7 New Recreation Programs for Your Organization to Try

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People like “new.” And to stay on the cutting edge of programming, parks and recreation agencies are always looking to improve their classes and events. New and different program ideas are exciting and can increase participation and revenue. Today, we’ll outline seven new and/or little-known recreation programs and sports that you could offer at your facilities: Continue reading

Activity Matters: Mom Fuels Fortune 500 Company and ACTIVE Family

It’s interesting that yesterday’s news about Marissa Mayer and her appointment as Yahoo’s new chief executive has almost been eclipsed by the news of her pregnancy.

I find it refreshing to see an increasing number of tech companies startups co-founded or run by women, and many of these women also expertly balance busy families, volunteer their time, sit on executive boards and maintain a healthy lifestyle through sport or yoga on top of their already demanding, high profile booming careers. For instance, Mayer is on the board at Walmart and other various nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet. People nowadays do it all. Mayer is quoted to have said, “”You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.” Source: CNN.

I’m inspired by someone like Marissa who does seem to do it all. But, take pause, she works hard. Her work ethic is legendary. As I reflect on being a businesswoman and a mom, I have to work hard every day to find both energy and balance. I find energy in our work at ACTIVE and I find energy in being active. I chase my girls to ballet class. I am joining ACTIVE to raise money for Challenged Athletes Foundation. I’ve committed to a distance swim challenge with my husband, brother, sister and co-workers. Uh, oh. The one thing I’ve realized is that I only have time for things I love.

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Parks & Recreation: Avoid These Common Budget-Cutting Mistakes

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This is an excerpt from a report by Barbara Heller, President of Heller and Heller Consulting: Making the Most of Your P&R Agency’s Resources. Well known throughout the industry for her expertise in leading park and recreation agencies and her commitment to innovation and best practices, Barbara operates outside of the typical parks and recreation industry mindset. This reports covers six key areas where parks and recreation agencies can become more efficient:
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5 Winning Videos from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Video Challenge

Back in February, First Lady Michelle Obama invited faith and community leaders to join in the effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity. She launched the Communities on the Move Video Challenge and asked for organizations to submit 3 minute videos about how they were helping to combat childhood obesity in a “creative, effective, sustainable, replicable, and inspirational” way (read more here). Each video highlighted that organization’s community program that centered around one of the focus areas of Let’s Move – physical activity, access to healthy and affordable food for children, or healthy eating practices.

And today, First Lady Obama announced the winners! “Everyone wants to see our nation become healthier, and these contest winners have shown us that by taking steps big or small, each of us can play a role in solving the problems of childhood obesity,” the First Lady said.    Continue reading

Success Story: IBM Transforms its Meeting and Event Strategy

If you enjoyed Eric Olson’s post on the The next big thing in SMMP: The unlikely marriage of event marketers and procurement, you may be interested to hear about IBM’s success at streamlining its meeting and event sourcing process globally and tackling meeting spend head on.

The Challenge: IBM is a big spender on meetings globally but recognized the need for a better way to manage those meetings and control spend. To do this, IBM decided to focus on its smaller meetings (less than 150 delegates) initially, and roll out a global meetings and event sourcing process. The project was led by Paul Wakelin, Strategic Sourcing Specialist at IBM who set out seven key objectives for the project and has exceeded expectations with the results.

The Solution
As a first step Wakelin set about sourcing the right technology partner to bring the project into fruition, and after exploring several options signed with Active Network| StarCite in 2007. With Wakelin’s objectives clearly laid out, StarCite was able to develop a customized meeting request portal to meet IBM’s specific requirements. This included an easy to use single sign on system, for which over 200 IBM staff received training.

To read more about the success of the program, visit our RegOnline blog here. Also, to learn more about how IBM controls meetings spend click here to access the full article and success story as featured in Business and Travel News

4 Online Recreation Guides That Will Make You Green With Envy

The days of sending out paper copies of your recreation activities to every household each season are gone. Not only is it too expensive, but it’s also bad for the environment. But the internet came to the rescue! You can create your recreation guides online and spread the word about upcoming activities right from your website. That way, you save time, money and the environment, and members of your community can view the guide whenever is convenient.

Here are four recreation organizations that have created great online guides with four different publishing websites. Click on the link to view each guide, and see the highlights from each listed below:    Continue reading

Meeting Locator Launches!

Introducing New Technology that Makes Finding Meeting Locations and Venues Easier

Imagine for a second that you’re planning your organization’s next big conference. In addition to a strict budget, you’ve been tasked with the responsibility of choosing a location and venue to host over 5,000 employees, customers and prospects flying in from around the world. Sounds like a logistical nightmare, right?  Not with Meeting Locator, an intelligent and easy-to-use tool that helps meeting planners and travel managers make well-researched and informed decisions when choosing destinations for any size business event.

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Helping Schools Gear Up for Back-to-School Season with New Onsite Payment Processing Tool

It might still be summer vacation, but in the blink of an eye, kids will be heading back to school – which means long lines to pay for registration, athletic fees, student ID cards, parking passes and more.  Just in time for this hectic season, we have released a new onsite payment processing tool for our Educate customers. This Card Present Sales solution allows schools using our Tracks™ and WebStore™ software to accept and process credit card payments onsite with immediate authorization.

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5 Reasons to Attend the Free Webinar: ‘Event Ticketing Made Easier’

Does your organization host events? The ticketing process can be tough if done manually with a few Excel files, tons of phone calls, and manila folders full of cash and checks. But with today’s technology, you can offer your own fully-branded ticketing page right from your own website.

We’re offering two free webinars to show how you and your customers can benefit from easy-to-use event ticketing software. Here are the details:

Tuesday, July 17
10:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
Wednesday, July 25
10:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
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In the webinar, you’ll learn how to:

1. Securely sell tickets online from a branded web-page

2. Offer customized seating charts and discounts

3. Allow attendees to print tickets at home, receive in the mail, or pick up at will call

4. Use reporting tools to analyze results by event, section, price level discounts

5. View up-to-date sales summaries by event

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Activity Matters: Jump in! The water’s fine!

On July 27, the 2012 Summer Olympics will kick off in London. Families everywhere will take this opportunity to watch some amazing sports performances – especially from swimmers like Michael Phelps who competed in the Olympic trials last week in Omaha.

The excitement of the Olympics is a great opportunity to get your kids excited about trying new sports – and it’s the best time to get them excited about swimming. In fact, over 75% of all “active” families will watch the Olympics as a family.1

Now is the time to inspire future swimmers…
As our family watched the USA Olympic Swimming Trials last week and followed along daily with our Mobile Meet App, we were thrilled to see our own Aquamonster Swim Club coach, Scott Weltz, place first in the 200M Breaststroke and win his spot to the Olympics.  Both of my children could not believe that their goofy coach, who by the way is not the biggest, richest or tallest swimmer out there, made the team through hard work, perseverance and passion. They now believe they can get to the Olympics too, if they work hard enough. And they are even bigger fans of the sport after watching the amazing performances at the trials. I guarantee your kids will feel the same by watching the games this summer!

Ok, so now that your kids are inspired, what will motivate them to start and continue in the sport of swimming?

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