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News on NAC
By Dianne Hoover, NRPA President

A Strategic Plan

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RPA recently announced changes
to its national aquatic programming,
and as we know and expect that many
of our members will have questions, I want
to take this opportunity to communicate our
vision for 2012 and beyond.
NRPA's National Aquatic Conference & Exposition (NAC) will be merged with future national Congresses, so that Aquatic Network
members can interact with the rest of the
NRPA membership. This decision was made by
the NRPA Board of Directors with careful consideration and appreciation of past NACs and
the volunteers who made them happen. However, the many economic challenges faced by
America's agencies resulted in the need to reevaluate and strategize on how we could best
be of service to the field.
NRPA will-with commitment and excitement-continue to support and invest in
the aquatic community by providing a host
of education and networking opportunities.
In addition to offering specialized education sessions at Congress in 2012, NRPA will
continue to serve, expand, and improve the
field through:

NRPA's new and improved National Aquatic
Management School: an enhanced, national
certificate program, which will be offered
in conjunction with Congress as half online
learning and half in-person instruction, or
as a completely online program.
■■ A state-of-the art Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification program offered
throughout the United States.
■■ Distance learning opportunities throughout the year, including Webinars and online courses.
■■ A national network and online community via NRPA Connect for aquatic professionals, interested citizens, students,
educators, and members of the United
States military.
Our aquatic voice remains an important
one for NRPA and for the United States. Aquatic programs provide a significant avenue to
achieve healthy lifestyles, fight obesity, promote life skills, and enhance citizens' quality of
life. We will continue to offer a variety of venues and opportunities to support the aquatic
community, who in turn do much to support
and enhance their local communities.
■■

2011 NRPA National Awards
Call for Nominations!
The National Recreation and Park Association invites you to compete in our 2011 National
Awards Program (included this year are Network Awards). These awards recognize the
inspirational people and outstanding programs that remind us daily of the phenomenal
work being done in the field of parks and recreation. Help us recognize the country's
outstanding park and recreation agencies and individuals! Agencies and individuals have
until March 25, 2011, to submit entries for these prestigious NRPA National Awards. You
can find all nomination materials online at www.nrpa.org/awards.

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hanks to several of the Foundation Board
members stepping forward, a strategic planning
committee has been formed and will begin focusing on the Foundation's strategic plan. The strategic plan will chart strategies for achieving the types
of fundraising efforts and projects that will best serve
our organization's mission. In addition, this strategic plan will focus on creating a unique brand for the
Foundation, which will aim to define what the Foundation does and how it differentiates itself from similar
fundraising initiatives. This is crucial step for the Foundation, and it couldn't come at a better time as we
have reached a milestone of over $500,000 raised in
endowment funds to date and look to continue strong
with our efforts to surpass many more milestones and
support NRPA programs that align with our mission.
We'd like to thank our corporate supporters, Musco Lighting, Playcore, Inc., Landscape Structures, Inc.,
O'Brien and Sons, Inc., and BCI Burke Company, LLC.
We also appreciate and call upon the generosity of
those individuals who have already made a financial
contribution and invite those of you who have not
yet contributed to do so. Please visit our " recognition
home page " at www.myparkandreclegacy.com and
see for yourselves the continued growth of the endowment fund and its loyal supporters.
The NRPF is a 501(c)(3) organization supporting research and public awareness of the economic, social, and physical value of parks and recreation
in creating healthy families and communities for all
populations to include educating and reaching the
underserved, through grants provided to NRPA (e.g.,
Environmental and Play Summits; Marvin Gaye Park).
Jeremy M. Culpepper, NRPF Administrator
admin@nrpfoundation.org
864-634-0412
263 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Fran Mainella, NRPF Chair
fmainel@clemson.edu
www.-myparkandreclegacy.com



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