Davis is jam-packed with people who give of their time, treasure and talents to make this community a better place. Now’s 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. 25.
“Many outstanding individuals are not nominated for these awards each year because everyone presumes someone else will do it,” said Judy Wydick, who is chairing the nomination and selection process. “This may not happen. 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 early December, 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
Last year’s Citizens of the Year were Adam and Janice Bridge, who together and individually have made significant contributions to the city. Most recently they co-chaired the 2011 Livestrong Challenge-Davis, a bicycle ride in which 1,468 cyclists participated and 300 people volunteered; and for three years before that they were actively involved in the Amgen Tour of California.
Using their computer skills, for many years they edited newsletters and produced directories for a variety of schools and organizations. Each actively volunteered in their children’s schools, and Adam also in Davis Little League and Davis Aquadarts. For many years Jan was deeply involved in AAUW, and since 2007 she has been on the Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation board of directors, serving on three highly successful fundraising campaigns.
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.”
Last year’s Brinley Award winner was Joe DeUlloa, who was honored for the major contributions he made to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County. In 2009, the SADVC suddenly found itself without an executive director at a critical time when it was already suffering from budget cuts and low morale. DeUlloa, a former board member, volunteered to lead the agency while it embarked on the long search for a new director.
He put his own career as an attorney and real estate investor on hold for almost six months, working long hours, without compensation, to ensure that SADVC had the leadership it required. His many contributions during this difficult time enabled the agency to continue its usual activities until the new executive director could take over.
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 the nominee should receive the award for which he/she is being nominated (i.e., describing the nominee’s leadership ability and dedication to the community);
* A list of activities and services provided by the nominee, 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; 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 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 Judy Wydick, chair of the Community Awards Steering Committee. Nominators should email their letters as attachments to [email protected] and they will receive a quick confirmation reply. Alternatively, mail them to Wydick at 2620 Corona Drive, Davis, CA 95616. All nominations must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the process, contact Wydick at 530-756-1171 or [email protected].
Covell Award: Davis Mayor C.A. Covell, Flora McDonald, C.A. Maghetti, Ben Moses, Richard Barlow, Helen Perry, Gray Rowe, L.N. Irwin, B.A. Madson, Vern Hickey, Leonard Smith, Edgar Markham, Helen Heitman, Ed Roessler, Joe Truffini, Percy Symens, Vern Ihrig, Harry Whitcombe, Price Gittinger, Kathryn Chiles, Doyle Reed, Craig Armstrong, Herbert Rourke, Ernest Hartz, John Brinley, Chris Blanchard, Will Lotter, Kathleen Green, Warren Westgate, Robert Oliver, James Wilson, Herb and Hanna Bauer, Dair Rausch, Dick and Lois Grau, Fred Foerster, Betsy Truffini, Peggy Epstein, Joyce Wisner, Barbara Kado, Tom Frankel, Judy Wydick, Vic and Camille Lim, Bill and Nancy Roe, Richard and Barbara Lindholtz, Ruth Asmundson, Lea Rosenberg, Nancy Keltner, Bob and Rae Hagan, Foy McNaughton, Doug Arnold, Cass Sylvia, Dean and Janice Labadie, Dick Frost, Jay Gerber, Judy Moores, Ted Puntillo, Donna Lott, Paul Hart, Renée Liston, Debbie Davis, Ray and Verena Borton, Betty Berteaux, Carol Lee Coss, Mary Philip, Shirley Goldman, Jim Becket and Adam and Jan Bridge
Brinley Award: JoAnn Leach Larkey, Bill Bartholomew, Max Rothe, Sam DeMasi, Kathleen Murphy, John Jones, Ron Whitehead, Pat Allen, Don Kessler, Red Stefflre, Richard Brunelle, Joan Snodgrass Callaway, Sharon Rose, Marinka Phaff, Dorothy Laben, Wesley Wooden, Bob Dunning, Anne Hance and Evelyn Buddenhagen, Dave Burmester, Fred Lange, Mimi Sen, Steve Cavagnolo, Barbara Jackson, Paul Hart, Pat Williams, Mary Ellen Dolcini, Ruth Shumway, Ernst and Hannah Biberstein, Pat Hutchinson, Jane Pomeroy, Shirley Kreissman, Charles Russell, Judy Gabor, Vicki Plutchok, Russ Kusama, Kate Mawdsley, Martha Dickman, Nancy Crosby and Pat Miller, Janet Berry, Helen Cole, Dorothy Peterson and Joe DeUlloa