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VOL. 31 – NO. 6

What’s NEW in the Estates? Your SDCEA Board in Action

Privacy Policy Update

Serving 3,400 Member Families


SDCE’s John McAllister Celebrates His Great-Uncle — WWII’s First Medal of Honor Recipient John Finn

The Board approved the updated Privacy Policy for San Vicente Resort at the meeting Tuesday, July 25. The Privacy Policy for San Diego Country Estates Association had been approved at the Board meeting on Tuesday, June 27. A privacy policy is a statement or a legal document (in privacy law) that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfills a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy. Our policy can be found at the bottom of the Home Page of our websites at and

Dresses Made in Ramona for African Orphans

Equestrian Survey Results The equestrian enthusiasts in our community were provided a survey in June/July. Insights will be used to build the 2018 Budget, and will help plan future projects, working with the Equestrian Advisory Committee and our community. Summarized results were presented in the Board meeting by Heather McGhee, marketing manager, and Nancy Zadrozny, equestrian manager. The PowerPoint presentation can be found at, as part of the July 25 SDCEA Board information.

Golf Tee Times 24/7 n Booking your tee times has never been easier! Golfers can now simply click to an online link with the San Vicente Golf Course’s booking system — 24/7. Go to and click on ‘Book Your Tee Time’ in the upper right corner. It’s that easy! If you have any questions, please contact the Pro Shop at 760-789-3477.

SDCEA Meetings n The SDCEA Board Meeting will be held in the San Vicente Room on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 7 pm. The SDCEA Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, unless the date would conflict with a holiday or with the annual SDCEA election.

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In the SDCEA Fourth of July Parade, John McAllister and his sister, Sherrie, proudly displayed a model of the USS John Finn, named for their great-uncle. Estates resident John McAllister and his sister, Sherrie of San Diego, were among 50 family members who traveled to Pearl Harbor last month for the July 15 commissioning of the USS John Finn (DDG 113), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named in honor of their greatuncle. John William Finn was a longtime county resident, and the ship will be based in San Diego Finn was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, recognized for

machine gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, despite being shot in the foot and shoulder, and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first-aid treatment, and in much pain, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and

SDCEA Board President Susan Bender shares the dress she made, one of 75 sewn or donated during a special sewing event. (See page 8.) conduct in this action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service. He retired as a lieutenant after 30 years of service, living with his wife, Alice, and five foster children on a 90-acre ranch in Live Oak Springs, Calif., until his death at age 100 in 2010. “All of the foster children were members of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians,” McAllister said. “So when he turned 100, he was made an honorary Continued on page 2 —

Five Super Summer Camps for Kids Our camps provide a healthy experience for children to learn, grow and have fun! Here are five featured SDCEA and San Vicente Resort summer camps, with a couple that can still fit in a few more campers!

Eastern Starr Farm Equestrian Camp general horsemanship, grooming,

This July 2017 camp was held at Casey Tibbs Western Center, with tenyear riding instructor Christina Fuller leading the kids. Students learned

first aid, horse parts, and lots of fun horse games. Children aged 5-andup attended, and there was a spot for every experience level.

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Dining and Entertainment...... 14 Enter the Chili Cook-Off! .........18 Financials/Minutes.............16, 19 Mountains of the Estates ...........4 New Casey Tibbs Film.................5 Putting for Peyton Fundraiser.....5 Ramona Country Fair..............15 Recreation Calendar.................17



Home of the Month

On a quiet cul-de-sac in the back end of the Estates sits a home that looks brand new and features a tiered landscape in the sloped front yard, and a sparkling pool and hot tub in the backyard. Mountains rise up directly behind the home. The landscaped areas are filled with trees, palms, bright bushes, colorful flowers and a green lawn. Covering the ground are rock paths that wind throughout the yard, which is surrounded by a fence.

It’s a peaceful place. One would never see that a busy mom and dad, Danica and Jason Deleo, live here with several VERY active children that keep everybody running!


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Amazing Athletes

Youngsters gathered in July’s Amazing Athletes camp, which was held at Ramona Oaks Park, with instructor Jennifer Keller, leading the way. This is a year-round program. Children, ages 3 to 6, learned the fundamentals and mechanics of nine different sports, while building self-confidence, practicing teamwork, and improving seven key areas of motor development.

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Ramona Oaks Park provides the venue for the annual SDCEA Summer Camps, with the Recreation staff sharing their expertise in fitness and fun. Children of all ages experience an amazing time at 10 separate Summer Camps! Each week features themed funpacked days doing arts and crafts, outside games, preparing snacks, field trips, swimming and a whole lot more.

Mike Gainey, coach for RHS High School Golf, San Vicente Resort Jr. Golf, and Jr. PGA Golf, will be holding August camps at the San Vicente Resort. Three classes are offered to develop skills based on age and experience. Students learn about fitness, golf, teamwork and more. August 15 – 18, Tues-Thurs Little Caddies Clinic, 8-8:50 am Age 7 and under (must be accompanied by a parent) Beginner, 0-1 year’s 9-9:50 am experience, Age 8-17 10-10:50 am Intermediate, 2+ years’ Fallia’s Tennis, Golf and Swim Camps experience, Age 8-17 Held at San Vicente Resort, Greg and Register with Gainey at 760-484-1488. Katrina Failla are former professional tennis players with the WTA Tour and ATP Tour, dedicated to coaching. Children age 4-16 spend a fun-filled morning learning about and playing tennis and golf, and then move to the refreshing pool to learn swimming skills. August 7-11, Mon-Fri, from 9 am-12 pm. Register with the Faillas at 760-703-0157.

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San Vicente’s Mountains, Our Constant and Beautiful Valley By Chuck LeMenager When the San Diego Mission Padre, Father Juan Mariner, discovered our valley in 1796 he referred to it as “un valle siempre hermosa” — the constant and beautiful valley. He was the first to describe in writing the natural and seldom-changing environment we have here. You need only look from any one of our more than 3,000 valley home sites to see a prominent land feature that helps define the valley. So, let’s talk about the more outstanding of them. Three got their names from men who, by one means or another, managed to associate those hills with themselves. We’ll start with the largest.

