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Head of Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo retiring

After 18 years at the head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Diane Rowe announced Wednesday that she is retiring, effective the end of the month.

Tim Brennan, the agency’s chief development officer, will serve as interim chief professional officer while a search committee considers candidates to be Rowe’s permanent successor.

Rowe is credited with building on the clubs’ mission to provide a safe and stable environment where youth can succeed. She will take on the role of CPO emeritus and be available to assist in the transition.

About 4,000 children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 21 use the Boys & Girls Clubs each year at six clubs and seven satellite locations in Erie County, where they enjoy after school activities and vacation programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo has been working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances since it was established as the Boys Club in 1926 by the Rotary Club of Buffalo. In 1986, the board reincorporated as Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.