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CARPD President's Report - April 2022

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Spring is here! As we have learned more about COVID our districts have been able to adapt and continue to make positive impacts in their communities. Our districts have been able to reopen and restart many of their programs to serve their communities, and they have been able to bring back or hire employees to support these services.  With daylight savings time upon us, we should encourage all of our constituents to get outside and enjoy all of our Districts’ programs, parks, and facilities!

CARPD is eagerly looking forward to an in person annual conference on May 18 through May 21 in South Lake Tahoe. CARPD and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel staff are working diligently to make this year's conference a safe, enjoyable, fun experience and we look forward to a great event. As of April 1st, we have 79 registered attendees, including 3 scholarship winners, and 24 sponsors who have generously contributed to our organization. There's still time to register! Just check out our website, www.caparkdistricts.org.

The theme for our conference this year is Charting the Course! I know firsthand how our agencies have been leading the way for many many years, so recognizing the trailblazing role at our Conference seems very appropriate.  Speaking of leadership, I would like to acknowledge our Board of Directors who have held meetings via zoom, planned the conference, tracked legislation, and advocated for Park and Recreation Districts throughout the year. I would like to acknowledge the CARPD/CAPRI Staff and the CARPD Conference Committee led by President-Elect Michelle Lacy. Their hard work and resilience throughout this past year is greatly appreciated.

And, of course, on behalf of all Californians, I want send thanks to our Member Districts for all you do for your communities. It's been an honor and pleasure to serve as your president this past year and I look forward to seeing you in Tahoe.

 

Nick Schouten,

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District

President, CARPD

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