New energy at the Betsey

New director wants to create programs reviving traditions

PEYTON NEELY The Marietta Times Jocelyn Adelsperger, executive director, discusses new programs that will be offered at the pool in the Betsey Mills Club on Tuesday.

The Betsey Mills Club in Marietta welcomed a new executive director for the new year. Jocelyn Adelsperger, 41, of Marietta said she hopes to bring back previous traditions held within the Betsey Mills Club in her new position.

“The Betsey has real potential to effect change and create programs reviving some traditions that have faded away,” said Adelsperger. “We don’t want to do away with anything but add more value to the Betsey membership.”

Adelsperger is a mother of two who was born and raised in the Mid-Ohio Valley. She grew up in Little Hocking and is a graduate of Warren High School. She is a veteran property manager with more than 20 years of experience in facility maintenance, marketing, customer relations and building maintenance. She replaced Linda Lewis, who stepped down from the position in August after 11 years of service with the Betsey.

The Betsey Mills Club offers programs and services including pool therapy, warm water arthritis workout, yoga and many more health enhancement programs. Other programs include a state licensed Day Care and Preschool Center, Red Cross Authorized swim lessons and classes for all ages. Rooms are also available for meetings, special events and classes. Women’s dorm rooms are also for rent at the Betsey Mills Club.

“I feel like I’m living a charmed life to be back in Marietta working at the Betsey Mills Club,” she said. “Everyone has been so wonderful and I’m so excited to see what 2017 will bring us.”

Adelsperger worked as a property manager for Promanco Inc. prior to her new position with the Betsey Mills Club. She has an associate of liberal arts and science degree from Washington State Community College, a bachelor of arts and sciences degree in sociology from Ohio University, a law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus and a real estate license from Hondros College in Columbus.

“We were really excited to receive her application,” said Kathy Bartlett, child care administrator. “She’s so energetic with everything she does.”

Loren Henthorne, administrating assistant for the Betsey Mills Club, said she hopes that more programs will benefit the club.

“Jocelyn has so many new ideas for new programs,” she said. “That will increase revenue and that’s just what we need.”

Adelsperger has big plans for the new year for the Betsey Mills Club including expanding programs offered at the pool, adding fitness programs and offering dog obedience classes that started Tuesday.

“The Betsey is partnering with SWAGG and Cat Bigley to offer fitness classes starting here beginning at the end of this month,” said Adelsperger. “There will be classes offered for everyone from ‘Mommy and Me’ classes to grandma and grandpa classes.”

As well as fitness classes, Adelsperger is bringing a sewing club business called Sew Happy Quilting Traditions out of Belpre for sewing classes offered every month. The Betsey Mills was founded in 1911 under the name The Girls’ Monday Club. The club was the result of a sewing class started in 1898 in Marietta by Betsey Mills and other community minded women.

“A tradition that was held at the Betsey when it first opened was a Monday afternoon sewing circle,” said Adelsperger. “We want to bring that back beginning Feb. 6 with a program that will be offered the first Monday of every month.”

Swim lessons are back every Saturday beginning this week and the chicken pot pies baked with the original Betsey Mills recipe will be sold on Feb. 24. For more information regarding any of the new programs offered, Adelsperger said to contact the Betsey Mills Club by calling 740-373-4981.

Jocelyn Adelsperger’s biography

– Jocelyn Adelsperger, 41, of Marietta, was hired as the new executive director of the Betsey Mills Club last week.

– She previously worked as a property manager at Promanco Inc.

– Adelsperger is a Warren High School graduate.

–  She received degrees from Washington State Community College, Ohio University and Capital University Law School.

– She also got her real estate license from Hondros College in Columbus.

– After 20 years of living in Columbus, she moved back to Marietta in 2012.

Source: Jocelyn Adelsperger.