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

DVLC Board Meeting
Thursday, January 10
10 am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Classroom 3
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord

Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 12
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord

DVLC Board Meeting
Thursday, February 14 10:00am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Classroom 3
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord
ESL Tutor Training Workshop
Two Saturday Sessions
March 2 and March 9   9am-1:30pm
Fellowship Hall
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord

DVLC Board Meeting
Thursday, March 14 10:00am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Classroom 3
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord

Report Hours for October through December, 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 or use the link in the email that will arrive in your inbox next week.
Remember to Pay Your Membership Dues
Remember to pay your 2019 membership dues.
Please send check for $15 to DVLC, 4000 Clayton Rd., Concord, CA 94521.

DVLC Directory
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: 
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

Workshop Trainer
Ed Chambers

Winter 2018
Vol. 32  No. 5

Dear Members and Friends,
This was our 40th year of helping adults from other countries to face the challenges of living in a new country. Our volunteers teach English skills one-on-one and also offer a bit of guidance in some of the quirks of our culture. Feedback from students and tutors alike tells us this is a needed service and worthy of our best efforts.
Our Holiday Luncheon this year was a buffet provided by the Literacy Council. We aimed to have the dishes ethnically diverse since we were not asking people to bring dishes from their own country this year.
Attendance was outstanding! There were 36 members and about 20 students. Rounding out the merriment were another 20 friends and children. Conversation was lively at all ten dining tables. Highlights of the day were the raffle prize of a $50 Macys card that went to one of the students and the arrival of Santa Claus with gifts for the children.

What a wonderful way to finish a rewarding year of volunteerism.
One of our new tutors, Isabel, has been contemplating a  "Language Exchange " program that we might want to develop. The idea is that two people who want to learn each other's language (Spanish and English for example) would get together regularly to exchange lessons. Someone experienced in language tutoring, could get the pair started, then they'd be off and running, so that our tutoring would have a multiplier effect.
She continues by cautioning that, as with many ideas, the devil is in the details. If anyone is interested in exploring this idea, she would like to discuss it further. SShe has explored various websites, such as, and has searched on terms such as language/exchange/pairs/matching/dyads. She has heard of it being tried in schools, but could never run down details. If you have any information or ideas about similar programs, email 
Hoping to see many of you at our Annual Meeting with light lunch, January 12 at 11:00.

Lucy Goodell

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

All members are invited to the 
Diablo Valley Literacy Council's 

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Saturday January 12, 2019
11:00am to 1:00pm
 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 
   4000 Clayton Rd., Concord

We are pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker will be local author Michelle (Micki) Carter who has written a book entitled "From Under the Russian Snow" about her time in Russia in 1995 .    

"At age 50, married and the mother of two children in their early 20s, I left my job as managing editor of a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 to move to Russia for a year as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence."

For more information on Michelle and her book, click on

All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a
$50 Macy's gift card

Please RSVP by Wednesday,  January 9 to

Next Tutor Training Workshop

The Diablo Valley Literacy Council welcomes volunteers to tutor adults in English
We need tutors who can commit to 1 or 2 hours of tutoring per week on a regular basis.
We provide training, match you to a student and help start your 1-on-1 tutoring.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord
When :  Two Saturday sessions
March 2 and March 9, 2019
From 9 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost : $20 registration fee includes dues for 2019
Continental brunch included
For more information  or to sign up select menu option VOLUNTEER TO TUTOR on our web-site

Alternatively you may leave a message at (925) 685-3881

It is Time to Renew DVLC Membership

Annual dues are $15.  You should have received a notice in the mail, but if not please take a moment to mail payment to: 

Diablo Valley Literacy Council
4000 Clayton Rd.
Concord, CA 94521 

Contributions beyond $15 are always appreciated and are tax-deductible donations.  
DVLC  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.

Shining Stars
Shining Stars
F ive tutors reported more than 20 tutoring hours during the summer quarter!

Tutoring Hours
Other DVLC hours
Sheila Driscoll
26 10
Mary Thomas
23 16
Sue Gannon
27 9
Darya Miller
21 12.75
Christine King
24 6

Special thanks to them for their devotion to their students.

From Our Librarian, Mary Nash
Stop by and check out our Vocabulary Study Books, Dictionaries, and Townsend Easy Reading Biographies (grade level 4-6).  The self-serve library is available Monday through Friday.  Please refer to your  DVLC  training binder for times and key procedure.
Thank you again for returning your borrowed books when you are no longer using them. 

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