The Illinois Park and Recreation Association Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction, establishing policy and ensuring the fiscal integrity of the Association. In order to ensure a strong vibrant organization relevant to the park and recreation industry, and one that can effectively lead the well-being of its membership it is imperative that a diverse and dedicated Board is in place to lead the organization.

The IPRA seeks Board members who internalize the core value of integrity and that have demonstrated a commitment to the field of parks and recreation.

IPRA Board of Directors

Currently the IPRA Board is seeking potential candidates for the positions of Central Region Rep and North West Region Rep. In accordance with the bylaws, the Governance Committee will review and interview the candidates identified to determine eligibility, then make a recommendation to the Board for the slate, for election by the members. Opportunities to participate on the IPRA Board of Directors come annually in conjunction with the end of terms or as vacancies occur which may be filled in the interim per the bylaws.

Board Candidate Applications due – Monday, August 26, 2019, 5:00 PM. Please email the completed form to

Download Candidate Forms:
IPRA Board of Directors Application
Election Guidelines  

Characteristics and Attributes of an ideal IPRA Board Member

Proven Performance
Leadership requires knowledge, talent, skill, vitality and the desire to make a difference. In the association environment that translates into a solid track record of contribution to the success of programs, projects or events.

Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward, but it requires a demonstrated commitment of the organization and its mission and goals.

Time to Serve
Participating fully in association activities requires extra time to prepare for and travel to meetings.

Understanding of Team Work
Many people contribute their efforts toward the realization of the association’s strategic plan. Well developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential to effective teamwork.

By virtue of the positive current leaders are mentors and teachers to future leaders. Enthusiasm for serving the association is an important ingredient that leaders must be able to pass on to their successors.

Ability to Subordinate Special Interests
Leaders often emerge because of their special expertise or effective representation of a specific constituency. Leadership, however, may require subordinating those interests for the great good of the association.