The fall is here and with it brings the 65th Anniversary KRPS Conference and Trade Show. We listened to your input from the surveys and have returned conference to November. We are excited to announce that we will be returning to Lake Barkley State Resort Park as the site for conference. So many of you commented about the last time we were there as being the most valuable networking experience that you remember at a conference that we wanted to return.
We would like to welcome Kentucky State Parks back to KRPS. We have been able to help make this happen by working together and we look forward to the diversity and experience that KSP brings to KRPS! They are offering us rooms at $75.95 and 2-bedroom cabins at $159.00 plus tax per night. They have remodeled and upgraded their wi-fi. Cell phone reception is greatly improved from our last visit. The rooms and the cabins look wonderful.
We would like to thank David Whitehouse of Boone County Parks and Recreation and the Northern KY District Representative. He is this year’s Conference Chair with his district serving as the host committee. Shawn Pickens, President-Elect of Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation is the Program Chair. Both committees have been working hard along with the Awards Committee, Ashley Coulter is the chair, to bring you an educational, productive, diverse program. There will be something for everyone. On Tuesday evening the 6th we will welcome everyone with an outdoor pig roast so come ready to eat. Sessions begin bright and early the next day, the 7th. That evening we will celebrate with the Awards Dinner. We want to be able to let the winners shine all week! Ashley and her committee are working diligently to put together a fantastic event. Get those nominations in on-time. The Exhibit Hall opens on the 8th. We will have some extended time in the Trade Show hall. There will be lunch with the exhibitors and we will wrap-up the day with one final session. Then get your Derby hats ready for “A Night at the Races”! Bragging rights are on the line and the Gold supporters and Partners for Better Parks are inviting everyone to attend. Matching shirts will not help you, you know who you are.
This year, the exhibit hall will close on Friday mid-morning with the finale of the Silent Auction. Be sure to work on getting your silent auction donation ready to bring with you. Don’t forget door prizes! We all have plenty of t-shirts. Let’s bring out the big stuff this year and go for quality over quantity. Or not. Bring what you can. We appreciate the donations! We will round out the final day with a group session. We want everyone to come and help us send out the 65th Anniversary KRPS Conference and Trade Show with, dare I say, A BANG!
Get those registrations in and we look forward to seeing you in November!
Terri Wilkerson KRPS Executive Director
KRPS History / Mission
... celebrating over 65 years of bringing recreation and parks to the Commonwealth of Kentucky
The Kentucky Recreation and Park Society was organized in 1953 as a nonprofit professional association for Kentucky's parks and recreation professionals. Concerned citizens, caring corporations and faithful friends are also invited to further the mission of KRPS.
Our Mission is to further the growth and development of recreation and park services in Kentucky.
The Society is affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.