“Things don't have to change the world to be important.” (Steve Jobs). I recently saw this quote and thought about NCRPA. We made an investment in you and NCRPA during 2014 by asking you as members of our profession what you needed from NCRPA. You spoke and we listened. And now we are implementing change in our membership packages. These changes are not going to change the world, but they are important. Important to current and future members, and important to the vitality of NCRPA.
Beginning in July, NCRPA’s agency membership will have a different look. This revised Agency membership is designed to allow and encourage everyone who works in a parks and recreation agency to be a member of NCRPA. The Agency package will include all full-time employees, along with citizen board members, local elected and appointed officials and managers. Individual members will still have their same benefits, but now included with this package will be unlimited Career Connection postings, the ability to add or renew membership by one staff person with one invoice/payment, the ability to have one staff person register multiple individuals for conferences and workshops with one invoice/payment, SWAC Tournament participation, eligibility for agency awards such as Arts and Humanities and the Innovative Program Award, the opportunity to apply for grants through NCRPA partnerships (such as healthy equipment grant $100,000, Nourishing NC $300,000) and the opportunity for an agency profile in NCRPA NEWS magazine.
The fees for the Agency package are based on permanent full-time employees and varies with the size of the agency (see details). Every attempt was made to find a model that was equitable to agencies of varying sizes. Yes, some agencies may be paying more and some will be paying less when we switch from the paying a flat fee per person model we have used since the inception of NCRPA. We have been sharing this information with department directors since it was finalized and hopefully many agencies were able to make adjustments their FY 15-16 budgets. The individual membership is still available for those that deem this their best option for $65.
We also revised the Commercial membership package to be for an individual or for a business that wants to include all of their sales team or staff as NCRPA members. For our colleges and universities, we have a packaged membership that includes the faculty/staff and students. Students who attends a university that has not purchased a College/University package can purchase an individual student membership for $10.
Other than changing the membership year for everyone to July 1 – June 30, there were no changes other to our retired membership.
Updated technology has made these changes to our membership opportunities possible. And with technology there can be challenges. We will be implementing the changes, testing them and then releasing these new options on a staggered calendar. We want this transition to be as seamless as possible for you, the member, and us in the NCRPA office. We appreciate your patience and assistance during this process.
Your NCRPA Board of Directors and staff are excited about this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you during the process and we hope you will encourage others in your department that may not be NCRPA members to join – especially if you have the agency package. If you have questions about this important change, please let me know.
Thanks for all you do to support the profession as a member of NCRPA