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

40th Anniversary Summer Get-Together
Saturday, August 4
10 am - noon

Board Meeting
Thursday, August 9
10 am

Immigration Law Clinic Tuesday, August 28
6 pm - 8 pm
Pleasant Hill Library
1750 Oak Park Blvd,
Pleasant Hill

Board Meeting
Thursday, September 13
10 am

Report Hours for April through June, 2018
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 to [email protected]
Remember to Pay Your Membership Dues
If you haven't already done so, remember to pay your 2018 membership dues. It's a great way to show your support for DVLC, and we use the dues to pay for items needed to support our tutoring program.  Please send a check for $15 to DVLC, 4000 Clayton Rd., Concord, CA 94521

DVLC Directory
Email:   [email protected]  
Voicemail: 925-685-3881

President and Web Master
Lucy Goodell 
Vice-President and Publicity
Loretta Morrison
Mary Thomas

Treasurer and Telephone Committee
Joanne Hill

Board of Directors: 

Database Manager
Jim Keenan
Hospitality and Volunteers
Ela Newacheck
Hours Coordinator
Rachel Sanborn
Mary Nash
Newsletter Coordinator
Victor Tiglao
Special Projects
Denise Coyne     
Student/Tutor Coordinator
Holly Sprague
Workshop Registrar
Wendy Bojin-Liston
Workshop Training Coordinator
Kris Torske

Student Outreach
Sue Gannon

Workshop Trainer
Ed Chambers

Summer 2018
Vol. 32  No.3

I can't stop raving about the Directors on our Board. Since the beginning of this year, each one has stepped up and taken the initiative on one or more things to benefit all of us.
The following are some examples I would like to highlight:
Joanne Hill applied for a grant from Wells Fargo and DVLC was awarded $2,500 this quarter. The grant will be used to purchase new books this year. Our librarian, Mary Nash, was ready to act immediately to purchase updated editions of the Side by Side books as older versions are no longer available. You should start to see the new editions in the DVLC library located at the Good Shepherd Church.
Ela Newacheck and the helpers she has enlisted, including Renee Johnson, Mary Thomas, and Rachel Sanborn, have taken over the Hospitality function for our social events in a huge way. She arranges for invitations, food, decorations, and logistics. I do not need to give this a second thought, as I know everything will be handled with care.
Rachel Sanborn saw the need for a poster to identify us at events where we recruit new volunteers. She designed a poster, got approval, and purchased the poster board and easel in time for us to use at the Dana Estates Neighbors Night Out, where we set up a booth in June.
Wendy Bojin-Liston stepped right up when we asked for a volunteer to reach out to our inactive tutors to see if there was an interest in taking on a new student. She contacted a large number of these tutors to find out their reasons and whether they want to start again. This information will be useful for us on many levels.
Denise Coyne, Ed Chambers, Mary Thomas, and Joanne Hill met with me on several occasions to hammer out new bylaws. Denise took on the task of methodically typing up revision after revision. The updated bylaws will be presented to the Board to replace our outdated and overly long current bylaws.
Our newest Board member, Sue Gannon, was quick to volunteer her talent for attracting new ESL students as we were worried that there would not be enough students to match with our newly trained tutors. The blog on our web-site has a photo of her managing the table at the Convoy of Hope event where we signed up 19 new potential adult ESL students.
In addition to these efforts, I know I can always count on Kris Torske and Holly Sprague to lead the bi-annual workshops, and Victor Tiglao to edit and send out the newsletters and other communications. Loretta Morrison works tirelessly to distribute publicity materials at libraries and in publications, while James Keenan supports our member database.
On top of all this, we have a dedicated telephone committee handling incoming messages and, most importantly, 90+ tutors meeting one-on-one to improve the lives of adult immigrants who are honing their English skills.
Let's keep it going

Lucy Goodell, President
40th Anniversary Summer Get-Together
Coming up on August 4 is our 40th Anniversary Summer Get-Together for our tutors. 

Our speaker this year will be one of the founders of Diablo Valley Literacy Council.
But wait!  There's more!!
Everybody who attends will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Macy's gift card. See the invitation included in this newsletter.
Abida Becomes a Citizen!

Wendy Bojin-Liston has been keeping us posted about the progress of her student, Abida.  It is with great excitement that we heard the news that Abida has passed her citizenship test and attended the citizenship swearing in ceremony. Huge congratulations to tutor and student!
ESL Tutor Training Workshop

The Diablo Valley Literacy Council welcomes volunteers to tutor adults in English
Share the news with friends and family. Here is the information on our Fall training:
October 6 and October 13, 2018
From 9 AM to 1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord
Cost : $20 registration fee for training materials
Continental brunch included
For more information  or to sign up select menu option VOLUNTEER TO TUTOR
Alternatively you may leave a message at (925) 685-3881.
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Then either fill out the ProLiteracy Nonmember form presented or, better yet click the this account form link and create a member account using the DVLC code: 735664.
DVLC 40th Anniversary Invitation

Please Return Unused Books to the Library
Please return DVLC books that you are no longer using so that we can keep our library stocked and avoid the need to purchase more books. The Laubach, Side by Side and Azar books are in demand!   
Books may be returned to the DVLC self-service library during the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church office hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Alternatively, you can email our librarian, Mary Nash, at  [email protected]  and make arrangements to drop the books at her home in Walnut Creek. 

We'd love to hear from you!  Email your questions or comments to Diablo Valley Literacy Council at:   [email protected] 
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