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 7 adult members (1-3 Township Residents with remaining members City Residents), 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


  • Jennifer Fruk (Township), Chair
    Term expires: December 2024
  • Brenda Bryan
    Term expires: December 2025
  • Vacancy 
    Term expires: December 2024
  • Scott Kelly (Township)
    Term expires: December 2025
  • Cole Oosthuizen
    Term expires: December 2023
  • Katherine Bitely (Township) 
    Term expires: December 2024

  • Sarah Matye
    Term expires: December 2024
  • Amelia Drenth (non-voting student)
    Term expires: June 2024
  • Claire Scholten (voting student)
    Term expires: June 2023

Committee Information

The committee was established on December 6, 2010. The members are made by Mayoral Appointment/Council Approval, with a three year term for adults and one year term for students. The majority of adult members must be City residents.  Of the two student members, the most senior has voting rights.