The retirement of Sukie McFadden, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich after 30 years was announced on Wednesday by Board Chair George Fox. McFadden’s retirement will be effective as of June 30, 2016.
“Through her selfless devotion to our Club kids, Sukie has impacted the lives of several generations of children,” Fox said. “In addition, she has been instrumental in building the culture of our Club, enabling the BGCG to become one of the premier non-profit organizations in our area.”
In a recent interview with Greenwich Free Press, McFadden reflected on her decades at the club, beginning in 1986 – just a year after the club went coed. Initially she worked a three-month summer job as Aquatics Director after graduating from college, intending to go for an advanced degree in Cardiology. She enjoyed working at the club so much that she deferred graduate school for a year. At the end of the year she still didn’t want to leave the club.
Thirty years later, McFadden has moved from Aquatics director, to Assistant Program Director, to Program Director, to Assistant Executive Director, and finally to Chief Operating Officer, a job she has performed for the past four years.
McFadden said no two days are ever the same at the Boys & Girls Club. Of working with children, she said, “It’s almost unconditional love.” She said her favorite time of day is 2:45pm, when the kids flood in.