What: Davis High School Hall of Fame induction dinner for Doug Arnold, Rachel Moore, Paul Ochs, Marcy Place Sheehan and Wanda Winton
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13
Where: ARC Ballroom, UC Davis
Tickets: $65 per person, or a table of 10 may be reserved for a $1,000 sponsorship; in addition, locals are asked to thank a teacher by donating the cost of a ticket
RSVPs: Due Sept. 6; visit www.dhsblueandwhite.org or call 530-681-5020
It’s a rite of passage in Davis.
Over the years, the benevolence and foresight of local residents have made this community a terrific place to live.
And for most of her 68 years in town, Wanda Winton has worked to help Davis maintain its quality of life, at the same time making sure those in need don’t run short.
For her efforts, the 1956 Davis High graduate will be inducted into next month’s seventh class of the Blue & White Foundation’s DHS Hall of Fame.
Growing up as Wanda Tincher — until marrying high-school sweetheart Wayne (Wally) Winton 57 years ago — the former Blue Devil learned at an early age what it meant to give back.
“The whole family seemed involved in Shriners,” says Winton, whose parents died when she was 2 1/2. She moved west to live with an aunt at age 8. “My aunts were involved in Eastern Star (a distaff wing of Shriners) and I joined Rainbow Girls when I turned 12.
“I remember working on the paper drives, the bake sales. Back then, we’d set up in front of grocery stores and sell our cupcakes and cookies to raise money.”
Through her years in high school, the Tincher kid worked in a handful of volunteer capacities before the real world set in after graduation.
“I came from a poor family and knew they couldn’t send me to college,” Winton recalls. “So I took the Civil Service test … and in a week was working at the Army Communications Center (now D-QU off County Road 31 west of Davis).
Winton, hired as an assistant secretary, became the commanding officer’s right-hand woman after just six months and stayed at the center for nine years, until the Wintons had their first daughter, Tammy.
By the time second child Tracy was born, Winton’s contributions to area schools had begun with PTA involvement. Later, she would become a member of Venture Club, Soroptimist International of Greater Davis, Salvation Army and wherever else someone needed help with a project or fundraising.
Since 2007, Winton has been the capital campaign treasurer for All Things Right & Relevant. She’s also a dedicated bell-ringer for the Salvation Army’s holiday push, a cog in the Soroptimists’ wheel — especially for its annual summer golf tournament — and a benefactor of Stanford Home.
Winton points out that the Salvation Army not only works to brighten families’ spirits at the end of the year, it also provides back-to-school shopping sprees for children who need clothes and supplies.
Fast-forward to 2014.
Tammy is happily married to Jeff Smith and the couple have given the Wintons grandchildren in Jason and Justine. Tracy is married to Kevin Rash and together they have two boys, both battling Type 1 diabetes.
Winton has found a new cause to champion.
“When the 11-year-old was diagnosed at age 4 1/2, I said to myself I have to try and help with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I became an advocate,” reports Winton, adding: “Being an advocate means one has to write to your congressional individuals, asking them to vote for funds for the JDRF.”
Winton has been hard at work notifying friends and acquaintances about the Walk for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the state Capitol in Sacramento.
“It is gratifying to see so many people at the walk,” continues Winton, who will join husband Wally at the event again this fall.
“If anyone in the community would like to donate to this worthy case, they may contact me at email@example.com. All the funds from the walk go to research and, perhaps one day, the researchers will come up with a cure.”
See? Always the advocate.
Come Saturday, Sept. 13, at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis, Winton joins American Ballet Theatre CEO Rachel Moore, former DHS counselor/coach Paul Ochs, Davis businessman and Blue Devil devotee Doug Arnold and Olympic athlete Marcy Place Sheehan as Hall of Fame inductees.
“I was awestruck,” Winton told The Enterprise. “After having been in Davis for 68 years and doing my service work, it’s a real honor to be one of the people being inducted.”
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-320-4456.