Academy ENews
January 2020

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President's Message

Dianne Hoover, CPRP 2020 AAPRA President

It is a new year and the beginning of a new decade; the modern roaring 20’s!  Your Academy board members are off to a roaring start as well. 
One of our first orders of business was to formulate Vision and Mission statements which are based on the initial purpose statement used in founding the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. A task force of the Board met in Baltimore and created draft Vision and Mission statements which were then approved by the Board of Directors in December. 



The Board then reviewed each committee and task force purpose using our new vision and mission along with the 4 purposes of the Academy. Additionally, we have been diligently working to fulfill the challenges expressed in the 2019 Strategic Positioning survey by creating specific target goals for each committee and task force.  Chairs of each committee and task force are now assigned and ready to go, and each has been assigned a Board liaison.

Thanks to the Academy members who volunteered to serve on a committee or task force; those assignments are being finalized.  A few will greatly benefit by having more Academy member volunteer to serve.  Those task forces are the Outreach and Advancement, Mentoring and the Advocacy.  If you are an Academy member and have not yet signed on to a committee or task force, please contact me immediately – I encourage your involvement. I can be reached at

Don't Be Late - Dues are Due by January 31, 2020
Emeritus and Active Academy members were recently invoiced for their 2020 dues. Dues may be paid by mailing a check to AAPRA, 5716 Folsom Blvd., #237, Sacramento, CA 95819 or online by clicking here.

                                                 Pay by Check                                            Pay on Line*
Emeritus Members                   $70.00                                                        $71.86
Active Members                        $200.00                                                     $204.79
*The pay on line fee includes the PayPal processing fee - and allows us to "GO GREEN"
NOTE: A $25 late penalty will be assessed if your dues are received after January 31, 2020. Renew today!

NEW! "1 Pager" on the Academy 
We repeatedly hear “what is the Academy and what does it do?” With the support of Board member MaryBeth O’Dell we now have a “1 pager” that briefly describes the Academy, its vision and mission, purposes, and its key activities. Print and share with others! This is a great piece to share with potential nominees!
Update on Board of Directors Actions
The Academy Board of Directors has met twice since its in-person meeting in Baltimore. Highlights of actions from those meetings include:

  • Approval of new Vision and Mission Statements
  • Appointment of Board liaisons to each committee / task force
  • Approved merger of Career Development and 30 Under 30 Task Forces to further focus these efforts
  • Approved transition of Research for the Advancement of the Profession Task Force to a Research Committee
  • Forwarded gun regulation request from member John McGovern to the Advocacy Task Force for review and recommendation

Committee/Task Force Chair & Board Liaison & Goals
Each Academy Committee and Task Force has been assigned a board liaison to help direct the work, answer any questions from members, and to bring forth any policy or program recommendations. The Academy thanks these members for their leadership and commitment to the Academy’s success.

Committee / Task Force Chair Board Liaison
Advocacy Task Force Elizabeth Kessler Susan Trautman
Best Paper Committee Andrew Mowen Michael McCarty
Bylaws Committee Bill Nelson Terry Schwartz
Career Development TF Michael Kalvort Steve Wolter
Extern Committee Cindi Wight Janet Bartnik
Gold Medal Committee Jodie Adams Michael McCarty
Hall of Fame Committee Dale Larson N/A
Legends Committee Linda Lanterman Bill Foelsch
Membership Committee RJ Cardin Carolyn F. McKnight
Mentoring Committee Stacy Dicke Joe Turner
Nominating Committee Carolyn F. McKnight Dianne Hoover
Outreach & Advancement TF Brad Chambers MaryBeth O’Dell
Pugsley Committee Ralph Cryder Dianne Hoover
Research Committee Larry Allen Tracey Crawford
Urban Directors Committee Ronnie Gathers Bill Foelsch
40th Anniversary TF Becky Benna & Michal Anne Lord Carolyn F. McKnight

Additionally, each committee and task force have desired goals as determined by the Board of Directors. To read what is ahead in 2020 click here 

