Diane Y. Welch
A Community Asset
retelling people's stories, past and present
Each year Save Our Heritage Organisation awards people in the community for their efforts in aiding the preservation of the built environment, whether in the restoration of historically significant structures or by shining a light on important local historic people and places. in 2013 SOHO presented me with "The Monumental Work" Award for my tireless work on Lilian J. Rice which continues. SOHO enjoyed my acceptance speech so much that they invited me to attend the 2014 award event but this time as Master of Ceremonies which I was honored to do. Of note, the same day that I received my award from SOHO, District Three County Supervisor Dave Roberts presented me with an Award of Recognition for my work on Lilian J. Rice.
My monograph on Lilian Rice was nominated for an award in the biography category at the 2011 San Diego Book Awards. There was strong competition as five books had been shortlisted for this category. I was thrilled when it was announced that I beat the competition to win top honors, first place for "Lilian J. Rice, Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California." The same year the book was selected to be in the collection of the San Diego County Library system. It can also be found in many universities in the USA.
Having been a journalist for over ten years, it finally dawned on me last year that perhaps I should enter a couple of my published articles for consideration for an award through the San Diego Press Club. To my delight and surprise one of the entries won first place in the Architecture and Design Category for a weekly newspaper and the other won third place in the entertainment category, proving the adage "if you don't enter you won't win!"