I started with the Lodi Boys and Girls Club in 1993. When the board hired me, we were at the Grape Festival Grounds running programs for about 300 children for nine months out of the year. I did not know the Lodi Boys and Girls Club would be my final stop on a career that spanned 46 years.
It has been a godsend to remain a part of this wonderful national movement, and a privilege and an honor to serve this wonderful community and organization these past 19 years. As I look back, there are so many of you who I want to personally thank for all you have done for the "kids" of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club.
You all have helped me to make this youth-serving agency the most effective in our community. Now is the right time for me to pass the reins on to Mr. Paul Bonell, who will continue to work tirelessly for the children of this community.
I'm ready to try new things, spend time with my family and my grandchildren, and to give back to my home community as much as possible. As I reflect back over the years with this wonderful organization, I am ready to turn the page and move on with sadness and not despair, because the Lodi Boys and Girls Club will be in good hands.
I love the Lodi Boys and Girls Club with all my heart. It is, and will remain, my life. I have been asked by many of you how could I ever retire from the club, and I have always said I will remember the Lodi Boys and Girls Club forever.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Richard J. Jones
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lodi Boys and Girls Club