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Ija Nrpa & Cprs Awards 2007

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Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi …

Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi
ادريس جاسم العبودي
ialiraqi@hotmail.com
ialoboudi@citymb.info



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.

A 25 year resident of the Cal

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  • 1. 2007-2008 CPRS and NRPA Awards The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department / will receive three awards, for the work of Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi Recreation Manager at the upcoming CPRS Conference in Long Beach, February, 26 to February, 29, 2008.. One state (CPRS) and two national (NRPA) awards. The state award is from CPRS for the following The 2007 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race Festival will receive the: CPRS Recreation & Community Services Award; Neighborhood/Community Life (Population: 20,001-50,000) Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi Recreation Manager. This award: Recognizes excellence in recreation and community services program planning that encourages recreation participation, strengthens community image and sense of place, strengthens safety and security, promotes health and wellness, increases cultural unity, fosters human development, and facilitates community problem solving. The entry is judged on how programs, services, or special events involved citizens as partners to facilitate community problem solving to enhance or improve neighborhood and/or community life. The awards banquet will be Feb. 29 at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency Hotel at 6:30 pm (during the CPRS Conference) The national awards are from the NPRA Pacific Southwest Regional Council For the following: Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi, will receive the: Professional Distinguished Service Award This 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. Parks & recreation professionals from throughout the United States provided testimonials for Mr. Al-Oboudi’s nomination detailing the impact of his work. Award recipients have made recurring and valuable contributions to the parks and recreation field in the following areas of leadership, research, job performance, education and public relations. 1
  • 2. The 2007 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race Festival will receive the: Program Excellence Award: Special Event Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi Recreation Manager. This award: Recognizes agencies and persons within the field of recreation/leisure services for their program excellence. The event is to appeal to localized population, involved several staff and volunteers, cover a span of time and have some measure of success (which can include number of persons served, number of spectators, costs effectiveness, low cost per participant, media exposure, letters of appreciation, and community health and wellness or inclusivity benefits). The awards reception will be held on Feb. 28 at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency Hotel at 7:30 pm (during the CPRS Conference) Please note that Mr. Al-Oboudi is the CPRS 2008 Conference Program Chair and will be the Key note speaker for the Aging and Therapeutic CPRS Section institute on February, 26, 2008. Please consult the CPRS 2008 Conference Program and Schedule of events at www.cprs.org . Charlotte Marshall CharMarPR Productions 310-379-6104 Charmarpr@aol.com 2

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