Each year the ARCS Light award is given to a member of each ARCS Foundation chapter who has displayed commitment and long-term service at the chapter level. The recipients are honored for serving in board/leadership positions, establishing Scholar funds and collaborating with university partners, chairing special events and recruiting new members, and providing expertise in chapter operations. This year, the San Diego chapter recognized and honored Doris Ellsworth, an Emeritus member who has been involved at the local chapter for thirty-one (31) years.
2017 - 2018 San Diego ARCS Light Recipient:
Doris Ellsworth joined ARCS San Diego in 1987 and has contributed outstanding service over her three decades: strategic planning, recruitment and special events.
Doris, a native Southern Californian, graduated from Occidental College with a teaching credential. She and her husband Peter married and moved to Palo Alto. While Pete finished Stanford Law School, Doris taught physical education. While in Virginia after Pete joined the Army, Doris worked for the US Army Logistics Management School, managing activities and logistics for foreign officers and visiting Pentagon officials
After the Army, they settled in San Diego. Doris has been active in numerous civic and nonprofit organizations including: San Diego Diplomacy Council (President), San Diego Bar Auxiliary, PEO chapter FR (President), Children’s Hospital, The Wednesday Club, Town and Gown and Peninsula Singers. She co-founded the San Diego Courthouse Tour Program for elementary and high school students, receiving National recognition from the Freedoms Foundation. When her husband took on the challenge of building Sharp Healthcare – merging seven hospitals and three medical groups – Doris hosted and organized events supporting the massive effort.
She is very proud of her two sons, their wives and six grandchildren.