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ادريس جاسم العبودي Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi In Fiftysomething Spring 2008[1]


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Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi
ادريس جاسم العبودي

Idris is a nationally recognized Recreation and Parks professional and public speaker. A Highly motivating, energetic, passionate leader with vision and a pragmatic approach to recreation issues and needs, has been working in the field of Recreation for the Past 28 years. He is currently the Manager of Parks and Recreation for the City of Manhattan Beach California. Idris is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and State / National and International notoriety and acclaim.

In February, 2008 Idris, received the Professional Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest award bestowed by the NRPA Pacific Southwest Regional Council. It recognizes professionals in the Region who have consistently given outstanding service to the park, recreation and conservation movement on the State, National and in the case of Mr. Al-Oboudi the international level. He also received the 2007 NRPA’s Program Excellence Award for Special Event.

In February, 2008 Idris, received Los Angeles County Special Commendation Award form forth District Supervisor Mr. Don Knabe. This Commendation is in recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County California.

In March- 2006 Idris received The California Park & Recreation Society’s (CPRS Over 4000 in Membership) highest Award and Citation that recognizes outstanding contributions to CPRS and the parks, recreation, and/or human serves profession. This award also recognizes his contributions that significantly affect the parks & recreation profession on a regional, sectional, state & national level. Idris was honored for his contributions to the profession and commitment to the Creating Community VIP Action Plan. Both in 2005 and 2006 Idris received the California Parks and Recreation Society’s President’s Award for outstanding Leadership and dedicated service to the parks and recreation profession in California.

In 2004 Al-Oboudi was the first Chair of California Parks and Recreation Society’s Youth Sports and Fitness Task Force (Initiative) in charge of providing modality, revamping and re-directing the youth sports experience in California municipalities and organizations. This Plan was rolled out in fall 2005 and is being implemented state and nation wide starting in spring 2006. Mr. Al-Oboudi was in the lead as a creator and organizer of the Rally in support of Youth Sports and Fitness at the California State Capital on March-8-2007 during the CPRS annual Conference.

Mr. Al-Oboudi is a 25 year member of the CPRS & a long time member of the NRPA. He has served the CPRS membership in many areas, he was the Education Program Chair of the 2008, CPRS Conference, and served in the same capacity in 2004. He has been and Advisor for the CPRS Director of Education for the CPRS CONF 2003-2005& 2006. He was elected as Southern CA CPRS Administrators Section representative serving from 2003 to 2005.

Mr. Al-Oboudi is a frequent contributor to leadership workshops and meetings on recreation issues in Local Collages, Universities, and California Cities, community organizations, CPRS, NRPA and nation wide organizations. Mr. Al-Oboudi Developed a proto type frame work for Vision Insight Planning and Programming (Purpose Driven Programming). This tool was further developed and adopted in Programming for Community and youth recreation, cultural and social activities (Purpose Driven Programming) for the Islamic Community in the USA and the World. This is the First Vision Insight Planning programming tool developed for Muslim Organizations world wide. This ground braking work is a prelude to a comprehensive Initiative Mr. Al-Oboudi is Envisioning, Espousing and Creating, for the Muslim Community in the USA.

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  1. 1. fiftysomething Quarterly Publication of the CPRS Aging Services & Activities Section Spring 2008 Page One PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE President’s Message By Teri Mountford Board of Directors Page Two Greetings Aging Services and Activities Section Members! February Board Meeting District Representatives It is unbelievable but this is my last President’s Message for the Section Award Winners fiftysomething newsletter. This year has flown by. It seems as if the Page Three Committee Chairs board installation was yesterday and now it is time to turn over the California Senior Legislature gavel to the new President and board. Ways & Means Page Four As I was preparing this article, I reflected on this past year and what the Get Involved Aging Services and Activities Section accomplished as well as what will Senate Bill 977 be continued in the New Year. This year’s board has worked extremely NCOA’s Public Policy Update hard to enhance not only the Aging Section but the profession as well. Page Five Aging Section Website Some of the key projects and accomplishments were: Section Social 1. Initiated the update of the Section’s Strategic Plan. CPRS 2008 Training Conference 2. Joint Training Institute with the Therapeutic Recreation Section. Page Six Awards & Installation Luncheon 3. Successful Bass Lake Mini Conference. Page Seven 4. Membership survey distributed. TR & Aging Services Institute 5. Discussion and planning a joint conference with CASCC. 2007 Bass Lake Mini Conference 6. Membership has increased in the Aging Section. 7. The Aging Section Social has been reinstated. BOARD OF DIRECTORS All of these projects would not have happened without the cohesiveness President, Teri Mountford (925) 973-3271 and dedication of this year’s board. This year your board stepped up to the plate in so many ways. It was my pleasure working with each and Vice-President, Lauri Linder every member. It was also an honor to represent the Aging Section at (559) 891-2239 the State level. The Aging Section is well respected within CPRS. CPRS is dedicated to branding Parks and Recreation as an essential Secretary, Alicia Jensen service. I urge you to pay attention and read the email messages from (909) 598-6200 CPRS about branding. Those messages pertain to all sections in CPRS. The Aging Section board is committed to ensure we conform to CPRS’ Treasurer, Darryl Kim (949) 645-2356 x15 branding message. We would like to create a new logo as well as possibly update our section name to better represent our changing Past President, Shelley Hellen profession. (562) 570-3504 In closing, I appreciate members’ support this year and hope more of you will become involved with the Aging Section Board or section. Please Northern Rep, Lorraine Zorn give your support to the new board. (559) 685-2330 I look forward to seeing you at the Long Beach Conference including the Southern Rep, Ruri (Peanuts) Pierre Awards and Installation Luncheon, Social and Board Meeting. Please (562) 464-3365 read about all of these events in this issue. 1
  2. 2. DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING District I, Jillian Mazeau Mark you calendar for the next Aging Services and Activities Section (415) 899-8294 Board Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 from 1-4:30 pm at Hyatt Regency Long Beach — Pacific Room. This is the last Board Meeting for the current Board and we will be covering District II, Unfilled important topics such as the Section’s Strategic Plan, marketing, mentoring and much more. All section members are encouraged to come to this meeting. Board Members, if you have questions about District III, Jane Laris eligibility for travel reimbursement, please consult your position’s job (925) 314-3465 description, which can be found on the Aging Section website at this link: Hyatt Regency Long Beach is located at 200 South Pine Avenue Long District IV, Joe Hunziker Beach, CA 90802. (650) 829-3822 AND THE WINNERS ARE… District V, Unfilled AGING SERVICES & ACTIVITIES SECTION AWARDS PROGRAM By Jane Laris District VI, Unfilled The 2007 – 2008 Program Awards will be presented at the Annual Aging Section Awards and Installation Luncheon to be held on Friday, District VII, Lorraine Zorn (559) 685-2330 February 29, 2008 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Outback Steakhouse in Long Beach. The recipients were selected by a program committee, representing three different agencies rating each District VIII, Unfilled category. The award recipients are being recognized for their innovative and unique approaches to community service, and on behalf of the Aging Section Board of Directors, we wish them a warm District IX, Unfilled congratulation! Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness Program Award District X, Emeline Moya 1st Place: Green Tea Week, City of Norwalk (562) 902-3160 2nd Place: Individual Dietary Planning, City of Carlsbad 3rd Place: “Get Fit! To Retire”, City of Ontario District XI, Brandie Potter (951) 270-5646 Creating Community through Partnerships and Service Opportunities District XII, Judi Callicott 1st Place: Seasonal Yard Work Program, Margaret Todd Senior (619) 258-4100 ext 257 Center, City of Novato 2nd Place: Bell Gardens Seniors ESL/Citizenship Class, City of Bell Gardens District XIII, Leon Raya (909) 394-6234 Professional Champion Award 1st Place: Anna Boyce, Volunteer, City of Mission Viejo District XIV, Unfilled REPRESENTATIVES District XV, Unfilled 2
  3. 3. CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE CHAIRS By Assembly Member Pat Trotter Bass Lake, Jennifer Overmoe The California Senior Legislature (CSL) is an elected volunteer (925) 314-3476 body of 120 senior legislators throughout the state. The primary Bylaws/Elections, Lauri Linder mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal (559) 891-2239 levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the CPRS Conference, Jan Branich Congress, and advocate for laws implementing the ideas. (714) 765-4512 Over the past twenty years, the California Senior Legislature has Council of Sections, Michelle Lacy had a significant success rate with about five of its proposals (925) 314-3377 making their way into state law each year. Education, Pearl Raya, Chair (714) The CSL is primarily funded through a voluntary check-off on the 647-6744 California State Income Tax Return – identified as the "CA Fund Mac Kaiser, Co-Chair for Senior Citizens” (LINE 52 of your State Income Tax Form). (925) 516-5359 The CSL was founded largely through the efforts of Senator Henry Finance, Darryl Kim Mello, who in 1980 requested the California Commission on Aging (949) 645-2356 ext. 15 call a session of, “the Silver-Haired Legislature.” In 1982, this session became the California Senior Legislature (CSL) and Historian, Ruri (Peanuts) Pierre Senator Mello in SCR 44 asked that this be an annual event. (562) 464-3365 During the October annual session of the CSL, hearings on proposals are held in policy committees of the Senior Senate and Legislative (Southern), Tsuann Kuo the Senior Assembly. (310) 652-9800 or (310) 666-9137 Legislative (Northern), Unfilled Between its annual sessions, the work of the CSL continues with the guidance of two standing committees. The Joint Rules NCOA, Cathy Angstadt Committee provides for the governance of the CSL and plans the (949) 425-5151 annual session. The Legislative Committee directs the presentation of proposals to the Legislature or Congress. Professional Grants, Tracee Davis (909) 395-2021 ext. 2371 Publications, Pam Deaton (925) 931-5367 WAYS AND MEANS By Georganne Woodward Senior Center Program Awards, Jane Laris Space Still Available (925) 314-3465 Come join us aboard the "Monarch of the Seas" for a four-day cruise to San Diego, Catalina, and Ensenada. The ship leaves from Special Projects - Mentoring San Pedro (Long Beach). Program, Unfilled Our annual fundraiser is taking place May 12-16, 2008. Each senior / community center will receive $25.00 per cruiser and the Student Scholarships, Aging Section will receive $50.00 per cabin. So spread the word Dr. Gonzaga Da Gama around your center's travel group, your family, and friends. This (408) 924-3009 trip is open to all ages. Registration deadline: Feb. 22, 2008 Ways & Means, Georganne For more information, contact the San Marcos Senior Center Woodward Trailblazers office at 760-744-5535 x3609. (760) 744-5535 3
  4. 4. SENATE BILL 977 (CORREA) FACT SHEET GET INVOLVED! What the Bill Does The bill instructs the California Commission on Aging to review the We are still in need of people to step data obtained by CSU Fullerton in the University’s needs forward and get involved in the Aging assessment of California’s Senior Center Infrastructure, which is Section. There are committees and tentatively scheduled for publication in early spring of 2008. district positions we are looking to fill. In addition to conducting an independent review of the study, the For a complete list of committees and Commission will also convene a meeting of stakeholders to consider other opportunities in which to become the study for completeness, and scope. Once CCA’s independent involved, you may view the “interest review and stakeholder process has been completed, CCA will form” on the Section’s website report back by March 2009 to the Senate Subcommittee on Aging The Aging and Long-Term Care, the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long- Section will only thrive if its members Term Care, and CSU Fullerton’s research team with their comments get involved! on the study. If you have any questions, or would The goal of this review is to ensure that the state possesses a like to know more about particular complete and accurate picture of what the overall needs are of the committee responsibilities, please senior centers throughout California. This information is necessary contact Lauri Linder at to inform future discussions of a new Senior Center Infrastructure or Bond. (559) 891-2239. Why the Study is Important As a reminder, here are some reasons The state has not made a serious investment in its senior centers to become involved in the Section: since the passage of the Senior Center Bond Act of 1984, • Network with other Proposition 30. As nearly a quarter century has passed since voters professionals in your field. It is approved this measure, CSU Fullerton’s study is vital to determining amazing what similar issues we the state’s current and future senior center infrastructure needs. all face day to day. • Share information and sharpen Support your skills California Senior Legislature (Sponsor) • Provide input on trainings both local and regional. Staff Contact • Strategically plan for senior John Scribner, 651-4034; services. • Develop your professional goals. Working together we are enhancing the quality of life for the seniors in our NCOA’s Public Policy Update communities. December 20, 2007 Issue #26 – Special Edition Visit here to learn more about Congress’ actions on appropriations for the Administration on Aging and Senior Community Service “Creating Community through Employment Program as well as funding for Limited Medicare People, Parks and Programs” Services. 4
