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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.

 

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YPN Blog: Spring 2019

Posted By Meredith Batchelor, Special Events Coordinator, Town of Stallings, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Making a Statement

Everyone wants to make a statement, everyone wants to make a name for themselves. Why is it that we always feel the need to prove ourselves? For me, it came with my age and how I looked. Getting a middle management position right out of college is a fantastic accomplishment for some. I was ecstatic that I had been offered a position as the Recreation Manager for a department. What I soon found out was that no one wanted to listen to a 22-year-old kid right out of college, especially one that looked like she was 16 on a good day and “wasn’t from around these parts.” I faced a lot of challenges when it came to that, no one knew by looking at me that I had graduated from college with a degree in the field and no one knew that I had worked so hard to get to where I was.

Fast forward to today and that still is ringing true. I started as the Special Event Coordinator with the Town of Stallings in July of 2018. This was a brand new position created for the town, so I felt as though even though no one had held the position previously, that I still had some big shoes to fill.  I constantly am pushing myself to work harder so that everything I produce for the department can be the absolute best. I will beat myself up internally if something doesn’t go exactly as planned.

It’s not a bad thing to expect and seek perfection, for some it’s a good goal to set, especially as event planners. By nature, event planners are organized and consistent, hitting everything on a checklist and exceeding expectations is how we feel the job is done. I do know now after bringing new events and ideas to the town that I can step back and know I’ve done a good job. As Parks and Recreation professionals, our priority is the people. Special Events is how I can provide for the people and the community I serve. I make sure to take the time out of the event to talk to families that are there. I want to make sure they’re having a good time and the event is everything that they expected. I’ve also gotten a lot of good ideas as well as vendor contacts from talking with the community members. By doing this, I’m also setting up a relationship and a reputation. By being so young in the field, it’s important to build those relationships to carry on with me throughout my career.

For anyone who is also a young professional, don’t be afraid to step up. Take the challenge, ask questions, and be present! Make sure you’re creating those lasting relationship, who knows who you may be needing to call on years from now.

About the Author

Meredith Batchelor is the Special Events Coordinator for the Town of Stallings Parks and Recreation Department. Meredith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015 where she concentrated in Community Recreation and Special Events and minored in Political Science. Prior to her time in Stallings, Meredith worked in recreation with the Walt Disney World Resort before becoming the Recreation Manager in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. She has had a passion for the field since becoming a camp counselor at the age of 16 and loves that she can bring that passion to her position in Stallings.

 Meredith can be contacted at mbatchelor@stallingsnc.org or 704-821-8557.

 


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NCRPA Membership Update

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

  

Michelle

 

 

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Where Are We Going?

Posted By Dale Smith, 2015 NCRPA President., Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“You cannot grow unless you are willing to change.  You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be” - Leon Brown 

I am an avid reader now that I am retired and regularly save different quotes that are meaningful and inspire me to be better.  That is exactly what Leon Brown’s quote does for me when I think about the future of our Association.  Whether it is apparent or not, NCRPA is at a crossroads and it is time to evolve or lose our relevance. Associations across the country along with ours are facing challenges that have diminished the effectiveness of Associations overall, however it is our goal to understand this climate and prepare NCRPA for the future.

Over the past few years, NCRPA has both adopted a Strategic Plan and worked with Pro’s Consulting to develop a Membership and Marketing Plan (Project Supercharged!).  After careful review of each plan and much discussion by the Executive Board, we have determined that the first step in this process is to review our structure.  Dr. Joy James, Associate Professor in Recreation Management, at Appalachian State University will chair a committee of 9 professionals that represent our diverse membership. This committee will review the Association’s structure to make sure that we have a sustainable working model for the future.  They have been given a great deal of information to review and are charged to provide a recommendation to the Executive Board by April 2015.

As this committee works diligently to understand the climate associations must operate in and makes suggestions for viable change, committee members will be blogging about their progress. These blog posts will help keep YOU the association members informed and engaged in this important venture that will eventually lay the ground work for the future of our organization.

Stay tuned, stay involved and stay supportive!  

Tags:  Association  Marketing  Membership. Board  NCRPA  Parks  Recreation  Relevance  Strategic Plan 

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Introducing The NC Recre8'er Blog

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The NC Recre8'er  is the Blog for NC for Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Camps, Leadership, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact me: Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation & Park Association as a whole. 

 

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