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UFC Awards Thirteen Scholarships!

Here are the biographies of our 2022 –2023 scholarship recipients, including two for our brand-new scholarship, the University Farm Circle Next Chapter Scholarship.  If you missed our October 27, 2022, Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome, here are photos of the recipients and the event schedule.

A Message from the 2022 – 2023 President, Pat Stromberg

UFC has grown from a small group of 25 women to over 500 members. The involvement and support of so many members have made it possible to increase the number of programs offered, and to grow our Scholarship Fund. The past two years have been very challenging as we maneuvered through the COVID pandemic. Hopefully, we will see a more normal year where we can be together again to celebrate and build upon our 109 years of friendship, enrichment, and scholarships. Read the entire message here.

2022 – 2023 Scholarship Recipients:
(left to right) Noor Bader, Sonia Cherkaoui Jaouad, Kerah Nicole Hunter, Persable Tecle, Riju Narang, George Berdovskiy. Photo by Judy Howard



Welcome!

THEN: University Farm Circle was founded in 1914 to bring together the women associated with the University Farm—especially the female staff and faculty wives—to help the young boys at the school.

NOW: You do not need to be associated with the University to be a member. All are welcome!

If you are new to the community or to UFC, we invite you to join any of our Newcomers activities to get acquainted with our area and to meet other women.

For more information, email info@ufcdavis.org.

Join us!

Kathy Tyzzer, Kalli Louis, Mary Darlington at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Jeanie Istas, Mary McCafferty at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Terry Antonelli, Julie Schmidt at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Julie Schmidt, Sydney Moberg at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Susan Rodgers at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Marty Martinez, Beth Martinez at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Mary Ann Doerzbacher at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Julia Walker at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.
Members from Table 3: Penee Hughes, Holly Moen, Phyllis Baecker, Eileen Gueffroy, Sylvia Richman, Joann Beck at Great Bear Winery. Photo by Judy Howard.

Friendship

UFC makes a special effort to welcome Newcomers. It also currently has over 80 active Interest Sections, from A (Antiquing and Art Galleries) to Y (Yoga).

Enrichment

Over 600 members participate in Programs like our Speaker Series, trips, workshops, and annual events like our Fall Reception and Spring Luncheon.

Scholarships

UFC began awarding Scholarships in 1937. Today, we continue to award to qualified undergraduate students at UC Davis.

How-Tos

Programs and Newcomers Events

Upcoming events

    • February 02, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis

    Join in the fun as we create hand-stamped Valentines to send to friends and family. All necessary materials will be provided for this fun-filled craft event. Contact: Mary Sternad.

    • February 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Raley's, 367 W Main St, Woodland

    Please join us for our First Friday Coffee to be held on February 3, 2023, once again at the Gather Room at Raley's in Woodland. We are not allowed to bring food from outside, but you can purchase drinks and goodies from the Peets located inside the store.  Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.







    • February 09, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis

    Join your UFC friends for a fun, fact-filled afternoon of trivia with local quizmaster Julia Walker. We'll enjoy some light refreshments while testing our knowledge in categories such as history, geography, film, music, books, and more. Contact: Elysa Hillis.

    • February 15, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 125 I St, Old Sacramento

     Walk through the California State Railway Museum and see an amazing number of exhibits, including locomotives, toy trains, historic documents, and a gallery dedicated to the Golden Spike that connected the nation from East to West. The event will be followed by an optional lunch at an Old Sacramento restaurant. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.

    • February 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    This event has been canceled

    Learn to make pizza or calzone, and then eat your creation. The chef will guide us through the steps to make our own creative goodies. Contact: Pat Stromberg or Lea Rosenberg.

    • March 02, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Home of Karen Cook

    This continues to be one our members' best-loved programs. Share favorite books that you read last year. There will be a table for a book exchange, so bring books that your are willing to pass on to a new home.  Contact: Karen Cook.

    • March 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Location to be determined

    Join our friendly, informal gathering of newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you as you introduce yourself to other members and get you started on your journey as a UFC member. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.








    • March 07, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1221 Harter Ave, Woodland

    This event has been canceled.

    Tour The HIVE, a family-owned business that bottles and ships varietal honey. Taste and learn about varietal  honeys and mead, then sit outside under a covered patio and enjoy a lunch catered by Z Specialty Foods. Contact Kathy Greenhalgh or Elysa Hillis.

