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IMPORTANT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION INSIDE Please take time to review the three informational inserts in this issue.

Volunteers Needed for 2018 Budget Committee n SDCEA is looking for homeowners who are interested in volunteering for the 2018 SDCEA Budget Committee. This position is an excellent way to learn about the finances behind SDCEA and may be the perfect entry point for those thinking of running for one of the FIVE open seats in the 2018 SDCEA Board of Director elections. Homeowners with an interest in golf, equestrian or family activities are encouraged to volunteer, and some financial experience is preferred. A wellrounded group with varied interests may spark new thinking, innovative ideas and ultimately pleasant experiences for the community. The committee will meet Sept. 5-8, and we ask volunteers to be available during this time frame. Interested volunteers can send a letter and résumé to Maureen Rabehl at by July 18. Please call Maureen at 760-789-3788, ext. 5000, with any questions.

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Tuesday, July 4, at Ramona Oaks Park 9:30 .................. Horseshoe Tournament sign-up begins (Tournament follows parade) 9:30 - 3:00 ........ Ticket Booth Opens — the green tent 10:00 ................ Parade Begins – along Pappas Road 10:00 - 3:00 ...... BBQ Food Service by The Oaks Grille 11:00 - 8:00 ...... Open Swim 11:00 - 3:00 ...... Multi-Jump, Water Jump, Waterslide and Carnival Booths $10 unlimited use ticket $1 for five tickets 11:00 - 11:30..... Opening Bandstand Presentation Master of Ceremonies Welcome Introduction of Miss Ramona Pledge of Allegiance with Color Guard 679 National Anthem performed by Dave Castberg Parade Winners Announcement 11:30 - 12:00 .... Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance 12:00 - 3:00 ...... LIVE BAND — WEST COAST BANDITS Listen for announcements regarding the Horseshoe Tournament and the Blood Drive at the Bloodmobile (more information on page 6).

SDCEA Meetings n The SDCEA Board Meeting will be held in the San Vicente Room on Tuesday, July 25, 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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Bermudagrass Restoration ..... 5 Dining and Entertainment ..... 14 Financials .................................16 History of Our Golf Course .......8 Pool and Jacuzzi Rules ..............16 Ramona Concert Season .........15 Recreation Calendar ................17 Reduce Medicare Drug Costs ...2

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How to Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs By Greg Dill Driving near Monterey, Calif., recently, I stopped at a roadside stand to buy some freshly picked strawberries. May is high season for California strawberries, and the fields were exploding with beautiful, ripe fruit. The gentleman working the stand, Jack, asked what I do for a living. When I told him I work for Medicare, he said he was having difficulty paying for his prescription drugs. So we talked for a while about ways he might be able to reduce his drug costs. If you have Medicare and you’re having trouble paying for prescription drugs, signing up for Medicare’s Part D prescription drug coverage may help, even if you have to pay a late-enrollment penalty. There are other ways you may be able to save. Consider switching to drugs that cost less. Ask your doctor if there are generic, over-the-counter, or less expensive brand-name drugs that could work just as well as the ones you’re taking now. Switching to lower-cost drugs can save you hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars a year. Visit the Medicare Plan Finder at find-a-plan to get information on ways to save money in your Medicare drug plan. Or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227) and ask our customer service representatives.

You may also be able to lower your Medicare prescription drug costs by:

Senior Golf Fitness By Craig Prince Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in senior fitness.

programs aren’t part of Medicare Part D, so any help you get from this type of program won’t count toward your TrOOP costs.


Exploring national and community-based programs that may help you with your drug costs, like the National Patient Advocate Foundation or the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Get information on federal, state and private assistance programs in your area on the Benefits Check Up website at The help you get from some of these programs may count toward your true out-of-pocket (TrOOP) costs. TrOOP costs are the expenses that count toward your Medicare drug plan out-of-pocket expenses — up to $4,950 in 2017. These costs determine when your catastrophic coverage will begin.


