Annual Awards

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.

The Young Professional Award
The Young Professional Award was introduced in 2005, to recognize parks and recreation professionals who are 40 years of age or younger and have been employed in the State of Vermont for at least two years. All nominees must be current members of VRPA. Young Professional Award nomination form. 

The Facility of Merit Award
The Facility of Merit Award was introduced in 2007 for the first time, to recognize an outstanding and/or creative renovation or development of a recreation facility or amenity. More than one Facility of Merit Award may be presented. The director of the agency must be a current VRPA member.  Facility of Merit Award nomination form.

The Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award was introduced in 2008 and recognizes lay persons or professionals who have demonstrated consistent or outstanding service in their community and whose commitment has been in furthering the field of parks, recreation, and/or cultural and community services through excellence, service, and execution of their talents and skills. The nominee must be affiliated with a VRPA member in good standing; the nominator must be a current VRPA member. Unsung Hero Award nomination form.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN until March 30, 2018 for the 2018 VRPA Annual Awards. 

For a list of Past VRPA Annual Award Recipients, CLICK HERE.

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.

Nominations are accepted each summer for Theresa S. Brungardt Awards in three categories: professional, friend, and organization/agency. Eligibility and criteria vary by category. Nominations are reviewed by an Awards Committee consisting of the past professional Brungardt Award recipients who are still working in the field full-time. The awards are presented at the Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation. CLICK HERE for a list of past Brungardt Award recipients.

Nominations for the 2019 Brungardt Awards will open in May 2019. Please check back then for the 2019 nomination form. 

In 2012, Cindi Wight, with the help of the staff at the Rutland PEG TV Community Access  Channel, completethree great videos about recreation  pioneer, Theresa Brungardt. These are a great way to learn a little more about Mrs. Brungardt.

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.

2018 VIP Details and Tabulation Form

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