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Welcome to the Sheraton-O'Hare Motor Inn, Rosemont, for the 1976 Illinois Park and Recreation Conference-Illinois' Leisure Revolution.

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A special message board will be located near the registration area in the front hotel lobby. For those outside the hotel, the messages can be telephoned into Conference Headquarters until 5:00 P.M. and will be transferred to the message board. Phone number is (312) 297-1234, ask for Oxford Room.


Want to inform your local news media of your agency's attendance at the conference? . . . Special press release forms will be available in all delegates' packets.


The exhibits are the most exciting ever. New innovations in equipment, supplies, design, services, games, etc., will be available for delegates to view. Over 100 exhibits are expected—70 commercial and 30 educational exhibits will be located in the Hall of Kings area. All delegates are urged to attend.


In order to provide even better educational sessions next year, evaluation cards will be passed out at all sessions. Make sure they are filled out and returned. The committee needs input from all delegates. An evaluation form for the conference as a whole will be available in conference packets.

THURSDAY, November 18

The pre-conference workshops will provide specialized training in three areas—each designed for specific personnel working in the park and recreation agency. All workshops require an additional fee and advance registration through the IPRA office.

The Office Manager and Secretary Workshop will be conducted by Deanna Scott, Executive Director of Personnel Potential Unlimited and an Associate of Personnel Development, Inc. She has over 14 years experience in human development and motivation. The workshop is designed to help the office support staff learn to coordinate work, manage stress and conflict, and organize the front office.

The Management Seminar will be conducted by Dr. Jerry Robinson on how supervisors, administrators and executives can deal with the psychological and behavioral problems caused by stress. Dr. Robinson is a specialist in behavior and has conducted programs for firms and businesses throughout the country.

The Maintenance Workshop is designed especially for the park operations staff who deal with swimming pools and the design and maintenance of surface areas. All agencies both large and small are invited to participate.

The Jade 50's will provide an evening of entertainment from the music of the 1950's and 60's. The Jade 50's provides a choregraphed Las Vegas type review of the era. The group also plays your favorite 50's and 60's dance tunes. All delegates and wives are invited. There will be no charge and a cash bar will be available.

FRIDAY, November 19

Educational sessions begin promptly at 8:45 A.M. There are special sessions especially for the commissioners of small park districts or departments without a full-time administrator.

A special time to VISIT THE EXHIBITS is set aside from 10:00 A.M. to 10:15 A.M., from 11:30 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. and from 3:15 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. All delegates are urged to visit the exhibit area in the Hall of Kings to learn about the new products, equipment, designs and innovations in parks and recreation.

The opening keynote luncheon features Dr. Dean Berkley, a renowned speaker for many professional and lay groups. He has been a member of the staff of Indiana University since 1957 and has served as the District Governor of Toastmasters International. His keynote address entitled, "The Hardest Thing About Milking Cows" will prove to be an entertaining and educational event for the delegates.

The Illinois Park and Recreation Association will hold its Annual meeting Friday afternoon from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. At this time the members will be electing, from the floor, section directors who will represent 1) Park and Natural Resource Management, 2) Administration and Finance, 3) Recreation Programming, and 4) Special Facilities on the Board of the Association. The Therapeutic Section will also be meeting at this time.

Special FRIDAY EVENING skating party will be held at the Franklin Park Ice Arena. Delegates will be admitted free with their badge from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Skate rental available for $.50. A bus will leave from the hotel lobby at 6:30 P.M. Since a minimum number of 20 is needed to provide transportation, a sign-up sheet will be placed at the registration desk. More details will be available at the conference for those who wish to drive.

SATURDAY, November 20

Potpourri Session begins at 8:30 A.M. Delegates will be given the opportunity to participate in 14 small group

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discussions ranging from tennis reservations to park district buses, from special recreation to sports federations.

A special spouses educational program entitled, "Whatever Happened to 50-50" will take place at 10:15 A.M. This session is designed to probe the various problems encountered by the family which are caused by demanding public service positions. David Eiler, a marriage counselor and director/youth counselor of the Naperville Mental Health Council, will conduct the session.

Exhibit area will be open on SATURDAY only until 2:30 P.M. Delegates should make sure they don't miss the opportunity to visit the exhibits.

The Illinois Association of Park Districts will hold the Annual meeting of all commissioners and board members at 3:15 P.M. New officers are installed, awards presented and several important matters concerning park districts will be discussed during the meeting.

SATURDAY evening provides the delegates with a new activity. In place of the traditional all Conference Banquet, will be the Conference Dinner Dance. Festivities begin at 7 P.M. with a Reception/Cash bar, dinner at 8 P.M., presentations and awards at 9 P.M., and dance at 9:30 P.M. Delegates will be entertained by the music of Bill Porters Trombone Band.

SUNDAY, November 21

The conference officially adjourns at 11:30 A.M. after the Annual Legislative Review. This popular session, hosted by Robert Stuart, Sr., Legal Counsel of IAPD, brings the delegates up-to-date on recent legislation affecting parks recreation.


Friday, November 19

4:00-4:45 P.M.-Illinois Park and Recreation Association

4:45-6:00 P.M.-Section Meetings
—Parks & Natural Resource Management
—Recreation Programming
—Administration and Finance
—Special Facilities

7:30-9:30 P.M.-Student Section

Saturday, November 20

3:15-5:30 P.M.-Illinois Association of Park Districts

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Illinois Parks and Recreation 11 November/December, 1976

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