Luna steps down as activities director at Eureka Springs community center
Eureka Springs Community Center activities director Cat Luna has announced her resignation.
Luna, who started the job in March 2018, said she’s loved seeing the community center grow in membership and offerings over the past three years. COVID-19 was a challenge for the community center, Luna said, leading to membership decline and a significant drop in participation.
“Today, I am pleased to report to you and the board that membership has increased and activity participation is rapidly approaching pre-pandemic levels,” Luna writes in her resignation letter. “I am certain that the ESCC is poised to continue to grow and be successful.”
Luna said she’s planning to take some personal time before working on her side business, which involves technical writing and database administration.
“I’m going to just enjoy having a little time off,” Luna said. “It’s been overdue.”
Luna said she still plans to help out with the community center’s summer youth program.
“I’m going to help with this transition because obviously I’m invested in the community center,” Luna said. “So many people have invested so much into the community center — time and effort and dollars. I just want to make sure everything continues to go as well as possible and make sure the kids have a great summer.”
Community center board chairwoman Debbie Davis thanked Luna for her time and effort over the years. The person who steps into the role, Davis said, should be “a lot like” Luna.
“She has been really good to build programs and start from scratch,” Davis said. “The person who comes in next will have that advantage of having things already built. We’ll just take off and run with it.”
Luna said she has fond memories of her time at the community center. The best part, Luna said, is all the people she met since 2018.
“I loved working with everyone and seeing a whole variety of people in Eureka,” Luna said. “This is one of the only nonprofits where you see every kind of person come in. It’s really been a nice thing to work with so many different people.”
Her job was to listen to people and figure out what their needs are, Luna said, and she took that very seriously. Luna said her favorite program at the community center is the summer youth program.
“It’s always fun to be with the kids,” Luna said. “I’ve enjoyed the summer program tremendously. I’ve also enjoyed most recently our Earth Day event. It was a really wonderful event for us and I really enjoyed that we’ve partnered with so many nonprofits in the community.”
She’s loved working with nonprofits like Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library, Luna said.
“I’m sure there will be many, many more wonderful things to come. It’s going to be a busy, busy time for whoever steps into this role, because it’s been very active and very busy since we started,” Luna said. “I’ll miss working with different groups of people and seeing how we can partner together to make the community as wonderful as it can be.”
The community center will be fully reopening by June 14 to include operating hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Additionally, the community meeting room and the Highlander rooms are now available for daily rentals, long-term office spaces are available to lease and the gym will host pickleball, summer programs and basketball.
“We’re seeing brighter days ahead and we’re looking forward to it,” Davis said. “It’s going to be a good year. We just have to find somebody that’s as good as Cat for us to move forward with, and I think we can do that.”