The board of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau met in early January and considered applications for the Johnston County Sports Council.  Ten positions were appointed to represent the area Parks & Recreation Departments and at-large members of the community interested in sports marketing, development and event promotion.

The following members were appointed for initial terms:  Tim Johnson, Smithfield Parks & Recreation, Joe Carter, Selma Parks & Recreation, Matt Smith, Benson Parks & Recreation, Tim Narron, Kenly Parks & Recreation and Jonathan Allen, Clayton Parks & Recreation.  The five at-large appointees were: Rick Bartholomew – Princeton, Mickey Glenn Bridgers – Four Oaks, Philip W. Daniels – Willow Springs, Charlie Metz – Clayton, and Ed Perfetto – McGee’s/Willow Springs.

Completing the Sports Council committee are Donna Bailey-Taylor, Executive Director of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Jim Godfrey, JCTA Board Member and Executive Director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Braswell, Johnston County Commissioner.

“We are excited have a more formal committee to work county-wide on our established goals for sports marketing, and the committee has representation from around the county which is an important component as we collaborate on sport tournaments and events”, stated Donna Bailey-Taylor.

The newly formed Sports Council is a committee of the Johnston County Tourism Authority and the group will meet every other month, beginning February 13th at the bureau offices, 235-A East Market Street, Smithfield, at 10am.  Meetings are subject to open meeting laws, with minutes and actions submitted to local media for publication.  The meeting schedule for 2012 will be:  Feb 13, April 16, June 18, August 20, October 15 and December 17.