ARCS Light Award Recipients

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. 


2018 Honorees at ARCS National Conference


Honorees - San Diego Chapter

2017-18 Doris Ellsworth

2016-17 Bobbie Vandervoort

2015-16 Mary Lou Quick

2014-15 Robin Luby

2013-14 Candace Kohl

2012-13 Mary Fitz

2011-12 Diane Chalmers

2010-11 Bea Hadinger

2009-10 Jeanette Foushee

2008-09 Patricia Stewart

2007-08 Jerrie Schmidt

2006-07 Joan Evangelou

2005-06 Marti Panarisi

2004-05 Nancy Bildsoe

2003-04 Connie Adelman

2002-03 Pattie Wellborn

2001-02 Peggy Elliott

2000-01 Karon Luce 

1999-00 Mary Jane Bennett 

1998-99 Lois Thompson 

1997-98  Pat Beck 

1996-97  Betty Simm 

1995-96  Toni Nickell 

1994-95  Karen Bowden 

1993-94  Barbara McColl 

1992-93  Becki Etess 

1991-92  Betty Brayshay 

1990-91  Kay Redmond 

1989-90  Dottie Georgens 

1988-89  Lois Roon 

1987-88  Yvonne Larsen 

1986-87  Betty Jo Williams 

1985-86  Gayle Wilson