Barrier Breaker

Applying for Extra Help paying for your Medicare prescription drugs. If you have Medicare and have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Extra Help. To apply for Extra Help, contact Social Security by visiting or by calling 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-3250778. Extra Help can save you thousands of dollars on drug costs.

OK, now that summer is here, it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe you would like to improve your golf game, or start playing, for that matter. Staying in shape or getting in shape is a key to playing golf into our latter years. If you’re like me, you enjoy meeting new people and the friends made while playing golf. That’s my favorite part — the social aspects that go along with the game of golf. Encouraging one another is important for group exercise and sports. Many of the assets and enjoyments of golf are that it is a group activity. The social support benefits of exercise and physical activity are well proven. Find a friend, make a friend, and be a friend is an

M Looking into Manufacturer’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (sometimes called Patient Assistance Programs) offered by the makers of the drugs you take. Many major drug manufacturers offer assistance for people enrolled in a Medicare drug plan. Find out whether the manufacturers of the drugs you take offer assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-6334227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Such assistance

SDCEA PHONE NUMBERS AdministrAtion ....................................................760-789-3788 Executive secretary to Gm & to ECC ........................... Ext. 5000 ACCoUntinG ..........................................................760-789-3788 Accounts receivable/Assessments. ................................ Ext. 5030 rEstAUrAnt .............................................................760-789-8290 Food & Beverage manager ............................................ Ext. 4020 Catering department..................................................... Ext. 4021 dining room ................................................................. Ext. 2211 Lounge........................................................................... Ext. 2219 Chef............................................................................... Ext. 2208 LodGE/Front dEsK ................................................760-789-8290 manager ....................................................................... Ext. 4024 Lodge reservations........................................................ Ext. 4000 tennis reservations ....................................................... Ext. 4000 CommUnitY rELAtions dEPt until 4:30 p.m. m-F .................... 760-789-8747 Crd Patrol after 4:30 p.m. m-F and on weekends ................ Cell 760-522-9154 Pro sHoP .................................................................760-789-3477 tee times ...................................................................... Ext. 3000 Golf Pro ........................................................................ Ext. 3020 shop merchandiser ....................................................... Ext. 3010 EQUEstriAn dEPt. (CtWC & iEC) ..........................760-789-3407 rECrEAtion dEPt ...................................................760-789-4146 Aquatics office ......................................................760-789-9066 GoLF CoUrsE supt. .................................................760-789-5695 LAndsCAPE/oPEn sPACE/HorsE trAiLs ...............760-789-5695 mAintEnAnCE oFFiCE ............................................760-789-7101 sAn ViCEntE VALLEY nEWs .........................760-789-3788 x5010

PUBLIC SERVICE NUMBERS sdCEA WEBsitE AddrEss: sdCEA E-mAiL AddrEss: Life-threatening emergencies ..............................................911 Incident/disaster information ...............................................211 Fire Department Station 81, SDCE ......................... 760-789-9465 CHP (traffic) ...................................................... 619-401-2000 Sheriff’s Department (crimes) ................................ 760-789-9157 Sheriff’s Department (non-emergency) .................... 760-789-1200 County Road Department..................................... 760-787-3312 Noise (county) ................................................... 858-694-3741 Poison Control Center ......................................... 800-876-4766 Animal Control .................................................. 760-746-7307 Emergency Animal Rescue ................................... 760-789-5775 Ramona Municipal Water District .......................... 760-789-1330 San Diego Gas & Electric ..................................... 800-411-7343 Road Repair...................................................... 877-684-8000

If you need help finding resources like the ones described above, call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and ask for free personalized counseling for people with Medicare. To get the phone number for your state’s SHIP, visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE. And if you’re wondering whether Jack charged me for the strawberries, he did offer them for free. But since helping people

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with Medicare is a big part of my job, I told him I preferred to pay despite his kind offer. We settled on a fair price, along with some freshly baked shortcake. Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for

