The Campus Rotaract Club at UC Davis has received the Change Maker Award from Rotary International District 5160. The award is given to Rotaract organizations “for making positive and significant change in the community and the world.”
The UCD club received the award for organizing and hosting the Far Western Rotaract Conference this year in Davis. More than 300 Rotaract attendees came from as far away as Oregon and Mexico.
Jeff Stromberg, 2011-12 president of the Rotary Club of Davis, which sponsors the Campus Rotaract Club, accepted the award on their behalf at a recent district meeting.
Rotaract is a service organization for young adults, ages 18-30. The Campus Rotaract Club devotes hundreds of hours of public service on campus and in the Davis community each year.
For more information on the Rotaract club, visit www.crcdavis.org. For more information on the Rotary Club of Davis, visit www.rotaryclubofdavis.com.
The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge initiated 11 new members on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Officiating at the initiation was Lodge Noble Grand Kandice Fowler. The new members of the lodge come from throughout Davis, Yolo County and the surrounding communities, and range in age from 17 to 68. They are Sean Chaffee, Robin Dewey, Alekka Fullerton, Graham Fullerton, Michael Fullerton, Kerry Daane Loux, Dan Maguire, Fran Maguire, Jeff Munoz, Ed Prieto and Mona Prieto.
With the addition of the 11 new members, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge now counts 194 members on its books, making it one of the five largest Odd Fellows lodges in California. The Davis lodge was chartered in 1870 and is the oldest continually operating organization in the city limits of Davis.
The Odd Fellows are a fraternal organization, open to men and women, and are nonpolitical and nondenominational. For more information, visit www.davisoddfellows.com.
Wulff Brothers Livestock of Woodland and J/V Angus of Winters own one and two bulls, respectively, listed in the 2012 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in St. Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,067 sires, and is accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.
Expected Progeny Differences are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association’s Beef Improvement Records program.
Virginia Bowen, a Davis High School graduate, graduated this past spring from Oklahoma State University, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Barbara Vohryzek, 55, of Davis, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as deputy director of small business at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Vohryzek has been president and founder of Vohryzek and Company since 2009 and director and founder of Community Business Bank since 2005.
She was executive director and founder of the California Statewide Certified Development Corporation from 1987 to 2009 and served in various positions at the California Trade and Commerce Agency, Office of Local Development from 1984 to 1991.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual salary is $105,000. Vohryzek is registered decline-to-state.
Nilas Young, UC Davis cardiac surgeon, will receive the 2012 World of Children Health Award for his international humanitarian efforts to improve pediatric heart care. The award is given each year to a leader in health, medicine or science who has made significant contributions to improving the lives of children.
Young, who is chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis Health System, is being recognized for his work with Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance. He co-founded the organization in 1989 to recruit and train U.S. cardiac specialists to develop self-sustaining surgery centers for Russian children born with congenital heart defects. Under Young’s leadership, Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance has saved the lives of more than 13,000 children and improved the health of thousands more.
Tracy Krumpen, Will Arnold and Barnaby Butterfield have been hired as field representatives for state Sen. Lois Wolk’s district staff. They will help provide services to the nearly 1 million constituents of the 5th Senate District.
Krumpen, born and raised in Vallejo, is Wolk’s new senior field representative. Krumpen worked previously as Sen. Noreen Evans’ district representative in Vallejo and Napa, where she lives. She also brings with her experience in the wine industry, as a former insurance representative for wineries and vineyards throughout Napa County.
Also joining Wolk’s staff is Butterfield, a Vallejo resident, whose prior experience includes working in the district offices of both California Rep. Jim Costa and Sen. Evans, during her term in the Assembly. Butterfield, who attended the California Maritime Academy, will focus on Solano County constituents as well as staffing the senator’s mobile district office.
Arnold, the most recent addition to Wolk’s district staff, is a Davis resident and an active member of the community. His past experience includes work on local political campaigns. Currently, Arnold is the president of the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Davis High School.
Wolk’s new staff are filling vacancies left by former field representatives Dillon Delvo, Max Vargas and Thouen Danh, who moved on to other opportunities in recent months.
— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.