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SAAC welcomes new Executive Director

Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Kayla Bright, of Sioux Rapids, began as the Executive Director of the Spencer Area Activity Center on Wedensday. Bright, also an instructor at the Spencer Family YMCA and the dance coach at Okoboji, hopes to increase fitness and activity programming for current participants and participants who are a little younger.
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The Spencer Area Activity Center welcomed Kayla Bright as the new Executive Director on Wedensday.

Bright, originally of Sioux Rapids, attended Iowa State and has worked previously in fitness with older generations. When she moved to Spencer, she began working at the Spencer Family YMCA, as an instructor in both water and land classes.

"The Y knew about my work previously, and let me know about this job opening," Bright said. "I wanted to work with senior fitness, and when a position became available, I knew it was something I wanted to do."

Bright still teaches classes at the YMCA.

Bright wants to continue her fitness background at the Spencer Area Activity Center, adding classes with different exercise levels to "promote active living."

In addition to working at the Center and at the YMCA, Bright also coaches the Okoboji dance team. She hopes to start a dance group at the Center.

"We used to have one in Sioux Falls," she said, "called the Dancing Divas."

For participants who prefer other methods of exercise, Bright hopes to add other activities, such as a walking challenge or a chair workout that focuses primarily on upper body strength.

"Fitness and activity is big," Bright said. "A lot of people don't understand how many different types of exercise there are now. It's not just jogging or step aerobics."

She hopes that the increased activity will draw younger participants to the Center as well.

"I understand that there's a fear when it comes to exercise, especially among the older members of the community," Bright said. "But I want to get more people involved. I want people to know who we are and what we do."


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I'm very happy for them that they connected with Kayla. When they advertised for an executive director, their ad was so generic, I was a bit alarmed. I sent them my best ideas and examples of my work in public relations and urged them not to fear getting the word out about their organization. I told them lots of good things about community relations and fund development.

Had they said they wanted someone who had direct experience in senior activities, I would not have spent much time crafting a great letter, resume and samples. For me, I'm deeply disappointed that I put any effort into this when I'm not qualified. Again, had they been specific in their ad, I would not have wasted their time.

I'm happy for Kayla and for the senior citizens of Spencer, however, that in spite of their generic, somewhat misleading ad, they found such a great fit. :-)

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 5:12 PM


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