As the summer continues to fly by, we find ourselves quickly approaching the NRPA Annual Conference.
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) has reached out to two professionals, a first time attendee and a conference veteran, to get their perspective of the annual event and insight you can use too.
I confess, I was a major Parks and Recreation kid. I still have a drawer full of brightly colored, oversized and permanently stained turquoise t-shirts from every summer of my youth spent at the Middletown Department of Parks and Recreation Day Camp. I vividly remember the daily fight for a seat at the counselor’s picnic table, the monthly field trips to Water Wiz, those rainy days spent overtaking the nearby library and coming home so sweaty and dirty from hours of endless play that all my parents could do was hose me off in the driveway. It was there that I learned to play tennis with Counselor Mike, make a mean friendship bracelet with Head Counselor Christine, and jump beach waves with Counselor Kelly. Yes, those were the days.
Flash forward a few decades later and here I am, National Network Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reliving the glory days of my summer recreation past every day.
You often hear people say “you get out what you put in” when referencing various clubs or organizations that they join. In fact, we’ve even heard that from members of NRPA. Part of the benefits of being in an association are the ample opportunities to get involved and have valuable, rewarding experiences that help you excel in parks and recreation.
As part of our 50th Anniversary, we challenged ourselves to come up with a list of 50 ways members can get engaged and take full advantage of NRPA membership.
Very quickly the list filled up! As you read through, how many of these items have you or your agency accomplished? Are there any on the list that you want to accomplish this year? Are there any you weren’t familiar with? Drop us a note, leave a comment or tweet us your thoughts!
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