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NRPS Newsletter April 2013

President’s Message Thank You

Inside this issue:

NRPS Mission


Upcoming Socials


Job Postings


Aquatics Committee 3 Grant Opportunities 6 NRPS Membership


Executive Board


Special points of interest:  Check out updated grant information.  Keep an open eye for socials.  Be sure to submit photos and articles.  Recruit new members!

As I write this month's letter, I am reminded of memories of coordinating efforts for the State Conference, trying to figure out how to schedule a phone conference call (of which I'm great at now), and wondering how much could be accomplished in a year. Even though there may have been some stressful moments, I can look back and honestly say I would do it all again. I have had a very dedicated board this year and it has been my privilege to work with each one of them. Many of you have renewed my passion for parks and recreation with your dedication and enthusiasm. I'm also thinking of the new members of the Executive Board, which

will soon be decided. I know that incoming President, Pandora Bahlman, is excited to lead this organization. She has some great ideas to share. I will be taking the position of Past President and will assist Pandora with anything she needs. I will also be there for whomever is elected as our President Elect in the upcoming election. I started my year reminding everyone the importance of not just being a member...but being an active member. There are so many ways to be active and to contribute to the society. You don't have to be on the board to help plan a luncheon or training, assist with State Conference, or even help with reminding members to renew their membership or refer new people to

join. We are always looking for people to help move NRPS forward to better our professionals. Finally, I wanted to share a quote from Dag Hammarskjold (19051961), a Swedish diplomat. He said, "For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes." Take care, Jayne

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Nevada Parks and Recreation Society Mission Our mission is to support and recognize members of the Society and to promote Recreation and Parks as an essential service in Nevada. NRPS Vision Statement We support the National Recreation & Park Association and the benefits of Recreation and Parks for citizens of the State of Nevada. We serve with pride, leadership and professionalism. We Believe in creativity and innovative problem solving. We Believe in encouraging and promoting diversity in our membership. We Believe in recognizing the accomplishments of members and agencies. We Believe in members’ input to shape our vision through strategic planning. We Believe in cooperation, communications, teamwork and consensus building for the citizens, the Society and the agencies we serve.

Upcoming North/South Socials and Events If you are interested in setting up a social event for the north or south, contact your executive board representatives.

For the North contact: Jen Budge, North VP,

For the South contact: Felicia Rivera-Baker, South VP

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Agency Job Announcements Summer seasonal positions and lifeguard positions are currently open statewide. For information regarding specific cities and counties, head to the NRPS job board page for links to each location.

Aquatics Committee The NRPS Aquatic Committee is made up of aquatic professionals throughout the southern Nevada area. Members meet the 2nd Wednesday every other month to discuss aquatic trends, programming, staffing, operations and hot topics. In addition, the committee organizes several events throughout the year; Health & Safety Expo, Southern Nevada Lifeguard Games and a Recreational Swim Meet. Please visit our contact page on if you would like to contact our board members to receive additional information on any of our events, attending a meeting or becoming a member. Did you know‌ Scholarships are available for Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training Instructor, Lifeguard Management, Lifeguard Training and CPR/AED classes? Contact 702-595-0010 for more information.

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NRPS Board Member Elections NRPS Election Season will be upon us soon. Start to think of positions you or someone you know would be perfect to be nominated for. Many positions will be open including the President Elect, Treasurer, members at large and many more. We always need some fresh thoughts and ideas on the board so start to talk to those who have expressed interest in the past and get involved. As a board member you attend monthly meetings, usually by teleconference, and become a liaison for all your fellow professionals in the state of Nevada. Nominations will open soon and new officers will be sworn into their positions on May 1, 2013. Be an integral part of the Nevada Parks and Recreation Society!!

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Grant Opportunities The Finish Line Foundation is offering grants to community-based athletic programs that address active lifestyle and team-building issues. Organizations committed to helping kids lead healthy, active lives or supporting kids with disabilities or disadvantages are eligible to apply for one of the Finish Line grants.,default,pg.html Note: Grant requests may need to emphasize the mail order capacity of Nevada locations as the Finish Line physical stores are located in the Reno and Las Vegas/Henderson Areas.

Training Opportunities Southern Nevada CPSI course save the date. The course will be held on April 30 – May 2 in Las Vegas. Course details to follow. Northern Nevada CPRP Prep Course To be held April 19, 2013 in Sun Valley. The course will be held 8am - noon. Register for the course at

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NRPS Membership The Nevada Recreation and Parks Society (NRPS) is a non-profit, professional organization, founded in 1958. Its main purpose is to promote the growth and development of Nevada recreation and parks. NPRS is affiliated with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). NPRS has several levels of membership to meet the needs of all parks and recreation professionals, students, retirees, agencies, and affiliates. PROFESSIONAL This category includes persons who are or have been employed full time in an executive, leadership or supportive staff capacity within a public or private agency or department of recreation or parks or educational institution. ($30) RETIRED PROFESSIONAL This category includes any persons over 45 years of age, who has been a Professional Member of NRPS, NRPA, or an NRPA Affiliate for a minimum of ten (10) years and has officially retired from a qualified professional position. ($15) ASSOCIATE This category includes persons who are employed part time or volunteers within the recreation and parks field, and who subscribe and agree to the aims and objectives of this society. ($15) STUDENT This category includes persons who are enrolled full time in high school, colleges or universities with an interest in parks and recreation or an allied field. ($10) AGENCY This category includes the Agency Director and members of the policy or advisory board or commission. Dues are based on full time employee (FTE) equivalent. ($250 – 20 FTE’s or more; $150 – under 20 FTE’s) ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION AND AFFILIATE This category includes national, state, and local organizations, hospitals, colleges, universities, clubs, and local, state or regional societies and organizations. ($50) COMMERCIAL This category includes all vendors, commercial and for-profit organizations who subscribe and agree to the aims and objectives of this society. ($50) HONORARY May be bestowed upon those persons approved by this society’s Executive Board.

Future Newsletter Announcements Please send submissions for the NRPS monthly newsletter to Danny Gleich We want to hear from you! Pictures, Articles, Announcements …..

Nevada Parks and Recreation Society (NRPS) Nevada Recreation and Parks Society PO Box 97264

Check out our new website!!!

Las Vegas, Nevada 89054


Contact the President: E-mail:

Creating Communities Through People, Parks and Programs!

NRPS Executive Board President-Jayne Mazurkiewicz, CPRP Past Pres.-Dirk Richwine, CPRP Pres. Elect-Pandora Bahlman Vice Pres. North-Jennifer Budge Vice Pres. South-Felicia Rivera-Baker Secretary-Kristy Bekiares Treasurer-Brady Dehn Members At Large NorthJoel Dunn Danny Gleich Token Barnthouse Darrin Price

Members At Large SouthJeannette Palmer Veronica Reyes Nick Montoya Doug Guild PSP North-Al Rogers PSC North-Linda Fearnley PSP South-Shelly Gulotta PSC South-Dundee Jones

NRPS Newsletter April 2013  
NRPS Newsletter April 2013  

NRPS Newsletter April 2013