By THERESA DUNLOP/Special to the Express
The Winters School District has announced the selections for the Inaugural Winters JUSD Hall of Fame. The individuals were selected from a sizable group of nominees in three different categories: Alumni, Former Employee and Distinguished Service community members, and were chosen by a committee of Winters School Board members, Winters School District staff and students, and Winters community members.
For the Alumni category, Rich Rominger and Jack Graf were selected for this honor.
Rominger is a 1944 graduate of Winters High School, a World War II navy veteran, former Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and former Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He currently serves on the University of California President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, and is a liaison between the University of California and the agriculture community.
Graf graduated from Winters High School in 1948, is a United States Marine Corps veteran and has dedicated his life to supporting Winters families and youth. He was an educator for 39 years, including serving as a principal for the Winters School District (1975-76) and superintendent (1976-1982). He was elected for a two-term appointment as the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools.
Graf has an extensive list of community service duties, and created the Graf-McMahon scholarship to provide opportunities and support students interested in seeking a career in education or agriculture.
For the Employee category, Sally Jones Paul was selected for this honor. Paul retired from the Winters School District in 2005 after 42 years in education. She spent 35 of those years right here in Winters. She was an active art teacher that guided hundreds of students in developing a lifelong love and passion for art and artists.
Paul was very innovative and started several events to expose her students and their work to the community. She also held or supported many events in town to help raise money for the art program to ensure her students had quality supplies, such as selling cookbooks, hosting “Back to the Beach” dances, and managing the December Holiday Faire. Since retiring, Paul continues to support art and has donated several of her own pieces to support local programs.
For the Distinguished Service category, Bobbie Greenwood was selected for this honor. If you grew up in Winters, chances are Greenwood taught you to swim, and if you have kids, she has taught them too. Greenwood and her husband John began their service to Winters in the 1950s, and led the endeavor to have a town pool built.
In March 1959, the contract was awarded and in June 1959, Winters opened its first town swimming pool. Greenwood started the Winters Swim Team in 1962 and has been its chief supporter and operator since.
In 2007, Bobbie again led the charge and a new pool was built in Winters, the “Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center.” This past swim season, Greenwood was recognized as the state’s oldest swim coach by Sacramento’s KCRA 3 — an honor not lost on the 99 (now 100) year old.
Greenwood still drives herself to swim practice every day during the season, orders and picks up every team swimsuit and ribbon in Davis, and sizes all the suits on each kid. In addition to being the matriarch of swim in Winters, Greenwood also attends every Rotary meeting and event, and has been the student advisor for the nonprofit AFS International (formerly American Field Service) for over 40 years in Winters. This amazing woman selflessly gives a majority of her time to the Winters community and our kids, and has as far back as most of us can remember.