Danville Express

Living - November 23, 2007

Of note

The East Bay Chapter of the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research (CEWAER) recently presented its first Juanita Haugen Women Making a Difference Awards to the following women:

* Community Service - Dianne Jones, Museum on Main Street, Pleasanton, board member. Local nominations included Roxanne Lindsay, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District board member and Museum volunteer; and Lynn Osborn, Danville Planning Commissioner;

* Education - Anne White, Livermore School Board;

* Business - Carolyn Cooper Degnan, President of San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of SR Valley Education Foundation, SR Rotary, SR Valley YMCA; and

* Overall Achievement and Excellence - Erlene DeMarcus, former president of BART board of directors.

CAWAER, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, established the awards to honor Haugen, who was a Pleasanton Unified School District board member and former state president of CAWAER. Its goals are to educate its constituencies as well as to encourage and support women to seek public office.

Janice Byer won an Honorable Mention Award for her "Checks & Stripes" oil painting at the Art in the Park's "Inside Show" recently. The successful event was sponsored by Alamo Danville Artists' Society and the Town of Danville.

Alexandra Curtis, 15, of Danville, was second in the 2007 Miss California contest last summer, which is part of the national American Miss Pageant system. She won the Best Actress award, was first runner-up in Most Photogenic, and was named a State Ambassador for outstanding program participation. These achievements at the state finalist level qualified her in four ways to complete as Miss Danville for the national title, being held this month in Anaheim.

Alexandra attends Monte Vista High School and is involved in cheerleading and lacrosse. She also volunteers 200 hours a year as a junior coach for cheerleaders in the San Ramon Valley Thunderbird Football and Cheer program.


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