A Message from the President
In 2024 we will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the University Farm Circle. We have grown from 25 charter members to close to 600. In the past year we had a record-breaking 80 new members join our organization! We have come a long way, but the original intent of the founding members still guides us: to assist the students, to welcome women new to Davis, and to provide interesting activities for the members.
Our Newcomers Welcome, which introduces interested individuals to our organization, will be held this year on September 28 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Davis. If you have met somebody who is new to the area, recently retired, or looking for a stimulating group to be part of, please let them know. Of course, newcomers are welcome to join us at any time! In addition to monthly coffees, our Newcomers committee has put together an exciting program of activities planned for the year. Newcomers can also participate in any of the exceptional programs offered to the membership at large, all described in more detail on this website.
The most significant way in which our organization assists the UC Davis students is through the scholarships that we award each year. We will honor this year’s scholarship recipients at our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome, to be held on October 4 at 4 p.m., also held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Davis. Parking at this location is free and ample. Please join us and show your support for the exceptional students who have earned these scholarships. Their stories are remarkable and truly inspiring. Interest sections signups will also be held at this event, following the presentation of scholarships.
We participated in the Big Day of Giving in 2023 for the second time, raising over 60% more than we did the first year. As with your generous annual donations, this money goes straight to our scholarship endowments. We are looking forward to even greater participation in 2024.
You, our members, are what makes this organization so special. Please continue to participate in whatever ways are meaningful to you, be it running or joining an interest section, serving on the board or a committee, attending programs, or donating to a scholarship. We have expanded our volunteer categories, so when you renew your membership, either online or via mail with the membership form, be sure to mark those that interest you.
When my husband and I moved to the area eight years ago, I did not know a single person. Joining UFC changed that quickly! I am really looking forward to serving as your President this year.
Abbie Morrison, UFC President, 2023 – 2024
Abbie Morrison, President