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President's message.

I hope you are having a great start to the school year! I was very fortunate to represent VAHPERD at the Fairfax County Teachers "Back to School" Inservice and share exciting opportunities and challenges to be a VAHPERD member. There were many OHPEP presentations offered during the back to school week(s) and many VAHPERD members participated. Special THANKS to all participants!

The VAHPERD Board and I have been working very hard on this year's Convention. The VAHPERD Convention is November 12-14, 2010, and it is shaping up to be one of the best I have seen. There are 3 pre convention workshops, over 125 sessions, a 5K run, an Amazing Race, Kaleidoscope, President's "Advocacy" Social, and many great exhibits to attend. The location is once again at the Founder's Inn in Virginia Beach and if you did not attend last year, this is a wonderful location that offers lots of space inside and outside for our sessions. Please mark your calendar! It is going to be a great convention!

My theme is "The Future of VAHPERD is in Your Hands" and many sessions have been planned around the future of VAHPERD and the future of our profession. Many of our invited speakers will be talking about the importance of advocacy and how we can make a difference in the future. Some of our invited guests include:

* Curt Hinson--Play Fit Education, Inc

* Dr. Robert Pangrazi--Arizona St. University & GOPHER

* Artie Kamiya--PE Advocate and Great Publishing

* John Bennett--Past AAHPERD President & UNCW

* Tom Byrd--Anthem President (retired) & Fit4Kids

* Bill Sells--Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association (SGMA)

* John Booty--NFL and SGMA

* Fran Bishop--MECKids

* Kristin Brittle--Action for Healthy Kids

* Alison Spencer and RADIO DISNEY!

* Stephanie Smith--Safe Routes to School

* ING--Mark Luckingbill and "running mini grants" recipients

* Awesome presentations by VAHPERD teachers and professors

VAHPERD's 1st General Session will begin on Friday at 12 noon. John Bennett will be our keynote speaker. VAHPERD will recognize and congratulate our "HONOR" award winners, "PIONEER" award winners, "Supervisor of the Year" and President's Award winners. On Friday night we will have the President's Social to offer members an opportunity to "CELEBRATE" through networking and socializing. The social will provide opportunities to learn about VAHPERD's advocacy strategies for quality Physical Education, PEP Grants, and solutions for Childhood Obesity. Our guest speakers will motivate you to advocate for our profession on the local, state and national level. MECKids and VAHPERD will sponsor the social. All VAHPERD members are invited! Artie Kamiya will be our keynote speaker for the 2nd General Session. VAHPERD will recognize and congratulate our "Teachers of the Year", "Jump/Hoops for Heart" winners, "College/University HPE Students of the Year", and other awards. Please come and show your support for the leaders in our profession! Thank you!

Gopher is once again sponsoring our closing session. This "Gopher Grand Finale" to the convention will outdo our previous years' closing session by including 3 times as many prizes and 3 times as many winners, by adding a new twist on an old game! Make sure you hang around to win some great prizes! Special "THANKS" to Andy Tupy and GOPHER.

VAHPERD and Walk4Life have partnered to offer grants to VAHPERD members that use pedometers in their PE classes. Eric Carver and Ron Trainum (Digi Dude) will present information and pedometer activities at the convention. You can also check our website for more information about the grant -including application, lesson plan and video.

As you can see, there are a lot of exciting sessions at the VAHPERD convention and all year. Please come and join us at the Founder's Inn in VA Beach on November 12-14, 2010.

Sincerely, Vicki
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Author:Miller, Vicki
Publication:VAHPERD Journal
Date:Sep 22, 2010
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