Fall Membership Meeting Agenda
9:30 am-10:00 am Security check and registration
• Photo ID REQUIRED for security check in.
10:00 am-11:00 am General Session
Inclusion: Communicating with Parents
Communication with parents is key for successful accommodations in recreational activities. This is especially important as we prepare for summer camps. Municipalities are experiencing an increased interest and responsibility to provide inclusive programming for children with developmental, behavioral health and physical disabilities. Transgender and gender nonconforming youth are participating in our programs. It is critical for park and recreation professionals to be proactive in order to avoid problems later. This session will provide a basis for your summer registration process.
Speaker: Kathi Muller, Retired Parks and Recreation Professional
11:00 am-12:15 pm Business Meeting
12:15 pm-1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Breakout Sessions (choose 1)
Provisional Hiring Ban!
PRPS has just been alerted to a new law that will have a great impact on seasonal hires throughout the state. Act 47 of 2019 deals with adoptive, foster and incarcerated parents having contact with children. However, inserted into the Act before it was passed is a ban on any provisional hiring on all those who need child and security clearances. Up to five clearances will now be required. Only those from licensed childcare facilities may apply for a waiver for up to 45 days. It takes effect on Dec. 31, 2019.
While we are working with other organizations that will be adversely affected by this law, there has been no forthcoming information from the Department of Human Services. At our meeting on Wednesday, we will have Ms. Sandy Weaver from Penn State’s Youth Program Compliance Department to brief us on what she has learned. Steve Stroman, PRPS’s Public Policy Advocate, will also address the follow-up to our recent Hearing with the House Children & Youth Committee on preschool recreation programs.
Come, learn how this new law will affect you!
Planning Effective Legislative Visits
This session will provide important tips on how to make your visits to legislators really count. Presenter is Gregory Paulson, Chief of Staff for Representative Mike Sturla’s office for past 8 years will discuss:
• Communications with the Rep/Senator to set up a meeting
• List of all relevant state Reps and committees likely to consider your issue
• Discussion re your attitude
• Choice of team leader and role of others on the team
• Discussing the topic of concern to you - what to include and what to avoid
• How to keep the Rep on topic
• Importance of data
• How to close out the session
Through his experience, Greg has noticed varying levels of success when talking with representatives and has created this workshop to give members of nonprofit organizations an overview on how to conduct outreach to legislators.
Speaker: Gregory Paulson, Chief Staff to Representative Mike Surla
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Board Meeting
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