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Artuns stepping down from Acton Villa Soccer Club: replacements being sought

After ten years of service, Shahan Artun and his wife Gwen Artun are stepping down from their positions, respectively, as president and registrar/treasurer of the Acton Villa Soccer Club. The club is the umbrella for about 50 teams and 500 players aged 4-18, as well as operating an adult summer league and an indoor adult program in the winter.

The Artuns got involved in the club after their two sons started playing soccer when they were four years old. “They've been playing ever since,” according to Shahan Artun. “I became a coach and it sort of grew from there,” he said.

“As President, I'm basically the face of the club. I represent the club at the district level. I hold monthly meetings, make sure we're properly staffed and attend all major events,” added Artun. “But most of the work is done by my wife Gwen as registrar/treasurer. She takes care of the day to day operations.”

The 45 year-old club president described the decision by the couple to step down as a very difficult one. “But after ten years it's now important for us to focus on our careers. It's time for us to turn over the reins to someone else,” he said.

“We've made the announcement to our registrants and I think we are advertising on Facebook,” Artun added. “The positions of treasurer and registrars are paid positions. The president is a volunteer position.”

Artun cites the many connections he has made through the club as the best part of the job. “The biggest reward for representing the club is getting involved in the community. You get to know people through the soccer club, and the friends that we've made are priceless.”


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