GOWER MOUNTAIN, whose peak is 3,103 feet high, is situated in the northeast corner of the

valley, overlooking the San Diego River basin from the west. SDCE neighborhoods units 5 and 6 hug its western foundation. Its hogback extends north, nearly halfway to Highway 78 at Ballena. The mountain’s name came from George Gower in late 1869. He was one of the surveyors of the San Vicente Rancho Grant boundary map being defined by the U.S. Surveyor General’s office, so it’s no wonder that his name magically appeared on the government rancho map. George was not only an enterprising surveyor, but it seems he was also a very lucky man. A few months after the survey was done and he was out of a job, he and two other prospectors discovered a rich vein of gold in Julian on Washington’s birthday in 1870. They called it the Washington mine, and the vein has been worked most all

Gower Mountain, view from south these years. In fact, the mine is still running and open to the public today. While the official U.S. survey may call it Gower, early settlers and farmers referred to it by other names. One was “Slingshot Mountain,” apparently because it resembled such — at least from one pioneer’s perspective. Another was “Black Horse Mesa,” which came from local legend. According to 19th century pioneer Edna Stockton Quincey, this was because of a black mare that ran away from Sam Warnock’s farm in Ballena and took refuge atop the mountain. Another story came from Mary Dukes Walters, sister of James Dukes (namesake of one of our schools). She claimed the horse was a little black colt that belonged to some gold prospectors. They lost the colt up

Indian Head, view from the San Vicente Golf Resort Clubhouse

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Spangler Peak, looking west from the corner of San Vicente and Gunn Stage Roads

Stone Mountain, or Ò Not a PartÓ

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Putting for Peyton — Helping Families Fighting Childhood Cancer New Changes for Tournament The Fourth Annual Putting for Peyton Golf Tournament, to raise funds for families with children fighting cancer, will be on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the San Vicente Golf Course. The tournament is always the year’s largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Here with HOPE Foundation. The tournament is named after Peyton Lane, a Ramona girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 14 months old. After their daughter started to improve, parents Lindsey and Brandon McMorran decided to

pay it forward, and co-founded the foundation to help other families through difficult times. Organizers say they listened to the players last year and have made a few changes for this year’s tournament: n Tee times will be earlier on Saturday morning. Golfers are asked to begin checking in at 6:45 am for an 8 am tee off. n There will be fewer silent auction items and more awesome raffle prizes! n Fantastic restaurant sponsors will provide golfers with little bites as they play and a

Casey Tibbs Film to Premier in Oceanside The California premier of “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs,” a new documentary film about the namesake of our equestrian Western Center, will be part of the Oceanside International Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 4:40 pm and 6:30 pm. A Question and Answer session after the film will include videographer Aaron Pendergast; composer Ryan Waczek; Sandra Moore Tibbs, his former wife; Elizabeth Donley, his daughter, and Wyatt McCrea, grandson of actor Joel McCrea. Tibbs and Joel McCrea costarred in the 1971 film, “The Young Rounders.” Tibbs was a nine-time world-champion rodeo performer between 1949 and 1959. He moved to the Estates in 1976 to raise and breed horses, and lived there until his death from cancer in 1990. For more information, please see Facebook: Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs.

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delicious meal at the awards banquet. The entry fee for a single golfer is $125. It includes a swag bag, two drink tickets and the banquet meal. Where does your money go? Every child who is seen by the foundation receives a HOPE basket, which includes a computer tablet, if they don’t already have one. Once a month, the foundation chooses a family to assist with their financial needs, and make it a priority to help bring a little excitement and joy into their lives! In the past year, families have received more than $20,000 to help pay their expenses. To register for the tournament and learn more about it, visit www. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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through general usage. When developer Ray Watt originally was assembling several tracts of land to accommodate his 3,250acre planned community of SDCE, this 64-acre parcel, upon which its rocky land is situated, was not considered economically developable for his program. The SDCE master plan, as submitted in 1970 to San Diego County, shows this parcel as “not a part” —i.e., not included in the SDCE program. In later years, the owner subdivided it and a local builder named John Stone acquired an interest in one of those parcels and was calling the land “Stone Mountain.” That, and the fact that the land is indeed very stoney, further helped define its name.

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there and it roamed the mountain until he became a big beautiful black stallion, which no one could capture. So, in one story, it’s a stallion and in another version, a black mare. Both stories may be found in my book, “Off the Main Road — Revisited.”

SPANGLER PEAK is another San Vicente mountain, located just off and north of San Vicente Road as we enter SDCE from the west. It gained its name on the map during a period in our history when land and its ownership was being determined and certified by the new state of California. D.B Spangler was a land speculator from San Francisco who had invested in a syndicate that bought an undivided interest in the valley in 1869. We know he came down to the area to inspect the land in November of that year because his name was listed as a

Eagle Peak, with Cuyamaca Middle Peak in the background passenger on the coastal steamer Senator from San Francisco to San Diego. That was the same month the government boundary survey was being completed and its map was being finalized. We can only surmise that he crossed paths with the survey crew and one way or another got them to print his name on that mountain


on their survey map.


directly across San Vicente Road from the SDCEA club facilities, but the “Stone” name can’t be found in print on any official map of our valley. The name was established locally

EAGLE PEAK is that

distinctive, pointed peak you see as you look east from our valley. It is situated on the east side of the San Diego River basin with the three peaks of the Cuyamaca Mountains appearing behind

and above it. Its name comes from Indian Legend, of which there are several versions. In the Kumeyaay culture, the ranking of birds places the eagle as chief and considers it closest, spiritually, to a human. Eagle Peak was a special place for local Indians. While none of the “mountains” mentioned here are what we, who have spent time in the Sierras, would think of as real mountains, my dictionary tells me that a mountain is a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill. Chuck LeMenager was part of the team that helped plan and build SDCE. More about the early history of the area can be found in his book, “Off the Main Road Revisited,” which is one part of his historical trilogy about the area, available at Sunbelt Publications online.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 28 Meet Local Authors and/or Learn How To Become One During 6th Annual Authors Day By Chuck LeMenager Plans are in the works for the sixth annual Authors Day sponsored by the Friends of the Ramona Library. The event will held at the award-winning library on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 am until 4 pm. Local authors are again invited to display and sell their books, visit with the public, sign books and network with other writers. Like past events, the day will include a workshop for writers that will cover publishing and promoting their works for the public. Workshop presenters will include a national best-selling author, a publishing house representative and support specialists who assist

in self-publishing, book design, layout and book marketing. They include Diana Lindsay of Sunbelt Publications, Beth Edwards of Edwards Graphics and Lezley Knott on website design and promotion. Knott will be offering information on new approaches to marketing. Other panelists include authors who will share their experiences in the field. All interested members of the public are welcome and attendance is free. The annual event continues a popular literary gathering that has typically attracted 12 to 18 authors at each of the previous five events since 2012. Local published authors are welcome and encouraged to take part. Author applications are available at the Ramona Library and the Friends Bookstore located in the library’s lobby and on the website:



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75 Dresses from Ramona Can Change Lives in Africa By Heather McGhee Forty-five compassionate and talented people attended a sewing event at Sew Easy Studio in Ramona, on Saturday, July 15, and at the end of our day we had 75 dresses for African orphans. Organizer AnnaMarie

Nachazel-Spenner was thrilled by the event’s attendance, and she fought back tears as she thanked everyone for coming. Men and women with all sewing skill levels gathered and chose fabric, thread, ribbons and more to make beautiful little dresses, and Marilynn Hersey and Sharon Meegan from Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church donated 21 dresses purchased for the girls. The plight of these girls was explained beautifully by David Lloyd, who arrived with his wife, Gerry Ann, and five finished dresses. He previously traveled as a missionary to Kenya, and explained, “The ratio of children to adults there is alarming, and the clothes are threadbare. They are being held together by mere threads in some cases.” He was quick to add that real heroes are found in Doctors Without Borders. Beverly Helms, the grandmother of a girl who works for a charity in Africa, brought the newest edition of “Sew News,” which featured the African Dress Initiative. A Ramona woman, Huldah Momanyi-Hiltsley, came and sewed her first-ever dress. She is of Kenyan descent and is the founder of SaniNaps, a group that makes reusable sanitary napkins for African girls so they can stay in school. More and more stories were shared during the day. Sewing and chatter and laughter and love filled the big sewing studio, and SDCEA resident and owner Barbara Jean Smith was joined by her family, husband Chris and daughters Lucy and Katelyn, who helped with the light snacks. Stay tuned for more events regarding the African dresses — coming soon!

