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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Conference Brochure and Registration is now available. 

Online Registration- Click Here

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    • Keynote on 1st day- Wednesday at 12:45pm
    • 3 Hour, 90 & 70 Minute Sessions on Wednesday
    • Hands-On Programming & Facilitated Roundtables on Wednesday
    • First Session on Thursday starts at 8:30am
    • Last Session on Thursday ends at 2:55pm
    • Exhibit Hall in Terrace Ballroom- bigger space
    • Meals in Morey Room- upstairs
    • Fireside Chat w/Brungardt Family & Award Winners


The Conference Committee can use your help.  Get involved at the conference by volunteering for one of these roles:

        • Moderator- Moderate a session that you will be attending
        • Registration Table- Help out 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, registration is now open for exhibitor space at this year's conference.

    For the Exhibitor Packet and Registration- Click Here
    Be sure to register now!  
    Exhibit Hall fills fast and was sold out the last two years.

    Registered Exhibitors- as of August 8, 2017

      Pettinelli & Associates   Landscape Structures 
      Burke Playgrounds  Challenger Sports
      Clivus New England  Franklin Paint
      Gametime Park & Playground/MRC  ME O'Brien & Sons
      MTE  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  Northern Lights Rock & Ice
      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   
      Killington/Pico Resort  



      • Cost Recovery, Budgeting & Pricing in Action (3hrs)
      • Trail Building Possibilities- Field Project (3hrs)
      • RecTrac User Group (3hrs)
      • Hey Coach: Smooth Sailing Youth Sports Experiences (90min)
      • Bridging the Gap:Managing Multiple Generations in Recreation (90min)
      • Mentoring to Chart Your Course Through Transition (90min)
      • Blown Off Course by Concussion (90min)
      • Building a Road Map to Inclusive Recreation (70min)
      • Multi-Community Park Districts (70min)
      • Team Greenway: Industrial Past to Sustainable Future (70min)
      • MyRec.com User Group (70min)
      • Assessing Trails for Accessibility (70min)
      • Hands-On Programming: (70min)
        Pickleball, Let's Play Cooperative Games, Disc or Fling Golf
      • Facilitated Roundtables: (70min)
        New Approaches to Accessible Recreation, Small Town Rec,
        Front Line Customer Service, Dogs in Parks

    Thursday: (3-70 minute sessions)

      • Special Events- The Do's, the Don'ts and the Maybe's
      • How the National Accreditation Standards Can Help You & Your Agency
      • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Why You've Charted this Course!
      • Discovering the Hidden Treasure in your Trail System
      • Creating & Ensuring a Relevant Park & Recreation Agency
      • Grant Writing 101
      • Leading "The Way"- Creating a Positive Culture in Your Department
      • Bike Smart: Bike Skills Games for Kids
      • Navigating Social Media: How to Boost Your Marketing & Customer Service
      • Select, Don't Hire!
      • Charting our Course: Transformational Leadership's Power
      • Parks & Recreation Master Planning
      • Park Rx

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