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President's Message
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Now that spring is here, most of the rain and snow have gone. The southern part of the state didn’t get the El Niño rains we were promised, but the north had quite a wet winter. I hope all your facilities made it through with little to no problems. As our drought continues, we have a session at the CARPD Conference this May on “What Districts are doing to Address the Drought” which should be quite informative. The conference looks to as be as good as ever and we have other informative sessions, including: liability exposure, employment law, grant writing and a much needed, minimum wage effects on public entities; we feel that these breakout sessions address the current needs of CARPD members and provide the most benefit as they are geared for public entities. 

There is also a bit of snow left in Tahoe, so you still have a chance at some snow fun while you are here and of course, as always, it is great to meet with our peers from other Districts and network together. I am reminded of a quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build the youth for the future”

The work you do is so important and the impact that your organization has on the community is greater than you can imagine. Keep up the good work and I’ll see you at the conference.

Frank Gorman, President
CARPD


Winter is over, we have less than 150 days until the 16/17 football season and baseball season is here, which means we are getting ready for opening day celebrations for youth baseball and softball leagues. Opening Day events are a great way to get the youth excited about the season.  As leaders in recreation, I invite all of you to attend your local opening day ceremonies and see the joy on the kids