Recreation Advisory Committee

About the Recreation Advisory Committee


The 9 member Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) advises the Recreation Director, City Council, Mayor, and City Manager on matters related to the planning and development of recreational programming, properties and facility maintenance needs, future acquisition of properties or facilities, and offer suggestions for development of new recreational opportunities. 


Advisory to the Recreation Director, City Council and City Manager


The Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) will serve in an advisory role and primary obligations include:

RAC members should be knowledgeable and understand the recreational properties, facilities, and programming offered by the City and the Recreation Department. 

RAC members should be knowledgeable of the City of Charlevoix Recreation Master Plan.

 RAC members serve as a sounding board of the community, giving input and feedback to the Recreation Director regarding what programs are offered, what fees are charged, what policies are implemented and what procedures are used.

The RAC serves as ambassador and communicator to the community by assisting in the promotion of existing programs, facilities, and recreational opportunities.

RAC members serve as advisors and supporters on grant writing requests and assist with lobbying granting agencies or organizations for funding. 

RAC members may be asked serve as volunteers for programs, special events, or future recreational opportunities.

RAC members are encouraged to use existing recreational facilities and participate in a variety of recreational programs in Charlevoix.


The Recreation Advisory Committee meets quarterly.  Meetings are the second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December.

Meeting times are at 6:00 PM, held in City Hall.


Nine members consisting of 6 adult members (City Residents), 1 adult member (Township) 2 student members (most senior has voting rights).


Mayor, confirmed by City Council


7 adult members three year term; 2 student members one year term



Staff Liaison/Department

Kent Knorr, Recreation Director (231) 547-7183


  • Steve Seely, Chair
    Term expires: December 2018
    201 Meech Apartment 8
    P.O. Box 701
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-499-3674
  • Brenda Bryan
    Term expires: December 2019
    108 Belvedere
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Cell Phone: 231-590-4541
  • Abigail Cunningham
    Term expires: September 2018
    06359 Brown Road
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-3576
  • Roger Gowell
    Term expires: December 2018
    13139 Beachwood Drive
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-6028
    Cell Phone: 231-881-7630
  • Scott Kelly - Township Member
    Term expires: December 2019
    6123 Old 31 S
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-1065
    Cell Phone: 231-881-0810
  • Kent Knorr, Recreation Director - Advisor
  • Sarah Matye
    Term expires: December 2018
    209 Lewis
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Cell Phone: 435-729-9534
  • Ben Peterson - Student Member (Senior)
    Term expires: September 2018
    210 W Hurlbut
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Cell Phone: 231-675-0623
  • Amy Putman
    Term expires: December 2018
    07103 Lake Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-1396
  • Jennifer Vollmer
    Term expires: December 2020
    213 Elm Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Cell Phone: 231-675-3925

Committee Information

The committee was established on December 6, 2010. The member are made by Mayoral Appointment/Council Approval, with a three year term for adults and one year term for students. Six adult members (city residents), one adult member (township) and two student members, the most senior has voting rights.