Road Repair — SD County Sheriff (emergency on weekends/ holidays) ......................................................... 858-565-5262 Street Light Repair/Malfunction (Dept. of Public Works) 24/7Hotline ...................................................... 858-694-2200 sdCEA Community relations Patrol Day: 760-789-8747 — Night: 760-522-9154 Front Desk (radio): 760-789-8290, ext. 4000

San Vicente Valley newS The San VicenTe Valley newS is published monthly by and for the San Diego Country Estates Association as a service to its members. The mailing address is 24157 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065. PHONE/EMAIL: 760-789-3788 x5010 / Member: Ramona Chamber of Commerce • Julian Chamber of Commerce • Poway Chamber of Commerce — San Diego Country Estates Association — President................................................................................. Susan Bender Vice President ...........................................................................Doug Kafka Secretary .................................................................................. Scott Brown Treasurer .........................................................................................Jim Piva Director ............................................................................... Eileen Castberg General Manager ....................................................................... Mario Trejo Executive Secretary............................................................Maureen Rabehl Valley news Editorial Advisory Committee: Doug Kafka, Don Mizaur, Joanne Rivera Editor................................................................................. Heather McGhee Contributing Writers ....... Chuck LeMenager, Don Mizaur, Judy Nachazel, Joanne Rivera, Marlene Robershaw Contributing Photographers ...........................Judy Nachazel, Joanne Rivera, Candice Perreault Advertising Director ...................................................760-789-3788 x5010 Production and Page Layout ...................................Beth Edwards Graphics Copy Editor ............................................................. Rose Marie Scott-Blair Electronic Archive of Valley News editions........................ SVVN-Archive The San Vicente Valley news is mailed directly to all San Diego Country Estates property owners. It is available for download online at www., by mail subscription for $15 (mailing fee), plus sales tax, in California, or can be picked up for free from area retail outlets, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce office or at the San Vicente Inn, 24157 San Vicente Rd., Ramona. The deadline for submission is the 15th of each month, unless otherwise noted.

letterS & aDVertiSinG The San Vicente Valley news accepts letters to the editor and business advertising. For advertising rates and info, call 760-789-3788 x5010 or email: Letters to the Editor must be received by the 1st of the month preceding publication.Business advertising is due by the 10th of the month preceding publication unless other arrangements have been made. Note that staff

approach that I like to use. The physical and emotional benefits do a lot to raise our selfefficacy. Not everyone is a Type A personality who needs just a little prompting. Encouraging a friend to join you on the course to play a round of golf can go a long way. Remember, adults who engage in regular physical activity increase the likelihood they will extend their years of active independent life, reduce disability, and improve the quality of life in midlife and beyond. It’s never too late to get involved with exercise and the activity of the golf program at San Vicente Golf Course. I know you can do it. Most of all, have fun this summer, and see you on the links. craig Prince is a certified Personal Trainer specializing in fitness for older adults. you can reach him at or 858-231-3657.

arizona, california, hawaii, nevada and the Pacific Territories. you can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MeDicaRe (1-800633-4227).

articles and VN correspondents’ articles may have different publication deadlines and/or requirements. Letters to the editor may not exceed 300 words and should be emailed or typewritten. San Diego Country Estates Association, which publishes the San Vicente Valley news, reserves the right to edit letters and to refuse letters and advertising deemed libelous, obscene or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate. Pursuant to Civil Code 5105, letters to the editor concerning matters covered by the statute will not be edited or redacted. However, it is the policy of the San Vicente Valley news to refuse letters to the editor or advertisements related to Association elections. For all letters to the Valley news, name, address and phone number or email of the writer must be included, but only the name will be published. Letters to the editor and other submitted commentaries and articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Valley news staff, the SDCEA Board of Directors or the administrative staff of the San Diego Country Estates Association. Email letters to, or mail to San Vicente Valley news, 24157 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065.

