On the face of it, the celebration was quiet and low-key. There were the requisite speeches, presentations, accolades, and of course, cake. But for those who understood the significance of the gathering on July 2, the fact that the Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) was marking an anniversary at all never mind its 10th was a bit of a miracle in itself.
Just ask John Fritz. You know, you all can be very proud of the job you have done in bringing us to this point, said Fritz, one of the original organizers of the CSD. I know you have all taken a lot of criticism over the years from people who have no idea what you have gone through and accomplished. I would like to thank you for all you have done.
At the celebration, which took place during a regular meeting of the CSD, directors past and present were honored with certificates of appreciation by Town Manager Virgil Koehne. A slide show presentation depicting a look back at the Live-Where-You-Play community offered a snapshot of Discovery Bay as it has grown from a small community, with little else to recommend it but fields of rabbits and acres of water, to a burgeoning and increasingly self-sufficient town with its own ZIP code, schools and commercial businesses.
Supervisor Mary Piepho was on hand to convey the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor's thanks and congratulations for the district's work, support and vision over the years.
But in the end, it was current CSD President Shannon Murphy-Teixeira who best summed up the progress the community has made in the past decade: Celebrating 10 years of the CSD, and the first woman president, we've really come a long way. We should all be very proud of our town's accomplishments. I know we're all looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring.