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2019 ORPA Annual Conference

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Section for Older Adult Resources
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ORPA's Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR) is a special interest network for professionals who are committed to addressing the diverse needs and interests of people 50+ in the areas of recreation, education, and social services.  SOAR provides networking and educational opportunities on the latest trends in this growing field.

SOAR serves professionals working in senior centers, community centers, recreation, education, and social services.  We deal with the needs of the older adult population with changing demographics, flexibility in changing needs, and using volunteers.  SOAR: the sky's the limit!

Contact SOAR President Diane Sconce to learn more about this section and to get involved with SOAR.



Section meetings are a chance for SOAR members to meet in person, share a round table discussion on a relevant topic, and participate in a site-tour of a senior/adult community center.

  • February 4th, 2019 (Mon) - Willamalane Adult Activity Center
    • Round table topic: Marketing Resources
    • Discussion of Spring Workshop
    • 215 W. C Street, Springfield, OR 97477
    • More Information
  • Next Meeting TBA



There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Past Events




SOAR Board

The SOAR board consists of older adult professionals who volunteer to design events and activities that benefit ORPA members and other professionals who focus on adult recreation and programs.

SOAR leaders welcome your concerns and ideas related to the section.

  • President: Diane Sconce, City of Eugene
  • President-Elect: 
  • Secretary: Kindra Oliver, Lebanon Center
  • At-large Director: Tina Johnson, Milwaukie Center
  • At-large Director: Kathy Wiseman, Pioneer Center (Oregon City)
  • Past President: Trish Phetteplace, Willamalane Adult Activities Center (Springfield)

Become a Section Leader.


Section Awards

Each year the Section for Older Adult Resources recognizes the outstanding work of people and agencies making a difference in senior centers and programs.  We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Community Service
  • Outstanding Program Service

To read more about this awards and nominate someone, visit the Award Nomination Form.

Section Award Nominations  are due: August 16


Don't forget about the ORPA Annual Awards!  These awards are presented each year at the Award Ceremony Luncheon and showcase the best parks and recreation has to offer!

Annual Award Nominations are due: August 2.

Read more about these prestigious awards.




Senior Center Accreditation

Get your center the recognition it deserves through national accreditation!

To receive national accreditation, a senior center must engage staff, leadership, seniors, and community partners in a dialogue which includes a comprehensive evaluation of the senior center in nine standard areas.  The standards are developed by National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and are used to determine that the Senior Center is meeting its mission in a nationally accepted fashion.  The starting point is "Self Assessment" and any Center of any size will benefit from this process.

For more information on how to get started in the accreditation process, contact Diane Sconce at 541.682.5521.


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