abbreViationS uSeD ECC, Environmental Control Committee; IEC, International Equestrian Center; CTWC, Casey Tibbs Memorial Western Center; RCPG, Ramona Community Planning Group; ROCC, Ramona Outdoor Community Center; ROP, Ramona Oaks Park; SDCE, San Diego Country Estates; SDCEA, San Diego Country Estates Association; SVR, San Vicente Resort; SVR, San Vicente Room at the Inn; SVWGA, San Vicente Women’s Golf Association; SVGC, San Vicente Golf Club; SVVC, San Vicente Valley Club; SVSC, San Vicente Saddle Club; Rec. Center: formerly Weiss Center/Community Center.

notice to SDcea memberS At the time the budget or budget summary is distributed to the members under Civil Code (CC) 4900. CC 4950 requires the members to be notified in writing of their right to have copies of the minutes of meetings of the board of directors. See Update 2.13. Interestingly, CC 4950 requires that the same notice (of the right to receive minutes) be furnished to the members at the time of any general mailing to the entire membership of the association. Thus the quoted language appears to require that this notice be printed in each edition of a regular association newspaper or any general proxy solicitation.

Deadline for the August issue of the Valley News is Monday, July 17

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HOME of the Month

On the top of a hill in the back part of a quiet SDCE cul-de-sac, with a scenic mountain view, sits a picturesque home that looks like it came out of Victorian Homes magazine. And it’s located on property that could be featured in Country Gardens magazine. One sees a meticulously styled home full of well-thought-out details, gorgeous color blooming from many vibrant plants, and a lush green lawn. If the background were not Ramona’s familiar mountains, one would experience another

place and another time. The home of George and Charlene Foote, built in November 1994, is a testament to the passion this couple share for life, and the many beautiful ways one can create joy today with a backdrop of days past. The Queen Anne style home was actually inspired by a photo the couple saw in Victorian Homes magazine, resulting in a warm yellow color with red brick accents, a white porch, decorative elements and magnificent landscape. Hundreds of details were inspired by exploring houses and art, then perfecting their ideas with the architect. Over the years, this home evolved with the couple’s interests and artistic expression — Charlene’s gift for design and precise nature, and George’s natural attention to the small things that matter in the big picture. The open floor plan was perfect for the working couple, who were raising their children aged 4 and 8 when they moved in, and it is now ideal for the active retired couple who prioritize healthy living. The home is now a place for entertaining family and friends. They enjoy gourmet cooking, and meals are shared inside or outside in a welldesigned barbecue and dining area. Gardening is a lifestyle, and they source ingredients from their backyard where vegetables, herbs and fruit grow in an English-style garden planted in homemade dirt, and from the variety of fruit trees planted throughout the yard. Unique flowers, colored white, pink, purple and orange, sit in beds shared with green plants and ground cover, and have a rotation of all-season blooms. To appreciate the yard, one must stroll through the various pathways, trellises with climbing and hanging plants, matching dollhouse-like backyard buildings, a Grecian pool and more, to stimulate every sense. Experiencing their home captures the spirit of this couple today, as strong as when they first met on a blind date more than 32 years ago.

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Feeling the Love at “Country Lifestyle Mural� Dedication The 14th mural in the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, located on the AT&T building at 325 10th St., was dedicated on June 3. The largest Ramona mural to date is also credited for taking the longest time from inception to completion, as committee members worked on

Mural artist Bob Teague captures the spirit of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T Mural Project.

Surprised SDCEA Board Treasurer Jim Piva points at the randomly placed heart above his home on Indian Head Court. All artists hide hearts in their murals to tie together the H.E.A.R.T. spirit.

the concept, negotiated to use the building, and successfully navigated through the many hurdles. This mural is also the most expensive, and thanks to the fundraising work of mural lead Stephanie Norvell, and the dedication of many, the San Diego Country Estates lifestyle is now art.

