RC3 — the Rhea County Community Center — is pictured above. The community center recently announced an organizational change and named a new executive director.

Rc3 board members hosted an appreciation brunch honoring staff and volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 7. Board member Manny Carril thanked honorees for their work throughout the year and gave each a hooded sweatshirt.

Carril also announced changes in the organizational structure of Rc3. He reported that in a recent meeting, the board had voted to employ an executive director. The selection committee recommended and the board unanimously approved employing Cindy Horton as Rc3’s first executive director.

Horton has been a committed Rc3 volunteer since the center’s beginning in 2016. When the YMCA unexpectedly closed its facility in Dayton, Horton, along with other community activists, the City of Dayton and NACA-Fort Bluff devised a solution to continue to provide a community wellness center for Rhea County. She was named the first board chair of that new organization and has functioned as a volunteer director for the past four years.

As the first executive director, Horton will be responsible for the overall program, management and supervision of Rc3.

When asked about her goals for her new role, she readily stated, “Promoting the Rc3 mission, pursuing new and innovative ways to serve Rhea County, and providing a healthy and safe environment for children, adults, seniors, and — those with — special needs.”

Other goals included “planning for expansion of programs, including summer programming in education and physical fitness as well as expansion and improvement of the physical structure including wellness center expansion and aquatics.”

Horton’s education background includes a degree in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. “

I have a passion for healthy living and for the freedom found in taking care of our bodies at all ages and levels of ability,” she said.

Her first date as executive director was Dec. 8, 2019.

As a result of being employed by the board, Horton will no longer serve as the chair of the board. The new board chair is Manny Carril, and the new vice chair is Kimberly Prudhomme.

When asked about the board’s decision to employ an executive director, Carril said, “Four years ago when we formed this organization hiring an executive director was one of our primary goals. The Lord has blessed us with not only the success to hire a director but a highly qualified individual in Cindy.”

The Rhea County Community Center — Rc3 — is a non-profit organization that offers a wellness center, group exercise classes, Silver Sneakers senior fitness classes, youth sports and childwatch while parents work out. The mission of the organization is “Building a healthy committee with Christ as our cornerstone.”

For additional information review the center’s website at http://www.rheacountycommunitycenter.org.