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  • 05 Feb 2018 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Enthusiasm is growing as the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will begin February 9, 2018. Athletes from around the world will compete in 15 different sports over the course of 17 days.

    Parks and recreation has its own Gold Medal Award Program which will kick off Wednesday, February 7, 2018, with a Live Web Chat. The Gold Medal Awards Program team (representing the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association) will be available to answer any and all questions you have about entering the prestigious award program which is proudly sponsored by Musco Lighting. The Live Chat will be presented at 1:00 pm EST; 12 pm CST; 11 am MT; and 10 am PST. To participate in the Live Chat click HERE.

    Information about the 2018 Gold Medal Awards Program is now available on the NRPA website.

    Information available on the website include a list of the 2017 recipients, a transcript of the 2017 Live Chat, Before You Get Started, the Judging Criteria, and Innovative Program Ideas.

  • 08 Jan 2018 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Before You Head to Wichita

    Be prepared.  Make the most of your time and resources at the 2018 KRPA Conference and Trade Show by sitting down and formulating a plan first.

    1)      Download the conference app

    The KRPA conference app contains all of the essential information that you will need while attending conference. It has the schedule, the speakers, the vendors, maps for the conference center, and more. You should have received an email inviting you to the app from Crowd Compass. If you did not, please click here to learn how to access the app. Don’t forget to allow push notifications from this app during your time at conference.

    2) Review the schedule.

    This one’s a no-brainer. Set a goal for what you’d like to learn at the conference, and use the schedule to devise a plan to meet your goal. Make sure to attend conference-wide events such as the keynote speakers. You can log into the conference app and save the agenda that you would like to personally schedule for yourself. If you prefer a hard-copy, please remember to print the schedule pdf before you arrive at conference.

    Also, make sure you are registered on the KRPA website for the park tours or social that you would like to attend.

    3) Purchase your Golden Ticket

    The 2018 KRPA Trade Show fundraiser is the Golden Ticket event. Purchase your $20 Golden Ticket here between January 2-16, from a KRPA Board member or at the conference registration table for your chance to win $400 at the Trade Show.

    4) Find out who’s going

    The people you’ll attend sessions with are as important as the sessions themselves. There’s no better time to network with your peers, connect with new KRPA members, or touch base with longtime friends than at a conference.

    You can join the Facebook conference event page or use the #KRPAConference to find friends on Twitter. The app also offers a social page and access to reach out directly to other conference attendees.

    5) Bring the right gear

    ·         Pack enough business cards. Make sure you have some business cards handy to share with new contacts.

    ·         Bring layers of clothes. Conference center rooms notoriously fluctuate in temperatures because of the location or number of session attendees, so dress in layers and you will be prepared for any situation

    ·         Throw in a few extra dollars. Don’t forget there will be a silent auction at the Trade Show. Every year it is full items from vendors, sports memorabilia, Coleman products, and more. You will probably find a treasure that you might want to take home, be prepared.

    When You Arrive

    6) Come to the registration desk

    Don’t get stuck at the registration table and miss your first session. Visit Kelli Maydew and her awesome volunteers early to pick up your nametag, your CEU form (if needed) and get any questions answered.

    7) Divide and conquer

    If you’re attending with coworkers, try and see as much as possible. Splitting up for sessions will maximize how much you’re able to learn and ensure that each of you has unique insights to take back to your company.

    On your own?  Discovering how your agency fits into the larger Kansas park and recreation field and how other agencies run, is an invaluable insight. A conference provides a unique opportunity to pick the brains of fellow members and agencies, which leads us to Tip #8.

    8) Connect with fellow KRPA Members

    Networking with other professionals in your field is a highlight of the KRPA conference and our association. Make time to connect with fellow members. Attend the branch social and meet people in your field of expertise. Exchange information--- when you have questions and need help later in the year, you’ll have the new connections to contact for support.

    When you are home and waiting for the 2019 KRPA Conference in Hutch

    9) Gather your thoughts

    All that information you gathered from sessions and new contacts from the conference and the trade show can quickly be forgotten if not organized right away. Write down your key take-aways. Enter new contacts into your address book.

    10) Keep Riding the Wings of Change at Home

    Send follow-up notes and LinkedIn requests to your new contacts while the conference is still fresh in your mind. Include a personalized message to accompany your request on LinkedIn. Remember to make yourself memorable by reminding your new contact what you discussed. 

    Schedule a team meeting for the week or two after conference. Share the insights you gained at conference that are likely to be useful to your agency. Or, write an email to document the most valuable information. There’s no better place than a conference to take stock of the state of your agency and your profession. 

