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Dear VAAP Member,

The health and wellness of our conference participants as well as the VAAP Membership is always our top priority, especially amid this peak flu season, and considering the recent measures across Virginia to contain a wide spread outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  After much deliberation, the VAAP Board has determined that it would be best to cancel this year’s annual VAAP Conference, which was to be held in Newport News, March 24 – 27, 2020.

Hotel reservations should be cancelled by contacting the Marriott Newport News DIRECTLY at (757) 873-9299.

VAAP Treasurer Jo Tice will be refunding Conference registrations made through PayPal as well as those that were paid by check.  We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to resolve the financial issues associated with the cancellation of this conference.

The VAAP Board is so appreciative for your interest in attending the 2020 Conference, “Activity Professionals – Ordinary Heroes.”  We encourage you to keep visiting the VAAP website: www.VAAPONLINE.org and reading the VAAP Voice to keep abreast of other educational opportunities that VAAP will be offering its membership in the upcoming months.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control website: www.cdc.gov or the Virginia Department of Health website: www.vdh.virginia.gov.

Again, thank you for your interest in attending the 2020 VAAP Conference.  More importantly, thank you for caring for and protecting our Older Adults in Virginia. You epitomize our 2020 Conference theme: “Activity Professionals – Ordinary Heroes.”

The VAAP Board of Directors

The VAAP 2020 Conference is coming up fast! HRAPA is asking that all of the districts contribute to a power point we would like to put together and present at the Wednesday night ICE Breaker session.

Here’s how you can help…

  1. Write on a piece of construction paper/poster board your “best piece of advice” to share with other activity professionals. (Decorating is optional).
  2. Take a photo of the person along with their advice. (or just the advice).
  3. Send the pictures to tinagu3@hotmail.com.

The reason for this project is that people have so much knowledge that is not shared with others. We think that there is such a wealth of advice and wisdom that can be shared with others in the activity field. Those of us who have been in the field for a while, the “seasoned” activity professionals have a different perspective that can be shared to the newer activity professionals. As well as the newer activity professionals may have a fresh look to share with others.

Please send along photos with your FREE advice or two if you have extra you want to share to tinagu3@hotmail.com.

Donna Millis, ADC


A HERO by definition is “a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

A brave person, champion, courageous, victor, winner, conqueror, survivor, lionheart, warrior, knight, are all listed as synonyms for the word “hero”. These typically apply to war heroes, first responders and other such remarkable individuals who risk their lives to save others.

There are also “Ordinary Heroes.” To many, an Ordinary Hero is an individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. People that may have dealt with hate, racial slurs, cancer or other diseases, inequality, ageism and the list goes on and on.  People that mustered their own “inner hero”, are survivors.  A hero can be an ordinary person in regular clothes possessing no special super powers like Batman, Wonder Woman and so forth, yet that have the characteristics to prevail in a time of need for themselves or others.  We celebrate the HEROES!

Artwork by Kelly Bradshaw Hoyle


VAAP will be celebrating ALL heroes during the 2020 VAAP Conference, plan now to join us!

March 24-27, 2020 at the Marriott Newport News, VA
Jo Tice, Treasurer – Tina Guthrie, VP – Betsy Jenkins, President – Natalie Kravitz, Secretary
Brenda Walker, SWVAAP 
Representative


Robin Cooper, Professional Development
Tricia Geary, Scholarship and Awards


Laurie Hawkins, ARAAP Representative


****Not Yet pictured but also on the VAAP Board include; Peggy Hale, SWVAAP Representative, Anita Landes, Central Representative and Debbie O’Bryant, Northern Representative.


