Awards Committee


Execute the annual Awards Program to honor park and recreation professionals and partners

Annual Duties:

  1. Develop a campaign to inform the members of the WPRA awards and encourage nominations for these awards.
  2. Publicize WPRA Foundation, NRPA and other related award programs for park and recreation professionals and encourage member participation.
  3. Develop and update criteria for WPRA awards, nomination forms, programs, rules, procedures and brochures as required.
  4. Ensure accurate record keeping of all award recipients and years of service in the field.
  5. Vet candidates for all award categories and identify winners for presentation to the Board of Directors.
  6. Collect information on winners for the awards presentation at the Annual Conference.
  7. Make necessary arrangements for winners with the WPRA Office based on criteria defined within the Awards Committee Manual.
  8. Work with the WPRA Office to identify and procure awards/plaques/items/etc.
  9. Develop the awards program content and conduct the presentation of awards at the Annual Conference.
  10. Submit notice of award recipients for Winter issue of IMPACT magazine.
  11. Draft and submit press releases to appropriate publications for award recipients.

2020 Committee Members:

  • Board Liaison: Chad Dallman - Immediate Past President 
  • Chair: Scott Jaquish - 2018 Professional Award of Merit Recipient 
  • Kathy Gruentzel - 2015 Professional Award of Merit Recipient 
  • Craig Hoeppner - 2016 Professional Award of Merit Recipient 
  • Holly Glainyk - 2017 Professional Award of Merit Recipient 
  • Marge Klinzing - 2019 Professional Award of Merit Recipient