Newtown Scholarship Association’s 21st Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble will honor First Selectman and longtime Newtown resident Patricia Llodra. The scramble will take place on Monday, June 17, at two of Newtown’s own: Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club.
Cost is $200 per golfer, which includes lunch, golf, reception and prizes, and dinner at Rock Ridge. Early Bird foursome registration by May 1 is $720. For those who would like to attend dinner only, cost is $60 per person.
Mrs Llodra has had a lengthy career as educator and leader, with her achievements gaining state and national recognition. In 1978 she became a National Science Foundation Fellow in the study of mathematics and then received the Scholar’s Award for original study in applied psychology. She was selected by her peers as Connecticut’s Principal of the Year in 2001.
Having retired as principal of Northwestern Regional School District #7, she then served as leader-in-residence with State Department of Education. Her focus was on building the capacity of school leaders to improve student achievement.
She served on Newtown’s Board of Education from 1976 until 1982.
Mrs Llodra entered local politics when she was first elected to the town’s Legislative Council in 2005. She then won re-election in 2007. As an elected official, Mrs Llodra has focused her leadership abilities on improving collaboration within the council and enhancing communication with the community, especially during budget deliberations.
She was elected First Selectman in 2009, and moved easily into a second term after being reelected into the town’s top spot two years later. In 2012 she was appointed to the Connecticut Council of Small Towns. Mrs Llodra has made difference as she works to cut costs and increase efficiencies through the use of technology, as well as cooperation among all municipal agencies and the Board of Education.
Held each June, the NSA golf tournament event attracts a full field of recreational golfers and has raised over $650,000 for the scholarship association, thanks to golfers and sponsors.
NSA was established as nonprofit in 1937. In that year, a single $50 scholarship was awarded. Today, 70-plus students annually receive scholarships totaling more than $200,000. In its history, the association has helped more than 1,000 students achieve a postsecondary education, and awarded more than $3 million in scholarships.