In-person networking and learning is critical to the vitality of any association. So it is with IPRA. Our group missed 2020 Conference and 2020 Fall Workshop. Fall Workshop went virtual with 18 CEU approved educational sessions spread over three one-half days in three months. Staff learned much of organizing virtual events. We are proud of VFW sponsors, Boland Recreation, Burbach Aquatics, and Shade Creations by Waterloo.
Global pandemic has hit Iowa hard, especially Woodbury County, home of Sioux City and 2021 Conference. Vaccine distribution to the general public is being touted to no earlier than late spring or early summer. Gauging our members opinion of attending 2021 Conference in Sioux City, the IPRA board of directors and conference planning committee along with staff support are now moving forward with transitioning to a virtual Conference (VC). VC will offer three half-day CEU approved sessions spread over three months. Mark your calendars now for Thursday, February 25th, Tuesday, March 30th, and Wednesday, April 21st. Time slot is 8:30 AM to noon. Each VC is $30 per day. There will be at least two CEU approved educational sessions per time slot.
Two other major Conference components are the Best of the Best banquet and exhibit show. Unfortunately, IPRA will press “pause” on the 2021 awards season but will resume full steam ahead in December 2021. 2020 recipients for Richard Slattery/Terry Trueblood Professional and Dr. Carole Hanson New Professional awards will be presented during 2021 Fall Workshop in Burlington. Conference exhibit show will also be virtual, albeit, similar to this year’s NRPA Virtual Conference Exhibit Hall.
We look forward to serving our members in different and unique avenues to connect the dots with each of you, our professional and commercial members.
Virtual Conference online registration in now open!
The following are assigned host communities
2021 – Virtual: Thursday, February 25th / Tuesday, March 30th / Wednesday, April 21st
2022 – Dubuque *
2023 – Davenport *
2024 – Council Bluffs or Mason City *
2025 – Waterloo or Mason City *
* dates to be determined approximately one year in advance