By Brandon Lausch
The Swarthmore Recreation Association board recently held a strategic retreat to further enhance the ways in which we provide quality recreational programs for our community.
Joined by executive director Linda McCullough, board members discussed practically every aspect of the organization to not only identify SRA’s strengths (among them inclusivity, dedicated community volunteers and growing programs), but also to identify areas of opportunity.
These include potentially adding programs for our community’s senior population, intergenerational activities, more non-athletic recreational programs, and additional ways in which we can support, communicate with, and appreciate our volunteers, who have been the lifeblood of SRA since it was established more than 75 years ago.
Thanks to the support SRA receives from Swarthmore Borough Council and those who participate in our increasingly popular programs, we are also prioritizing maintenance and capital projects to upgrade fields and facilities.
With these goals in mind, the SRA board established five core committees to enhance our organization. They are: Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Capital Projects, Personnel, and Technology, each of which is chaired by a second-year board member.
Our retreat could not have come at a better time. Due to Linda’s excellent leadership, SRA is as strong as ever; we recently welcomed the incomparable Nika Haase as a part-time administrative coordinator to assist Linda; and we all share a renewed sense of excitement about our organization, which is guided by this mission statement:
Swarthmore Recreation Association, established in 1940, is dedicated to providing quality, inclusive recreational programs for all ages and abilities. Recreation creates a stronger, connected community and a love of healthy activity. Program ideas grow from the people we serve.
As much as we discussed our past, present and future, the conversation isn’t complete without the community we serve. We invite you to share your ideas with us on any of the topics described here or other ways you think SRA can improve. Please talk with us at an upcoming game or event, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.