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President's Message
March 2015

into the State Capitol, down the corridors and through the first floor rotunda to Senator de Leon’s office, I was reminded of the CARPD Mission Statement, “The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts advocates for and provides park districts the support needed to fulfill their role as providers of quality programs and facilities to their local communities.” Our relationship with the lawmakers of this wonderful State we all live in, is part of the backbone of our organization.

While waiting in Senator de Leon’s office, I had the pleasure of listening to our Legislative advocate, Ralph Heim, as he shared some of his memories and experience while advocating for CARPD. The question of when is the right time to retire came up and I was concerned that we were going to lose our seasoned veteran of 33 years. He then went on to mention how much he still enjoys what he does and the word “Passion” came to mind. Passion is what fuels this organization. As long as we hold on to that passion, the thought of leaving or hanging up our hats doesn’t come into play. I have heard it time and time again from most of our members and can see it in the eyes of others that we truly love what we’re doing and embrace the fact that we can make a difference in this world of recreation and parks. I thank you, one and all, for the continued  
support and dedication to your own district as well as to CARPD. 

Now on to our upcoming CARPD Spring Conference in beautiful South Lake Tahoe May 14-16, 2015. This Conference has really come together thanks to my fellow Board Members, CARPD Executive Director Pat Cabulagan, his staff and our member input. You can all look forward to a Sponsor Reception Cruise around the Lake and a special keynote speaker that will have everyone standing in line for an autograph. Former Los Angeles Dodger and San Diego Padre, Steve Garvey has graciously accepted our offer to speak at our Spring Conference. So get your award nominations in by March 6th and take advantage of our early bird discounted fee for registering by March 13th. This is one conference you don’t want to miss. We have lined up three scholarships for this year’s conference funded solely by our raffle ticket sales last year.  

We are always looking to add to our raffle prize inventory, so if you or your District would like to donate something please bring it with you to the conference.  

Remember, we are always looking for better ways to serve our members. If your District has something to share with the membership, whether a success or challenge, we would appreciate hearing from you. You can send your story or comments to our Executive Director Pat Cabulagan at 

As my year of serving as the President of the CARPD heads into the home stretch, I would like to thank you all again for being a member and supporting our organization.

Rick Sloan
President, Board of Directors
On February 4, 2015 I had the pleasure of presenting a plaque on behalf of CARPD to last year's recipient of our "Legislator of the Year" award, California State Senator (24th District) and President pro Tempore, Kevin de Leon.  As I walked