MAC Spotlight Volunteer: Patsy Thompson





The MAC started as a group of civic minded individuals with a common goal.  One of those individuals who represents how a community can work together to make successes possible is Patsy Thompson.  Patsy, a former school teacher and psychologist in Meade County has embodied everything about the word volunteer when it comes to the MAC.

In 2011 Patsy along with her fellow grant writers, Peggy Darnall, and Joan Wilson, successfully landed the MAC a substantial federal grant through partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The Social Innovation Fund grant has been essential in the early development stages of all MAC programming, but especially towards those geared towards our youth.  In addition to her grant writing efforts she coordinated the evaluation process and led the collaboration between the MAC and the school system to offer the CATCH afterschool program at the local elementary level.  It was a monumental task to get MAC programming off the ground and Patsy Thompson was at the forefront every step of the way.

Patsy has been involved intensively with other organizations as well in the past.  She has volunteered and served with the Meade County School System, the Meade County Pre-School Program, the Meade County Water Commission, and has been involved and a dedicated volunteer at First Baptist Church for many years.  She is a valued colleague and an even better person.  We thank her for her time and efforts not only to the MAC, but to the Meade County community.

Patsy and Jim Thompson reside in Battletown KY.  Patsy and Jim both held positions within Meade County Schools up until retirement, and continue to be involved in local community.  They have three children with spouses;  J & Candace Thompson, Jessica & Chad Hutchins, Leigh Margaret & Josh Stull.  They are the grandparents of Ellie, Jackson, Cannon, Adeline, Annabelle & one more on the way!


MAC Facilities Update

While the MAC continues to grow programs and awareness in the local community the question that gets asked the most frequently is “When are you breaking ground on a building”.  Our board of directors has been adamantly researching and strategically moving towards the right time to launch the campaign necessary to begin the process.  Originally, the fall of 2012 was set as the time frame to officially begin a capital campaign.  Nothing about our end goals for the Meade Activity Center have changed.  However in an effort to be as thoughtful and well-orchestrated as possible, the campaign process will be commencing closer to the spring of 2013.  We thank everyone in the Meade County community for their support of our programs, events, and projects.

Twilight / Winter Golf Rates

There is still plenty of time and great fall weather to get in a round in at River Trace Golf this year.  With mild days projected, take advantage of the MAC’s Winter Rates and Twilight specials.  From November through March, we will be offering 18 holes with cart for $20.00 seven days a week, and if you play after 3pm the rate drops to $15.00!


We are happy to have added a new addition to the MAC facility.  The new pavilion is a great asset for all of our members to take advantage of.  In addition to the pavilion, the MAC has secured two new 12’ picnic tables and a new scoreboard.  While the primary use will be for the First Tee and various golf tournaments, we encourage everyone to use the pavilion.  We hope to see folks having lunch from the pool, family picnics, and simply some relaxation time after a round of golf.  We will be looking to secure sponsorships for the scoreboard, so if you or a business owner you know is interested be sure to contact us.

MAC Happenings & Events

The Meade Activity Center held its first annual Community Night Open House in late August.  It was our first ever offering to the Meade County Community to open our doors free of charge for all of our facilities.  Over the course of the evening we had over 300 guests and got a chance to see lots of new faces.  Various games such as a water balloon toss, putting contest, cornhole tournament, and splash contest were held for the kids in attendance, and there were other activities including inflatables, t-shirt giveaways, and a cookout for all taking part in the event.  We would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped make this event a success and hope to have an even larger turnout next year.


The fall series of programs is off and running.  With a successful spring and summer under our belts, we are happy to report that we have served over 300 participants in fall programs and events thus far.   Youth sports including gymnastics continue to run at or near capacity and both zumba and kickboxing have produced great numbers.  We hope to continue to be a leader in offering quality, affordable, programming options for both youth and adults in our community.


We invite you to take visit the MAC Facebook Page to view pictures and see the fun that our participants are having at the MAC.


For more information about these programs and all other activities and updates you can visit our website at to get details about what the MAC may have to offer you and your family.

