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Schilling quits at B&G club


In 2007, Len Lewicki, the president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula board of directors, right, welcomes the clubs’ newly named executive director Bob Schilling.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula announced the resignation of executive director Bob Schilling on Tuesday morning.

Board of directors president Jerry Sinn said he could not discuss personnel issues with the Sequim Gazette but said services for more than 350 children at the clubs in Sequim and Port Angeles will continue uninterrupted.

The organization is in the middle of its Campaign for Kids fundraiser and recently held its annual golf tournament.

"I would hope it (the resignation) would have no impact on our fundraising," Sinn said.

"I am in the process of contacting all of our major supporters."

Couldn't be reached

Schilling could not be reached for comment.

Schilling was hired in June 2007 to succeed Todd Bale, who hadn't been in the position for more than a year.

Bale and two previous executive directors - Cinnamon Falley and Suzanne Little - were outside-the-area hires.

At the time of his hiring, Schilling was senior executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Prior to his employment with the Boy Scouts, he spent 26 years as a Washington state trooper. Three of those years were spent going to schools around the peninsula educating children about safety.

Funding shortfalls

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula started 2009 and 2010 with budget shortfalls and saw donations down by tens-of-thousands of dollars at its biggest fundraisers, the annual auction and Campaign for Kids.

The city of Sequim reduced its contribution to the club last year from $100,000 to $60,000, as well.

Questions asked of Schilling in the fall of 2009 about the B&GCs financial health, and his answers, were published in the Sequim Gazette on Nov. 4, 2009. They can be found at www.sequimgazette.com by searching "Schilling."

Interim director

Sequim unit director Mary Budke will serve as interim manager while the board ponders filling the position permanently.

"She's a very capable manager," Sinn said.

Budke said she was a little bit surprised by Schilling's resignation.

"We were told Monday but we haven't had a lot of time to process it all," she said.

If local candidates are invited, she's uncertain she'd want to apply for the executive director spot.

"It's been all of 15-16 hours," she said.

The Sequim Boys & Girls Club is at 400 W. Fir St. and can be reached at 683-8095 or online at www.positiveplaceforkids.net.

A Port Angeles club is at 2620 S. Francis St.

For updates on this and other stories, visit www.sequimgazette.com.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequim gazette.com.

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