Citizens honored as the "Toast of Winters"

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The Community Center turned into a Who’s Who of Winters as residents came to celebrate Linda Glick, Janet Andersen and Cheryl Moore of Tree House Children’s Center, Baldo and Elia Arce and Karen May on Saturday night as they received their awards for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Theodore Winters Award and Senior Citizen of the Year. They were joined by community members, city and state politicians, local business people, former award winners and friends and family.

Local businesses were represented in the night’s menu. Chef Jason Harris and the staff of Green River Brewing and Taproom served appetizers while Preserve mixed cocktails. Hooby’s previewed their I.P.A., and Treasure Wine of Napa provided wine. Anderson Family Catering, dinner. The dessert was specialty cupcakes and brownies baked by Emily Donlevy Desserts and provided by Wade’s Construction.

As dinner came to a close, the community got down to the business of the day: celebrating 2018’s award winners. At the beginning of the program Glick’s sister-in-law, Rebecca Landes, gave a Jewish blessing in both Hebrew and English.

Chris Calvert, Chamber President and a previous Senior Citizen of the Year, introduced May as this year’s winner. He commended her on all that she has done not only for seniors, but for the local schools and community.

In her speech May said that she was touched and honored to receive this award. She recognized everyone on the board of the Winters Senior Foundation with her. May called on them to stand and be recognized.

“These people really hustled,” May said.

Todd Cutler, Superintendent of the Winters Joint Unified School System, presented the award to Janet Andersen and Cheryl Moore of the Tree House Children’s Center. Cutler thanked them for all the services they provide. He pointed out that they aren’t only making a difference for their students. They provide staff training, preschool scholarships, education workshops, childcare for events and Waggoner Elementary School, along with many other services.

Andersen told the audience that when they opened their children’s center 10 years ago they enrolled a handful of family and friends’ children. Now they serve over 130 students.

“We never dreamed that this idea could bloom into an amazing career for us,” Andersen said.

Moore thanked Andersen in her speech, along with their staff.

“The staff makes the job look easy,” Moore said.

Moore recognized the community and said that it is their love of Winters that fuels their passion.

“Winters is such a great community and we love to work in this town,” she said.

Mayor Bill Biasi presented the Theodore Winters Award to Baldomero and Elia Arce.

“Their dedication and commitment to the Winters community is phenomenal,” Biasi said. He explained that the Festival de La Comunidad is one of the city’s most successful events, and that the Arces are a big part of making it happen.

Baldomero opened the speech by saying that they are honored to be this year’s recipients.

“We are humbled by your kind words and support that we have been receiving not just for the last couple weeks, but for decades,” he told the audience. He said that they found Winters when he was looking for a place to raise their children, and that they still recommend it to people they meet in the restaurant.

“We are very, very proud of living in this community,” he said.

Last year’s award winners Wade and Kathy Cowan presented Glick with Citizen of the Year. Germaine Hupe, who was awarded Citizen of the Year in 1986, also gave a tribute to her friend.

Glick and Hupe are founding members of the Winters Theatre Company. Hupe recognized the important work that Glick has done for special education in Yolo County and her dedication to the Winters Friends of the Library.

“There is no ‘tire’ in Linda’s retirement,” Hupe said, “and it is the community that benefits.”

“This community is full of dynamos,” Glick said when she took the stage.

“I’ve been blessed, just so blessed, to partner with so many amazing people,” she continued. “This community is just filled with people who are constantly working to make it a better place.”

Glick says that whenever she feels like she’s running out of steam she goes to a community event like a WFoL meeting or a rehearsal and is reinvigorated.

She thanked her support system, including her husband Elliot Landes,  her daughter Hava Glick Landes, and her sister-in-law Rebecca. Glick thanked Hupe and the Winters Theatre Company, WFoL and her close friends in the Congregation Bet Haverim Jewish Fellowship.

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguair-Curry, winner of the 2014 Ctizen of the Year award, presented all of this year’s winners with certificates signed by herself and Senator Bill Dodd.

As the ceremony closed people congratulated the winners and grabbed them for photographs. The Community Center felt full of optimism and hometown pride. The feeling could be summed up with the closing line of Baldomero’s speech:

“Let’s keep working together to make this the brightest community in Yolo County.”

He then corrected himself.

“Why did I say Yolo County? California!” he said to thunderous applause.


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