Annual Founders Day Celebration

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Handles Gastropub

Founders Day is a time to renew the dedication to the purposes of the PTA that were defined by PTA’s founders more than a century ago, on February 17, 1897. Each year in February, PTA honors the three founders - Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and charter member Mrs. David O. Mears - as well as past and present PTA leaders.

Issues concerning immigrants, homeless children and families, the unemployed and the uneducated, and numerous health and safety concerns still need attention. However, through PTA advocacy to enact and enforce laws, children’s health is better protected and children are better fed, housed and educated, with parents more involved in their upbringing. The vision of PTA’s founders has been realized in many ways, and now it is up to current PTA members to continue the vision.

At our annual celebration of the founders of PTA, the Pleasanton PTA Council typically recognizes some special individuals with Honorary Service Awards. These awards may be given to an individual or organization in special recognition of outstanding service to children and youth. The awards are made possible by our organization's donation in the award recipient's name to the scholarship fund of the California State PTA. 

Recipients of Honorary Service Awards

2016
Steve Maher (Golden Oak Award)

2015
Kelly French
Rosa Isela Torre

2014
Diane Van Wagner

2013
Debi Covello

2012
Parvin Ahmadi
John Clatworthy

2011
Carl and Marilyn Palowitch
Glen Sparks (Very Special Person Award)

2010
John Casey (Golden Oak Award)
Joan Laursen
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE)-Debi Covello accepting

2009
Lynn Gatehouse
Jamie Hintzke
Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (PSEE)-Denise Watkins accepting 

2008
Erika Ben
Sally Dickinson
Sandra Lepley

2007
Debbie Look
Ken Mano
Suzanne Young

2006
Jim Hansen
Vicky Reinke (Golden Oak Award)

2005
Jill Buck
Jerri Long
Tanya Ludden

2004
John Casey
Juanita Haugen