Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Thanks for the Memories

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Thanks for the Memories

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As we approach the 1998 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Miami Beach, it is natural to pause and reflect on the progress made over the past year in striving to achieve the work plan set forth in Vision 2000, the Association's strategic plan. The Congress offers the opportunity to both celebrate this progress and set new targets for the next year as our working committees meet and deliberate.

I am pleased to report that the Association accomplished a great deal over the past year that will result in direct benefit to the membership. A few of the highlights follow:

A Membership Needs Assessment was completed to assess the quality and importance of member services. This can be compared with the results of the 1991 survey to determine our progress. It will also be used next year to update the Association's strategic plan.

The first Annual Fund Campaign, which raised $232,000, $57,000 of which came from individual donors, was completed. Developed on the success of the NRPA Ahrens Institute fundraiser, this campaign was developed to accomplish work not otherwise achievable by the Association.

A consultant was hired to determine the feasibility of and provide recommendations for creating an endowment fund. This fund would be built on the support of foundations and corporations across America with the purpose of funding broad-based public visibility programs around the topics of fitness/ wellness, environmental stewardship, and youth and economic development as they relate to parks and recreation.

A study of NRPA is being done to assess whether or not our current form of governance is suitable in today's environment. The study will address how we can achieve our goals more effectively through streamlining our process of governing.

The Benefits movement is coming of age. Our recent membership survey determined that the Benefits program has become one of the five most important programs to our members over the past several years. …

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