  5. 5. CPRS 2008 TRAINING CONFERENCE — BUILDING AGING SECTION WEB SITE! THE BRAND By John Clements, Web Parks and Recreation as an Essential Community Development Service Stay informed on the latest CPRS Aging Section news and information by visiting! The web site has the most current information on Section- sponsored events, conferences, scholarships, fundraisers, news, announcements, and information about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved. There are only a few weeks left to make your plans for the annual Board members and Committee Chairs, state conference to be held on February 26-29 in Long Beach. You please help the site stay up-to-date by should have received your pre-conference materials by now; emailing your announcements to John however, we have also put together a quick summary of sessions Clements, Web Site Chair @ you may want to consider: or by calling John at (714) 738-6844. Tuesday, February 26 8:00 am-6:00 pm TR/Aging Sections Joint Training Institute Wednesday, February 27 8:15 am-9:30 am No More Begging! The First Step to Sponsorship Success 9:45 am – 11:45 am General Session 12:00 noon – 3:00pm Expo Grand Opening and free luncheon 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Aging Section Board Meeting CPRS 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm How To Get Older People Moving 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Talking ‘Bout Generation Aging, Services 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Best of the Best Award Winning Programs & Activities Section Social and Networking invites you to our Thursday, February 28 Conference Social 8:15 am – 9:30am Seniors-If Not Now, When? Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:00 – 12:15 pm Creative Thinking & Problem Solving 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Disaster Strikes—Are You Prepared? 6:00 – 8:00 pm 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm Successful Aging and Coping with Stress Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 6:00 pm – 8:00pm Aging Section Social Private Patio Friday, February 29 90 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 8:30 am – 10:00 am Telling Your Story Increases Your Senior •Complimentary O’rdeuvres, Services Value and soft drinks 10:15 am – 11:45 am Planning for the Future Delivery of Social • Socializing with your friends Services • A full no host bar will be available 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm CPRS Aging Services and Activities Section Awards and Installation Luncheon 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Gearing Up for an Aging Population 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Attracting and Selecting New Staff 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm CPRS Awards Reception and Banquet For additional information please got to 5
  6. 6. CPRS Aging Services & Activities Section Awards & Installation Luncheon Friday February 29, 2008 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm Outback Steakhouse (20 W. Shoreline Drive Long Beach, CA90802) $30.00 Person Check payment and RSVP for this luncheon must be received no later than February 20, 2008, and checks should be made payable to the “CPRS Aging Section.” Please send checks and RSVP form to: Downtown Community Center Attn: Jan Branich 250 E. Center Street Anaheim, CA 92805. Good day Mate! It’ll Be Fair Dinkum! Come & Support your Section & Board Blimy! You will receive an e-mail confirmation. We’re sorry but no one will be able to pay at the door. For more information please contact Jan Branich at or at (714) 765 - 4512 CPRS Aging Services & Activities Section Awards & Installation Luncheon Yes, sign me up for the Awards & Installation Luncheon! Name(s) _____________________________________ Agency: ________________________ Contact Number: ____________________________________ E-Mail Address: _____________________________________ Enclosed is a check for: $______ ($30 per person) made payable to “CPRS Aging Section” Meal Selection (Please mark one per person) _______Outback Special 8 oz. Sirloin Steak _______North Atlantic Salmon _______Walhalla Pasta (Vegetarian: Fettuccini with Alfredo sauce and mixed fresh vegetables) _______Drovers Half Rack Baby Back Pork Ribs and an 8 oz chicken breast. Each lunch entrée includes a Caesar salad, side dish, and ice cream for dessert. Soda, Tea and Coffee are also included 6
  7. 7. TR AND AGING SERVICES INSTITUTE……We Can Make a Difference February 26, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Hyatt Regency…Ball Room Welcome & Keynote Recreation Service Delivery: Passion to Practice Cutting and Self-Injurious Behaviors that Soothe Idris J. Al-Oboudi Our Youth James Overall, RTC, CTRS Sessions Team Building: Adventures in Developing Effective Developing an Oral History Project Work Groups Cynthia Mascott, MS, CTRS, RTC Ezra Holland, MS and Dave Bacon, MS Building Group Trust through Games, Activities, and Planning (VIP) competencies & strategies while Laughter processing team building efforts Creating Dr. Susan Mathieu, RTC, CTRS Community, With Junk Bernie Dekoven Alcohol, Drugs and Older Adults: The Power of Empathy and Hope Creating Future Presenters Catherine McKean Royer, LCSW Paulette Schuster, MS, RTC, RC, CTRS Mental Health and TR Canine Companions: An Approach to Mobility Pam Krug, MA, RTC, CTRS Anne N. Battiste, MS Planning for Future Social Services Delivery The Art of Persuasion Thomas Robinson and Emeline Moya Larry Fontanilla, RTC, CTRS and James Overall, RTC, CTRS Problem Gambling: The Vulnerabilities of Older Adults Beyond the Senior Center: Adult Day Services Catherine McKean Royer, LCSW Nancy Matthews, MA, RC Poster Session and Reception 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CEU approval is pending for all sessions and schedule is subject to change. To register, please contact CPRS here. Registration includes educational sessions, afternoon snack break, evening social and poster session and must be postmarked by 2/8/08. After 2/8/08 registration must take place onsite. If you would like to volunteer at this institute, please contact Nancy Nisbett ( or Pearl Raya ( 2007 BASS LAKE MINI CONFERENCE Thank you to the committee members: Jen Overmoe Pam Deaton Jane Laris Mac Kaiser Darryl Kim Georganne Woodward Raymond Figueroa Teri Mountford 7