Awards & Recognition

Please note the deadline for submitting Main WPRA award nominations is June 28th, 2019There is no nomination form.

Submit your nomination(s) to [email protected]. Once a nomination is submitted, a request will be made for additional information needed. For the Partnership Award, Fellowship Award and the Elected Official Award, please submit information pertaining to why the individual/organization/etc. should be considered for the award.

*Please note: Section awards below have their own deadlines.

** Please note: For the Elected Official Award, Partnership Award and Fellowship Award, the person submitting the nomination must turn in support material on their nominee.

The five categories of Association Awards are:
Professional Award of Merit
George Wilson Service Award
Partnership Award
Fellowship Award
Elected Official Award

Other WPRA Association recognitions are:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Service Recognition Award

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Professional Award of Merit

This is the highest professional award given by WPRA to an active Association member. The nominee MUST hold current professional certification by the National Recreation and Park Association as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Nominees are judged on specific accomplishments and service performed for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association and the leisure services profession. Recipients of the Professional Award of Merit are not eligible for the George Wilson Service Award.

Guidelines in choosing The Professional Award of Merit:

  • Group #1:
    WPRA Board Member
    • WPRA Committee Chairperson, National and Regional Officer, WPRA Section Board Member
  • Group #2:
    WPRA Committee Member
    • Special Events and Activities Contributor of Articles to Professional Magazines
  • Group #3:
    • Professional Accomplishments and Job Performance

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George Wilson Service Award

This award is presented to current or retired Association members who have distinguished themselves through persistent accomplishment and continuous service to the State Association. The nominee MUST hold current professional certification by the National Recreation and Park Association as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or held this certification immediately preceding their retirement.

Nominees must have at least ten (10) years of continuous active membership and service to the Association, and hold State and/or National Certification in the field to qualify for this award. Recipients of the Professional Award of Merit are not eligible for the George Wilson Service Award.

Guidelines for selecting The George Wilson Service Award: The person being nominated must have continuous service in WPRA for five (5) of the eight (8) categories, or in a single, long-term responsibility to qualify as a candidate for this award.

  • WPRA Officer (elected to Board or Section)
  • WPRA Committee Chairperson
  • WPRA Appointed Officer
  • WPRA Student Advisor
  • WPRA Committee Member
  • WPRA Special Events & Activities
  • Contributor to IMPACT, PRWeekly, other WPRA writings
  • Other Professional Contributions and Accomplishments which highlight WPRA service, or identify the nominee as a WPRA member

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Partnership Award

This is the highest honor bestowed on an agency or organization by the State Association in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Parks and Recreation in Wisconsin. The project/achievement should demonstrate cooperative efforts with other organizations in meeting their intended goals. The impact of their contribution should be of major significance to the local community or go beyond the local community.

When submitting a nomination, please include any supporting materials for the nomination.

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Fellowship Awards

This award is given to recognize persons (non- WPRA members) who have made outstanding achievements or contributions to the parks and recreation movement. The impact of their contribution should be of major significance to the local community or go beyond the local community.

When submitting a nomination, please include any supporting materials for the nomination.

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Elected Official Award

Once again, we are being given an opportunity to present a token of our appreciation to an “Elected Official.”

These “officials” have constructive comments; they listen to our problems and concerns and try to help. They go to bat for our budgets and programs. They are our partners in the development of community projects. They work with us and make our life a little easier.

We are not looking for officials that have merely sponsored big projects. This award is to thank and recognize all of those officials who are partners in providing the Parks and Recreation programs to the members of our communities.

When submitting a nomination a nomination, please include the nominee’s position, background, issues addressed or projects pursued, and the impact made on the community.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to retirees who have been a member of WPRA for a minimum of 10 years immediately prior to their retirement. Please inform us as soon as you make that big decision so that we can give proper recognition for your years of dedicated service to your job, profession and Association.

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Service Recognition Award

These awards are presented to WPRA members at 10 and 25 years of service in the profession. Award recipients will be listed in the PRMonthly. If you have any questions, call the WPRA Office. To receive the 10 year Service Award, an individual must have been a member for a minimum of 5 consecutive years prior to being eligible, and to receive the 25 year Service Award, an individual must have been a member for a minimum of 10 consecutive years prior to being eligible. These award categories are not retroactive.

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