From an Assemblyman Gallagher Press Release

Assembly Member James Gallagher, (R-Yuba City), today honored Rashell Brobst as the Third Assembly District 2018 Woman of the Year. Rashell is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley in Butte and Glenn Counties and has been serving youth for over 28 years.  Mrs. Brobst was honored during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol for her dedication to serving her community in the Third Assembly District.

Through her work with North State youth, Rashell lives her philosophy of not giving up on kids. This philosophy has been her driving force as she started as a volunteer when the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley opened 22 years ago and worked her way up to becoming the CEO.  She has helped the Club grow from 1 site to an organization with 10 sites impacting 700 plus young people a day and over 2,000 youth a year. 

In addition to her work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, Rashell has been actively involved with Ability First Adaptive Sports Camp, Boys & Girls Club of America, California Parks & Recreation Society, California School Age Consortium, Community Action Volunteers in Education, Rotary International, Chico Non-Profit Executive Group, and the Bidwell Park, Caper Acres – Nico Project.   

From being the local 2001 Big Sister of the Year to the 2016 Rotary International Paul Harris Award recipient, her involvement and awards with different organizations show that she is not only committed to the Boys & Girls Club but committed to all community based organizations, all people in need and the overall well-being of our community, state and country.  Most recently she was instrumental in helping to form Chico Holidays Together—a collaborative effort to shift the ways families, individuals and donors give during the holidays.  Now in its second year the collaboration is very successful and serving more families and organizations in our area.

“I am proud to honor Rashell – as CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley she has been instrumental in helping our community’s young people build skills and confidence to reach their full potential,” said Gallagher. “Rashell wants to see our community and people succeed and be the best they can be.  She is a champion for young people and a dedicated leader in our community,” Gallagher continued.

Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first ceremony was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have performed outstanding community service.

Rashell expressed her dedication to serving the community’s youth “I feel honored to be selected as Woman of the Year.  I couldn’t do this work without the support of my amazing team and our community- really, this is an award for them.  Together, we make sure every child has the chance to succeed.”