Date: Fri 14-Aug-1998
Joan Crick: Sports Hall of Fame 1998
BY KIM J. HARMON
The last nine months have been very good for Joan Crick.
Back on November 15, 1997, Joan became the first woman president in the
82-year history of the Newtown Country Club -- and the first woman president
ever in Connecticut, it is believed -- and, in July, followed that
accomplishment and her first eight months of presidency with her second club
championship in 13 years of membership.
Now, in August, she has been inducted into the Newtown Sports Hall of Fame.
Oh, this induction has to do with a lot more than the events of 1998. It goes
all the way back to the 1940s, when Mrs Crick -- then Joan Glover -- was a
star basketball player at Newtown High School under coach Ann Anderson.
Joan played basketball for four years and amassed 406 points from 1946 to
1950, a total which still has her sitting at 20th on the all-time school
scoring list. It is no surprise, too, that the Indians, as they were known
then, were virtually unbeatable on the court.
After her high school career, Joan helped organize the girls' recreational
basketball league, serving as a director and coach from 1970 to 1981, and also
as a director and coach of the girls' recreational softball league from 1975
Joan, who has been a member of the club since 1985, succeeded Bill Hibbard as
president and presides over a nine-member Board of Governors that includes
five new members -- two of them women.
"I feel very honored," said Mrs Crick before she was to lead her first
meeting. "The Newtown Country Club is a very special place and to do that,
support our women unanimously, is wonderful."
Joan, who is a past-president of the Ladies Association and past treasurer of
the Board of Governors, leads the BOG with vice-president Paul Payne (who
served a number of years ago), treasurer Sandy Stockwell, secretary Ed Filardi
(returning), and directors Jack Paulin, Frank Conover (returning), Harold
Dunleavy (returning), Shirley Pednik, and Buddy Clarkson (a past president).
Mrs Crick had served as treasurer for 10 years, since 1987, and spoke up of
her desire to serve once the nominating committee began searching for new
Her term, which will run at least for one year, will see some important issues
on the table -- namely, the new sewer hook-ups and assessments and the second
phase of the automatic watering system.
NCC boasts about 215 memberships (which includes about 250 members) from
juniors and singles memberships to weekday and family memberships. Golfers
come from all over the area -- like Norwalk, Fairfield and Roxbury, just to
name a few places.
"I consider the club a part of my heritage," said Mrs Crick. "It's a part of
the history of Newtown."
It doesn't have much to do with sports, but it does have a lot to do with Joan
Crick's place in the town of Newtown.
Because of the way their lives have become so interwoven into the fabric of
this town, in 1996, Joan and her husband, Jim, were selected to be the Labor
Day Parade marshals and the couple presided over an event that had been
threatened with hurricane-like weather, but nevertheless enjoyed sunny skies.
Joan, who began serving as borough warden in 1988, is a 10th generation
Glover, a direct descendant of John Glover, who was one of the founders of
Glover Avenue was named for Joan's grandfather, who owned the large house at
the corner of Glover and Queen Street. Joan was nine when her grandfather died
and her family moved into the house.