    • March 07, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 340 Second St, Woodland

    New date: Join a docent-led tour to learn the history and behind-the-scenes activities of the Woodland Opera House. It is part of the California State Parks system, but totally self-supporting, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You may want to have lunch in a downtown restaurant before the tour. Contact: Debbie Roberts.

    • March 16, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 392 Old Davis Rd, UC Davis campus

     A fun and informative behind the scenes tour of the institute, including a visit to the sensory theater and general information about current research and learning. This tour is limited to 25 people. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson

    • March 23, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Sausalito

    Enjoy shopping, strolling, sightseeing and springtime in Sausalito. This is a totally on your own day. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. The bus will depart at 8:45 a.m and return to Davis by 5:30 p.m. Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher.

    • March 30, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 455 Harter Ave, Woodland, CA

    New program: We've added a program for 2023. Cobram Estate Olive Oil has olive groves in Australia and in Woodland. There will be a tour of the Woodland facility and a tasting of five olive oils. This event is limited to 20 participants. Contact: Judy Howard.

    • March 30, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    This event has been canceled.

    Spend an afternoon with Director Javier Fernandez-Salvador learning about the UC Davis Olive Center. Carpool to the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard and Super High Olive Orchard in Winters for a tour and lecture, then return to UC Davis for a tasting and food pairing. Contact: Jan Bower.

    • April 03, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis

    Diane Power Zimmerman grew up immersed in a family business called Nut Tree. She will tell a story of a unique 20th-century business from her latest book, where she chronicles the 75-year history of the business. Contact: Kalli Louis.

    • April 07, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Location to be determined

    Join our friendly, informal gathering of newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you as you introduce yourself to other members and get you started on your journey as a UFC member. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.







    • April 13, 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 6686 Sievers Rd, Dixon

    Enjoy learning about the life of the hop at the Ruhstaller Farm Tour. We will hear about the process of growing hops, harvesting, farm practices, bottling, and more on our tour.  We will sample beer during the tour and a food truck will be onsite for individual purchases after the tour. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Andrea Forrest.

    • April 20, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis

    Lori and Kelli of Neatworks will join us to present their work in business and home organization. Their business mission is to help people make the time and space for what matters. It's time for spring cleaning, so let's get started. Contact: Pat Stromberg or Kathy Greenhalgh.

    • April 21, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2701 L St, Sacramento

    This self-guided tour takes you through Sutter's Fort where knowledgeable docents can answer your questions. There will be an optional lunch following the tour. This event is limited to 15 people. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson

    • May 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Location to be determined

    Join our friendly, informal gathering of newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you as you introduce yourself to other members and get you started on your journey as a UFC member. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.







    • May 05, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Locke

    We will learn the history and culture of the town of Locke on a docent-led walking tour. There will be a no-host lunch at Al's Place in Locke following the tour. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Sally Nishida.

    • May 18, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location to be determined

    The Spring Luncheon has always been a highlight of the year. It's a time to come together and celebrate all the programs and friendships developed over the previous year. We welcome all members, but especially encourage newcomers to share in this special event. Contact: Jan Bower or Kalli Louis

    • May 23, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Home of Maria Lago

    Join all of your Newcomers friends and their plus-ones as we bring the year to a close, reminisce about past activities, and talk about plans for the summer and the coming year. Contact: Maria Lago or Hope Thompson.