VAAP encourages TWO representatives from EACH district, in addition to the officers to attend the quarterly VAAP Board meetings. VAAP needs representation from Historyland. Anyone wishing to attend a board meeting or to be placed on the Board Meeting agenda, contact the board at VAAPBOARD@gmail.com.
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Newport News’ rich history, which begins shortly after the founding of Jamestown, played an important role in establishing the Virginia Colony and, ultimately, our nation. From the landing at Jamestown in 1607, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812 to the 1862 Peninsula Campaign (during which the Battle of the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor took place), visitors can step back in time and learn about our nation’s beginning while visiting Newport News. For more information, see all of our Attractions & Museums in Newport News. (Newportnews.org/history)

The 2020 VAAP conference hosted by the Hampton Roads District will be held at the Marriott in Newport News City Center, March 24-27, 2020.  The Marriott is located right in the middle of Newport News Town Center at 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 Hotel: 757-873-9299, and has many restaurants within walking distance, and attractions just a few miles away such as Busch Gardens theme park, Historic Williamsburg / Jamestown and outlet stores.  (Room rates will be $124. +tax per night).

Registration rates: VAAP Member/$300, NON-VAAP Member $400.  The 3 day conference includes continuing education hours, networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and much more.  While you do NOT have to be a member to attend, joining VAAP would offer a substantial discount. 

There will also be a PRE conference held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  This plans to be 6 different themed areas of programming to include: creative, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and community integration.  Each participant will have the ability to share their ideas as well as will interact with others to form a vast resource manel/tool to take back to their facility and be able to implement into their program.  We encourage Directors to send your Activity Assistants to the TUESDAY program, as they are often holding down the fort while the directors attend the three-day (Wed – Friday) event.

***specific times, session subjects and prices for each will be posted in upcoming communications.  Plan now to attend!!!

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March 24 – 27, 2020                              Marriott Newport News, City Center

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The 2020 VAAP conference hosted by the Hampton Roads District will be held at the Marriott in Newport News City Center, March 24-27, 2020.  The Marriott is located right in the middle of Newport News Town Center at 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 Hotel: 757-873-9299, and has many restaurants within walking distance, and attractions just a few miles away such as Busch Gardens theme park, Historic Williamsburg / Jamestown and outlet stores.  (Room rates will be $124. +tax per night).

Registration rates: VAAP Member/$300, NON-VAAP Member $400.  The 3 day conference includes continuing education hours, networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and much more.  While you do NOT have to be a member to attend, joining VAAP would offer a substantial discount. 

There will also be a PRE conference held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  This plans to be 6 different themed areas of programming to include: creative, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and community integration.  Each participant will have the ability to share their ideas as well as will interact with others to form a vast resource manel/tool to take back to their facility and be able to implement into their program.  We encourage Directors to send your Activity Assistants to the TUESDAY program, as they are often holding down the fort while the directors attend the three-day (Wed – Friday) event.

***specific times, session subjects and prices for each will be posted in upcoming communications.  Plan now to attend!!!

Newport News City Center (Oyster Point)

The 2020 VAAP Conference is located right in the middle of Newport News City Center which boasts several fabulous restaurants within walking district to include;

Attractions include:

>>>>> 20 minutes to downtown Colonial Williamsburg

>>>>> 17 miles to Busch Gardens

>>>>> 40 miles to the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach

Bring the family and stay for the weekend!!!!

****VAAP Special – IF you are a CURRENT VAAP member and can recruit a NEW VAAP member, VAAP will give you $5.00 your next renewal – have the person place your name on their VAAP membership application.  IF you are NOT a current VAAP member and decide to rejoin VAAP (see website for all the VAAP member benefits), VAAP will also give you a $5.00 discount (once prior membership is confirmed). PLEASE Note: To pay by credit card email vaaptreasurer@gmail.com, for an invoice to pay using PayPal.

Save the date..

March 24 – 27, 2020

Marriott Newport News City Center

The 2020 VAAP conference hosted by the Hampton Roads District will be held at the Marriott in Newport News City Center, March 24-27, 2020.    The conference includes continuing education hours, networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and much more.  While you do NOT have to be a member to attend, joining VAAP would offer a substantial discount.  We’d love to have you participate in that as well. Come for a day or stay all three.

KEEP watching for more details of the 2020 conference

Spring 2021

Hosted by SWVAAP will be held in/near – Lynchburg, VA

The 2019-2020 VAAP Membership is due BEFORE July 1, 2019.

In addition to the discounted fee on the annual VAAP conference, this years dues will include:

FREE educational webinars

The VAAP VOICE, a publication for the professionals in Virginia

Links to numerous activity resource websites

and much much more… be looking for the updated renewal form