Efforts Continue Through Rector Downtown Central, Inc.
Rector Downtown Central, Inc. discussed changes in board members, setting annual dues and Labor Day weekend at the quarterly meeting Thursday, June 25.
Fifteen individuals dedicated to preserving history and rejuvenating the downtown area approved the submission of annual dues of $25 beginning at the annual meeting to be held Sept. 24. All dues will go to helping reach the goals of the organization, which is an Arkansas Downtown Network member. Among the goals are securing grants for the downtown and revitalizing the area. As a non-profit organization all donations are tax deductible.
Former president Johnny Williams recently resigned from his position and that will need to be filled, along with others. The roles of all board positions will be better defined at the next meeting on Aug. 27.
City-community development coordinator Christina Boyd has been involved with getting the organization up and running with new goals and motivations, including formation of mission and vision statements. Those were approved by the group.
The organization's mission statement now reads: "Rector Downtown Central, in partnership with Main Street Arkansas, utilizes the National Main Street Center's four point approach of Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Restructuring to produce fundamental change by revitalizing downtown and creating community spirit."
The vision statement, which is subject to change as goals are achieved, reads: "We envision Rector Downtown Central to be the primary avenue for revitalizing downtown Rector and making it a place for successful businesses and entertainment, historical appreciation, as well as, the central hub of community spirit through fun activities and events."
Boyd also informed the group she has hired graphic designer Tyler Fry of Pink Ink Screen Printing to design a new logo for the organization as the old one has become outdated.
Another discussion point was the fact Boyd attended a Main Street Arkansas training conference in El Dorado last month where Rector was awarded $1,000 in grants to be given to local downtown business owners. The $1,000 is to be split into two $500 mini-grants, which are actually matching grants. The grants are intended for use of downtown business to do repairs or revitalization, such as painting the exterior of their building or signage. The group voted to approve a $250 minimum amount for patrons to obtain the matching grants.
Boyd also expressed the need to refocus attention on Rector Downtown Central, Inc. and publicize the organization's efforts at the Downtown Central Park. She said Labor Day weekend Rector is "full of people, people from here, not from here, and visiting their hometown." Discussion about how the organization should reach the community ended with the possibility of having a float in the Labor Day parade and an ice cream social to be held in the Downtown Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 5. A volunteer committee was formed to make final plans -- Dixie Lawrence, Ron and Nancy Kemp, Judy Leach, Laura Wilburn, Christa Hedrick, Cathy Manning and Jessica Rainwater.
The meeting ended with Boyd telling the group about the Destination Downtown Regional Main Street Conference to be held Sept. 14-16 in Little Rock, where organizations from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi will gather for seminars and conferences. It is mandatory a member of the organization is present and, as Boyd has prior commitments, she opened the invitation of attendance to anyone from the organization.