Past events

January 26, 2023 Can You Help Me with My Finances?
January 19, 2023 Newcomers: The Historic Wonder That Is Woodland
January 19, 2023 White Elephant Exchange
January 10, 2023 Tour the Historic Woodland Opera House
January 06, 2023 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
December 15, 2022 Canceled: Candlelight Dinner
December 11, 2022 Holiday Home Tour and Boutique
December 02, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
November 30, 2022 Canceled: Holiday Bus Trip to Walnut Creek/Broadway Plaza
November 17, 2022 French-inspired Farmhouse Traditions at L'Apero les Trois
November 15, 2022 Newcomers: California Raptor Center
November 10, 2022 Fish Tales and Recipes
November 04, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
November 02, 2022 Let's Make Gnocchi at the Davis Co-op: Nov 2
November 01, 2022 Let's Make Gnocchi at the Davis Co-op: Nov 1
October 27, 2022 Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome
October 18, 2022 Craft a Succulent Pumpkin Planter
October 13, 2022 Experience the Capay Valley at Taber Ranch Winery
October 07, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
September 29, 2022 Annual Newcomers Welcome and Interest Section Signups
June 07, 2022 Canceled - Araceli Farms—Lavender Farm Guided Tour
May 26, 2022 Newcomers Appetizer & Beverage Finale
May 18, 2022 Hawaiian Luau
May 12, 2022 Annual UFC Spring Luncheon
May 06, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
May 04, 2022 Canceled: Touring with Local Roots Food Tours
April 21, 2022 Canceled: Rainwater Ranch/Berryessa Gap Winery
April 13, 2022 Newcomers Matchbook Winery Lunch and Wine Tasting
April 07, 2022 Canceled: The Séka Hills Olive Mill & Wine Tasting
April 01, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
March 30, 2022 Virtual Intercampus Day, UC Berkeley
March 24, 2022 Crocker Art Museum
March 10, 2022 Canceled: White Elephant Exchange
March 04, 2022 Canceled: Newcomers First Friday Coffee
March 03, 2022 Novels and Noshes
March 01, 2022 Canceled: Exploring Winters
March 01, 2022 Canceled: Newcomers Tour of the California State Capitol & Stanley Mosk Library
February 17, 2022 Canceled: Newcomers Tour of the Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
February 10, 2022 Canceled: Trivia Lunch with Julia Walker
February 04, 2022 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
January 25, 2022 Soup's On!
January 12, 2022 Speaker Series: Nutrition—Separating Fact from Fiction with Dr. Debbie Fetter
January 07, 2022 CANCELED: Newcomers First Friday Coffee
December 10, 2021 Candlelight Dinner
December 03, 2021 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
November 16, 2021 Speaker Series: The Science of Earth's Climate System with Dr. Howard Spero
November 16, 2021 Newcomers Tour of the Woodland Opera House
November 05, 2021 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
November 02, 2021 Canceled: Speaker Series: Harvest of Impact: A UFC/UCD Panel Presentation
October 13, 2021 Newcomers Tea
October 08, 2021 The Great Bear Vineyards Wine and Cheese Tasting Experience #2
October 07, 2021 Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome
October 01, 2021 Newcomers First Friday Coffee
September 23, 2021 Annual Newcomers Welcome
May 21, 2021 Event Full: Experience a Delightful Wine and Cheese Pairing at Great Bear Vineyards—in Davis!
May 07, 2021 Canceled: First Friday Coffee
April 19, 2021 Rediscovering Yolo County's Food, Wine and Agriculture
April 02, 2021 Canceled: First Friday Coffee
March 09, 2021 WRAPS! A Spring Davis Food Co-op Zoom Cooking Class
March 05, 2021 CANCELED: First Friday Coffee
February 11, 2021 Genealogy and Oral History for Beginners
February 05, 2021 CANCELED: First Friday Coffee
January 14, 2021 Speaker Series: Eat Your Microbes! Fermented Foods, Probiotics & Gut Health
January 08, 2021 Canceled: First Friday Coffee
December 11, 2020 Candlelight at Home for the Holidays
December 08, 2020 Santa’s Workshop… a paper crafting class
December 04, 2020 First Friday Coffee
December 01, 2020 Speaker Series: A Holiday Cooking Class
November 06, 2020 First Friday Coffee
October 07, 2020 Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome on YouTube
October 02, 2020 First Friday Coffee
September 25, 2020 Newcomers Welcome Happy Hour

What Can a $4,000 Scholarship Do?

  • Help pay for tuition

  • Pay lab fees

  • Provide necessities such as rent and food

  • Purchase books and technology

  • Provide a huge boost in self-confidence, which helps the student persevere on their path of achievement

  • Most importantly, save the student hours of work. At $15.00 per hour, it would take approximately 267 hours to earn $4,000. That’s a lot of time that could be spent studying! 

Thanks to generous donations from members and others, UFC was able to give nine talented UC Davis students scholarships of $4,000 each in 2021. 

Mission Statement

UFC (University Farm Circle) connects campus and community through friendship, enrichment, and scholarships.

  • Friendship: Welcomes newcomers to the university campus and community.
  • Enrichment: Provides programs and activities to meet the needs and interests of its members.
  • Scholarships: Assists students through scholarships.

Become a member

You do not need to be associated with the University to be a member.

All are welcome!

Contact us

University Farm Circle
PO Box 858, Davis, CA 95617-0858
info@ufcdavis.orgwww.ufcdavis.org

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