All posts in Announcements

While you do NOT have to be a VAAP Member to attend, joining the VAAP will save you $100.00 on your registration fee(s).

Marriott Newport News

740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
(757)873-9299

Conference Room Rates for King or 2 Double beds – $124.00 +per night

Hotel room rates are applicable for single and double occupancy. There is no charge for Additional persons in the room.  Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, unless tax exempt in the State of Virginia.

Self-parking is free

Make your reservations by calling the Reservations Department at 866-329-1758 and ask for the VAAP Conference group block.  OR

To book using your direct link, go to  Book your group rate for VAAP Conference  

Please note the Reservation Cut-Off Date for the Conference Room Rate is March 2nd, 2020, by 5:00 pm

2020 VAAP Conference Registration

“Activity Professionals – Ordinary Heroes”

March 24 – 27, 2020

Name___________________________________________Title__________________________

VAAP#Member______________Facility:____________________________________________

Work address__________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Work # ________________________work e-mail­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________

Home address_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Home # __________________________

home e-mail_________________________________

Cell # __________________________

Please make sure email addresses are provided and printed clearly.  VAAP is moving toward more information sharing with members via email.  Emails will only be used for official VAAP business.

Join VAAP now and qualify for the membership discount for the conference.  Membership application is attached or go online at www.VAAPONLINE.ORG

Registration Fees: (check appropriate boxes)

Includes breakfasts, breaks, lunches and certificates of attendance.

Pre-Conference Fee

____ $125.00 VAAP Member (Separate Fee)          ___$175.00 Non -VAAP Member Registration

Late registration (postmarked 3/5/20 & after)

____ Current VAAP Member   $300.00                      

____ Current VAAP Member             $375.00

____ Non -VAAP member       $400.00                        

____ Non -VAAP member             $475.00

____ Day Registration (includes meals and breaks)      ___$150/day VAAP member    ___$200/day Non

Guest Food ($50 per day) (includes breakfast, lunch and breaks) May be purchased at the Registration Desk

Total Enclosed $ _______________      

Please make checks payable to VAAP                                                               

VAAP Tax ID #54-1381140                                          

Registration and payment via mail to: Jo Tice, VAAP Treasurer

8041 Fallbrooke Drive, N. Cherterfield, VA 23235; or online www.VAAPONLINE.ORG

No cancellation refunds given after March 5, 2020.  Substitutions are welcome. 

All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Returned checks are subject to a $50 service charge. 

COMPANY CHECK POLICY: Please make checks payable to VAAP; ensure that the attendee’s name is included in the memo line of the check.  If you are paying by company check and the check will not be ready by the registration deadline, written guarantee of payment by the appropriate financial officer from your facility or corporation must be faxed to the conference treasurer accompanied by a copy of your registration formPlease contact Jo Tice listed above with any registration questions.

Special considerations needed: (must be submitted with registrations)

Dietary needs (food allergies, vegetarian, etc.):             __________________________________________

Accessibility needs (be specific):            ________________________________________________

Please direct conference questions to: 

Tina Guthrie                             Robin Cooper                                       

Jo Tice – VAAP Treasurer

Tgu3@cox.net                          rcoope@arlingtonva.us    

                                                                                                 

SAVE THE DATE – TUESDAY, March 24, 2020

8:30 -9:00 – Registration  

9:00 AM -5:15 PM – Pre-Conference Workshop – 6 CE (separate fee – $125.00)

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome, Tina Guthrie, ADC/MC

9:15 – 10:15 – Gardening, Tina Guthrie, ADC/MC -This session will give ideas on how to incorporate gardening into your activity schedule through a variety of ways – indoors, outdoors, as well as, one to ones. 

10:25 – 11:25 – GamesLaurie Hawkins, ADC – Be prepared to revisit your childhood! We will be playing a variety of games you know and love, on a GIANT scale that your clients/participants/residents will also enjoy! This is a full participation session!

11:35 – 12:35 – Men’s ActivitiesRobin Cooper, BA –  In this session, we will look constructively at what activities are currently being offered to the men in our programs – “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Working together, we will share “The Good” successful activities and offer suggestions for improvements for those that are “Bad and Ugly.”

12:45– 1:30 Box Lunch Provided

1:40 – 2:40 – Musical ActivitiesTricia Geary, BMT/ACC – This session will share ways to engage your residents and have fun with music.

2:50 – 3:50 – ReminiscingVicky Surash, MS, MS, ACC/EDU/MC, CADDCT, CDP – Do you have limited resources and planning time?  What if you could run the same program, just in a different way, across functioning levels? In this session, we will explore reminiscing with visuals (in this case cooking items and postcards) and discuss how to use this technique for many types of programs. 

4:00 – 5:00 – Intellectual Activities, Cindy Bradshaw, MS – The mind is an amazing tool, in fact one of the most amazing tool a person will ever have.  Based on the “Use it or Lose it” concept, this session will introduce right brain/left brain activities to use with your clients.  Participants will play the games themselves and express an understanding of how to share these ideas with others.

5:00 – 5:15 – Wrap-Up and Distribution of Certificates of AttendanceTina Guthrie, ADC/MC

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


2020 VAAP CONFERENCE

Facts and figures about Newport News, Virginia

  • Newport News is located in the eastern part of Virginia, midway between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
  • English colonists began settling in what is now Newport News as early  as 1622. Newport News became an independent city in 1896 and in 1958, merged with Warwick County.
  • Newport News is home to one of the largest municipal parks (7,500 acres) in the United States. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, archery and camping are all available in the park.
  • The shipyard, Northrop Grumman Newport News, was chartered in 1886, has built aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy since the 1930s, including the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Enterprise, and is today the sole builder of all the U.S. Navy’s carriers. For the record, the first vessel built by the yard was the tugboat Dorothy!

Newport News Town 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 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: intellectual, reminiscing, music, games, men’s activities & gardening. 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.

Plan now to attend!!!

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
Marriott Newport News, VA

Things to Do in Newport News

World-class attractions, over 30 public parks, as well as great places to go and things to see and do are all part of the Newport News visitor experience. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center houses a wide array of diverse artworks and dynamic exhibitions that change every few months. Kids can create personal masterpieces in the interactive Hands On For Kids gallery. Kids will also enjoy the Peninsula S.P.C.A. Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. The Exotic Sanctuary features an African mandrill, otters, a Siberian tiger, and a black leopard; while the Petting Zoo contains chickens, goats, deer and even a peacock. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum chronicles 200 years of Army transportation through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment. The Virginia Living Museum offers hands-on activities and an observatory, allowing visitors to explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave, or experience a steamy cypress swamp and a cool mountain cove. History buffs will savor the Virginia War Museum, where American military history unfolds. Collections of artifacts, vehicles, weapons, posters, and uniforms trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 to the present. (citytowninfo.org)

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!!!

Places to visit, bring the family!
Civil War battlefields and 1862 Peninsula Campaign sites
Endview Plantation
James A. Fields House
Ferguson Center for the Arts
Lee Hall Mansion
The Mariners’ Museum and The Mariners’ Museum Park
USS Monitor Center
Newport News Regional Park
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Peninsula S.P.C.A. & Petting Zoo
U.S. Army Transportation Museum
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia War Museum

PLAN now to attend, Hope to see you there!

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.
Image result for Newport News VA

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!!!

Image result for Newport News VA

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

Featured Image

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!!!!