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President's Message
ational programs we can provide, and that is why gatherings like CARPD are so important.I’m hoping that like me, you are all looking forward to this year’s CARPD conference. This year, there is a wealth of information available and some fantastic sessions, from grant writing and the effects on minimum wage increase on public entities to legislative issues and a water/drought panel. You will have a chance to learn about the hidden stories of Lake Tahoe, Marilyn Monroe, the launch of the Republican Party, the Academy Awards, the Rat Pack, its all part of the history of America’s largest mountain lake in “Tahoe Beneath the Surface”. I am also looking forward to hearing our keynote speaker James Lloyd, he’s an engaging motivational speaker and he specializes in customer service, leadership and organizational issues, all of which are relatable to us in the Recreation and Park District world.

I had the opportunity to coach recreational youth sports leagues for many years; my goal was to provide a safe and fun environment for all the kids with the hope of making a positive impact in at least one of them. As a board member, for my areas District and CARPD, it is my hope that I can provide a safe and fun environment for the people making a difference and a positive impact in our communities’ life.

Let’s make 2016 a memorable year for Recreation and Parks.

Frank Gorman, President

Former Post Master General John Wanamaker said, “People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”

Winters in California are always the best, and although we still need more rain, I am grateful for the wonderful weather we are experiencing. We have little to no  excuse for staying indoors, our communities deserve the best recre-