79th Annual

VT Conference on Recreation 

 Wednesday & Thursday

October 12th & 13th, 2022

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

Day of Schedule

Silent Auction Link

2022 Keynote

Phil Gaines

Phil Gaines is a Professor of Practice in the Parks Recreation and Tourism Management Department at Clemson University. Phil completed a 38-year career in State Parks in 2018, where he began his career as an entry level Park Ranger at Kings Mountain State Park. He served as Park Superintendent at three different state parks, and Assistant Director of State Parks, before serving as Director of South Carolina State Parks for 13 years. Phil has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Park Directors, and the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. He has severed as Past Chairman of the Board of Regents for the America’s State Park Leadership School in Wheeling West Virginia where he was an instructor for 13 years. Phil is a frequent presenter at various State and National Conferences in the US and Canada where he focuses on leadership, and innovative approaches to park management. Phil is a contributing writer for Southern Edge Magazine, and a contributor and co-host of The Park Leaders Podcast.

Awards and Recognitions:

The Fred Brinkman Award, presented by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition is presented periodically to an individual who has consistently, over a long period of time, made an outstanding contribution to the tourism industry on a statewide level in South Carolina.

The American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration Legend Award for outstanding and noteworthy contributions to parks, recreation, and conservation in the United States.

The historic CCC Lodge at Table Rock State Park was designated and named The Gaines Lodge at Table Rock in 2019.

Distinguished Service Award for national leadership for America’s State Parks from the National Association of State Park Directors.

The George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards and the Walter Cox Award for Public Service and Leadership in Natural Resources, from Clemson University.

South Carolina’s Forever Green Public Servant of the Year (2019).  


Palmetto Conservation Foundation and the Palmetto Trail, Board of Directors

Upper Palmetto YMCA Camp Cherokee, Board of Directors.

Thank you Landscape Structures for the Keynote Speaker Scholarships!


Thank you to all of our Exhibitors & Donors that plan to help make our 79th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation a big success this October. We will continue to update this list as Exhibitors register. We look forward to seeing you all this October!

Atlantic Golf & Turf

Clivus New England, Inc.
Cousineau Forest ProductsDurgin & Crowell Lumber Company
Franklin PaintKompan, Inc.
M.E. O'Brien & Sons, Inc.

Musco Sports Lighting

MyRec.com Recreation SoftwareNew England Recreation Group
 North Star FireworksPettinelli & Associates, Inc.
Pioneer Athletics.comSE Group
Solitude Lake ManagementUltiPlay Parks & Playgrounds, Inc.
 Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Vermont Display Inc.
 Weston & Sampson Wickham Park
 more to come! 



Sponsor Opportunities: (Platinum, Gold, Silver)

Platinum Sponsor - $1,000+ (Keynotes, Social, Gifts) 

Gold Sponsors - $400 - $1,000 (Meals & Rooms, Advertising) 

Silver Sponsors  (All Exhibitors Registered) 

Sponsorship is the best way to stand out from the crowd!  Maximize your return on investment and visibility, get ahead of your competitors, build brand awareness.  Show your support and promote your business before and during the conference. Check out these great sponsorship opportunities!

Keynote.....................................................$2,500 (includes exhibit space)

Conference Gift.....................................$3,000 (includes exhibit space)

Education Sponsor .............................. Connect with VRPA for options

Exhibitor Social Sponsor .................... *SOLD OUT* (Open Bar)

Entertainment Sponsor ........................ Connect with VRPA for options

Conference Meals ................................$600 (6 available)

Thursday Awards Luncheon ................$500 (2 available)

Room Sponsor.......................................$400 (5 available)

Grab N'Go Parting Snack ..................... *SOLD OUT* 

Got a Creative Idea? – We would love to hear any new ideas you have for sponsorship or advertising opportunities that may help benefit your company. Contact us today with your idea!


The Conference Committee can use your help during the 
79th Conference

    • Moderator a session 
    • Help out at the Registration Table
    • Auction:

          Before- Help with making calls & collecting donations.
          Day of- Help checking people out and collecting money

2022 Conference Committee

Diana Wood, Chair

Kathryn Wrigley, Vice-Chair

Todd Goodwin - Co-Chair

Adriane Martin - Past Chair

Jazmin Averbuck
Joanna Bisceglio 

Joanne Putzier

Dyana Martin

Lee Barrett

Nicole Draper

Ayden Eikhoff

& many sub-committee members!

Conference Resource Page

(Power Points & more)

Room Reservations

Lake Morey Resort Room Rate/Night:

Classic room - $140* (single or double)

Deluxe room - $155 (single or double)

Terrace room - $199 (single or double)

Book by September 12th - Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis. A credit card is required to confirm all room reservations.   Call: 1-800-423-1211

Web reservations are not available for groups. You can email your reservation request to shanna@lakemoreyresort.com. Mention you are with the Vermont Conference on Recreation.

Guest Room Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation at least 7 days prior to your arrival date your deposit can be applied to a future stay within one year of cancellation. If you cancel 

2022 Registration is now open for Exhibitors!

Register Here as an Attendee & here as an Exhibitor

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