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WRPA Strategic Plan — What's next?
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The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws so now we begin the transition to a smaller board. We are currently recruiting to fill seven open board positions. Contact Carrie Hite, WRPA president-elect, by Oct. 15 to express your interest in serving on the 2014 WRPA executive board.

Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.

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WRPA Featured Trainings


'Get Noticed: Raise Your Media Relations IQ' at the Business Institute
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Oct. 23, Tukwila: $140 member/$170 nonmember Register
Marketing communication is a style and a set of messages that you use to be recognized and supported by your current customers, as well as be noticed and heard in a crowded marketplace by those who have not heard of you yet. From social media to key messages and logo design, participants will learn how to create content and share it in a way that resonates for your target audiences and brings you closer to your goals.

Join over 200 parks and recreation professionals at the New Park & Recreation Business Institute. Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register. WCIA members are eligible for one scholarship per agency.

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Aquatic Section Retreat
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Oct. 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. $185 member/$225 nonmember. Register
Featured speaker: Juliene Hefter, Executive Director/CEO for the Association of Aquatic Professionals
Juliene Hefter received her bachelor of science in recreational leadership from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and holds a master of science in organizational leadership and quality from Marian College. Hefter has a long and illustrious career in aquatics and park and recreation administration, and has been the deputy director for the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association for the past eight years. She is a renowned speaker and author on a variety of management and administrative topics.

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WRPA Advocacy News


SORP is proud to present the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Act — Adapting the landmark 1965 LWCF to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Americans for the next 50 years
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
The paper presents the historical context for the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Act, the SORP platform of core values central to strengthening LWCF, and a proposed 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Editorial deadline is Oct. 4 for content for the winter issue of the WRPA Today magazine, the official quarterly magazine of the Washington Recreation & Park Association. Send content to Casey Stanley by Oct. 4 for consideration by the WRPA Public Relations Committee. View Magazine archive and see our style guide.
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This Just In


Washington state parks remain open
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald
As news of the federal government shutdown reaches the public, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds visitors that state parks will remain open and available as normal, moving into the fall and winter season.

The fall season in Washington typically is inviting to visitors, as fall colors and intermittent sunny weather lures recreationists out to enjoy parks for overnight recreation vehicles and other camping, as well as daytime activities such as hiking and biking and for special vacation house rental stays in historic houses, cabins and yurts. The federal government shutdown reportedly includes national parks and U.S. Forest Service offices and sites.

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Back to nature for beach at Burien's Seahurst Park
The Seattle Times
Soon, a concrete seawall dating back more than four decades will start coming down along a nearly a half-mile stretch of Burien shoreline — part of a regional endeavor to return the beaches of Seahurst Park to nature.
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3 finalists are in the running for Olympia's director of parks, arts and recreation
City of Olympia
Over 200 individuals applied for the position. "Olympia and our park system are well respected regionally and nationally as evidenced by the outstanding response to our recruitment," said city manager Steve Hall in announcing the finalists. All of the finalists are career park and recreation professionals who have held numerous leadership positions in state and national associations.
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County to leave Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation
The Columbian
Clark County commissioners have made the breakup official: The county is leaving Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation and starting its own department. The move isn't unexpected. The city of Vancouver, which operates the joint city-county department, had been expecting this day to come. And seeing the signs from a distance, the city began planning a "new operational model" for its own parks earlier this year.
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Parks earn mention for fall colors, salmon viewing
The Bellingham Herald
Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks garnered some attention when they were included in Fodor's list of 10 national parks to visit for fall colors. Here is what writer Jayme Moye had to say about Mount Rainier: "Fall foliage at Mount Rainier National Park is very different than in the more eastern parts of the country, but just as spectacular."
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WRPA Event Calendar


Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.

DateEventSponsorLocation
Oct. 9NRPA CongressNRPAHouston, Texas
Oct. 21Bridge From School to AfterschoolWANSeattle
Oct. 21Aquatic Section RetreatWRPAGreat Wolf Lodge
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Oct. 24Software SymposiumWRPATukwila
Oct. 24Irrigation Repairs & Tree SafetyWRPATukwila
Nov. 1WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPAMercer Island
Nov. 13Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 22People, Parks & PoliticsWRPAOlympia
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle

*WRPA core training opportunities

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