A Note from YOUR AIPE/Academy Foundation - Directors School Scholarship Available
Our 2020 fundraising goal is $12,000 from 125 Active Academy members.  We know, with your support, we can reach this goal and perhaps even reach our aspirational goal to have 100% participation from active Academy Members and 75% participation from Emeritus Members.  We hope you will take the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation when you pay your annual dues in January.  Our focus is on the percent of members who contribute, not the dollar amount.  As a point of reference, in 2019 the average donation was just slightly under $100 per member. To make your donation now, click here.
Thanks to your donations, the AIPE/American Academy Foundation is offering two John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarships to the 2020 NRPA Directors School in Chicago. Scholarship funds cover tuition, lodging, and up to $500 in travel expenses.  This is an investment in the parks and recreation leaders of tomorrow. The scholarship is intended to support new directors (3 years or less as a director) or superintendents or assistant/deputy directors and mid-level managers who desire to be agency directors. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership and management potential within their organizations toward their goal of being an effective director, but do not have the financial resources to apply to the Directors School.   
Applications for the 2020 Directors School are due March 25, 2020.  Please consider nominating a staff member or a young professional you have met AND help spread the word and pay it forward.

Academy Seeks Executive Secretary 
The Academy is seeking a replacement for Susan Wipf, our Executive Secretary, who has tendered her resignation effective June 1, 2020. We are reaching out to Academy members as you may know a former employee, neighbor, or friend who is looking for part time work.
The physical location of the individual is not important as finding a replacement who highly skilled in administrative duties of finance, meeting support, member data, correspondence, website, maintenance of files, etc. Previous experience as an executive assistant is strongly preferred. All applicants must be very familiar with office management technologies, including the Microsoft Office suite. Ultimately, we are looking for someone who is able to anticipate and address the needs of the Academy and its Foundation and perform all administrative tasks necessary to ensure our organization’s work is accomplished with maximum efficiency.
The Executive Secretary serves as an independent contractor with the Academy and the AIPE/Academy Foundation working in close communication with the Presidents and the Executive Director. Please encourage individuals to send their resume to

To learn more about the duties, click here.

Important 2020 Deadlines & Events (to Date) 
Pottsie Scholarship Application (Directors School)                      March 25th
Hall of Fame Nominees (through NRPA)                                     March 27th
National Gold Medal Award Program Application                        March 27th
Directors School                                                                           August 16-20th
NRPA Conference (Orlando, FL)                                                 October 27-29th
Resources You Can Use
City Parks Alliance Case Study on Walking in Philadelphia
Read how the City of Philadelphia supports residents in their fitness through a free walking program. In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, the program increases the use of local parks and creates opportunities for neighbors to meet each other and pursue fitness goals together. Launched as a pilot program in 2017 with a small grant from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, We Walk PHL is a partner program run collaboratively by Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Department of Public Health.
NRPA Resources on Inclusion
Inclusion is gaining prominence in our society and park and recreation agencies can be a leader in making inclusion a reality. NRPA has made inclusion a high priority and now offers a wealth of resources including guides for policies, images, staff training, etc. To get up to speed on all its resources click here.
Understanding Homelessness
Academy members know first-hand the impact of homelessness in their community, parks, facilities, and trails. A recent Google search on homelessness and parks brought this website (Understanding to light. It offers 4 main areas: Understand, Explore, Strategies, and About. Under the Strategies tab the user can narrow their search by clicking on Roles (“I am a…); Challenges (“…who wants to…”); and Solution Type (“…by doing one of these things.”)

Phising Reported
Please watch your emails from Academy members as two have reported “phishing” emails asking you to purchase gift cards and even pay for training programs. Look carefully at the sender’s email and if it looks unfamiliar you can click here to access the membership directory to verify it. It is very important you look at the e-mail address of the sender before responding, downloading attached files, or clicking on any links in the e-mail.

Next Newsletter Deadline March 6th
We want to include news and updates from Academy members in each newsletter. Please share news from your agency or yourself (don’t be shy!). Send news to by March 6, 2020.

Academy Sponsors


Important Notification - AAPRA  has a new address:
5716 Folsom Blvd., #237
Sacramento, CA 95819

To reach Susan Wipf, AAPRA Executive Secretary,  you may email her at

American Academy for Park
and Recreation Administration

President - Dianne Hoover
President Elect - Michael McCarty
Past President - Carolyn McKnight
Secretary - Janet Bartnik
Treasurer - Bill Foelsch

Tracey Crawford (2020)
Terry Schwartz (2020)
Mary Beth (Thaman) O'Dell (2021)
Joe Turner (2021)
Steve Wolter (2022)
Susan Trautman (2022)
*year term expires

Executive Director - Jane H. Adams
Executive Secretary - Susan Wipf
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