Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169 initiated 11 new members at its Feb. 26 meeting, attended by 50 other members of the lodge.
New members — ranging in age from 24 to 77 — are Jared Favero, Rich Halen, Jo Anne Hokanson, Joel Mandel, Brian Pakpour, Jessica Sneeden, Robin Sweeney, Kent Wilken, Diana Wilkinson, Christopher Young and Marian Zingaro. The addition of these 11 brings the membership of the Davis lodge to 220, almost equally made up of men and women.
Before joining the lodge, applicants go through a six-month pledge period where they attend events at the lodge, meet and interview members and become active on one of the lodge’s 25 committees.
Presiding at the initiation was Noble Grand Bob Schelen.
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is the president-elect of the North American Forensic Entomology Association, “the voice” of forensic entomology throughout North America.
As president, he will serve a one-year term, 2014 to 2015.
Kimsey, active in NAFEA since joining the association in 2002, will conduct the 12th annual meeting, which takes place July 14-18 in Petersburg, Fla. Kimsey hosted a NAFEA conference at Davis in 2004. He is on the conference committee for 2105 and is planning another Davis conference in 2017.
Kimsey, a UCD product who joined the faculty in 1989, received both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in entomology from UCD. He coordinates and serves as the master advisor of the animal biology major program at UCD, which includes some 400 students. He also advises the UCD Entomology Club.
Kimsey’s research interests include public health entomology; arthropods of medical importance; zoonotic disease; biology and ecology of tick-borne pathogens; tick feeding behavior; and biochemistry.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, has named Josie Enriquez as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 4th Assembly District. Enriquez has dedicated 12 years to assisting families across Yolo County access vital programs and services in her capacity as Case Management Supervisor at the Yolo Family Resource Center.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to recognize Josie and her passion and energy for helping individuals and families thrive in their communities,” Yamada said. “She is a steadfast advocate for low-income families and devotes her time to connecting them to resources that will lead to an even brighter future.”
The Yolo Family Resource Center is based in Woodland with two locations in Davis and one in Knights Landing. Their mission is to link families with community services and health education to build a stronger community. While at YFRC, Enriquez was recognized by the Yolo Family Service Agency for her work in helping Latino families flourish. She is most proud of her work with the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition, of which YFRC is a member. Since 2010, Enriquez has trained volunteers and provided services to hundreds of families, contributing to a total of $4.7 million in tax refunds being returned to citizens of Yolo County. In 2012, the YFRC received the Eagle Award from the Internal Revenue Service for Josie’s excellent management of the VITA program.
Josie was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, in a disadvantaged community where she witnessed many aid workers tirelessly provide assistance to her neighbors. This inspired her to take the path of a social service provider. She attended Woodland Community College and received an Associate Degree in Child Development. In January, First 5 California presented Josie with the High Five Award for her dedication to serving children and families.
The Legislative Woman of the Year event began in March 1987 to celebrate the contributions to society by remarkable women throughout the State. This annual event, sponsored and organized by the Legislative Women’s Caucus, honors women who selflessly contribute to their communities. This year’s ceremony took place Monday, March 10, at the State Capitol.
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