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"Change can be exciting and terrifying all at once. Your WRPA board is working thoughtfully to move WRPA in a direction towards relevance and sustainability. Whether you have felt it or not, the membership has been a partner in this movement. Stay engaged with the strategic plan process and help WRPA be there for you!" Scott River, District 3 chair, City of Olympia
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Voting remains open until Sept. 11
As part of the ongoing strategic planning process, the board approved the revised bylaws at the June 14 board meeting. Members will be asked to ratify the new bylaws by vote at the end of August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.
Amusement and recreation — Potential legislation for 2014
Department of Revenue is requesting comments concerning the attached bill draft for potential request legislation. WRPA recommends you review the draft proposal to learn how this affects your operations and current practices. We have confirmed an in-person meeting opportunity with DOR for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10-11 a.m. — 4th floor of the DOR's Capital Plaza Building, 2015 Union Avenue S.E. Olympia 98504.
DOR will arrange a call-in # and PIN to accommodate up to 20 callers. Please R.S.V.P. here and indicate whether you plan to participate in person or by phone so we can give a count to DOR.
Senate Transportation Forums
Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs, Sen. Curtis King, R- Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, announced the dates and cities that will be included in a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects.
Hiring for Success: Optimize Selection, Hiring, and Orientation Processes workshop
WRPA Business Institute
Oct. 23, Tukwila: $120 early-bird member/$170 nonmember
One of the most important and challenging responsibilities a supervisor faces is selecting the "right" job applicant to join the team. Workshop attendees will learn strategies to assist with finding the best candidate. Presenters: Janet May & Janice Corbin, Sound Employment Solutions, LLC. Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register. WCIA members are eligible for one scholarship per agency. Early bird registration extended through Friday, Sept. 13.
Aquatic professionals gather for biannual summit
Oct. 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. $185 member/$225 nonmember. Daily rates available. This is the place to advance your knowledge and skills to position your aquatic facilities and programs for now and the future.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
WRPA launches new website!
WRPA's website now provides a fully responsive design so it automatically adjusts to any screen size. The new theme provides WRPA members a fresh homepage with a modern layout including a slider for featured messages, prominent membership information as well as links to our most popular services. We've also included a placeholder for the portal for future online membership community! Our transition has been bumpy — Please know we are extending early bird registration for the Business Institute through Friday, Sept. 13, so that we can honor that rate for those trying to register during our website transition. Automated functions including job postings and the online directories will be restored as soon as possible! Visit us today to see how we've changed.
WRPA Executive Board meets on Sept.13
The Mountaineers Building at Magnuson Park is the location for the upcoming WRPA Executive Board meeting. Board members will have an opportunity to tour the site for our 2014 conference in addition to a full agenda including a preliminary 2014 budget presentation and next steps on our strategic planning.
Washington ending Sno-Park reciprocity
Washington is poised to end more than 30 years of reciprocity with other states and Canada when it comes to honoring winter recreation permits. That means out-of-staters will no longer be able to use the state's nordic skiing and snowmobiling Sno-Parks simply by possessing a permit from their home state. Conversely, other states will stop honoring Washington Sno-Park permits.
Volunteers needed to clean up state park coastal beaches
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and its partners invite the public to participate in Operation Shore Patrol and the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 21. Washington State Parks and the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association have been organizing beach cleanups on the third weekend of September since 1971. This is the first time CoastSavers is joining the efforts to expand the participation for this event. Volunteers cleaning the beach on Sept. 21 will be joined by thousands of others around the world, all sharing the common goal of protecting the marine environment.
Who's ready to help build a trail on an active volcano?
September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano. Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
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