New York State
I would like to spend some time focusing on the future. The future of our profession that is- Students! In New York state we are fortunate to have some of the finest schools in the country that offer Recreation related degrees. By producing solid graduates, many of the professionals across the state are byproducts of these outstanding programs. In order to continue the high level of parks and recreation services that are expected by residents we need to continue the relationship between students, universities and communities. I believe NYSRPS is an excellent conduit to help accomplish this.
I remember years ago as an undergraduate being required to become a member of NYSRPS. I also recall being very resentful of this requirement as I did not have money to do my laundry much less come up with money to join an organization I knew nothing about. Although this no longer can be required, I truly believe at least for me, that one of the best things I ever did professionally was become a member of the Society. I met people and developed contacts that I never would have made without becoming a member. In addition to meeting new people, I increased my opportunities to add to my education outside the classroom by attending both local and state conferences. Membership allowed me to apply for scholarships and to include professional membership on my limited resume. Membership in NYSRPS was one of the best professional investments I ever made and I believe it would be for you too.
"How do you get started?" First you can become a member by visiting the NYSRPS website. The next great opportunity is to attend the NYSRPS conference. The conference is filled with opportunities for networking, educational sessions and fun. The future is now. I would encourage you to become involved as I truly believe it is a solid investment in your future and profession. We value you and would love to meet you!
Eric A. Bacon, MS, CPRE, CPR
Longtime Musco representative and friend, Don Rhuda, said that Eric Bacon’s President's Note in our newsletter really moved him. In his note, Eric shared the importance of belonging to a professional society, and the opportunities he personally experienced as a student–thanks to NYSRPS. Musco understands the value of our organization and wants to do all they can do to encourage new students to join and realize the benefits of belonging to a professional society!