November 20, 2008

Fitness Center Honors Two Founding Board Members

After more than a decade of service to the Scotland County Fitness Center, two founding board members for the Rex-Plex were recently honored for their roles in creating the community center.

Vivian Perry and Judy Campbell were presented special plaques to commemorate their service to the center and to mark their retirement from the Rec Plex governing board during a ceremony earlier this month.

Perry is credited with spearheading the initiative that ultimately resulted in the current-day fitness center in Memphis. As a member of the Scotland County Health Department, Perry led the CHART community health assessment survey that initially highlighted the communityís desire for a fitness center.

ďVivianís work helped demonstrate the desire of community members, young and old, for a place to exercise during the cold winter and hot summer months,Ē said board member Tom Deberry.

Based on Perryís efforts the Scotland County Community Fitness Center Board was founded in February of 1997, with Vivian being elected a member.

Judy Campbell, who had been active during the initial CHART meetings, was selected as the boardís chairperson. Judy oversaw the creation of a number of committees that included a site search, financial planning and a building committee.

She led a number of trips to fitness centers in surrounding areas to study facilities as well as financial plans and operating budgets.

Under Campbellís direction, the Fitness Center Board secured a pair of Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit allocations that helped fund the purchase of the facility when it became available in 2001. The donations from the first round of NAP credits helped purchase the building and the initial walking track, weight lifting and other exercise equipment.

The Rec Plex officially opened to the public in February 2002.

The second NAP project ultimately funded the construction of the adjoining gym that further expanded the facilities offerings to the community.

The facility continues to see growth in membership numbers as well as fitness offerings for the community with the initial walking and weightlifting programs now expanded to include basketball and volleyball leagues, dance classes and much more.

After more than a decade guiding the fitness center to its current level of success both Campbell and Perry announced their retirement from the governing board in August.

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