One can see this mural when driving toward the Estates from the Main/10th Street light. Look to the right, just before D Street. A big THANK YOU to artist Bob Teague for his vision, the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural team and all who made this happen!

Mural dedication attendees included (from left) SDCEA General Manager Mario Trejo, artist Bob Teague, SDCEA Board President Susan Bender, mural and fundraiser lead Stephanie Norvell, Chuck LeMenager, Betty LeMenager, H.E.A.R.T. Mural Committee Members Judy Nachazel, Elaine Lyttleton, Joyce Strand, Donna Zick and Chris Anderson.

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Bermudagrass Restoration Plan San Vicente Golf Course, Final Approval May 23, 2017

Objective: Reduce costs of golf course maintenance and water use over time while promoting healthy bermudagrass for year-round play.

Background: Golf course overseeding is to cover the dormant, or brown, bermudagrass so the course appears green during the winter months, which is a positive resort feature for golfers, wedding guests, lodge guests, and guests who enjoy the relaxing view. The 2017 Budget Committee and Management recommended a line item for $80,000 for continuing overseeding in the 2017 Draft budget. A phone survey in September 2016 indicated most San Diego courses do not overseed, and the few that do, are typically resort-style facilities. At the October 2016 Board of Directors meeting, the board unanimously voted not to overseed in the Fall of 2017, and the budget line item was reduced from $80,000 to $40,000 to transition the course with a Bermudagrass Restoration Plan. In February 2017, a reconsideration of this decision was brought back to the Board by Director Castberg, also requesting an additional amount of $20,000 be added to the budget line item, increasing the total cost for transition/ overseeding to $60,000. The proposal essentially would have postponed a comprehensive Bermudagrass Restoration Plan until a time when recycled water costs will be known, and the Greens and Bunkers project is more developed. There were numerous golf club

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member speakers to this subject, comprised of Timeshare owners and local homeowners, who voiced their opinions both pro and con on the issue. A motion was made and seconded to add $20,000 for overseeding in 2017, and a roll call vote resulted in the motion not passing.

Bermudagrass Restoration Plan: Bermudagrass is a hardy grass which is capable of enduring fiercely hot sun as well as living on smaller quantities of water; it’s a low-growing extra tough variant of grass, which is entirely green in the summer and dormant (brown) in the winter. Perennial ryegrass is a very competitive cool-season grass that is dependent on elevated water needs. It dies in hot summer months and is a vibrant green in cooler months. Mainly, the cool-season ryegrass hangs on late into the summer, shades out and competes with the existing bermudagrass and holds it back from

thriving in the warm weather it so loves. This competition for sunlight, nutrients, etc. holds back the bermudagrass from vigorously growing and restoring itself early enough in the season to come out of its dormancy period healthy. After many winters of overseeding with perennial ryegrass, the existing stand of bermudagrass has become very thin and stunted as the result of two or more different kinds of grasses competing for the sun, water and nutrients. Managing the bermudagrass as the primary and preferred grass will result in a healthy thick base.

Restoration Details: Beginning in the summer of 2017 and continuing forward, the golf course will be undergoing a MULTI-YEAR Bermuda Restoration Project that will systematically reduce and/or eliminate the annual heavy overseeding as the course transitions to year-round bermudagrass,

Pictorial Reference for Restoration Process

Slit seeding

Germination of slit seeded areas

Proud ly ser ving the Sa n Vice nte Golf C ourse for ov er 20 years

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rollers and top dressed. 3. The third restoration process is simply rototilling and/or amending the existing thin or grassless area and spreading seed with a spreader after which it is gently raked in and top-dressed with an organic mulch. 4. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to restrict poa-annua germination in the cool months and a selective post-emergent herbicide in the June or July to hasten the elimination of

San Vicente Valley newS any residual perennial ryegrass. Align work with annual bermudagrass best management practices of aerification, verticutting, thatch and water management, and monthly fertilization will be implemented. 5. All sectors under restoration will be roped off along with under repair signage. This multi-year project will begin in late June to early summer. The process of replacing unwanted grass with bermudagrass takes time, requires patience and expert management, while working within the SDCEA Board-approved 2017 budget. This

will include: • Annual overseeding of the tee complexes and greens collars as well as approaches to greens • Sodding areas on holes 3 and 9 • Slit seeding, rototilling, spreading seed and top dressing on holes 1 through 18, as needed • Light overseeding the publicly visible golf course holes 10, 18, 1, 4, 9 in 2017 with 200 lbs. vs. our standard 375-400 lbs. per acre with minimal renovation involved.

