Katherine “Kathy” Moore officially retired from her full-time position with the Marion Police Department’s PAL (Police Athletic League) Club after 31 years of dedicated service. Since 1986, Moore wore many hats within the club, doing everything necessary to keep it running, above and beyond her position as office coordinator. She and the club’s director, Bill Alter, worked together to get sponsors, register coaches and youth, order concessions, clean the gym, and so on.
Moore said over the years, the PAL Club became like family to her. “All of my children and grandchildren grew up through PAL. I’ve made a lot of friends through it. I love seeing the kids have fun and enjoy themselves, and especially love seeing ones who when through it long ago now coaching and leading the youth.” Moore said it was rewarding to teach the kids sportsmanship, encourage them to make friends, and just have fun.
Moore will continue to serve on the PAL Club Board, volunteer when possible, and be available for them until her position is replaced. In retirement, she plans to travel more, spend time with family, and volunteer for her church.
Marion Police Chief Angela Haley said through Moore’s work with the PAL Club, she has touched thousands of lives. “She’s been a friend to all, and I can’t imagine the PAL Club without her. Thankfully, she will remain on the board as she continues to serve the Marion Community.”
PAL Club Director, Bill Alter, said the club will not be the same without her. “She was an integral part of everything we did. She will be missed so much as she and I worked well together. I never had to worry about things as she did a great job. Kathy always told me I was the brother she never had, and I loved that she thought of me like family.”
Moore’s last day was Jan. 25th.