A few of the many sewing volunteers, (From left) Mary Smith, Lori Larson, Teresa Rizzo and Linda Wolfe.

e AnnaMari Organizer e n Spen r Nachazelnn ith Gerry A (center) w Lloyd and David

Gregg Onley, former U.S. Marine and owner of Shade Tree Leather and Glass, with the first dress he’s ever sewn.


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Sew Eas y Studio owner Barbara Jean Sm ith

Finished dresses arranged in the shape of a heart

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First Ramona Grape Stomp Set For Sept. 9 SDCEA Board President Susan Bender and General Manager Mario Trjo treated the Jr. PGA players and coach Mike Gainey to ice cream on a hot day. This is the third season that the San Vicente Golf Course has hosted a PGA Jr. League team. The 2017 roster consists of 15 boys and 1 girl, ages 8-14. The program and the format they play has proven to be a great way to introduce kids to team sports and the sport of golf. Many of the practices and matches have fallen on very hot days this summer, but theyÕ ve managed to play well and finish with a winning record.

Record Number of Awards Given at Wine Competition San Diego County winemakers picked up a record number of 22 gold awards, including five double gold, for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner. The 2017 Lum Eisenman Wine Competition was opened up to area winemakers and non-RVVA members. A group of eight judges awarded ribbons to winning entries of red, white and rosé wines made from grapes grown in San Diego County, including nine new winemakers who participated this year. The competition was created to give individual winemakers constructive feedback on their techniques and results, and to help improve their winemaking skills. This year’s chair was Don Bartick, vineyard owner and amateur winemaker, as well as the owner of the Starry Night Inn. Bill Schweitzer, president of the RVVA, said, “Our wines keep getting better and better!”

Best of Show—Commercial Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery • Sangiovese Reserve 2012, Winemaker: Micole Moore Best of Show—Amateur Risotti Vineyard • Estate Petite Sirah 2016, Winemaker: Jerry Rios Gold awards grew in the past four years from a total of five in 2014, to a record number of 22 this year, including five double gold medals, which are designated when a four-judge panel agrees the wine to be of gold quality. In the past four years only one wine has ever received a double gold.

Ramona Valley Crystal Hill: • Stone Lake Merlot 2016 Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery: • Estate Zinfandel 2016 Hellanback Ranch & Vineyards: • Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Espinosa Vineyards & Winery: • In the Black NV • Grenache Noir “Rosado” 2016 • Falanghina 2016 ZXQ Vineyards: • Red Wine Blend 2015

North Park Cellars: • NPC Tempranillo 2014

Amateur winemaker and SDCE resident Jerry Rios won Best of Show as an amateur for his Estate Petite Sirah 2016, from his Risotti Vineyard in his backyard.

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2017 Men’s MemberGuest Tournament: By Don Mizaur This year 36 teams entered the Men’s Member-Guest Tournament, which was held on June 23-25. The San Vicente Golf Club members are entitled to invite a non-member as a guest provided he maintains a recognized handicap. While the weather forecast was for hot days, it was more moderate than forecast and quite pleasant. The tournament was divided into three flights, grouped by the combined handicaps of the two-person teams. The tournament began with a practice round on Friday, followed by a Derby, which is a four-hole, forced elimination competition. Following the Derby, beverages

and hors d’oeuvres were served, and there was considerable speculation as to who the best teams might be. On Saturday and Sunday, the teams played 18 holes each day, using a “shotgun” start. The format for Saturday and Sunday was one best ball on the front nine and two best balls on the back nine, using net modified Stableford scoring. There was a party on Saturday evening for members, guests and significant others. This year’s tournament had an exciting dramatic finish. After two days of play, three teams were tied for the Low Net Championship: Jim Munsterman - Mark Allen, Colen Fegan - Tom Orlowski and Anthony Abbott -

The popular member-guest tournament had 36 teams comprised of a member with an invited guest. RED FLIGHT FIRST PLACE: Jay Carpenter - Scott Taylor SECOND PLACE: Vick Pascarella - Mark Covey THIRD PLACE: Nick Wilson - Kerry Booth WHITE FLIGHT FIRST PLACE: Colen Fegan - Tom Orlowski

The winners are Matt Vaughn, Gary Collins, Jim Munsterman and Mark Allen. Jason Parrish. They competed in a three-hole playoff to determine the winning team, which was Munsterman and Allen. The overall results were as follows:

SECOND PLACE: Dave Castberg - Brian Bayard THIRD PLACE: Steve Frank - Barry Barefoot BLUE FLIGHT FIRST PLACE: Anthony Abbott - Jason Parrish

OVERALL GROSS CHAMP: Gary Collins - Matt Vaughn

SECOND PLACE: David Goodley - Dan Trovillion

OVERALL NET CHAMP: Jim Munsterman - Mark Allen

THIRD PLACE: Ron Van Der Veen - Randy Newhard The expenses for this event are born solely by the entry fees, the treasury of the Golf Club and donations from San Diego area merchants. The tournament generates significant revenue for the SDCEA food, beverage and golf operations. Membership in the Golf Club is open to all San Diego Country Estates residents. For more information, contact our head Golf Professional John Rathbun at 760-789-3477.


Pro Shop Attire and Equipment Oh my goodness! Our summer is coming to an end, and as busy as our golf course has been, the Golf Shop still has some exciting new summer attire, accessories and equipment. Take a look and don’t forget our continuous sale rack is always fun to pick through to find that perfect bargain. See you soon, Sandy and the Golf Shop staff

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Horse Feathers By Nancy Zadrozny Equestrian Centers Manager

Hello Horse Feathers Readers! Dog Days of Summer As we go through our hottest months, colic and other stressors will definitely affect your horse. All of us tire quickly in the heat, and so do our horses. Riding in the early hours or late in the day is best, and offering lots of fresh cool water staves off any possible negative reactions to

working in the heat. Electrolytes can be beneficial to help your horse drink and absorb as much as possible. At both boarding facilities, we recommend that you provide back-up water for your horse. Although the Equestrian Centers have automatic waterers in all stalls and corrals, a break in the water system or a power outage can disrupt service. Having a backup plan, until repairs are made and we are back on line, is highly recommended. Enjoy your summer and have a safe and enjoyable time with your horse. H H H H H Our Electronic Survey (Survey Monkey) is now complete. We are compiling the results and the findings will be published and throughout the 2018 budget process. The results will be used to plan for the 2018 budget process coming up this month. Thank you to all who responded. We appreciate your involvement and we are listening to your needs. H H H H H The San Vicente Saddle Club is seeing a resurgence of new members, and activities are being planned. You can email Sue Freemire for a membership application at suzyfreemire@ or visit their website: www.

The Drille Divas (shown above) performed during their 10th annual Horsepower for Life fundraiser event.

