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Jan Sobel Retires After a Decade of Leading the Club

More than 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote, “All good things must come to an end.” That is equally true of the career of Jan Sobel, who is retiring as the Club’s President/CEO and concluding her professional career at the end of this year.

She will be one of the honorees at the Club’s Great Futures Gala on November 18, at the Warner Center Marriott.

When she joined the CIub ten years ago, it had a Board of six members, couldn’t pay its bills, had a deficit budget, and served 800 members with a very small staff.  The building was falling apart, with no heat, air conditioning, lighting, or decent bathrooms. Today, the Club boasts a Board of 27 business and civic leaders; enjoys a healthy financial situation; provides services to nearly 3,000 youngsters in a refurbished building; and operates a Teen Center and six school sites in addition to the main Clubhouse.

She says, “With the support of the Board, the staff, and our community, we have been able to turn this organization around.  It’s been a long haul and I feel as if I have contributed everything I was capable of giving the Club. For the past ten years, I have devoted all of my energy into making the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley the best that it could be.  I plan to retire and do some things that I have longed to do for many years.  I’m not sure exactly what that looks like yet, but I have lots of things on my bucket list.”

According to Club Chairman Martin M. Cooper, “I have worked with Jan when she led both the Encino and Carlsbad (CA) Chambers of Commerce, and of course, our Boys & Girls Club. I have never found a harder working, more dedicated, and more successful nonprofit executive. Never.”

Cooper concluded, “Of course we will miss her, but we have begun a wide search, not for someone to fill her shoes, but for someone to lead the Club to even greater heights.”He said that he hopes many members of the community will come out to honor Jan’s career and her successes on November 18.

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