TOWNSEND — Under the direction of Karen Clement, the Townsend Recreation program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last nine years.
The hardworking director resigned from her position effective Aug. 19.
The Recreation Commission accepted her resignation July 18.
“You’ve done a great job. I don’t have the heart to make the motion,” member Alice Kennedy said.
The new director needs to know quite a few things going into the new job, Clement said.
The summer program, which now runs six weeks and accommodates up to 110 children each day, is a challenge.
The director must book activities and buses and keep track of who is in attendance, duties not spelled out in the job description, Clement said.
The position also requires someone to work out of their home, use their own office equipment and purchase supplies using their own credit card to get reimbursed.
Clement’s work at recreation has allowed the department to exist without taking funds from the town.
More families are served by expanded hours at the summer program. Fundraisers such as the annual Haunted Trail have grown, bringing in even more funding.
Under Clement’s leadership, the department added classes for all ages: ABC Follow Me, for the youngest, classes in babysitting, theater activities, volleyball, basketball and a counselor-in-training program for older kids, cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes, weight-loss challenges and exercise groups for adults.
Clement said she will assist in the hiring process and hopes someone will be hired before she leaves. Clement works full-time as director during the summer program and 12 hours per week the rest of the year.
The department’s mascot, T-Rec, made its first appearance during Clement’s tenure. She was a key player in developing the character, but it took a team effort to create the costume.
“I had a friend make it,” she said.