Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is honored to announce that Executive Director Wally Graffen has been selected by Boys & Girls Club of America to serve as a Regional Service Director. Graffen’s leadership has had an enormous impact on the Kenosha Club and the entire Kenosha community. During his reign, the Club has grown from serving 130 Kenosha youth in 1991 to over 8,000 in 2012. He was also a driving force that led the successful capital campaign that resulted in the construction of an 80,000 square foot Boys & Girls Club facility in Kenosha, one of the largest in the nation.
“Although we are extremely sad to see Wally leave the Executive Director position at Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, our entire board is grateful for the foundation he has built for our Club. We are very confident in the abilities of our Associate Directors, Ron Stevens and Kathy Cole, to continue operations as normal during this transition period and search for a new Executive Director,” said President of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha Board, Jennifer Fisher. Graffen’s last day at Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is October 26th.
Graffen’s roots run deep in the Boys & Girls Club organization including an upbringing as a club member in Oshkosh, WI, and Youth of Year Award recipient in 1979. Prior to taking the Executive Director position in Kenosha, Wally served as Assistant Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. In 1993 he was recruited to Kenosha by Dennis Troha to lead the effort of creating a strong and active youth services organization within the city. Wally played a major role in the merger of Christian Youth Council (CYC) and Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha in 2001.
Graffen’s statewide efforts include lobbying for and receiving in excess of $6 million for Wisconsin Boys & Girls Club since 1998. He is also an official instructor on the topics of resource development, board development and CEO mentoring. His achievements include being named to the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh Alumni Hall of Fame in 1999 and named the Midwest Executive Director of the Year in 2002.