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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.


Events Board Resources Awards




There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Past Events



In 2017, SOAR collaborated with ORPA's SPRINT-RSS section to offer a training session titled “Round Trip Recreation” to focus on the latest & greatest in social media trends, DIY sponsorship and customer retention/customer service.


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.



The Event Experience Workshop

The following resources were provided by speakers from the 2018 The Event Experience Workshop. Please feel free to download resources for your professional use.

Planning Events: Start to Finish

Kim Lyddane from Willamalane was generous enough to provide us with a wonderful presentation covering all aspects of planning an event and the intensity of everything involved. This presentation is a great reference for anyone with any sized event in parks and recreation.

Additional Resources

Using a Master Task List- Use this link to see how Kim and her team use a Google Doc planning document.

Event Tracking Template- For you! For Free! Try out this template so you can schedule out and plan your own events.


Adaptive Events: How to Throw an All Inclusive Event

Andy Fernandez has expertise in planning inclusive events and has served as the co-chair for the Eugene08 and TrackTown12 Accessibility and Equity Committees at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. His presentation dives into the details of considering inclusion in special events.

Peer Pressure Really Works (and other fun marketing tips!)

Ben and Sarah really engaged us with their expertise in marketing in a public agency.  Whether we were jealous of their amazing marketing, or simply in awe, there is a lot to be learned.


Senior Community Centers

Section volunteers have developed a customizable flyer that you can use to promote your center.  Click the image to download the flyer.




Depending on merit, SOAR presents up to two awards annually to SOAR members to recognize service in the older adult recreation field.  To nominate and recognize an outstanding service, download a nomination form below.

SOAR Outstanding Community Service Award

SOAR Outstanding Program / Service Award


Nomination forms should be emailed to SOAR President Diane Sconce by August 31st.


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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