One of the tenets of the Melick Foundation is “… the realization that citizens develop the quality of life in a community…,” Rick and Gail Davis epitomize that belief. Both Rick and Gail grew up in Needham, went to grammar school, junior high and high school and co-incidentally found each other as partners in life while preparing for their high school senior prom in the Needham High School gym.
Both went on to four year colleges and shortly after graduation married and settled in their home town of Needham. Rick joined his dad in the insurance business, eventually becoming President and CEO of the company. His industry-recognized abilities led him to leadership positions in state and national insurance organizations. Gail followed her calling by becoming a teacher.
She was a special education teacher for twenty-three of her 30 years teaching in the Needham school System. Her easy manner and insightful collaboration lead her to become a favorite with her colleagues.
With the advent of children (Laura, Glen and Steve) involvement in community activities began. Gail became involved with Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was a PTC board member at both the High Rock and Hillside schools and held the position of president of both the High School PTC and the Rivers School Parents League. Rick, relying on his football experience at Needham High, coached Pop Warner Football.
Over time Gail and Rick with their “can do” attitudes were identified for participation in more community endeavors. Gail held a seat on the Needham Education Foundation Board (N.E.F.) and in the mid 1990s she joined the League of Women Voters and was president twice. She is a board member of the Needham Garden Club and has been a Town Meeting Member since 2000. Rick was a president and 35 year member of the Needham Rotary Club, a longtime member and former chairman of the Needham Community Council, a former member and chairman of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Trustee Board, and a Director of Needham’s History Center and Museum. Most recently Rick was asked to serve as a North Hill Board Trustee. Rick has been a Town Meeting Member since 1976.
In recognition of their lifetime contribution to the “quality of life” in the Town of Needham, the Richard P. Melick Foundation is honored to present Rick and Gail the 2019 Melick Award.