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NRPS Newsletter May 2013

President’s Message Dear Recreation and Parks Colleagues and Friends, This is your personal invitation to the 2013 Nevada Recreation & Parks Society’s (NRPS) Conference on September 17th through 20th in beautiful Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe). This year’s theme is “Ignite Our Future”, and we are hopeful that you will join us on a journey of team and self-reliant learning!

Inside this issue:

NRPS Mission


Upcoming Socials


Job Postings


Aquatics Committee 3 Grant Opportunities 6 NRPS Membership


Executive Board


It is an exciting time for the Parks and Recreation industry as we are challenged to provide essential services for our communities, while we adapt to new business models and remain responsive to the our users and governance boards requests… during a time of local, national and global amplified change. Although change and challenges can sometimes be overwhelming, the world of Parks and Recreation remains a stimulating and rewarding arena for work, study, and play. NRPS is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of recreation and parks professionals like you. We hope by offering relevant, practical, and applicable trainings at the conference that you will flourish professionally, and remain on the cutting edge of our trade. On Wednesday, September 18th the conference will officially open at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center with Keynote speaker Ian Hill, founder of Changing Point ( Whether you are starting your career, are a seasoned supervisor, an engaged community member or community leader, our conference will present you with an opportunity to augment your professional tool-kit with strategies and methods that ensure success. Let’s meet today’s challenges together! Let’s Ignite Our Future!

Special points of interest:  Check out updated grant information.

Let’s participate in the 2013 NRPS Conference!

 Keep an open eye for socials.

For more information on the 2013 Nevada Recreation & Parks Conference, please visit our website at or contact conference organizer, Pandora Bahlman at

 Be sure to submit photos and articles.

With excited anticipation of your attendance,

 Recruit new members!

Pandora Bahlman NRPS President and Conference Chair

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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, City of Sparks Red’s Golden Eagle Grill June 6, 2013 11:30am - 1:00pm For the South contact: Felicia Rivera-Baker, South VP

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Agency Job Announcements HENDERSON IS HIRING!!!!!! PROGRAM ASST – THERAPEUTIC RECREATION - PART-TIME Closing Date – 08/15/13 5:30 PM PST

Salary - $8.48 Hourly


Salary - $11.64 Hourly

POOL MANAGER Closing Date – 06/06/13 at 5:30 p.m.

Salary - $22.67 - $35.71 hourly

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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Happenings in Mesquite!! Here are some pictures of our recent event that we partnered with The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) in collaboration with the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services. The event was an excellent opportunity for community members to connect with local organizations committed to serving and supporting those with disabilities. Guest speakers from Silver State Housing Council and Nevada SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) shared information on a variety of topics. Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center and Aging and Disability Services were also be in attendance. The event included workshops, speakers, resource tables, snacks, and free flu shots for all attendees. “As the pool of resources gets seemingly smaller, it is becoming even more important to partner with others like Nicholas Montoya, Associate Director for the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services with the City of Mesquite; in order to get the word out. By bringing appropriate state agencies and non-profit organizations together and inviting the public, our collaborators hope to reach populations that may not have access to community supports otherwise,� says NGCDD, Projects Manager Billie Kale. The Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) engages in advocacy, systems change, and capacity building activities for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to promote equal opportunity, self-determination, and community inclusion. Throughout the year, in the form of P.A.C.E. Events, NGCDD has brought awareness throughout the state of Nevada. These events seek to educate and inform individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and professionals about services and supports in their local communities "This was a great event and we were very grateful of the attendance from the community, Billie and her group did a great job and we were happy to be apart of it and help them in any possible" said Nicholas Montoya"

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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


Northern Nevada


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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


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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