Horsepower for Life Raises Nearly $3,000 to Fight Cancer The Drille Divas 10th Horsepower for Life 2017, a part of Ramona’s Relay for Life campaign, was a successful fundraising event at the International Equestrian Center on June 3, raising almost $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Drille Divas performed along with the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society and the Grand Ladies of the Old West. The master of ceremonies, Maureen Lewis, navigated the audience through the riding events, and a Western theater group, “Spur of the Moment,” and a silent auction. Sixteen vendors presented their offerings, much to

the delight of guests and riders. Others who helped were Eileen Cunningham, David Sommerville and Steve Moran. The event organizer, Drille Divas instructor and Diva Master Sherie Levine, said, “This was an opportunity to bring equestrians from all over the San Diego area to join to fight cancer — at Horsepower for Life.” She extends a warm thanks to volunteers, vendors, and to the Victorian Roses, The Grand Ladies and Spur of the Moment. The Drille Divas worked to choreographed their dance moves with their horses, and worked

on fundraising. “I have a special thanks to Angela Spucces, Kelsii Laine, Lea Lowenberg, Leslie Juvenal, Diane Huff, Tammy Tinsley, Denise McKay, Lisa Opdycke-Minor, Vicky Morris, Joyce Maikish, the announcer and others who helped,” Levine said. The Drille Divas are an equestrian group that began in 2005, and is open to women of all skill levels and ages. It is designed for students to learn to “dance with horses.” From time-to-time, Levine hosts a “Diva Day” for her students and their horses to experience art and the “thrill of the drille.”

and click on Membership. You can hand in your form with payment here at the IEC office. Remember, first-time members are only $20 for the year! We encourage everyone who owns a horse out here in SDCE to be a member. H H H H H We are starting a new Volunteer Patrol Group here in the Estates. Many of us already volunteer for County of San Diego Parks and Recreation, State of California Parks-Cuyamaca Mounted Assistant Unit, and the

Sheriff patrol. Would you like to be a part of a group that monitors the trails out here in the Estates? Call the office for more info. H H H H H Thank you to those who are handing in your vaccinations of either 4 or 5 way. THEY ARE REQUIRED. You can email them, fax or drop at our door. Fax, 760-788-8281. If you would like to be added to the equestrian email blast list, please send your email address to:

Call us at 760-789-3407 or you can stop by and say Hi! Office hours are 9-4, Mon-Sat. Happy Trails, — Nancy & Beth

The SDCEA Show Schedule is very popular and busy, with several more clinics and events to be added. You can keep upto-date with our scheduling by visiting our website at equestrian.

Next Show Dates: Casey Tibbs Western Center:

Sunday, Aug. 6 RSR Open Show Sunday, Aug. 27 RSR Gymkhana

International Equestrian Center:

Sunday, Aug. 6 (Infield) Mo Parga Desensitizing Clinic — All Day Sunday, Aug. 13 (Infield) Trail/Desensitizing Practice Sunday, Aug. 20 (Infield) Urban Cowboy Trail Obstacle Challenge Sunday, Sept. 17 8 am Start – CT Dressage


CHJG6C8:í 6AA Junior equestrian Liliana Lato rides Savannah, while trainer Candace Regal observes.

CT Dressage The CT Dressage schooling show at the IEC on Sunday, July 16, was fun and well-attended. Alicia Cross, a very popular and informative judge, gave valuable feedback to our entrants. A first-time junior rider Liliana Lato, riding Savannah owned by trainer Candace Regal of

Regel Horsemanship, did a fantastic job on her test. She was very poised and well prepared. Also training and riding Sniper owned by Jeff and Monika Forest, Candace Regal performed the test with relaxation and super smooth movements from this young horse. Our next show is Sunday, Sept. 17, with Polly Limond as our judge.

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This year’s SDCEA Fourth of July events were enjoyed by many and brought out the fun and patriotism of our community, as seen in these highlight photos.


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Kraken Mai Tai Punch

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Cool as a Cucumber

Three Olives Cucumber Lime Vodka, Soda Water with Fresh Lime and Cucumber

Live Entertainment Live music starts on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm, unless noted otherwise, and there is NO COVER CHARGE.

AUGUST Fri. 4 ..... Gimme Back My Wig - Rock Sat. 5 ..... Nemesi - Rock Fri. 11 ... Cool Rush - Rock Sat. 12 ... Del Rio - Country & Southern Rock Fri. 18 ... Ristband - Rock

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Nightly Specials Weekly specials are available at both The Oaks Grille and the Par Lounge & Deck.


Chef Ben’s tender barbecued ribs will have you using your fingers to get every bit.


Sat. 19 ... Desi Relator - Hawaiian Fri. 25 ... Street Heart - Rock Sat. 26 ... Private Domain - Rock

Live Sports Broadcasts

Choose from a wide assortment of Beer and Craft Beer, Drinks and Casual Dining while you watch the games! Watch Golf, Basketball, Baseball and Other Sports Broadcast LIVE!

Enjoy Taco Tuesdays throughout July and August… Bring your appetite and friends!

WEDNESDAY Pasta Made to Order


Every other Wednesday, starting at 5 pm, enjoy a plate of pasta prepared with your choice from a large selection of ingredients and sauces. Add a glass of wine from the featured Ramona winery:

Best Breakfast

Aug. 9 Ramona Ranch Winery Aug. 23 Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard & Winery

THURSDAY $5 Burger Night

Big. Juicy. Everything a gourmet burger should be. Add toppings from numerous choices!

M-F 7-11 Sat & Sun Champagne Brunch 7-1

94157 San Vicente Rd 760-789-8290 Visit and click “BEST OF” in the top menu, or visit their Facebook page. Vote

for “Best Breakfast” at The Oaks Grille, “Best Golf Course” San Vicente Golf Course, and “Best Bar/NightSpot” and “Best Burger” at the Par Lounge and Deck in the Ramona Sentinel’s 2017 Best of Ramona readers poll! Vote one time per every 24 hours now through August 14.





New Cell Tower

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Business Bulletin Board

After three years of negotiating and planning, work has began on the new cell tower in San Diego Country Estates. The SDCEA Board and the Ramona Planning Board approved the project, and work is expected to be completed in October. The large cell tower is located next to the Casey Tibbs Equestrian Center parking lot on Avenel Lane and is one block from Ramona Oaks Park. The Association chose from limited decorative options provided by Verizon, and the cell tower will appear as a pine tree, and not a large pole with wings, to preserve the aesthetics of our community. The benefits of the cell tower are: • Improving cellular service on the northeast side of the Estates • Potentially faster communications for residents who need emergency service • Generating revenue for the HOA

Get Ready for the Best Summer Country Fair. Ever. The Ramona Country Fair weekend begins Thursday, Aug. 24, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 27, and this year promises to be the perfect end-of-summer celebration at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. Fair rides, carnival games, delicious ‘only-at-the-fair-foods’ and merchant booths may entice many to come to our fair, and there will be activities for people of all ages, with a variety of interests. FREE Admission too!

Experience the Fair Activities and Entertainment!

