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Boys & Girls Club Director Retires After 34 Years

Jack Ribas, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, will retire at the end of this year.

Jack Ribas, the Executive Director of the for the past 34 years, has announced his retirement, effective December 12, 2012. He has been a youth service professional since September of 1971, when he started his career as the Program Director of the then Community Center Boys Club. In 1975 he was hired as the Unit Director of the North End Boys Club in Bridgeport and in 1977 was promoted to Director of Operations for the four-unit Bridgeport organization.  

In February of 1978 Jack was hired as the Executive Director of the Community Center Boys Club and immediately began changing the organizational structure into its present form. Within the first three years, the Boys Club merged with the Community Center, becoming the Community Center Boys Club. In 1980 girls were added as full-time members, and the name was changed to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The Club grew from 420 members in 1978 to more than 2,300 in 2011, and the budget also grew from $72,000 to $1,720,000 in that same time period.  

Ribas said, "It's been a great ride! I never thought I would be doing this my whole life. I have had the opportunity to work with the best Board of Directors ever, hard-working community people giving of their time, talent, and treasure to make our community a better place for our children. We have built two new state-of-the-art Clubhouses for our kids at a cost of over $10 million, all raised by our volunteer Board from people and businesses in the Valley. I have been blessed to have a great staff of hard working, dedicated people, with a genuine concern for all our kids. Thousands of children have passed through our doors and have become better citizens, better students, and better people for having been here. I can't tell you how many Alumni have stopped back here 20 years later and have told me how the Club saved their life. It's a tremendous feeling to know you have truly helped someone, especially those children going through difficult times."  

Susan DeLeon, Board President, said, "Jack will truly be missed, he has been the heart and soul of this organization. Jack has done such a great job for so many years, and we all know how difficult it will be to replace him, but the Club and all its award-winning programs will go on. The Board is in the middle of its succession planning, and the position and information have been posted on our website at www.BGC-LNV.org/employment-opportunities.aspx. Anyone interested in applying for the position should check out our web page. Candidate review will begin the first week of September."  

For further information about the job listing, Club programs, or summer camp, please visit the Boys & Girls Club website or call 203-924-7462.

Susan July 31, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What an impressive career. Hope you have a wonderful, healthy retirement.
Megan Altomare July 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Jack is truly a wonderful man. I am proud to say that I worked him and that he taught me the importance of being there for our youth. I hope that I can give back to my community half as well as he did and does. Congrats Jack, enjoy your retirement!
Noreen Allen October 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Jack is a wonderful person who I always found enlighting and yes entertaining too.. The club will be different without him

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