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Nominations sought for Covell, Brinley awards

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From page A4 | September 16, 2011 |

Previous recipients

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, and Jim Becket.

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 and Dorothy Peterson.

Nominations are now being accepted until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, for the C.A. Covell (Citizen of the Year) Award and the A.G. Brinley (Outstanding Service) Award.

“Many outstanding individuals are not nominated for these awards each year because everyone presumes someone else will do it,” organizers said. “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 on Jan. 20.

Covell Award

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 Citizen of the Year was Jim Becket, who has lived in Davis much of his life. Involved in his children’s activities such as 4-H and Little League when they were growing up, he also became an active member of Kiwanis, particularly its Fourth of July Kiddie Parade.

Becket’s work for the Chamber of Commerce — especially the founding and operation of the School-Business Partnership Program — earned him the “Member of the Year” Award in 2000. He has long been deeply involved in the Yolo County Historical Society and, since 2006, in the Hattie Webber Museum. Since becoming the director of the museum in 2009, his outstanding leadership has greatly strengthened the museum and its profile in Davis.

Brinley Award

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 Joanne Leach Larky, author of “Davisville ’68: The History and Heritage of the City of Davis.”

Last year’s Brinley Award was presented to Dorothy Peterson, who was honored for the major contributions she has made to educating the community about healthy food. This was exemplified through her leadership in the Davis Farm to School Connection, which supports school gardens, second-grade farm visits, recycling programs in the schools, and farm-fresh food in the school lunch program.

After teaching in Davis for 37 years, Peterson began focusing on groups such as the one above and the Davis Farmers Market Foundation, the Davis school district’s School Garden and DavisRISE Recycle program, and the California School Garden Network Sustainability Committee — continuing to use her skills to benefit the community.

How to nominate

Nominating 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 jjwydick@dcn.org 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. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

If you are uncertain about any aspect of the process, contact Wydick at (530) 756-1171 or jjwydick@dcn.org. She will help guide you through the nomination process. The sooner the letters are submitted, the better. That will allow time to make any adjustments to meet the criteria and to strengthen the nomination letter.

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