Press Release - For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director

Napkin Notes Dad to Speak at Parks and Recreation Conference

La Grange – Garth Callaghan has been diagnosed with cancer five times. After his first diagnosis, his daughter Emma had just turned twelve. Determined to make the time he has meaningful, Garth made a promise to compile years’ worth of notes to give Emma through her high school graduation, 826 to be exact. The compiled notes became a book, ‘Napkin Notes’, and has been translated into over 15 different editions and published around the world. Garth has also shared his story on the Today show, Fox & Friends, and as a speaker nationwide.

The Illinois Park & Recreation Association is thrilled to have Garth speak as a headliner of their ‘Inspire’ track of professional development workshops at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference in January 2020. In his session, ‘Redefining Success: Building Relationships the “Write” Way’ two key messages featured in his talk will include the importance of building a daily communications loop and how to redefine success for your own purposes.

‘We are so excited to have Garth join us and share his inspirational story with park and recreation professionals and commissioners. IPRA's tagline is "Learn. Connect. Inspire." and it is important to us that we provide opportunities for park and recreation professionals to learn about new trends and hot topics, connect with their peers to learn best practices, and get inspired by folks like Garth so that every day they can put their best foot forward for the people of their communities.’ Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director.

The IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference is the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois. The IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference brings together more than 4,000 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website: