74th Annual Conference
October 11 & 12, 2017 Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

  "Charting Our Course"



Maureen McKinnon

Maureen learned to sail when she was 20. In the 90s, she fell 13 feet off a seawall and became paralyzed. In 2002 she was diagnosed with ALS. After her accident, she tried racing again but the J/24s she once sailed were too challenging and the Freedom 20s designed for individuals with disabilities were too tame. She gave up sailing for a while, until a chance meeting with Paralympic skipper Rick Doerr, who invited her aboard his triple-handed Sonar as crew. She made the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in the SKUD-18 and has found success once again in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with new skipper, Ryan Porteous.  

To view a video of her accomplishments

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The Conference Committee can use your help for next year's conference- The 75th.  Get involved on the committee or at the conference.

        • Conference Committee- Join the committee
        • Moderator- Moderate a session 
        • Registration Table- Help checking people in
        • Auction:

              Before- Help with making calls & collecting donations
              Day of- Help checking people out and collecting money


    Are you a commercial exhibitor?  Do you offer programming? Does your business offer products for parks and recreation?  If so, plan now to attend next year's conference.

    2017 Conference Exhibitors

      Pettinelli & Associates   ME O'Brien & Sons
      Burke Playgrounds  Challenger Sports
      Clivus New England  Franklin Paint
      Special Olympics Vermont  MyRec.com
      MUSCO Sports Lighting  New England Recreation Group
      Northstar Fireworks
      Pioneer Athletics
      SE Group  Stageline
      TimberHomes Vermont  UltiPlay Parks & Playgrounds
      UVM Adventure Ropes Course  Vermont Systems
      Wicked Cool for Kids  Killington/Pico Resort 
      EcoPlay Playgrounds  USTA New England
      Vermont Display Inc.   RecDesk Software 
      Grassland Equipment & Irrigation  Northern Nurseries
      Local Motion  Explore Disc Golf 
      Weston & Sampson  Atlantic Golf & Turf
      VT Leagues of Cities & Towns  Read Custom Soils   
      Geskus Studios   Arbortrek
      VT Youth Conservation Corps  Court Jesters
      Gametime Park & Playground/MRC VT Outdoor Rec Economic Collaborative

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