New DVLC Tutors

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

DVLC Board Meeting
Thursday, January 9, 10am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Classroom 3
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord
Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 11, 11:00am-1:00pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord 
DVLC Board Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 10am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Classroom 3
4000 Clayton Rd, Concord  

ESL Tutor Training Workshop

Two Saturday Sessions

March 7 and March 14   9am-1:30pm

Fellowship Hall

4000 Clayton Rd, Concord


DVLC Board Meeting

Thursday, March 12  10:00am

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Classroom 3

4000 Clayton Rd, Concord

Report Hours for October through December, 2019
Don't forget to report your hours for the fourth 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.
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 t o all who contribute hour s of tutoring and service.

DVLC Directory
Voicemail: 925-685-3881

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

Board of Directors: 
Hospitality and Volunteers
Ela Newacheck

Loretta Morrison
Mary Nash
Special Projects
Denise Coyne     
Student/Tutor Coordinator
Workshop Registrar
Wendy Bojin-Liston
Workshop Training Coordinator
Kris Torske
Ed Chambers
Newsletter Editor
Kathy Anderson 
Winter 2020
Vol. 34  No. 1    
Dear Members and Friends,
Several important changes are taking place on the Diablo Valley Literacy Council Board. Three people are leaving the board and one of our newest tutors is joining the board as well as a new volunteer who will be our Treasurer.
For many years Holly Sprague has managed the complicated task of maintaining our Wait List of Students and matching students with tutors after each of our workshops, as well as whenever a tutor is ready to take on a new student. Time and again our new tutors have reported back to us how perfect the match seemed to be for them. Holly's service as our matchmaker has been matchless! She also conducted lively portions of our workshops twice a year. This year she has decided it is time for her to retire. We will greatly miss her talents as Student/Tutor Coordinator and as Workshop Trainer. Thank you, Holly, for your many hours of work on our behalf.
In 2016 Joanne Hill succeeded Ed Chambers in the vital position of Treasurer. The seamless transfer of duties was a great blessing. Besides her conscientious record-keeping and vigilance regarding proper procedures, Joanne was the one who applied for and won a grant from Wells Fargo in 2018 for purchase of books for our tutors. Last summer Joanne moved to Redding and continued to do our bookkeeping from afar until we found her replacement. Best wishes to Joanne in the new chapter in her life.
Denise Coyne has brought invaluable insight on many occasions and helped with word-smithing, particularly as she shepherded to completion our bylaws makeover in 2018. In the coming year she will be living out of state more of the time than she will be here and thus felt it would be proper to relinquish her position on our board. Denise is welcome back if Walnut Creek ever becomes her primary residence in the future.
Much to my delight, Jin Qinghua responded to a posting on VolunteerMatch and seems perfectly suited to carry on from Joanne. In fact, she works for one of the top accounting firms and lives a block away from the bank where we have been doing our banking!
Our other new Director, Marcia Ujcic, is a breath of fresh air on the board. She works full time, but has volunteered to take on two coordinator positions: Student/Tutor Coordinator and Registrar. BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE! She can also conduct the Total Physical Response unit for the workshop in Portuguese.
We gratefully welcome Marcia and Jin aboard.
Hoping to see many of you at our Annual Meeting with light lunch, January 11 at 11:00.
Lucy Goodell
To kick off our Holiday Luncheon on December 7, Marion Morris led tutors, students, and guests in a rollicking singalong of "Jingle Bells." Why yes, dashing through the snow does break the ice!
The buffet lunch was followed by a drawing for a Macy's gift card, a game of Santa Says (for another prize), and of course a visit from Santa Claus and his elf helper, who delivered gift books to the children in attendance. 
Once again our Hospitality Committee: Ela Newacheck, Mary Thomas, Renaye Johnson, and Rachel Sanborn h ad all the   niceties covered and were ably supported by Wendy, Ma r cia, and Ed to welcome the arriving guests.   
All who attended appeared to have a good time as evidenced by how conversation flowed and filled the Fellowship Hall. It was a great lift for tutors and their students.

The DVLC library has moved down the hall!
With very little notice we were advised that we had to relocate our tutor resources and Literacy Council supplies out of the room we shared with the food bank. The church allocated space for us in Room 3 a few doors away. With much less storage space available to us we had to divest ourselves of two bookcases, a desk, and a chair in addition to a quantity of supplies we were storing for volunteer fairs and social events. But a team of five Board members dug in and made it happen to meet the aggressive deadline we faced.
Tutors will appreciate th e room with more light, more space to maneuver, and well-org anized shelves for the tutor resources. Thank you to Wendy Bojin-Liston, Rachel Sanborn, Holly Sprague, Lucy Goodell, and Mary Nash. Special thanks to Ela Newacheck for her phenomenal organization skills and to her husband for installing locks on the cupboards.
As before, keys for the library and cupboards must be signed out from the church office during office hours.  
Student Successes, Tutor Kudos!
  • Ann Flynn reports that her student, Tahere, passed the U.S. Citizenship test. We are thrilled at her success. It took a lot of study, practice and determination.
    Applause, applause!!
  • Sarah Booth reported 20 hours of tutoring during the fourth quarter. Thank you for such dedication.
  • Trudy Foote was the first one to report her hours for October through December.
  • Rosemary Berferhad was the first to pay her dues for 2020.
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