The following report from Charlie Goldberger reviews
the 2019 Loucks Track Meet and the involvement of members of
the Rotary Club of White Plains; we can all be proud of our Club's involvement
in and support of Loucks.
Report of the Glenn D. Loucks Track and Field Games
May 9-11, 2019, Held at White Plains High School
The 52nd annual Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track and Field Games were held at White Plains High School on May 9-11, 2019. This year’s Games brought 3,020 registered competitors from 255 high schools from eleven states of the United States and Canada. The athletes traveled from as far as Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec, Canada to compete in the event. The United States high schools included teams from Maine to Virginia in the east and Ohio in the west.
Daniel A. Woodard presided over the event. "We are blessed," Dan said. (He has served as Chairman of the Glenn D. Loucks Games for all 52 years!) Rotarian and Superintendent of White Plains Public Schools Joseph L. Ricca, Ed. D., addressed the packed bleachers and honored guests with his son Harrison at his side. Barbara Loucks also attended in the spirit of her late father and event namesake Glenn D. Loucks.
As every year, assistance was provided by the Rotary Club of White Plains and its members. The Rotary Club fed more than 600 athletes and coaches at the Friday night dinner held in the High School Cafeteria. Rotarians and their spouses worked non-stop for more than four hours to prepare, put out and serve food. The Rotarian volunteers were: Paul Ficolora and Gale, Ted Weitzenberg, Jonathan Schere, Norman White, Ira and Phyllis Bernstein, Nick Wolff, Ted and Nancy Nygreen, Charlie Weill, Charlie and Micaela Goldberger, Rich Scanlan, Harry Bright.
On Saturday morning, the Rotary 5k road race attracted more than 100 entries. Thanks go to the many Rotarians and friends who volunteered at registration, served as marshals, bought and served refreshments after the race and helped make it a very successful event. Those volunteers included Charlie and Micaela Goldberger, Jonathan Schere, Joyce White, Libby and Tom Hollahan, Daryl Moss, Jason Savey, Nick Wolff, Michael Baker and were led by Race Director Rotarian Charlie Norris.
This year the White Plains Rotary Club raised almost five thousand dollars for the Loucks Games. A portion of which was used to purchase a new Awards Stand which contains the Rotary Logo.
Here's Charlie Goldberger celebrating his faux-victory on the new AWARDS STAND with the Rotary logo:
We were also blessed to see the Co-Founder of the Loucks Games, Manson Donaghey, return to the Games from his retirement home in New Hampshire. Manson served as President of the White Plains Rotary Club in 1977-78.
Here is Charlie Goldnerger with Past President Manson Donaghey: