STOCKTON - The Boys and Girls Club of Stockton board members arrived for a noon meeting Thursday to talk about what happens now that the national organization has revoked the local club's charter.
An hour later, interim director Richard Jones, who was sent to Stockton by the national headquarters to try to straighten out the place, was sent packing.
"My assignment is over," Jones said choking up. "Just, it's over."
Jones headed back home to Ohio. His dismissal was a clear message that the Stockton club was severing ties with the national organization, which is demanding the club remove and stop using sign with the organization's name.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America revoked the charter of the club in Stockton because it didn't like the way the club was run, most recently by Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.
"As all of you know, the charter has been revoked and that's not necessarily a bad thing," Board Chair Sharon Simas said.
If it's not a bad thing, then what is it? What does the lack of affiliation mean to donations and funding?
The club got $780,000 in federal grants for the Boys and Girls Club to run after-school programs in Stockton schools. Founding board member Frank Thomason said he could not explain what the loss of funding means.
I'm not sure I understand all this myself," Thomason said.
Simas said the club will try to go it alone.
The Boys & Girls Club of Stockton, or whatever it's going to end up calling itself, said there will be more to say at a news conference Friday afternoon.
By George Warren, GWarren@news10.net