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President's Message
working with him and the rest of Directors this year to serve you. We have exciting and challenging times ahead of us, and I am honored to work with all the wonderful staff that makes CARPD great. 

Another big thank you goes out to Pat Cabulagan and his staff for making this year’s conference a great success. This year’s conference was filled with subjects and information that will help us to continue to manage our districts. 

On behalf of the CARPD Board of Directors, I want to congratulate our scholarship recipients Michael F. Hanson of Arcade Creek Recreation and Ellen Porter of Jurupa Area Recreation. Also, Congratulations to all of our 2015 CARPD award winners, specially our Jim Meredith Award recipient Ralph Heim. 

This year’s conference was the best attended in recent years, I hope this trend continues and I look forward to new locations for next year.  

A great concern for all of us this year is the drought situation in California. Governor Brown has restrictions on water use that affects us all. I hope that with diligence and guidance by water specialists we can ride this drought out with minimal sacrifice and disturbance to our recreation and park facilities.

Our board will focus on two main subjects this year, the drought and Senate Bill 317. The CARPD Board will be looking for drought solutions and options to forward to our CARPD members, and just as important, the approval of Senate Bill 317, which will provide much needed funding for the safety and expansion of our parks. Our legislative advocate Ralph Heim spoke at our conference imploring us to be diligent with contacting our local legislators. This 2.4 billion dollar bond will help each and every district improve the quality of life in their service area, and allow each and every person in our beautiful state of California enjoy a day at the park.  

I look forward to having the opportunity to serve as your President of CARPD this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any thoughts, suggestions, or concerns.

 Yours truly, 
Frank D. Gorman 
CARPD President 

It is my pleasure to welcome our 2015 returning members and a special welcome to our new members of CARPD. 2015-2016 is going to be an exciting year!  

It is a great honor for me to serve as President for this coming year. 

I would like to thank Rick Sloan for his leadership last year and I look forward to