This year marks more positive trends for The Centre, according to their annual Community Benefit Report.

   Floyd Jernigan, Centre director, gave a presentation about these trends to the Rolla City Council on Monday, May 7, and highlighted “the many activities undertaken by the Centre in service to the community.”

   “While the Centre is about wellness, it’s also about community,” Jernigan said. “We want our citizens to see that we are their community recreation center.” 

   This growth of community involvement was present in this year’s Daddy Daughter Dance. After eight years of being put on by the Centre, this past year boasted their largest attendance, with approximately 396 participants. 

    Other community events that have seen growth, according to Jernigan, include the Breakfast with the Bunny and egg hunt in the pool with over 500 people attending, and the Halloween Spooktacular and the Boo Splash. The Centre has also been working with Rolla Public Schools in hosting the Parents as Teachers program, that invites parents and their preschool children and uses soft play equipment to promote “early tactile stimulation.” 

    These programs don’t come cheap however, and are funded in part by the community. 

    “All of these public events for our youth are in large part made possible by our collaboration with and sponsorship by more than two dozen local businesses,” Jernigan said. Combined, these businesses contribute over $14,000 annually in financial support. 

    According to Jernigan’s report, which is also available on the Centre’s website, the Centre had $70,000 less expense in the 2017 fiscal year than in the 2016 fiscal year.