Keep Hall Beautiful has named Kelly Norman as the organization’s new executive director.
Although originally from the Stone Mountain area, Norman is a familiar face to many involved with Hall County. She acted as program coordinator for Hall County Parks and Leisure for four years and served over three of those years on the Keep Hall Beautiful board.
Additionally, Norman helped to steer the committee for the Chicken City Parade at Gainesville’s Spring Chicken Festivals the last several years.
Norman’s passion for environmental issues led her to organizing a fair on the environment at her church, and this fair helped lead her into the executive director position she now holds.
“I wanted to learn more about being a better steward of the planet,” Norman said of her initial interest in the environment. “Now, I’m passionate about education and school activities to teach people to become better stewards.”
Norman has a particular interest in recycling and showing others how they can more effectively recycle their waste.
As a result, some of her top priorities for Keep Hall Beautiful include developing plans for volunteer recruitment, creating educational programs on the environment and increasing recycling opportunities.
While still getting settled in to her new office in downtown Gainesville at the City Center, Norman has already been busy creating the application for the Tree Replacement Fund, a program from the Spring Chicken Festival that provides trees for the grounds of qualified organizations. Additionally, planning for the 2013 Spring Chicken Festival, Keep Hall Beautiful’s biggest fundraiser, is already under way.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of Norman’s new position is the group of people she is now working with.
“There is an amazing staff here that is so committed and dedicated to the cause. I am absolutely inspired about the support I am getting,” commented Norman as she praised her co-workers.
And Norman has no doubt that her new role is her life’s calling.
“I am so excited to serve the Gainesville and Hall County communities in such a positive and inspiring area. Being able to come to work everyday and have such a positive impact is the opportunity of a lifetime.”