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NRPS Newsletter February 2013

President’s Message Step Up to the Plate

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!

Board elections are coming soon. It is time for everyone to think about placing their name on the ballot to possibly be someone that leads NRPS into the future. There are various positions open such as presidentelect, vice-president, treasurer, and member at large. Why would anyone want to be a board member of NRPS? It is a way to give back to your profession, meet others that have the same interest as you, and to advocate parks and recreation as an essential service in the state of Nevada. You show others that you are a leader, capable of do-

ing more than just your job. Yes, you also get to put this on your resume. It will make you stand out from the crowd. Recently, I was on a hiring board and saw how some of the candidates were able to use their experience on the NRPS board in their responses. They were able to demonstrate how well-rounded they are and tell about responsibilities that made them ready for the position they were seeking. I will soon being going on my sixth year on the board. I haven't regretted a moment. The best part of my experience is my many new friends in parks and recrea-

tion. We have shared so much with each other. Look for upcoming information on how to get your name on the ballot. Any current board member should be able to answer any question you may have. I can't wait to see who steps up to the plate. 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, Feb 22, noon to 1pm, Blind Onion Pizza 3605 Kings Row, Reno, NV For the South contact: Felicia Rivera-Baker, South VP Feb 28, 11:30am, Paradise Recreation Center This is an educational session for stress reduction and a delicious taco bar lunch for only $5. Plus you can earn CEU’s.

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Agency Job Announcements CLARK COUNTY - Assistant Manager Facilities - Park Maintenance Full-Time, starts at $60,819.20 - Park Maintenance Supervisor Full-Time, starts at $48,276.80 Most communities are currently looking for lifeguards for the upcoming summer season.

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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Ignite Our Future! Dear Recreation and Parks Colleagues, “Ignite Our Future “is the theme for the 2013 Nevada Recreation and Parks (NRPS) Conference. The conference will be hosted by the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Department in Incline Village, Nevada (Lake Tahoe) on September 17-20. The aspirations of the NRPS Conference Committee and Board of Directors are to host a memorable and exhilarating educational event that will attract inspiring speakers, progressive commercial exhibitors and committed, brilliant attendees from Nevada and all NRPA affiliates. It is our intention that the conference will represent the mission and vision of NRPS & NRPA, by selecting presenters who philosophically and practically embrace the advancement of parks, recreation and environmental conservations efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. As well as the value these entities in their role to: “Enhance community vitality, livability and sustainability; support human development; improve health and wellness; provide quality parks and recreation experiences; garner legislative and financial support; foster environmental stewardship and appreciation of nature; raise awareness of the value of structured and unstructured play; ensure safe, affordable and accessible park and recreation opportunities; and position parks, recreation and environmental conservation as essential to every citizen.” The Conference Committee has secured the lakeside Cal-Neva Lodge as the host hotel, Diamond Peak Ski Resort for the tradeshow and welcoming reception, and the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center and the IVGID Parks Building for the classrooms. Currently the committee is seeking, inviting and confirming speakers, presenters & educators. If you or someone you know would like to present an exceptional session , please contact Pandora Bahlman at or (775)832-1350. The preliminary presenter program will be published in February on, so that attendees can make an early, informed reservation. Exhibitor applications will be emailed the last week of January. If want to reserve a booth at the tradeshow, or need more information about the September NRPS Conference Tradeshow, please contact Misty Moga at or (775)832-1381, Shane Goddard at or Shelly Gulotta at Early Bird discount registration fees and hotel room rates will be available to all NRPS & NRPA members March through June. There will also be a group discount for agencies that send five or more representatives. The conference fee includes conference presenters, keynote speaker, tradeshow, welcome and award reception. Additional conference events will include: two continuing educations courses (Alternative Funding and Trail Building) on Tuesday and Disc Golf and/or Golf outings Friday afternoon.

“Ignite Your Future” with NRPS this year in Lake Tahoe! See you in September, Pandora Bahlman, NRPS President Elect

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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 in April. 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.

Stress Reduction Training Session Earn 0.1 CEU for 1.25 hours of training February 28th - 11:45 am Hosted at the Paradise Recreation Center Lunch hosted as well ($5.00 taco bar)

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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

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89054


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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 February 2013  
NRPS Newsletter February 2013  

NRPS Newsletter February 2013