Emerging Davis leaders will get their moment in the spotlight, thanks to a new award created by the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club in honor of the late Jay Gerber.
Naming the honor the Jay Gerber Young Community Leader Award is a fitting tribute to the longtime local businessman who died last April at age 69, two of his fellow Rotarians say.
“Jay connected with everybody,” said Dennis Lindsay of Nugget Markets. “He represented everything good about any of the organizations he was involved with.”
Added Jeff Adamski of First Northern Bank, “Jay took a lead role in everything that makes a community — sports, music, politics, business. We were blessed to have him in Davis.”
In describing the award, a news release echoes their sentiments: “Jay was known for bringing his infectious smile to everything in which he was involved. Whether it was coaching Little League, being president of the Davis Rotary Clubs and the Davis Chamber of Commerce, serving on numerous city commissions and the Yolo County Planning Commission, heading up work parties at Davis Community Church or helping establish the University Retirement Community Foundation, Jay brought that enthusiasm that made others want to join in the activity.
“Jay had an uncanny ability to bring people together with solutions that benefited the entire community.”
The Jay Gerber Young Community Award has been established to recognize and honor a young leader — under age 40 — who demonstrates the characteristics that Gerber exemplified to build community:
* A positive attitude toward others; and
* Participation in activities beneficial to the Davis community.
Choosing an emerging leader to honor was an easy decision for Rotarians, Lindsay said: “Jay was a mentor to his employees (at Cable Car Wash). He made all of those kids better off than they ever were before they went to work for him. He gave so many kids a chance.”
The recipient will be honored at a dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis.
Nominations are available on the Davis Sunrise Rotary website, www.davisrotary.org, and will be accepted through Feb. 28.
Completed forms should be submitted to Lindsay as email attachments at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Dennis Lindsay, 4310 Amoroso Place, Davis, CA 95618.
Questions may be referred to Lindsay at email@example.com or 530-758-1506.