BRATTLEBORO — After nine years at the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, Beth Baldwin has resigned as executive director, a position which she held for the past seven years.
Along with managing the day-to-day affairs of the Club, Baldwin shepherded the organization through extensive damages — including mud and water in the building on Flat Street — left behind by Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy.
"She was absolutely tireless in helping with the cleanup," said Marcia Steckler, president of the Club's Board of Directors.
Baldwin's last day at the Club was Friday, April 29.
"The Club wasn't just a job," Baldwin told the Reformer on Tuesday. "The youth, my staff ... they are family. It's easy to leave a job, but not so easy to not see your 'family' every day after almost 10 years. My heart and soul will always be at the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro."
Baldwin was instrumental in streamlining the Club's grant process, said Steckler. "She helped us diversify our grant funding and that has been very important for us."
Baldwin helped out with fundraisers, as well, said Steckler, including the upcoming 7th Annual Going the Distance Ride on Saturday, June 25. "Board member Bob Nassau got it going, but Beth supplied very important logistical support."
The Board of Directors has asked Ricky Davidson to fill the Club's managerial functions on an interim basis until a new executive director is hired. Beyond his 12 years at the Club directing various Club programs, Davidson is well known in the community for his civic engagement, including his role on the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department Board and on the Brattleboro Union High School School Board, of which he is the chairman.
During this period of transition, the Club will continue, as usual, to provide engaging after-school programming, healthy meals, leadership opportunities and summer camp sessions for area youth, said Steckler. The board is in the process of forming a Search Committee for a new executive director.
"This change is an opportunity for us to take a look at where we have been, where we are now and where we want to go," said Steckler. "It is also an opportunity to perhaps redefine internal roles at the Club."
Steckler said she and the board are thankful for Baldwin's leadership over the years.
"She has been very dedicated to the mission of the Club and to the children of this community."
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.