2020 Fall Membership Meeting/Mini Conference

Join us for this virtual event to learn, network, and earn CEUs!

Fall Membership Meeting & Mini-Conference Agenda
Attendees will receive Zoom link to sessions the day before the live event, if you do not receive a link please check your spam folders. 

Wednesday, November 18
8:15 am-9:00 am
   New/Not-Yet Members Meet & Greet!
New members and first-time visitors can hop on early and chat with long-time members about PRPS and the benefits of membership.

9:00 am-10:15 am Keynote: The State of Parks & Recreation - Realities and Predictions in the Wake of COVID-19
This session will cover the realities, lessons learned, and trends and predictions for the future of local parks and recreation agencies. Innovative approaches, alternative service opportunities, and ways to ensure equity will also be discussed. Many parks and recreation agencies that have resumed programming are experiencing low registration rates, yet park and trail visitations have greatly increased. While uncertainty about the future is growing, there are opportunities to reposition service delivery. (.1CEU)
Speaker: Barbara Heller, Manager/Practice Lead at Government Consulting Group 

10:30 - 12:00 pm PRPS Business Meeting

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch with Branch/District Meetings
~District 1, Community Branch, Aquatics Branch 

1:00 - 3:00 pm Workshops (please select one below)

Workshop 1: Nature Explore Self Care Workshop (limited to 50 attendees)
Delve into the enriching topic of creating a balanced and inspired work environment with a people-centered approach focused on life-long learning, celebration, reflection and nature-rich living. (.2 CEUS)
Presented by: Nature Explore and Get Outdoors P

Workshop 2: Creating connections Online
Do you have after-school programs that are virtual? Have you converted fall programs or events from in-person to online? Do you have team members that are working remotely and need to stay connected? Do you have new volunteers and/or employees that have not met anyone on their team in-person? Connection is a basic human need. As we continue to live and work in a virtual world, we need to make sure that we are providing that connection to all of our constituents, whether they are our program participants, volunteers, or employees. Having a connected group makes everything we do more successful! 
This workshop will provide specific activities that you can use to create connection online. This workshop will be highly interactive. Everyone should plan to join with audio and video and have some paper and something to write with available. Please be prepared to participate in the activities to maximize your learning and leave inspired to effectively create connection online! Please Note: It is recommended that you use a computer with a camera, not a mobile device, for this workshop. (.2 CEUs)
Presented by: Roz and Jed Buck, Roz and Jed Consulting

3:00 - 5:00 pm PRPS Board Meeting

Thursday, November 19
Educational Sessions - for each timeslot, please select a session below.
All Educational Sessions on Thursday, November 19 are approved for .1 CEU.

9:00 - 10:15 am 
Session 1: Recreation Program Development
Recreation programs should have a consistent approach to their quality and customer experience. This session explores ways to develop a systems approach to creating robust and dynamic program offerings, including the marketing and pricing of programs. It also includes information about lifecycle and age segment analysis of programs.     
Speaker: Barbara Heller -Manager/ Practice Lead Government Consulting Group

Session 2: Retirement Income Planning
In this workshop we will look at preparing for retirement and discuss social security, utilizing retirement accounts for income, calculation income needs in retirement along with other helpful tips to consider when planning for retirement.
Speaker: Roland "Ray" Stewart, CFS Advisors at PSECU 

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Session 1: DEI in the Workplace - Being More Self Aware & Becoming a Change Agent
This session will begin with a brief introduction to prejudice, diversity, and inclusion with a focus on unintended or hidden bias.   Being self-aware is one thing; however, “Leaning in” – saying and doing something when you witness racism, sexism, harassment or any kind of disrespect is another.  As professionals in the field, it is our duty to engage constructively with these issues, and this session will help.  Come to learn about yourself, build a personal tool/skill kit, and learn how to apply these new skills and tools at your organization.
Speaker: Mauricio Velasquez, President and CEO, The Diversity Training Group

Session 2: Programming in a COVID World 
We will share information regarding in person program offerings during COVID, such as, protocols, safety features, health screenings and Healthy & Safety Guidelines. We will discuss what worked and the challenges we faced during the Summer of 2020.   We will also discuss our Education Support Program which we introduced in the Fall of 2020.
Speaker: Tammy Echevarria, Recreation Supervisor, Upper Dublin Township;  Erin Woodruff, Recreation Coordinator, Upper Dublin Township

12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch/Break

2:00 - 3:15 pm
Educational Sessions - for each timeslot, please select a session below.
Session 1: Pennsylvanians' Opinions and Preferences for Parks and Recreation During the Summer of COVID-19
COVID-19 and social justice protests have broad-reaching implications for park and recreation programs, operations, maintenance, and policy.  What are Pennsylvanians' preferences and opinions related to park and recreation practices? Are these perspectives different across rural, suburban, and urban residents?  Attend this session to learn about the results and takeaways from a joint PRPS-Penn State study of these important issues.
Speakers: Andrew Mowen, PhD. - Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, PSU; Samantha Powers, M.S. - Ph.D. Student, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management, PSU

Session 2: Gaming with a Purpose: Introducing the Esports Opportunity
Full description coming soon!

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11/18/2020 8:15 AM - 11/19/2020 3:15 PM
Eastern Standard Time
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