  • 18 Dec 2017 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please consider supporting KRPA through AmazonSmile while you are making purchases this holiday season. It is very simple and doesn't cost you anything. Just shop through the AmazonSmile webpage, receive the same great deals and Amazon will give back to us. Click the link below to get started:


    Using the KRPA AmazonSmile website allows you to provide a percentage of your order amount back to our members. You still get Amazon's great prices, prime shipping and more! If you are shopping for presents or great deals, don't forget to use our AmazonSmile site and help provide scholarships to fellow KRPA members to attend our Conference and other events/workshops!  

  • 11 Dec 2017 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paul Lewis is retiring from Dodge City Parks and Recreation after almost 40-years in the park and recreation industry. Paul Lewis has been an active member of KRPA since 1979. He served on the Board of Directors for three years in the early 1990's and then again from 2012-2013. He also serviced on the KRPA Advocacy Committee. Paul has attended the KRPA Conference on an annual basis since the start of his career.

    The City of Dodge City will host a reception for Paul on December 12, 2017 from 3-6p.m. at the Santa Fe Depot in Dodge City. Please see invitation here:

  • 02 Nov 2017 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, KAN -- Terry Bertel retires from Shawnee County Parks + Recreation after a 33-year career.  Having announced his retirement, Bertels will work his final day with SCP+R on November 9.

    In contributing to the parks and recreation profession, Bertels has hosted Kansas Recreation and Park Association conferences and assisted in the planning of a number more. He has furthered the Senior Olympics and the Sunflower State Games in Kansas. He is also appreciated for having mentored a number of co-workers who have advanced in the parks and recreation profession.

    “Terry Bertels is not an attention seeker, but his integrity and his quiet, calm, competent leadership style have earned him the respect of all who deal with him,” said John Knight, director, SCP+R. “He has a commitment to his profession and an unwavering desire to serve his peers, co-workers and the patrons of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation.”  Click here to view complete press release on Bertels' retirement.

    Shawnee County will host a reception for Bertels on November 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee. Click here to view invitation to retirement reception.

  • 30 Oct 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas Appleseed is partnering with the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Health Foundation to host five regional Summer Food Service Program Summits across Kansas in November.

    Many Parks and Recreation Commissions throughout the state are highly involved in serving summer meals or providing a summer meals location in their communities, and Kansas Appleseed would love for anyone interested in either learning more about the Kansas Kids Table program or learning new innovative tactics to increase participation and overcome obstacles to join!

    Here's a fact sheet about the program. 

    Agendas and RSVP info can also be found here: http://www.kansaskidstable.org/2017-agenda.html

    The dates and locations are as follows: 
    - Dodge City, November 7
    - Oakley, November 8
    - Iola, November 13
    - Salina, November 14
    - Bonner Springs, November 16

  • 24 Oct 2017 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA is on the road for our Annual President't Tour. This year, Kelby Hellwig (KRPA President) along with some KRPA staff are touring some southeast Kansas agencies. They started their tour yesterday (October 23, 2017) and will conclude today. Remember to read the winter editions of the KRPA Today magazine to be published in January to hear all about Kelby's experience and what he learned on his President's Tour. #LoveKSParkRec

  • 23 Oct 2017 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Honor Someone From Your Agency or Your Community for Their Efforts to Support Parks and Recreation in Kansas

    Are you aware of someone or program that stands out in their Park and Recreations field?  Please take this opportunity to pay tribute and honor individuals who are important in our communities by nominating them to be honored at the annual KRPA Conference and Trade Show.

    Nomination forms available here. Nomination deadline is November 17, 2017. Contact the KRPA Office
     with questions.

  • 19 Oct 2017 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Health and Wellness is a growing area in the park and recreation profession. As the Recreation and Park profession changes, our association needs to stay relevant to the needs of our members.  Therefore, the KRPA board has voted to change the TR/Aging branch to the Wellness branch.

    Our branches contribute to the educational sessions at the KRPA conference, host workshops and provide networking opportunities for our members to meet others in similar areas of the profession. We will continue to provide educational sessions geared toward TR and aging but will broaden the education to include more health and wellness opportunities.

    We encourage all members who have an interest or job responsibilities related to wellness to consider running for the branch board. We hope to make this branch a huge success.

    Thank you,

    Erika Devore, MS, RD
    Executive Director

  • 17 Oct 2017 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA is excited to release a new Kansas Park and Recreation Promotional video. With the help from our friends at Feature Group, we have put together a video to showcase what Parks and Recreation bring to Kansas communities. We, at KRPA, desire to a vibrant Parks and Recreation program in very Kansas community. To access the toolkit, click here.

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