Atchafalaya Eastern Divisional power boat race set for October
By: Staff Reports
Plans are in progress between the Morgan City Power Boat Association and the New Orleans Power Boat Association for the 2011 Atchafalaya Eastern Divisional for the weekend of Oct. 8-9.
With a newly revamped Morgan City club in place, things are moving along nicely. Threats of floodwaters slowed down progress, but as the water receded interest has risen. Reorganization has brought forth change. Long time veteran of boat racing in Morgan City, Commodore Marie E. Siracusa said, “It’s time has come for our generation to stand up and take the reigns. Although memories of my dad’s boat club fill my heart and has touched the lives of others, it is time for my generation to take it to 2011.”
New officers and board of directors are Marie E. Siracusa, commodore; Thomas S. Scimio, vice-commodore; Carol Means, secretary; Lee A. Delaune, treasurer; David Hidalgo, sergeant at arms; Carla Dartez, fund raising and promotions committee chairman; Roy L. Wilson (of New Orleans), pit manager; Arthur Levy and Thaddeus Miller, water patrol coordinators; Charles Theiring, assistant to race chairman; David Hidalgo, equipment trailer and maintenance; Karla Byron, concessions, and arts and crafts; Angela Smith, race memorabilia sales; Ginger Haase and John Edward Clement, event music coordinator; and Donald Goodwin, electrical, lighting, and PA system coordinator.
With the reorganization comes a new logo. The new design depicts the area in the shape of a fleur de lis with a race boat coming through the middle making the rooster tails on the sides. The design came from the ideas of Siracusa, Delaune and Dartez, with Louis Dupuy of Skipper’s Sporting fine tuning the artwork.
“I’ve boasted for so many years of Lake Palourde being one of the finest race courses in the nation and I firmly believe that this still holds true,” Siracusa said. “Even more so of the people that have made it happen for so many years.”
This year’s race festival includes activities for the kids with the mini gutter boat racing, concessions, arts and crafts booths, and music on Saturday night, which is free to the public. The Morgan City Club will be in charge of the beer, cokes and water. For information on the concession, and arts and crafts contact Karla Byron 985-518-7970.
The Historical Tent has many new additions, one being the new pictures of past “Miss Lake Palourde.” Anyone with pictures from past events contact Siracusa at 985-519-2678.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact Siracusa or Dartez. You can also keep up with what is going on at facebook.com/Morgan City Power Boat Association.