Carnival Rides and Game Area opens at 5 pm on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Main Stage


Friday, Aug. 25 6:30-10 pm Ramona Music Center Fest with Jon Hasz

Friday, Aug. 25 5-6 pm Wild West Show Practice.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Saturday, Aug. 26 1-2 pm Wild West Show by Hole in the Wall Gang 6-7:30 pm Wild West Show by Hole in The Wall Gang

9 am Home Sweet Home & Homegrown Contest* 9 am Art & Photo Exhibit* 11-2 pm Gardening Clinic with Richard Wright from Edible Eden 3-3:30 pm Ramona Martial Arts Demonstration 4-5 pm Square Dancing & Instruction 7:30-10 pm The Ramona Gong Show*

Sunday, Aug. 27 9 am-12 pm 2nd Annual Custom Bike Show 1-6 pm Ramona’s 8th Annual Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, Aug. 27 10 am-2 pm Gymkhana Show

Fair Ride Tickets Buy Unlimited Fair Ride Daily Tickets and SAVE 25% Early Bird Savings available at the following venues:

• Country Wine & Spirits – at the

Estates and West Ramona locations

• Online at or stop by the Chamber office

*If you would like to participate in some of the fair activities that require a sign-up form, go to

• Albertson’s Sales Events – Aug 12 & 19, 10-4 pm

Advance Fair Ride Tickets $15 At Gate Fair Ride Tickets $20 Daily Parking Fee $5 per car For health and safety reasons, no outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought into the Ramona Country Fair. (Water is permitted.)

Horseshoe Tournament Winners

Exciting & New for This Year’s Fair! Art & Photo Exbibit: The best of Ramona artists and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enter all art mediums for display. Home Sweet Home and Homegrown Contest:

All are invited to bring their homemade goods to the fair, and this year we invite people to enter their finest homegrown vegetables! PLUS, a NEW Quilt Contest! Gardening Clinic: With renowned horticulturalist Richard Wright from Edible Eden, who will show ways to landscape (not desert scape) with plant choices, watering tactics, vegetables, etc.

The Ramona Gong Show: The CRAZY amateur

talent contest will be alive with fun in Ramona. One talented host and three judges will review acts, along with the audience, separating those with talent from those with ridiculous acts who get GONGed.

Gymkhana Show: Gymkhana is an impressive blend of timed events with skilled equestrians.

2nd Annual Custom Bike Show: Back by popular demand! Judges will award trophies for all classes of motorcycles and Best in Show.

VIP PASS/VIP TENT: $25 per VIP Pass with one meal included. Access to VIP Tent and private no-host (cash only) bar.

SDCEA’s Horseshoe Tournament was a hit during the July 4th festivities. Six contestants took home nice trophies for their efforts.



Minimum $1,000 job. Offer expires 10/15/17. Cannont be combined.


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Draft Summary Financials



Current Month This Month Prior Year Budget


This Year

Year to Date Last Year Budget


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SDCEA DRAFT MINUTES — JULY 25, 2017 Directors Present: Susan Bender, President Doug Kafka, Vice-President (via conference phone) Scott Brown, Secretary (via cell phone) Jim Piva, Treasurer Eileen Castberg, Director Staff Present: Mario Trejo, General Manager Maureen Rabehl, Executive Secretary President Bender announced that Exhibits K and L on the agenda were being moved to follow the Treasurer’s Report on the June financials. 1. PRESIDENT’S REPORT In Executive Session tonight, the Board approved the Executive Session Meeting minutes of June 27, 2017, discussed a legal update from SDCEA legal counsel and other attorney’s legal updates, discussed an update from the Water Committee, discussed two personnel issues. 2. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT The cell tower at the CRD parking lot is 40% completed. The golf course is in good shape considering the unusual hot weather; slit seeding and sodding is ongoing. We are preparing for the 2018 budget; the budget committee members will be announced and approved at the August meeting. A reminder to all directors, please turn

in your wish list to either me or Juli Elliott. We are switching from AT&T to Verizon for our mobile devices. Regarding the “Red Book”, we have reviewed and responded to all (Red Book) SDCEA handbook feedback from homeowners. We upgraded to a business solution email – thank you Scott Brown for the suggestion. The Weiss House expansion will be discussed tonight for Phase II approval of the New Major Project Consideration Request and a separate item for approval of an architect for the remodel of the Weiss House. We are contemplating digital board books by the 4th quarter. We have re-piped the filtering system at the Ramona Oaks Park Pool, with emphasis on access to avoid accidents and proper chemical storage outside. We have completed all of the painting at the Western Center and have started reroofing the Western Center, along with all new locks on the tack rooms. We have also met with our asphalt consultant for the clubhouse parking lot and should have a scope of work within the next week; will develop an RFP with the goal to go out to bid and present bids at the August meeting. The Equestrian Survey is complete with results being compiled for the budget process; kudos to Heather and Nancy for their hard work. We will be requesting more in and outs at the IEC for the 2018 budget. The IEC upper riding arena footing was upgraded,

base flattened and new sand added. Professional repairs are underway at the IEC training track to cover squirrel holes. The lodge has received great reviews in all websites, have maintained our AAA 3 diamond rating and received a 2017 Trip Advisor Excellence Award. We hit over 600 room nights for June and are looking to hit 700 for July. We continue to work with Golf Now and Underpar to attract new customer bases. Also working on creating new membership tiers to attract more members in the Estates and outside groups. In the Recreation Department, the lifeguards trained with the fire department on June 24th; summer counselor training was held Saturday, June 10th, along with our summer staff “Meet and Greet”. Upcoming Concerts in the Park for August 5th and August 19th. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 3. JUNE FINANCIALS A report on the June financials was given by Treasurer Jim Piva. 4. NEW MAJOR PROJECT CONSIDERATION REQUEST – PHASE II – WEISS HOUSE EXPANSION The majority of the Board approved the New Major Project Consideration Request – Phase II form for the Weiss House Expansion, as submitted. .

5. REMODEL OF RECREATION CENTER – WEISS HOUSE The majority of the Board approved a proposal from Baker Architecture (Weiss House), in the amount of $68,700 for architectural services to design and remodel the existing Weiss House, with these funds being drawn from the Future Recreation Account which currently has a balance of $568,800. 6. CONSENT CALENDAR The Board approved the following consent calendar items: 1) Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting of June 27, 2017; 2) June financials; 3) Write-off of bad debts for June, 2017; 4) Approval of small claim list as of 7/25/17; 5) 3 requests for golf dues abatement; 7) Request from Calvary Chapel to use Ramona Oaks Park bandstand area/ tables on 9/17; 8) Information only – employee medical benefits plan with Sharp Health and HRA reimbursement. Item #6, 2018 Event Schedule for the San Vicente Golf Club, was pulled to discuss, then approved as presented with “overseeding” being removed. 7. “DRAFT” SDCEA HANDBOOK (RED BOOK) OF RULES & PROCEDURES – REVIEW OF HOMEOWNER COMMENTS We have reviewed and responded to all homeowner comments regarding changes to the SDCEA handbook (Red Book). This meeting provided

opportunity for homeowners in attendance to fill out a speaker slip and make comments. There were no speaker slips filled out for this item. 8. PRIVACY POLICY The Board approved the Privacy Policy for the San Vicente Resort, as submitted. 9. DISCUSSION – EQUESTRIAN SURVEY A presentation was made by Heather McGhee and Nancy Zadrozny regarding the results of the Equestrian Survey which will be compiled for the 2018 budget process. 10. NEW MEMBER FOR WATER COMMITTEE The Board approved the appointment of Rex Gammon to the Water Committee. 11. CONSIDERATION OF HOMEOWNER RATES FOR FORMER BOARD MEMBERS LIVING ELSEWHERE This item was pulled from the agenda. 12. ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm. Complete draft minutes will always be available in the Administration Office within 30 days of date of meeting, or can be seen on the SDCEA’s website, after Board approval.






