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KRPA Conference Schedule Thursday
February 2, 2017

 

7:45am-12:15pm-  Registration

7:45-2:30- Hospitality Room

8:00- 12:00 .4 CEU

Kings– Park Law – Active Listening
Bob Ware, Kansas Highway Patrol

Basic communication skills including good listening habits, poor listening habits, basic counseling skills and active listening techniques.

8:00-9:00am .1 CEU

Flint - Aquatics Forum
Jennifer Wegener, Emporia Recreation Commission

All about aquatics. We will discuss any and every aquatic hot topic of the season. Both veteran and new professionals are welcome to bring their insight and questions

Konza – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Jo Ellis, Lawrence Park and Recreation

Why reinvent the wheel when you can get ideas from other recreation professionals from the state? Hear the good, the bad and the ugly on programs. 

Alcove - Social Media: Have a Plan, Tell a Story, Be Consistent- Part I
Jana Thomas, Strictly Social Media

Session Repeated from February 1st.

Take an in-depth look at each of the most widely used social media platforms and the strategy, content, and tools necessary to be effective. Also learn how to grow your social media community through content development, the latest paid advertising options, and the integration of social media with your other marketing efforts to maximize results.

Highlights:

·         How to create a social media strategy

·         How to choose the right social media platforms for your industry or organization

·         How to create content that engages: images, video, promotions

·         How to keep content planned, organized and executed effectively

·         Knowledge of monitoring & scheduling tools

·         An introduction to social media paid advertising

·         How to measure social media activity

 

Tuttle What about Bees?
Gary LaGrange, Golden Prairie Honey Farms

Learn about honey bee hives, honey extraction, beeswax production, and the important roll honey bees play in our world! 

McDowell - Changing Aging: It’s Not Your Grandparents Senior Center Anymore
Michelle Alexander, Johnson County Parks and Recreation, Bettie Partington, Lenexa Parks and Recreation

It's time to change the way we think about aging.  As we all live longer, work longer, and are maintaining healthier lives longer it's important to look at how we are packaging and integrating programs for mature adults.  The baby boomers will be a strong force over the next many years.  It's our responsibility as a recreation service provider to meet the changing needs of this generation which will be inundating our facilities and demanding our attention.  In this session you will become aware of the exciting steps aging professionals in the KC Metro area have been taking to bring aging issues to the forefront of our city with a theme of dignity.    We will discuss a variety of national, regional, and local programs along with organization resources that are readily available to assist you to build strong programs.

9:15 – 10:15am .1 CEU

Flint – Fighting PTSD with Bees
Gary LaGrange, Golden Prairie Honey Farms

Retired US Army Colonel Gary LaGrange has a dream. His ultimate goal is to build a farm and rehabilitation center for wounded veterans. They will learn every aspect of agriculture through a program called S.A.V.E Farm (Soldier Agriculture Vocational Education Farm). Beekeeping is one aspect of the farm that has a therapeutic benefit for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury 

Konza - Encouraging Inter-generational activity in Park Designs
Carisa McMullen, Landworks Studio

Two growing populations are and will continue to have an impact on society…baby boomers and children being raised in less traditional families.  By designing and creating outdoors spaces for positive exchange and inter-generational interaction, our parks systems can offer positive experiences for two very different populations with surprisingly similar needs. 

This session will share surprising statistics you need to know to understand how to best serve your neighborhoods and communities.  In addition, this session will cover what the needs are for these growing populations and offer creative ideas for how to facilitate engaging environments that make a difference.

Alcove - Social Media: Have a Plan, Tell a Story, Be Consistent- Part II
Jana Thomas, Strictly Social Media

This is the 2nd session of a 2- part session and is repeated from February 1std.

Take an in-depth look at each of the most widely used social media platforms and the strategy, content, and tools necessary to be effective. Also learn how to grow your social media community through content development, the latest paid advertising options, and the integration of social media with your other marketing efforts to maximize results.

Highlights:

·         How to create a social media strategy

·         How to choose the right social media platforms for your industry or organization

·         How to create content that engages: images, video, promotions

·         How to keep content planned, organized and executed effectively

·         Knowledge of monitoring & scheduling tools

·         An introduction to social media paid advertising

·         How to measure social media activity

Tuttle – Effective Personal Productivity
Russell Disberger, CEO, Aspen Business Group a Kansas/Colorado based management consulting firm

Most of us use less than 10% of our true potential. At the heart of all achievement you will find productive people practicing effective behaviors. None of us are born with behaviors that are 100% effective. We all learn by trial and error, and some learn from those experiences faster than others. Another challenge is our past conditioning. We all come to the workplace with different past conditioning; some good, some bad. Locked behind our ingrained habits and attitudes lie vast reserves of unused potential. The question is how do you develop that unused potential.

Organizations improve when people make effective changes. Our Effective Personal Productivity addresses the gap between current performance and the future potential of people.

Learn effective behaviors in:

  • ·         Time Management
  • ·         Personal Initiative
  • ·         Accountability
  • ·         Identifying High-Payoff Activities
  • ·         Measuring Personal Productivity

McDowell – TEAM (Train, Evaluate, Appreciate, Motivate)
Kristy Bellinger, Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Jalon Hutchens, Lawrence Parks and Recreation

Training and motivating part time staff can be a challenge! Learn about different processes for evaluating staff, team bonding, staff training, motivating, secret shopper and catch your staff doing good.

