Jonathan Godes, the first executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, will resign his post effective March 1.
Godes, a native of Delmar, Iowa and the club's director since 2004, informed the club's 11-member board of directors Tuesday night of his intention to resign. The board asked, and Godes agreed, to continue serving the club as a consultant and program activities coordinator.
Godes didn't elaborate on future plans saying only that he is pursuing other interests.
"I feel like I kind of need to move on," Godes said. "I'm kind of getting the itch to do other things."
The Boys & Girls Club was founded in 2003. The club began operations in its current facility, 1324 E. Highway 40, a year later.
It has grown from 70 members in its inaugural year to more than 700 members today. More than 120 local youths take part in club activities each night. The club's finances also are strong, Godes said.
The club's standing in membership, finances and support from partnerships with other agencies led Godes to believe the timing was right to make a career change.
"It is because we are in such great shape that I feel that now is the right time to help the club make a smooth transition, as well as find a role that will allow me to explore new opportunities and challenges," Godes said.
He said he's proud of the strides the Boys & Girls Club has made.
"Three years ago when I came to interview for this position, I never imagined that so much could be accomplished in such a short time," he said. "I look forward to what the future brings for both myself and the organization, and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to make a difference.
"I am proud of my many accomplishments, the growth and the great work that we do every day."
Dave DeRose, president of the club's board of directors, said the club has formed a committee to direct a national search for a new director. Terri Doherty, a former resource development director at the club and currently a volunteer, will serve as interim director if needed.
"I think she'll be able to hold us on course," DeRose said of Doherty.
DeRose said Godes has been an integral part of the club's rise to success in recent years.
"He helped get us to the point we are today," he said. "I think Jonathan has grown some with the club."
The board president said he expects a seamless transition from Godes' tenure to the new director, and that he doesn't believe the club will miss a beat.
"The board has made the commitment to grow numerically and in quality," he said. "We want to get better and better at what we do."
Godes said the most difficult part about leaving the club will be missing the daily interaction with kids, parents and community members.
"In those situations it's hard to leave, but at the same time, I feel I need different challenges and different opportunities," Godes said. He added, "I think the club needs it as much as I do."