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SDCE Recreation and Events Schedule

Health & Wellness

Recreation Highlights TEEN BASH WITH A SPLASH Ramona Oaks Pool August 11 7:30-9:30 pm Calling all teenagers, come and take over the pool for the night! Music and snacks provided. Junior high and high school age only.

SPLASH MOVIE NIGHT San Vicente Pool August 25 7:30-9:30 pm Bring your friends and family and join us for a refreshing and entertaining evening. Bring a pool float to lounge on in the water while viewing a family movie. ID card required.

IMPORTANT! For the safety of all attendees, dogs are not allowed at SDCEA events.

All activities take place at the Recreation Center on 25386 Pappas Road unless otherwise indicated. Some classes only happen with a required enrollment, so call today. Please pre-register for all classes at the Recreation Center or by calling 760-789-4146.

Before & After School Your Recreation Center offers a before and after school program that runs the duration of the school year with day camps planned to fill in the school holidays. The program runs from 6:30 am until the children leave for school and then from immediately after school until 6:30 pm. Transportation is provided to and from Barnett and James Dukes Elementary schools. With the help of our wonderful counselors your children’s homework will be a breeze. Registration is on a monthly basis. *Non-SDCEA residents pay an additional $5/month fee


Do something Healthy and Fun! Our Recreation Center encourages you to find a class or a group from the wide range of options offered right here, in the Estates. Get fit!


In the style of BKS Iyengar, classes use prop work to help students achieve proper alignment and maximum benefit from poses. We focus on building a connection between the mind, body, and the heart as we work on bringing strength, stability, balance, and flexibility into our asana practice and our lives. All ages/levels. Kids classes are available, too! Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm and Saturdays 9-10 am Cost: $12 per class or $40/mo. for unlimited classes Held in Annex Trailer behind Recreation Center Contact: Joanna O’Neal, 858-668-6170 FREE YOGA CLASS FOR SENIORS! Saturday mornings 8-9 am. Call Joanna to sign up at 858-668-6170. Venture out and give it a try!


Halstead’s Tang Soo Do, which implies self-defense by the means of hands and feet without the use of artificial weapons. First lesson free! Tuesdays 7-8 pm Ages: 6 and older Held in the Rotunda Contact: Gearld Denney, 760-788-0534

Early Riser 6:30 - 8 am

Cost: $152.25 OR $5.25 per morning. Begin your morning with a variety of activities that start your day off right!

AUG/SEPT AFTER SCHOOL Monday: “Animal Artists”

2:15-6:30 pm COST: $53.75 Animals and how to draw will be the focus of this day as well all explore our artistic side.

Tuesday: “Jump Rope Fun”

2:15-6:30 pm COST: $64.50 While jumping rope is good exercise, it’s also great fun. Let’s learn some new games!


A mat-based formatted class designed for people who like to sweat and burn calories! Inspired by Yoga and Pilates using focus, flow, and fusion-style movements, as it incorporates dynamic balance, strength, flexibility and functional training in a rhythmic style. Suitable for all levels. Thursdays 7 pm $7 per class Annex Trailer Contact: Dale Hill, 760-799-4416


“Ramona Moms on a Mission” Get fit together! This is a stroller-friendly walking group for those that have little ones. We can also incorporate other exercises to help get into shape. “Like” our Facebook page: “Ramona Moms on a Mission” so you can stay in the loop. This is where we will post any changes due to weather or other unforeseen events. Contact: Teri Knowles at


If you are interested in walking with others, join us! We are a walking group that meets at the Ramona Oaks Recreation Center, 25386 Pappas Rd. Let us know if other days work for you! Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am Contact: Recreation Center at 760-789-4146


Ramona Oaks Pool All classes are taught with music and are suitable for all fitness levels. Equipment is provided and swimming skills are not required to participate. You can make this class as easy or as hard as you would like! Morning and Evening Classes! Cost: $7/resident, $8 for non-residents See Aquatics on page 18 for more information.


Come join the party and try Zumba Fitness with Jenn! Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio dance workout. You will surely work up a sweat in a fun energetic environment. Zumba is for everyone. Try your first class FREE! Wednesdays - 6:30-7:30 pm (Rec Center) Cost: $5 drop-in fee or $35/month Contact: Jennifer Keller, 760-547-3119

Wednesday: “Tournament Day”

1:00-6:30 pm COST: $64.50 (If Wednesdays only JD -$84/$14 per day) Let’s flex the athlete in all of us we compete in a different tournament each week.

Thursday: “Craft Smorgasbord”

2:15-6:30 pm COST: $64.50 This is a chance to choose your own craft. Make it and take it.

Friday: “Family Film Favorites”

12:15-6:30 pm COST: $64.50 (If Fridays only Barnett-$84/$14 per day) Let’s enjoy movies with the family theme, whether it be western, about sports, or have a travel plot in mind, this is sure to be a relaxing afternoon.


Amazing Athletes is a year-round program specifically designed to enhance your child’s learning experience through movement. Your child will learn the basic fundamentals and mechanics of 9 different sports while practicing teamwork, building self-confidence, and improving 7 key areas of motor development, in a fun, noncompetitive environment. We aim to make every child’s first

experience with sports a positive one. Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 Mondays 5-5:45 pm Ramona Oaks Park (Annex Trailer, if raining). Cost: $50/month (4 sessions) + $15/annual registration fee (includes a T-shirt). Enroll online: Contact: Jennifer Keller, 760-547-3119.

KID’S NIGHT OUT Kid’s Night Out Resumes in September! Check out our Kid’s Night Out! Your kids will love our themed night of fun activities. This is a great opportunity to have some quality time away, while your kids are enjoying a night of entertainment. Our Kid’s Night Out includes dinner, games, crafts and a movie. 6-11:30 pm Ages: 3-11 (must be potty-trained) Cost: $25/one child, $40/two siblings or $50/three siblings. Please make reservations by the Tuesday prior by calling 760789-4146. Sorry, no refunds.


Teen Bash with a Splash — See the Recreation Highlights at the top of this page for more information.

Community Events CONCERTS in the PARK Ramona Oaks Park • 25341 Pappas Road

Aug. 5 Kanan Road Band .............. 6-9 pm Aug. 19 Ron Shumate Band ............ 6-9 pm Sept. 2 Del Rio (Chili Cook-Off)..... 6-9 pm Sept. 16 Bobby Sanchez (Car Show) . 5-8 pm Oct. 21 Hitman Honey (Fall Festival) 5-8 pm CONSIDER TEACHING A CLASS!

IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL TALENTS, please call the Rec

Dept. at 760-789-4146 with your ideas.