Kings - Games, Games, Games!
Jenny Smith, Mission Parks and Recreation, Kari Baesel, Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Duck .. Duck .. WHAT?!? If you and your staff are sick and tired of playing the same games over and over again to the groans and moans of your campers or after schoolers; then this is the session for you! You will walk out the door with tons of knowledge regarding different ways to split your groups up, tools to encourage staff to loosen up and have fun, and a whole book full of exciting game ideas. Don’t let “Head’s Up, Seven Up” or “Dodgeball” define your recreation game world! 

10:30-11:30am - .1 CEU

Flint – Making the Case for a New Model of Worksite Wellness
Elizabeth Ablah, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita

A new model of worksite wellness will be introduced that improves the bottom line. WorkWell KS can help worksites decrease costs, reduce presenteeism/absenteeism, and increase morale and productivity. During this session, you will learn about WorkWell KS and the benefits of implementing a comprehensive worksite wellness initiative can have on your worksite.

Konza - Irrigation System Auditing
Cathie Lavis, Kansas State University

The irrigation season is about to begin; that means applying valuable water resources to the landscape. It is our responsibility as environmental stewards to ensure water is applied wisely. An audit of an irrigation system has been shown to be the most effective tool for maximizing water use efficiency. This session will briefly introduce the three main audit activities: site inspection; performance testing and irrigation scheduling. Each activity in itself can result in significant water and cost savings for your organization. Together they can provide valuable information based on site specific conditions and irrigation system performance.

Alcove Mom…Where’s my Spreadsheet!
Tom McEvoy, Emporia Recreation Commission

Over the last 20 years, I have used spreadsheets and Excel workbooks in a variety of ways. Spreadsheets are more than just numbers, and this class will open the eyes of people how flexible spreadsheets are. I will demonstrate the many reports and functions I have developed and bring some of the "newer" items I have created in the past 12 years. This is not an Excel education class. It is just a demonstration on what can be done with Excel. 

Tuttle – Managing Up
Russell Disberger, CEO, Aspen Business Group a Kansas/Colorado based management consulting firm

Managing up is the process of consciously working with your boss to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and your organization. The workshop will help you understand different management styles and how to flex your style and communication methods to maximize your teamwork and outcomes. It will provide practical tools for you to utilize in the future.

McDowell – National Park Service as a Community Partner
Brian Leaders, National Park Service

 Learn how the National Park Service works with community groups through their RTCA program to develop Multi-use trails, public green spaces and conservation programs in your hometown and the National Park Service Centennial, Celebrating 100 years of our national parks. 

Flint - Parents and Club Sports- Are they the enemy?
Nick Leon, Hutchinson Recreation Commission

Panel type presentation and discussion focusing on the specific topics of parental issues in youth sports as well as club vs. rec leagues. This session will have presentations from all sides of both issues and a Q&A portion at the end.


12:00-2:00pm

Kaw Nation/Big Basin - Awards of Excellence Lunch and BlueCHIP Awards 
Presiding: Brian Bascue, KRPA President, Awards Committee Chair

Awards to be presented: Hall of Fame; Distinguished Fellow, Distinguished Professional; Distinguished New Professional; Distinguished Public Service; Distinguished Board or Commission Member, Distinguished Service, Tomorrow’s Leaders Class of 2016 and President’s Award.

Swearing In of New KRPA Board of Directors: TBA, Officiating

2:15 – 3:15 pm .1 CEU

Kings – The Role of Interpretation in Parks
Ted Cable, Kansas State University

This presentation will present information about the principles of interpretation and the benefits of having interpretation in parks. It will be based on Dr. Cable's widely-used book, "The Gifts of Interpretation: Guiding Principles for Interpreting Nature and Culture."

Konza – Statewide Healthy Communities Initiative: Putting Research to Practice
Jennie Sumrell, Playcore

Parks are a valid solution for creating a healthier, happier society across generations.  Be inspired by leadership case examples in which communities across the state of Kansas participated in statewide professional development and funding initiative in which they thoughtfully addressed the local needs and goals of stakeholders, aligned projects with research-based solutions, and enhanced the quality of life for communities across Kansas. 

Alcove – Top 5 Hottest Trends in Park and Rec Marketing
Marketing Committee

Learn the secrets of marketing your programs and telling your story. Real world examples that you can take home and implement for immediate results

Tuttle – Building a Leadership Pipeline
Russell Disberger, CEO, Aspen Business Group a Kansas/Colorado based management consulting firm

If your demand for good leaders has greatly outpaced the supply, this workshop will help you.  We will cover the Leadership Pipeline Model that has helped organizations grow leaders internally at every level, from entry level team leaders to senior managers. The model provides a framework that you can use to identify future leaders, assess their competence, plan their development, and measure results. Put simply, you can use the model to think about how you'll train your people to take the next step up the leadership ladder.

McDowell – Fair Labor Standards Act – Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities Under the Act
Susan Lang, Department of Labor- Wage and Hour Division

This session will explore compensable time, legal compensation and child labor.               

3:30-5:00

Big Basin - Healthy Initiative Awards and OK Kids Awards

Collapse of a Culture…Lessons Learned from Enron

Cindy Olson, Choice Solutions

Cindy Olson, author of the book “The Whole Truth So Help Me God” and a former member of Enron’s 20 person executive committee shares the Lessons that she learned from the demise of one of the most complex and successful businesses in recent American History. She describes how a company that was generating over $1 Billion in income could go from being one of the best and most admired companies in the world to bankrupt in a matter of months.  She emphasizes that the value of Integrity is “NON NEGOTIABLE” by describing how over $60 Billion of Market Cap held by Enron shareholders disintegrated in a matter of months and 25,000 employees and their families were impacted in addition to thousands of the company’s customers, suppliers and nonprofits Enron supported across the country

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