DAR Good Citizens
Daughters of the American Revolution is a national organization with more than 100 California chapters. These women share a proud history of family that made possible our American freedoms and independence.
Eligibility is through lineal descent of an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Help is available to document that lineage and to fill out the membership application.
DAR members are noted for service in historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotism, exemplified each year through Good Citizen Awards.
The awards are presented to high school students recommended by their teachers for qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism within their community and schools. Good Citizen awardees receive pins, certificates of recognition, monetary awards and an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
The Mt. Diablo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Good Citizen Awards to high school seniors Guatam Ramesh, Monte Vista High; Emilie Heisel, California High; Chase Cabot, Bentley High; Jordan Liss, San Ramon Valley High; Alexandra Puatu, Dougherty Valley High; and Tzofi Klinghoffer, Athenian High.
A $500 scholarship for best essay was awarded to Ramesh, who also won at the NSDAR District IV level and whose entry has been submitted to the state level.
Mt. Diablo DAR meets at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and a guest speaker on the second Tuesdays of the month from October through June at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Prospective members are welcome. Contact Geri Willinger at email@example.com for reservations.
The Acalanes Chapter of DAR Good Citizen award winners are Sara Chen from Las Lomas High School and Linda Lan Phung from Miramonte High School.
Students selected, but unable to attend the presentation ceremony, were Briana Grether from Acalanes High School; McKenna Williams, from Contra Costa Christian High School (her mother Mitzi accepted the award on her behalf); and Marina Han from Campolindo High School.
Acalanes Chapter members from Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Orinda, and Moraga meet the first Saturday of the month in Walnut Creek. Visit http://acalanes.californiadar.org for information.
The DAR Anne Loucks Chapter presented JROTC bronze medal Good Citizen awards to Cadet Cpl. Luz Flores, recommended by teacher Master Sgt. Lila Agee of Olympic High School; and Ashley Sanchez recommended by teacher retired Lt. Col. Christian D. Taddeo of Mt. Diablo High School.
DAR Good Citizen chairwoman Leslie Pfeifer also presented American History Essay Contest medals and cash awards to Abhinav Singh, Kayla Kelly and Chase Alexander, eighth-grade students of Angela LaTorre at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill.
Anne Loucks DAR chapter members hail from the Diablo and San Ramon valleys. Meetings are held at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month from September through May. Visit http://anneloucks.californiadar.org.
Chapter Regent Susan Busenius says there will be an exhibition this spring of historic military uniforms from the Revolutionary War to the present, "With Honor Worn: Military Uniforms." It will begin with lunch at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Shell Club House, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., in Martinez.
DAR Turlock Chaplain Katherine Borges, will present "Show and Tell: Historic Military Uniforms." The cost is $25. Proceeds will help fund local student awards, the homeless veterans Stand Down in September, and the restoration of John Marsh House in Brentwood. Reservations are required. Contact Donna Weis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-279-2227.
Middle school students from Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Clayton and Walnut Creek, as well as San Ramon, Danville, Antioch and Brentwood enrolled in the California Writers Club Young Writers Character and Plot Workshop.
It was led by authors Sarah Wilson of Danville and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff of Pleasant Hill at the Walnut Creek Library. All participated in discussions, improvisations and wrote short stories to prepare for the annual Young Writers Contest deadline March 27. Good luck! Guidelines at http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest/.
The Walnut Creek Library Foundation "Authors Under the Stars" gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, with a pre-dinner reception on the main floor and a gourmet dinner in the library stacks of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.
Walnut Creek Library Foundation executive director Kristin Anderson says,"Our libraries are the community's family rooms and an integral part of what makes Walnut Creek special. They provide essential services for visitors of all ages, as well as vital learning and cultural programs and a central place for people to gather."
A 'Toast to Tutoring'
A "Toast to Tutoring," the annual Buena Vista Auxiliary Tutorial program to benefit children's literacy, begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Road in Alamo. The cost is $95.
Auxiliary chairwoman Cherise Khaund and event co-chairs, Stephanie Joukoff and Dawnie Rocca, invite residents to enjoy an evening of wine and beer tasting, auctions, a diamond raffle, dinner, live music and dancing to the Smokin' J's. For more information, visit www.atoasttotutoring.org.
The Buena Vista Tutorial Program is an early intervention literacy program for elementary school students who are given focused reading tutoring with a credentialed teacher at no cost to the schools or families.
More good news ... the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation will provide a $15,000 grant over the next three years to Buena Vista Auxiliary of Assistance League of Diablo Valley, to help struggling students from 11 elementary schools in the Mt. Diablo and Walnut Creek school districts learn to read.
The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for a local merit scholarship program for young women entering their junior year or higher in college.
The Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras supports cancer patients in the Tri-Valley with funds for complementary treatments such as massage and acupuncture during chemotherapy and radiation through the Sandra J Wing Foundation.
Those attending will enjoy music, dancing and dinner from 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave., in Pleasanton. NBC Bay Area News anchor Jessica Aguirre will emcee. Tickets cost $125. Visit www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or call 866-862-7270.
Help Meals on Wheels
Volunteers are the hearts and hands of Meals on Wheels. There are lots of ways you can help.
Once a week, pick up and deliver 12-16 meals to seniors unable to leave their homes. Between 10 a.m. and noon, drivers deliver smiles and conversation and make sure the recipients are healthy and safe.
Detailed driving directions are included along with each meal. Driver will use their own car and must carry personal liability insurance. To volunteer with Meals on Wheels, call Sharon Fitzgerald at 925-937-8607 or visit www.mowsos.org.