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by Kay Kastel Forest

IPRA members should plan to give some of their time and effort to their new organization. The whole is only as good as the sum of the parts. IPRA can survive and remain a viable entity only if its members are willing to contribute both time and money.

This year for the first time, IPRA will have sections designed to provide services to those persons with special interests. Professional and associate members will have the opportunity to actively participate in the section of his/her own choosing. General members will be able to participate in a section by paying an additional fee. The sections will have their own director and board elected by the membership of that section, who will be responsible for planning workshops and publishing newsletters of interest to their specific area.

It is important for all IPRA members to attend the Annual Meeting and Section Meetings to be held at the Conference on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 P.M. A floor vote will take place in each section meeting for the officers. This is your chance to participate in the election process and have your say in the operation of IPRA.

A new membership application must be completed by all current IPRA members. If you have not received the dues mailing please contact IPRA office for applications. Dues should be paid by November 30, 1976. A portion of your dues will be allocated to the section which you designate. This will be the operating budget of the section for the year. Since IPRA is computerizing its membership records from the new applications, it is important for you to pay dues as soon as possible to begin receiving the new services.

Congratulations are in order for several park districts in Illinois. Hanover Park, Lockport, Sterling, and Champaign were finalists in the National Gold Medal competition for excellence in park and recreation services. The Lockport Township Park District was selected as the Gold Medal winner in Class IV population (20,000 to 50,000).

IPRA should be proud of its members. Over the past years the professionals in Illinois have won numerous awards and been nationally recognized in several areas. This year one of our members, Bob Toalson, Champaign Park District, received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the American Park and Recreation Society. Best wishes and congratulations.

Illinois Parks and Recreation 3 November/December, 1976

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