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Friday, October 10, 2008

25th Annual Yolo County Concilio Will Honor Arun Sen, Mary Lou Hernandez, and Rita Montes-Martin

Special to the Vanguard--Submitted by Rick Gonzales, Jr.

On October 18, 2008, the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County will honor Davis Democratic Club President Arun Sen, former Board Member Mary Lou Hernandez, and member Rita Montes-Martin at their 25th Annual Recognition Dinner/Dance to be held at Waite Hall at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Julia Sanchez, another Davis Democratic Board Member was also going to be honored but had to decline at the last moment due to an emergency. Her daughter is having surgery in New York on October 15th. Julia will travel to New York to be by her side.

The Concilio will also honor fourteen students (two from each comprehensive high school in Yolo County) based on their GPA and their school/community service. They will each receive scholarships to attend college as well as certificates from the California Assembly and Senate as well as from Congressman Mike Thompson.

Arun has been president of the Davis Democratic Club for the past three years. The Concilio will honor one African American, one Asian American and one Native American as it celebrates the diversity of our county. These honorees are role models for their respective communities. Arun is being honored for the Asian American community and will receive a Board of Director’s Award. The other six adults are being honored for their impact on the Latino Community.

Mary Lou Hernandez will be honored posthumously. She died on August 20, 2008 after a very courageous battle with cancer. She will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary Lou was an active Board member for fourteen of sixteen years. For fourteen years, she never missed a meeting of the Davis Democratic Club until her illness forced her to do so. Earlier this year, the Board of Directors voted to grant Mary Lou “Emeritus” board status, something that has been done only twice before in the Club’s fifty-six year history. Throughout the years, Mary Lou has been a mainstay at all of the Davis Campaign Headquarters Buildings. Her immediate and extended family are planning to attend this event as a tribute to Mary Lou.

Rita Montes-Martin has been a tireless worker for many causes including DQ University. She joined the Davis Democratic Club in 1993 and is still an active member.

Proceeds for this event will go toward scholarships for students entering college in Fall 2009. Last year, Concilio awarded eighty scholarships, more than any other organization in Yolo County. Contact Board member Rick Gonzales for tickets ($25) and information at (530) 758-2331.