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Community of Character Committee


Since its inception in February 2003, the Community of Character program has grown and has made an impact on the community.

The program's success has been proven by the honors it has received and the interest of other cities and organizations.  In 2004, the League of California Cities awarded the prestigious Helen Putnam Award of Excellence, Grand Prize, to the City for its Community of Character Program.  Later that year, the Community of Character Program was showcased at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, where several cities expressed an interest in bringing similar programs to their own cities. In 2005, Council Member Trish Kelley, Director of Recreation and Community Services Kelly Doyle, and Community Services Supervisor Virginia Chavez presented a workshop at the California Parks and Recreation Services Conference in Sacramento, to teach other cities how to bring character programs to their own communities.

In 2010, Council Member Trish Kelly, Chairperson Tammy Descoteaux, and Vice Chairperson Elaine Portnoy shared the Community of Character Program at the National Forum on Character Education Conference in Sacramento, California, presenting the program’s success in a community-based effort beyond individual schools and classrooms.

To learn more about the Community of Character Committee please view their background.

The committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Ways at 6:30 p.m. The Community of Character Youth Sub-committee meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 5:30 p.m.

 Community of Character Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes 

Individuals wishing to serve on the Community of Character Committee must complete and submit an official application to the Recreation and Community Services Department.  For further information, please call (949) 470-3061.  If interested, please complete the Community of Character Application and send via fax, mail, or deliver to:

City of Mission Viejo
Recreation and Community Services Department
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 581-0795 Fax

Character Qualities

Over a three-month period from mid April to early July, 2003, input was requested through newspaper ads and voting forms that were distributed at the city library and at various community activities. Twelve qualities were finally identified, representing those most voted upon by community residents. Each character quality is highlighted monthly in our community.

 January  Perseverance  May  Moral Courage  September  Responsibility
 February  Unity  June  Citizenship  October  Respect
 March  Integrity  July  Fairness  November  Thankfulness 
 April  Service  August  Self Control  December  Caring

Character Quality Posters

Have you seen the character posters around the city?  Did you know that you can help create them and leave your own mark on Mission Viejo?  Simply email an idea and/or photograph that depicts one of the 12 character traits to  All images submitted must be 300 dpi in a jpeg or png format. Please include your name, phone number and the character trait you are submitting your idea and/or photograph for in the body of your email. For more information or question, call (949) 470-3062.

Character in the Community - Activities