New DVLC Tutors

Diablo Valley Literacy Council Newsletter
Volunteers teaching English as a second language (ESL) to non English speaking adults

April - June
We will put nothing on our DVLC calendar until further notice.
We may schedule Board meetings using a conferencing application such as Zoom
Tentative date for
Summer Get Together  August 3
Check your email for updates.

Report Hours for January through March, 2020
Don't forget to report your hours for the first quarter: Tutoring hours and Non-tutoring hours (time spent for preparation, travel to student and workshop).
You can email or use the link that was emailed previously.
DVLC Directory
Voicemail: 925-685-3881

President and Web Master
Lucy Goodell 
Vice-President and Hours Coordinator 
Rachel Sanborn 
Mary Thomas 
Jin Qinghua  
Telephone Committee Coordinator 

Board of Directors: 
Ela Newacheck

Loretta Morrison
Mary Nash  
Student/Tutor Coordinator
Marcia Haas
Workshop Registrar
Marcia Haas
Workshop Training Coordinator
Kris Torske

Director of Development
Terese McGregor

Ed Chambers
Wendy Bojin-Liston 
Newsletter Editor
Kathy Anderson 
Spring 2020
Vol. 34  No. 2     
To our very dear Members and Friends,
Ready, set, WAIT!
Diablo Valley Literacy Council conducted two days of Tutor Training on March 7 and 14. We matched each new tutor with a potential student and asked them to contact their student, and then...
We all know that in the middle of March we were instructed to shelter in place and practice social distancing. Accordingly, we have advised all of our tutors to discontinue face-to-face meetings with their students.
If you can still maintain communication with your student(s) that would be ideal. Some ways might be email, telephone, texting, or conferencing online. Theresa Nidetz, who attended the training, reports that she has used Zoom for face time with her student and it worked well. I converse regularly with one of my students on the telephone, and that is useful because we are honing her pronunciation and it is easy to zero in on the words I don't understand over the phone. Be creative if that suits you but, know that it is also okay if you and your student decide to take a break during these uncertain times.
Our "group" picture of the tutors who attended March training:
Peter, Kathleen, Judith, Emily, Helen
Stan, Theresa, Peggy, Jean, Janet
We welcome Terese McGregor to our Board of Directors. Terese has experience in fund raising, keeping a balanced budget, and is also interested in boosting our tutor recruiting efforts. Her talents and interests provide a good balance within our Board and she contributes well to our meetings. Stay tuned for some innovations in the future! (holiday boutique anyone?)
Lucy Goodell
The January membership meeting was stimulating on many counts with good questions raised and good discussions.
The directors who were up for a new 3-year term as well as our two new board members, Marcia Haas (formerly Ujcic) and Jin Qinghua, were unanimously elected by acclamation.
The slide presentation included a diversity chart showing the countries represented by ESL students being tutored as of 12/31/2019.
The question and answer period raised discussion on topics such as raising dues to balance the budget, reducing allowable reimbursement for attending ProLiteracy Conference, adding a fund-raising function.
Buffet lunch was served, and Sheila Driscoll won the drawing for a $100 Southwest Airlines coupon!
Have you paid your 2020 DVLC membership dues?
Annual dues are $15 and most of you have sent them in. If not, please take a moment to submit payment today.  
Diablo Valley Literacy Council
4000 Clayton Rd.
Concord , CA 94521
Contributions beyond $15 are always appreciated and are tax-deductible donations. 
depends on membership dues and donations to help defray the cost of providing services to our students and support for our tutors and volunteers.  
Our thanks to all who contribute hours of tutoring and service.   
We'd love to hear from you!  Email your questions or comments to Diablo Valley Literacy Council at: 
See our updated website: