On Thursday, January 31 Taube Carpenter held a reception to honor Bob Voshell’s service on the Board of Directors for the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club and to introduce the new Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club Tod VanEyken to the community. With over 100 individuals in attendance the evening was a success, bringing community members together to celebrate the Club.
Born in Felton, Delaware in 1933, Bob graduated from Felton High School and served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Three years later he married his wife Joyce and had two daughters. Voshell worked at the Delaware Motor Vehicle Division for forty years where he became Director. Bob also served in the Delaware legislature for the Greater Milford Area from 1993 to 1998.
Bob joined the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors in 1998 and served as the Chair of the Capital Campaign that secured money to build the current state-of-the-art Boys & Girls facility on Airport Road. The 38,000-square-foot building, which includes the first community swimming pool in Milford, took ten years of planning and fundraising before it was built in 2008.
“Working on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club has been a labor of love for me,” Voshell shared with the crowd on Thursday evening. “I thank all of you for allowing me to serve on the board for this long, it has been a tremendous ride.”
Mr. Voshell introduced the newest member of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club family, Executive Director Tod Van Eyken. Although Tod joined the Milford Club in September 2012, the reception honoring Voshell was the perfect event for the larger community to talk with Mr. VanEyken. Born and raised in New York, Tod graduated from Duke University in 1985 and made a living for the next 27 years in Corporate America. Working in sales management and team development, Mr. Van Eyken worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Procter & Gamble, Clorox and Target. His strength and ability to encourage and develop the full potential of others around him contributed to his success in the corporate world and will serve as a useful tool for the Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“Bob has been a real mentor in the short time I have been here,” commented, Mr. Van Eyken. “We are working very hard to ensure that all of the children in the Milford community can enjoy a great experience and we will be the source of encouragement for them to succeed.”
Mr. Van Eyken’s discussed that one of his immediate objectives for the Club is to strengthen partnerships with the Milford School District and the Greater Milford community. Mr. VanEyken stressed the importance of exposing kids to the Boys & Girls Club support system and invited the community to be a part of their success by visited the Club and becoming supporting members.
“If we focus our full attention on serving our children we can be sure that they realize their full potential,” commented. Van Eyken. “I am looking forward to working with all of you.”