Davis is jam-packed with people who give of their time, treasure and talents to make this community a better place. Now is your chance to honor them for their contributions.
Nominations for Davis’ top citizen honors — the C.A. Covell Award for the Citizen of the Year and the A.G. Brinley Award for outstanding service in a particular endeavor — will be accepted until 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
“Many outstanding individuals are not nominated for these awards each year because everyone presumes someone else will do it,” said Janet Berry, who is chairing the nomination and selection process. “If you know someone highly deserving of one of these awards, please take the time to nominate.”
A committee of residents representing various activities in Davis — a different committee each year — will then select the recipients. The awards will be announced in late November, and they will be presented at the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in January.
The C.A. Covell Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community, over time, in a number of areas. Initiated by L.N. Irwin, it was first awarded in 1944 to C.A. Covell, longtime mayor of Davis, for whom the award is named. Criteria for selection, as suggested by Irwin, are the following:
* Leadership in civic activities;
*Unselfish service to the community;
*Reliability in following through on commitments; and
* Involvement in a variety of activities.
The A.G. Brinley Award was established by John W. Brinley in 1969 in honor of his father, Samuel Brinley. This award recognizes outstanding service in a particular area, such as in the arts, education or health, or in a major project that benefits the city. The first recipient was Joann Leach Larkey, author of “Davisville ’68: The History and Heritage of the City of Davis.”
Nomination letters should be no longer than two pages and should include the following:
* The name of the nominee and a brief explanation of why he or she should receive the award (i.e., describing the nominee’s leadership ability and dedication to the community);
* A list of the nominee’s activities and services provided by the nominee to illustrate why the honor is deserved, including dates and the name and email or phone number of an individual at the organization(s) served;
* A list of offices held, including dates as much as possible; and
* The name, phone and email address of the person making the nomination. The letter will not be accepted without this contact information.
After listing the activities, the nominator may include carefully selected quotes (not letters) from individuals who know the nominee in his/her various capacities — if space within the two pages permits.
Only one complete set of nomination papers will be used for each nominee in the selection process. If multiple letters are submitted for a candidate, the writers of extra letters will be referred to the person submitting the strongest letter, and that person can accommodate any new points and resubmit the application.
Nomination letters should be submitted to Janet Berry, the new chair of the Community Awards Steering Committee. Nominators should email their letters as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will receive a quick confirmation reply. Alternatively, mail them to Berry at 5307 Tufts St., Davis, CA 95618. All nominations must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the process, contact former committee chair Judy Wydick at 530-747-6188 or email@example.com. She will send you copies of well-written nomination letters as guides, or make suggestions of how to strengthen your letter.