Belinda Johnson is the City Spotlight for October
When visiting the Jacksonville Community Center, the first thing you receive is a warm greeting from the smiling face of Belinda Johnson. “I just love my customers,” says Johnson. “They are much more than people who visit the center. I know many of them by name, and I have made many lifetime friends here. They are like family to me. They love coming here and partaking in all the activities we offer.” Johnson has been the receptionist/cashier for the Jacksonville Community Center for almost ten years. Her initial job duties include working the front desk and receipting most of the money taken in at PARD. She also assists with special events sponsored by PARD. “I just love my job and the people I work with,” says Johnson. “It’s great to be able to work in the community I grew up in.”
Before coming to the city, Johnson spent 15 years working in Property and Casualty Insurance. She worked for the late George Douthit. When he passed away she then went to work at Northeast Orthopedics handling insurance and accounts receivable for ten years, before accepting the job at PARD in December 2008.
According to her supervisor Janis Burns, "Belinda Johnson does a fantastic job. She is the "face" and the "voice" of the Jacksonville Community Center. Serving as receptionist, she knows all about what's happening with our department. She greets everyone that comes in and usually knows everyone by name. She directs phone calls and patrons to appropriate areas, keeps meticulous records of classes and programs & she is directly responsible for all memberships at the Jacksonville Community Center.
She keeps us all informed of any news concerning our members. She truly cares about those who are members. She is a pleasure to work with and we are very fortunate to have Belinda as a part of our department.”
Johnson grew up in the Roy Webb community and still resides there. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1983. She is the daughter of Joe and Mary Glass. Her father worked for the cable company for the city of Jacksonville for many years and then retired in 1995. He passed away in March of 2016. Her mother is retired and is her next door neighbor. She has four brothers who have blessed her with four nieces and four nephews. Her youngest brother, Bryan, works in the maintenance department at PARD. She married her lifelong best friend Stephen. They have been married for 33 years and have one daughter, Holly, 25, who graduated from JSU in 2015, and works for PPG at the Honda plant in Lincoln. Stephen is a manager in the paint department at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. “Family is everything to me,” says Johnson. She also has a tender spot for animals. She has two cats and one dog, and they are all strays. According to Johnson, “I have had the oldest cat for about 15 years. They are all spoiled and ‘rule the roost’. They are all females, I call them my girls.” When asked about her hobbies she said, “I’m actually pretty boring, my weekends are spent cleaning house, running errands and checking on family. My mom is 78 and still cuts her own grass, and my mother-in-law is 90. I do enjoy going to the beach, spending time with friends and family and going shopping.”
Thank you, Belinda, for all you do at our community center.
Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore