She did -- and then some. Seventeen years later, Bogdanovich still serves on
the board and for the second year in a row as board president. She has never
regretted it -- especially as she watched the club evolve from being a loitering
mess of kids outside to successfully sending off hundreds of students
to college through the highly successful Boys and Girls Club College Bound
program. This year, the club celebrates its 75 birthday and can boast of sending
off 234 members to college this past year alone.
"The programs they offer, the arts, the digital studio, and the fact that
homework is stressed before they can do any other work," Bogdanovich
explained makes her proud. "And the College Bound program speaks for itself.
My14-year-old granddaughter will be going there."
Born and raised in San Pedro, Bogdanovich found herself helping the club in
many ways,including stuffing baskets for the club's Bid For Kids, it's largest
fundraiser each year that includes a silent auction and dinner. The club runs a
total of 17 sites serving Wilmington and San Pedro and runs five centers out of
two of its primary buildings in that region, Lansing said.
He knew to tap Bogdanovich for a board post after working with her at Holy
Trinity Elementary School where he was a former teacher and a coach.
Persuading her to become a board member is a decision he will never regret.
Yvonne later married Louis Anthony Bogdanovich, whose father, Tony, was the
nephew of Martin J. Bogdanovich, the founder of French Sardine Co. that later became Starkist. Keeping it even deeper in the fish family, her
father, Nikola, was an original partnerwith Martin Bogdanovich starting in
1917 where he stayed until he died in 1964.
In addition, she is the immediate past president of Town & Gown of USC,
founded in 1904 as one of the first women's support groups on the campus.
The group yearly funds scholarships for merit based students.
She now shows amusement when she thinks about how many years she
served the Boys and Girls Club.
The position "just kept on rolling over. They never asked me to leave,"
she said. "I enjoyed what I was doing and to see the kids grow who weren't as
lucky as my kids."