MAC Holiday Fitness Series

The MAC is happy to be succeeding the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce as year’s official host of the 10th annual Jingle Bell Trot.  In addition to the trot we are happy to be adding two new races to make up the MAC Holiday Fitness Series.  The series kicks off with the first leg of the event on November 17th with the Hobknob over Bee Knob in Flaherty, KY.  The Jingle Bell Trot will follow on Tuesday December 4th and the series will conclude with the New Year’s Day Fun Run on January 1st.  There is still time to register for the series or individual races.   Different race lengths will be offered to encourage participation for all.  For additional information please visit our website, or call our office at 270 422-2227.

To register for the event, download and print the MAC Holiday Series Registration Form  from the Events page of the website and mail it with your check to:

Meade Activity Center
493 Lawrence Street
Brandenburg, KY 40108

We would like to thank our Holiday Series Sponsors Including:  RTS Rivertown Spirits, DeVries Family Dentistry, All About Homes, AIR MAX Heating & Cooling, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, First Federal Savings Bank, 93.5 WMMG, Meade County Messenger, McGehee Insurance Agency Inc., KORT, Meade County Veterinary Hospital, Alexander Funeral Home, River Ridge Marathon, Meade County Tourism, The Cecilian Bank, River Trace Golf, K & C Waterproofing, Brandenburg Family Medicine, Hager Funeral Home, Caretenders, Tony Brown Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Brandenburg Telephone Company, and Greg Beavin Farm Bureau Insurance

Mark Your Calendars – MAC Community Night Open House

Friday, August 24th
5pm – 9pm

Join us for an evening of family fun and fitness!  Friday, August 24th the entire MAC facility will be open to the public free of charge. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a  number of different activities, specifically designed for the the whole family, that will include swimming, volleyball, putting contests, cornhole, and drawings for prizes.

All equipment will be provided. The first 50 children (under the age of 15) in attendance will receive a MAC t-shirt.

Please come out and take part!!!


Lights, Camera, Action! The MAC is coming to a living room near you.

The MAC recently wrapped its first ever commercial shoot. The spot will begin airing on BBTEL and Insight Cable in just a few days! We thought you might enjoy a sneak peek. Visit our web site to check it out!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Be Part of the MAC Mini-Triathlon

There is still time to sign up for the 3rd annual MAC Mini-Triathlon which will be held on August 4, 2012.

Sign-up now to participate in this exciting fitness event that includes a 350 meter SWIM, 8 mile BIKE course and 2.2 mile RUN.

And the best part, it’s right here in Brandenburg!

To sign up for the event, download and print the registration form and mail it with your check to:

Meade Activity Center Triathlon
493 Lawrence Street
Brandenburg, KY 40108

Or, you can hand deliver to our event sponsor:

KORT Brandenburg Physical Therapy
Brandenburg, KY 40108

MAC Programs & Camps

Summer’s here and things are busy at the MAC.  We are providing the opportunities to participate in quality, affordable, programming options for both youth and adults in our community. From swim lessons to golf camp, water fitness, and The First Tee, we’ve served more than 500 kids and adults already this summer and we’re not finished yet.

We’ve also run numerous MAC day camps including:  Horseback Riding, Bowling, Swim, and Sports Camps.

We invite you to keep up with us on on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr where we share pictures of the fun participants are having at the MAC.

For more information about these programs and all other activities and updates check out the pages above.

First Tee Program

One program we’re especially proud of is The First Tee.  When it launched in the late 90’s, it was focused in urban communities.  We’re proud to say that the Meade Activity Center is home to one of the first rural affiliate programs in the nation and the first outside of Lexington and Louisville in the state of Kentucky.

The program is designed for kids (5 and older) to learn the sport of golf and most importantly the life skills it can teach.  Courtesy, responsibility, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and respect make up the Nine Core Values.  Our first session has been a great success.  It will wrap up in early August and a second will begin August 23 and run through October 11.
. If you are interested in participating, download the summer registration form and return it to the MAC office.  If you have any questions about The First Tee or any other programs please give us a call at 270-422-2227