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President's Message
February 2014

Welcome to a new year! I hope that everyone had a good holiday. We at CARPD have been preparing for the Spring Conference which, this year, is being held at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, CA from May 15-17, 2014.

This year we will be awarding two scholarship to attend the conference. These scholarship will be awarded to first time attendees who are from Districts that have not or have rarely attended the conference due to budgetary constraints or to Districts who regularly attend the conference, but due to budgetary constraints must limit the number individuals that may attend. Please visit the CARPD website for full information and instructions on how to apply. The Deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

We will be featuring numerous classes and guest speakers at the conference this year. Some of the topics that will be featured include: Ethics Training; Affordable Care Act Update; Legislative Update; Ballot Measures: Beyond the Basics; LED Lighting and Alternative Energy Solutions; Programs for Seniors; Park Liability and Risk Management for Child Abuse. Conference registration forms have been sent out to all of our Districts and are also available on the CARPD website.

Also featured at the conference will be the Awards of Distinction for Districts and Individuals. We have some new categories this year and are hoping for a good turnout. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, March 7th, so be sure and get your application in soon!

We are planning a great conference this year featuring a lot of important information for Special Districts. The conference represents a good way to meet and network with other people and Districts that may have information that could be useful to you and your District. Also, if your District or any of your Districts contractors or vendors would like to become a sponsor or bring a raffle item, please contact Pat or Tara at (916) 722-5550. There will be plenty of free time to explore and enjoy South Lake Tahoe; also, be advised that the hotel provides free breakfast and an evening happy hour. We hope to see you there and thanks for your support!

Gene Hostetler
President, Board of Directors