The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association recognizes the importance of honoring certain of its recreation and park professional and volunteer members who have rendered outstanding service to this association and the profession, and established the following awards to do this. The nomination deadline is typically in late March and the awards are presented each year at the VRPA Annual Meeting in May.
Theresa S. Brungardt Awards
The Theresa S. Brungardt Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association. This award was established in 1975 to recognize recreation pioneer, Theresa S. Brungardt. Mrs. Brungardt was Vermont's first state Director of Recreation and she traveled tirelessly throughout Vermont to help communities with their recreation programs. Mrs. Brungardt was nationally recognized for her expertise and in 1952 was elected the first female president of the American Recreation Society. In 1977 was inducted into the NRPA Hall of Fame.
The VIP Incentive Program
The Mission of the VIP Program is to increase membership participation in all aspects of the VRPA by providing an incentive plan that will reward members for their professional efforts and recognize members for years of service, involvement and contributions to the VRPA. The plan will encourage current VRPA members to continue their individual career growth and dedication to the field of Recreation and Parks.
The VIP calendar year starts each year at the VRPA Annual Meeting. Participants will receive raffle tickets for their VIP Points and the raffle tickets will be entered into the VIP Drawing held each year at the VRPA Annual Meeting.
One Grand Prize Drawing of $1,000 for a professional development experience of your choice will be awarded annually. Other smaller awards will also be given.