Character appreciation

Collaborative seeks nominations for community volunteers

When it comes to setting goals, the people of Pleasanton often refer back to the basics that have helped shape this community of character.

The traits of responsibility, self-discipline, compassion, honesty, respect and integrity are highlighted throughout the city limits. Juanita Haugen, late and longtime school board member, was instrumental in developing these six traits for the school district. She later expanded the program and became co-founder of the Community of Character Collaborative four years ago.

The Collaborative is now seeking nominations for the 2010 Juanita Haugen Community of Character Award. Established in 2008, it recognizes Pleasanton residents modeling high ethical and moral standards of behavior. Much of it reflects Haugen, the award's namesake, who spent countless hours of her life in community service.

Nominees must be Pleasanton residents, demonstrate a commitment to quality volunteer work in the community and exhibit volunteerism above and beyond their day-to-day duties. Past award recipients include Lori Rice and Diana and Howard Mendenhall in 2008, and Jerri Pantages-Long, Sue Evans and Ken Mano in 2009.

To nominate someone who has demonstrated a commitment to the Community of Character traits through volunteer work, can download a form from Forms may also be picked up at the Pleasanton Unified School District office, 4665 Bernal Ave.; the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave.; or at City Hall, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Forms must be submitted by April 1 and winners will be announced May 6 at the Community of Character Collaborative luncheon. The event will be held at Castlewood Country Club. Tickets are $35, which includes a $5 donation to the Community of Character Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement Scholarship Fund.

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Posted by Vinelander
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

Although we tout ourselves as a "Community of Character", it is not evident with the public speakers at the City Council meetings. As one person recently said "Didn't these people's parents teach them any manners."

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

So, there must be someone in the community who does show good manners ... as well as responsibility, self-discipline, compassion, honesty, respect and integrity. In fact, I can think of more than a handful, and I haven't lived here that long.

Think of someone you would nominate... not all those you would rule out.

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Posted by penderyn
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm

They're holding a "Community of Character" in a club that's thrown its employees out on the street?! That's a real show of character. Why would anyone go into a place that treats your long-term employees worse than dogs? What is the Collaborative thinking?

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

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penderyn, welcome to the real world. Things are tough all over-focus on making things better instead of bringing everyone else down with you.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

The core values of Community of Character Collaborative were defined, originally, by Pleasanton Unified SD.. The people of Pleasanton were surveyed and asked what character traits were valued the most. These characteristics define who we are in Pleasanton and establish a standard of moral behavior. Thanks to The City, School District, businesses, organizations and individuals who embrace and exemplify these values. They all make our city a better place to live.

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Posted by Character od Community?
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm

"I'm a bit confused.....when did common courtesey, manners and decency go out the window? I too was once a dog owner for over 20 years and I can tell you that I never once allowed my dog to uriniate/poop on anyone's lawn or property; because is simply rude and irresponsible as a pet ownerr"

My answers:

Right Wing Entitlement Mentality!

How about California as a TOTAL Right Wing State Full Of This I donr Give A S_ _ T If MY Precious DOD S_ _ Ts on YOUR Lawn!

Words Out:

“Hello Patriot RadicalPatriot, 
Because of you fine, dedicated, bold people, the word is getting out about the P-town TEA Party!
This TEA Party is going to ROCK the Bay Area!

Let's TURN CA into a fully Conservative state! We CAN do this!”


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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The problem is people have very different ideas of the meaning behind words.

The reason it originated within the school district is due to an educational approach called "character education". It might just be a fad. Web Link

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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An example of how different people attach different ideas to meaning behind words...

The head monk walks up and down a line of meditating monks. He carries a large stick in hand. When he sees one of the monks starting to fall asleep or otherwise be distracted, the head monk gives the fellow a swift slap with the large stick. It hurts! It is mean! That's not being kind, hurting someone else physically! But it is COMPASSION!

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