specifically on marketing and promoting outdoor recreation?

  • This is your chance to tell us what you love about spending time in the great outdoors and how the state can make it better. Don’t put it off. The task force has to be done by September.

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    This Just In


    Update your profile in the new WRPA website to enter to win prizes
    WRPA
    The WRPA Board and Staff members have worked hard to update the WRPA website. Check out your new profile and update your information to be entered into a month-long drawing to win prizes. We will select winners each week to win! Read the Network forum and submit questions relating to your specific field. Have questions? Contact the WRPA office via email at: wrpa@wrpatoday.org.

    Congratulations Karl Harris!
    Karl has won the first round of drawings because he filled out his profile. Be the next winner and update your information today!

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    Go OUTside Every Day This July
    WRPA
    It's a challenge! Do you think you and your community can get OUTside every day this July? This Park and Recreation Month we want everyone to take the OUT is IN 31-day challenge. Attempt to get outside every day in July and take one thing you normally do inside — maybe it is a meeting or even a meal — and do it outside. Take a picture and tweet it or Instagram it with #JulyOUTisIN during the month and you may just win a prize. Encourage your community to get in on the challenge too! It is a great way to get people OUT and IN to your parks and recreation.

    Click here for more information on the Park and Recreation Month challenge.

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    Submit content for the WRPA E-newsletter
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    We have streamlined the process, so that submitting E-news content is extremely easy! Share your news with us now.
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    Swinomish tribe, State Parks open preserve
    The Bellingham Herald
    The Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner has opened through a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Management of the preserve will focus on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, according to a State Parks news release.
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    Sport anglers turn to Senate
    Trade Only Today
    The recreational fishing and boating community is expressing collective disappointment after a saltwater fishing bill in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to address the community's top priorities. A reauthorization bill for the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act — the primary law governing U.S. marine fisheries management — did not include many of the top priorities of the recreational saltwater fishing industry.
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    WRPA Event and Education Calendar


    Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
    DateEventSponsorLocation
    Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
    Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
    2015
    Apr. 30-May1WRPA Annual Conference & Trade ShowTacoma Convention Center

    *WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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