New Season, New Leadership!

August 31, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

Greetings, fellow Spartans! As we get the 2018-2019 football season under way tonight, I wanted to provide an update with regards to the Club’s Board of Directors.  After 8 years as President, and 4 more as Communications Director, I have decided that it’s time for me to step down from the board, and allow for new enthusiastic Spartans to take the reigns and continue to grow our club.

When I started on the board way back in 2006, we’d have only a few people at a game watch at Kezar’s in the Lower Haight. But from the start, we were already plotting and scheming on how we could build the SF Bay Area Spartans into something really great.  Looking back, I couldn’t be more proud of all we have accomplished bringing so many great and diverse alumni together over the hundreds of successful events I’ve had the pleasure to oversee in my time leading our Club.  From networking nights, community service events, to game watches (at an official, sponsored bar!), to wine country tours, Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Wings games and of course our fantastic Family Picnic!

This summer, it was a thrill to finally be able to give out our first scholarship grant – from our own Club’s endowment – that took so many of us so much time and energy to get established. Now when we host any event, there are tons of great alumni that show up! We’ve come such a long way from just us intrepid few back when. A huge thank you to the countless awesome board members (you know who you are) that have helped us along this journey to get us to where we are today!

Let’s keep building on all our great momentum by welcoming Sara Sobon as our new Club President!  I have been waiting a long while for the right person to step up and enthusiastically want to take on the leadership role – and that person is Sara.  She has done a great job for us on our community service events since she joined the Board, and I am more than confident that she will do a great job leading the club as well! Go Sara! I’m very excited to see the Club continue to grow under her guidance.

We have also welcomed onto the board, Shilpa Shastri who is a 2008 MBA grad from Broad College of Business, and will take over from Audrey looking after our bank accounts and keeping us on the fiscal straight and narrow. Welcome, Shilpa!

We still need more volunteers to fill out the board, so now is a perfect time to raise your hand and join the effort.  We need help with game watches, with community service events, and club communications.  And if none of those in your wheelhouse but still want to help, reach out to Sara and let’s discuss!

GO GREEN!
Justin Bugajski