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Preschool Activities



Classes will resume in the fall This class offers your child a variety of fun and educational activities in Language Arts, Mathematical, Critical and Logical Thinking, Music and Movement. Curriculum is based on standards set by the Calif. Dept. of Education. Ages: 3 ½-5 Cost: $120/month Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am-12 pm Contact: Liz Massey, 760-789-6494 or 760-310-4604


Classes will resume in the fall This class offers your child a variety of fun and educational activities in Language Arts, Mathematical, Critical and Logical Thinking, Music and Movement. Curriculum-based standards set by the Calif. Dept. of Education. Ages: 2-3 ½ Cost: $60/month Wednesdays, 9:30 am-11:30 am Contact: Liz Massey, 760-789-6494 or 760-310-4604

Social Trips Social Trips will resume in the fall! All trips include transportation in the SDCEA Recreation van unless otherwise indicated. Payment reserves your spot and will be returned if the trip is canceled. All are welcome, including non-residents! To register: 760-789-4146

Registration for our Summer Swim Lessons are ongoing at the Recreation Center. Summer Camp is full.


• Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Session Cost: $65/resident, $70/non-resident


Offered year round. Call the Aquatics Department at 760-789-9066 for more information.

WATER AEROBICS – Ramona Oaks Pool

Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:

Mornings: Mon-Fri 8:15 am thru June 9; then June 12 Mon-Fri 7 am and 8 am Evenings: Mon/Wed 6:30 pm; then June 12 Mon/Wed 7:15 pm Cost: $7/resident, $8 for non-resident

Times 9:15-10:00 10:00-10:30 10:45-11:15 11:30- 12:00 4:15-5:00 5:00-5:30 5:45-6:15 6:30-7:00

All classes are taught with music and are suitable for all fitness levels. Equipment is provided and swimming skills are not required to participate. You can make this class as easy or as hard as you would like! Call or enroll at class.

Call for monthly discount rates Contact: Kim Arras, 760-533-1531


Ramona Masters is open to all adult swimmers whether it is for fitness, triathlete training, competitive or non-competitive training. It is for those dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. You MUST be registered with USMS, too. Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-8 am Saturday, 7:30-9 am Cost: $45/month Contact: 760-789-4146 for information

RAMONA SWIM TEAM – San Vicente Pool

Ramona swim team provides a swimming program at the San Vicente Pool. This program covers all aspects of competitive swimming for swimmers that range in ability from the beginning competitive swimmer to National qualifiers. No prior competitive experience is necessary. A water test of swimming two lengths of a 25yard pool will be given. Each swimmer is placed in a group matching their age and skill level. All levels receive professional training and instruction; all pools are heated year-round to a comfortable 80 degrees. For team information, email: Coach Jolyn at

Be a part of our 11th annual CHILI COOK-OFF at Ramona Oaks Park!


n 3 gallons of chili to be prepared the day of the event, according to the rules. n $5 non-refundable entry fee (prepaid with application). Make checks payable to SDCEA. n Print entry form at, and mail or bring it, along with your entry fee, to: Recreation Dept., 24157 San Vicente Rd., Ramona, CA 92065.


June 19 - 30 July 3 - July 14 July 17 - 28 July 31 - August 11

If you don’t see the swim level you need, please register anyway, as classes will be determined by what is requested most.

Classes Offered **Summer Swim League** Level I Level 2 Level 3 Parent/Tot Preschool Level 2 Preschool Level I Level 2 **Summer Swim League** Preschool Level I Level 3 Parent/Tot Preschool Level 3 Preschool Level I Level 2



TBD Preschool TBD TBD **Water Polo**

(TBD- To be determined) ** Information below for Summer Swim League & Water Polo** All registration will be at the Aquatic Office at Ramona Oaks Pool


Want to learn all four competitive strokes? Join our Summer Swim League! Each session is four weeks long and includes one swim meet. This is a fun class that focuses on stroke technique, team sportsmanship and building self-esteem. Each participant receives a t-shirt and a ribbon for each event swam at the swim meet. To join this class, you must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke the length of the pool without stopping. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:15-10 am or evening 4:15-5 pm Session 1: June 19-July 15, and swim meet Saturday, July 15 Session 2: July 17-August 11, and swim meet Sunday, Aug. 6 Session Cost: $80/resident, $85/non-resident

H20 CAMP - August 14-18

Join us for FUN in the water. It will include instruction in the four primary strokes, water polo, and junior lifeguarding skills, as well as free swim time with organized aquatic games. This camp is limited to 20 participants. Ages of 8-14 August 14-18 9 am-12 pm Cost: $70/resident, $75/non-resident


Learn all the skills and drills for water polo while having fun playing a game against your classmates. Sessions are the same as for lessons. Cost: $65/resident, $70/non-resident *Passing Red Cross Level 4 is a pre-requisite for starred programs.


SDCEA SUMMER 2017 — AMERICAN RED CROSS — LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM American Red Cross Swim and Water Safety Program combine the best in swim instruction with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety. American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim is made up of six levels of swimming and water safety education. Levels pre-school through level 6 are limited to four participants per class. Parent/tot classes are limited to eight participants. Smaller class sizes allow instructors to provide quality instruction while maintaining safety for each class. Each student gets the attention they need in a safe environment. The result is a fun program designed to accomplish the most from each class. • Classes are 30 minutes and run for two weeks

Calling all teenagers, come and take over the pool for the night! Music and snacks provided. Junior high and high school age only. Aug. 12 7:30-9:30 pm


Bring your friends and family and join us for a stimulating and entertaining evening. Bring a pool float to lounge on in the water while viewing a family movie. ID card required. Aug. 25 7:30-9:30 pm

A child played a prank on swimmers at the San Vicente Pool recently, by floating their unattended favorite emoji to roam freely.

Rock Fairy Delights

Volunteer Eleanor Rivera found a patriotic rock.

Fairy helpers made and hid over two hundred rocks in Ramona Oaks Park for the Fourth of July celebrants to find!




Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor, guest editorials, or other volunteer commentary articles do not necessarily represent the opinion of the San Vicente Valley News, its staff, SDCEA Board of Directors, or the administrative staff of SDCEA.

Our Paramedic Service in the San Diego Country Estates Friday night, May 19th, about 11:30 I was sitting at my desk. A pain across my chest began, I was sure it was indigestion. As time went on and home remedies tried, the pain level increased. Having had heart surgery (cabbage, 4-way bypass) I began to get suspicious. I had two bottles of nitro tablets; one expired in 2010 and the other 2013. The latter date nitro had some spark so I tried more self-diagnoses. Not having made any progress, I woke my wife and had her get dressed. It was getting close to 1:00 AM when I called 911 which is the heart of this letter. I told Fire Station #81, located here in the Estates, that it is not too serious so please don’t sound the sirens or use all those flashing lights. They met me half-way and did not sound the sirens, however there was a sea of flashing lights. Those EMTs and firemen came — in no more than

10 minutes from a dead sleep — alert and ready for any challenge. I have never witnessed a crew more prepared to access a problem and work toward a resolution. Together we decided I should go to the hospital. I only remember Brett and Matt, the EMTs that cared for me on the trip. They were attentive, administering an IV and conversing with the hospital. When we arrived at Pomerado Hospital the attendants were ready to stabilize and diagnose my problem. (Serious gallbladder infection and stones, which are no longer with me). I cannot give enough praise to our local EMTs and Fire Crews at Station #81. That was a job well done and makes my wife and I feel very comfortable in knowing we are watched over 24/7. Thank you so much Guys and Lady!!! Ed & Joanne Anderson

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Full-Time Cook

The Oaks Grille in the San Vicente Resort is looking to fill a line cook position in a fastpaced kitchen. We are looking for dependable individuals to contribute to the growth, stability and consistency of our food offerings. The position requires a minimum of 2 years of previous cooking experience in a restaurant setting and the ability to use common kitchen instruments and equipment. Must be flexible, and able to work weekends and holidays. Benefits are offered.

Part-Time Housekeeping/ Janitorial

Part-time Housekeeper/Janitor needed for a busy hotel. Job includes the cleaning of hotel rooms as well as a clubhouse and off-site facilities. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. A valid CA driver’s license required with clean DMV record. Must be available to work weekends and some holidays.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Part-Time Dishwasher

golf course or landscaping experience. Experience with operation of golf course maintenance equipment preferred.

Part-time position available to ensure the highest quality of safety and sanitation by washing dishes and cleaning kitchen and kitchen equipment by kitchen procedures and Health Department standards. Assist cooks in the preparation of meals. Shifts include weekends and holidays.

Part-Time Equestrian Maintenance

Full-Time Temporary Golf Course Greenskeeper

To apply for any of the positions listed above, visit (scroll to ‘Employment’ bottom of page) or pick up an application at the Front Desk, 24157 San Vicente Road.

Full-time general Landscape & Golf Course maintenance greenskeeper needed to maintain golf course and surrounding environment in a clean, safe and presentable manner consistent with Golf Course Department goals. Requires 2 years’

Part-time Equestrian Field Maintenance position available. Must have heavy equipment and irrigation knowledge. Must have valid CA driver’s license.

We do not check application status — if your application is selected, we will contact you.


SUNDAY WORSHIP 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

What is a lazy person’s favorite exercise?

Golf Course reminder — No walking, dogs, bikes or scooters — there could be flying golf balls!

Diddly squats.

SDCEA DRAFT MINUTES — JUNE 27, 2017 Directors Present: Susan Bender, President Doug Kafka, Vice-President Scott Brown, Secretary Jim Piva, Treasurer Eileen Castberg, Director Director Excused: Scott Brown Director Absent: Eileen Castberg Staff Present: Mario Trejo, General Manager Maureen Rabehl, Executive Secretary 1. PRESENTATION BY SDG&E A presentation was made by SDG&E Public Affairs Manager, Cameron Durckel, regarding power outages and upgrades in SDCEA and Ramona. 2. STAFF REQUESTS FOR RESERVE/CAPITAL PURCHASES The Board approved the following reserve purchases: 1) Option 3 Architectural costs to relocate the ADA lift from Baker Architecture in the amount of $8,600; 2) Casey Tibbs Western Center roofing for barns & connecting wash racks from P. Victor Roofing in the amount of $29,690, with a $2,500 contingency for unknown wood repairs; 3) John Deere M17 Gator for golf course from Stotz Equipment in the amount

of $25,245.71; 4) Arena footing allowance for IEC from Doug Porcello Const. in the amount of $5,000 for labor and equipment and EQ Dept. to purchase and supply materials, footing sand and DG, for approx. cost of $8,000. 3. PRESIDENT’S REPORT In Executive Session tonight, the Board approved the Executive Session Meeting minutes of May 23, 2017, discussed a legal update from SDCEA legal counsel and other attorney’s legal updates, discussed an update from the Water Committee Chair, Doug Kafka and discussed two personnel issues. 4. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT We are in the ATM business and are up and running at $2 per transition! Juli Elliott was our team leader on this project with help from Garry Williams and others. The most valuable mentoring came from a homeowner and golf club member, Danny Marshall, who passed away a week ago; may he rest in peace. The family will be having a service for him tomorrow at 3:00pm in the San Vicente Room. The cell tower construction continues in the CRD parking lot. We recovered quickly from the accidental severance of power and water to the CRD building and the CTWC. Golf Course

Architect, Cary Bickler, has a draft of the final plans for the reconstruction of the greens and bunkers. If the Board agrees, we will present it to the 2018 Budget Committee, then to the Board at the 2018 draft budget workshop tentatively scheduled for September 26th. The draft budget will be available to the public on September 25th. Please be on the Lookout for the “draft” of the revised “Red Book”. Details are in the current July edition of the Valley News, page 19. Also, be on the lookout for the Emergency Preparedness brochures inserts that you can keep handy as we prepare for fire season. Staff is now updating the internal staff emergency plans and we are contemplating having a town hall meeting with the government agencies, i.e., Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Cal Fire, SDG&E, etc., in August or September. I will see you at the 4th of July Parade, but if not, enjoy it with family and friends! 5. MAY FINANCIALS A report on the May financials was given by Treasurer Jim Piva. 6. CONSENT CALENDAR The Board approved the following consent calendar items: 1) Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting of May 23, 2017; 2) May financials; 3) Write-off of bad debts for May, 2017; 4) Approval of pre-lien/lien/

small claims and Superior Court list as of 6/27/17; 5) Approval of small claims authorization for homeowner under fine as of 6/27/17; 6) Request from James Dukes Elementary School to host the Quadcrown cross country race for the school on Wed., Sept. 27, 2017 from 2-5:45pm. Items 7 and 8 were pulled to discuss and were then approved; #7) Request from James Dukes and Barnett Elementary Schools for use of Ramona Oaks Park and pool for their 2018 year-end class parties and #8) Request from homeowner to use Ramona Oaks Park Creekside picnic area for July 29th from 12 to 4pm. 7. APPOINTMENT OF 2018 NOMINATING COMMITTEE The Board approved the following members to the 2018 Nominating Committee, Katie Sprankles and Jim Narvaez, with Susan Bender as Chair. 8. APPROVAL OF “DRAFT” SDCEA HANDBOOK OF RULES & PROCEDURES The Board approved the “draft” SDCEA Handbook of Rules and Procedures for 30 days for homeowner comments. The book can be accessed by visiting the SDCEA member site; paper copies will also be available at a cost of $5.10 for the full comparison version of the book or just the proposed handbook is available for $3.80.

9. APPROVAL OF PRIVACY POLICY The Board approved the SDCEA Privacy Policy, as submitted. 10. APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY/TREASURER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS This item was removed from the agenda as Director Brown withdrew his resignation as Secretary of the Board. 11. JULY 4TH PARADE RULES AND BOARD ATTENDANCE AT PARADE The Board approved the July 4th Parade Rules, as submitted. Directors Bender, Piva and Castberg will be participating in the July 4th Parade. 12. ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm. Complete draft minutes will always be available in the Administration Office within 30 days of date of meeting, or can be seen on the SDCEA’s website, after Board approval.

The July Valley News did not include the June SDCEA Draft Minutes due to the early print deadline.

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