Personnel Most of the work, except for the

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References • Meeting with Tim Barrier, Class A Golf Superintendent at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club who successfully transitioned the course to bermudagrass. • USGA Green Section Record – Bermudagrass Fairway Management, Vol 52 (11), May 30, 2014 • USGA Turf Advisory Reports to San Vicente Golf Club - June 1997, May 1998, March 1999

SDCEA 5th Annual Blood Drive Ramona Oaks Park Fourth of July Picnic 9:30 am to 3 pm Look for the Bloodmobile parked along the curb at 25341 Pappas Road!

You may schedule an appointment during the Fourth of July Picnic in Ramona. When scheduling online, please log on to, click on “Donate Blood,” select “Appointments,” then provide sponsor code: RAMO, or call 1-800-4MYSDBB (1-800-469-7322). Make sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. All donors must show photo identification. Lives depend on your donation.

Thank you.

Please Don’t Fish in the Ponds The ponds on the San Vicente Golf Course make the game of golf more challenging, and add to the beauty of the course. But they are not for recreational fishing. SDCEA posts “No Fishing’ signs, and we do our best to enforce this rule. When it is not always followed, we implement corrective actions for violators who are caught, such as a potential loss of pool privileges and/or $25/day fines for repeat offenders. First and foremost, SDCEA’s ‘No Fishing’ Policy is for the safety of our guests, particularly neighborhood kids who may not be good swimmers, especially in a slippery pond. And there is the risk of getting hit by a golf ball, which can cause a serious injury or death. Secondly, ponds in the golf course are stocked with grass carp fish to keep lake grasses from taking over. By using the fish, less chemicals are necessary to control lake grass, and the carp also help with algae control, to some degree. The fish in the ponds are White Amur or Asian grass carp, which are sterilized before stocking and are regulated through the Department of Fish and Game. Therefore, there is no risk of a population explosion or chance that they could be moved to a body of water where they could propagate and take over. These fish are not attracted to bait, but in the past, they have been hooked on their sides because of their massive size and pulled to the shoreline and left to die. So, please help us out and do not fish in the ponds, and report any violators that you see.

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Our Crown Jewel — SDCE’s Number One Asset for 44 years By Chuck LeMenager Over the years we’ve heard folks here refer to our San Vicente Golf Course as this valley’s “Crown Jewel.” In building SDCE, developer Ray Watt wanted to provide a superior environment for all its homeowners — and that meant intelligent planning in all aspects of the community. Watt did something unique when he developed San Diego Country Estates. He deeded all the community amenity improvements to the property owners. That included the golf course, clubhouse with restaurant and bar, swimming pool and tennis complex, a 30-unit guest lodge, two equestrian centers and more than 30 miles of horse trails with their land and open-space corridors, amounting to over 1,300 acres of common space.

Watt strived for excellence, and that’s why he picked Ted Robinson, one of the country’s top golf course architects, to do the design. Robinson was noted for his ability to maximize the natural attributes and beauty of the land set aside for a course. His final design for our course required the grading and moving of less than 250,000 cubic yards of soil and rocks. By working many of his fairways through the flood plains and water course of the San Vicente Creek, he was able to achieve a

Shown (from left) in 1974 on #4 green (old #15), multiple PGA Tour Champion and SDCE supporter Al Gieberger holds the pin, Chuck LeMenager, an original member of the San Vicente men’s golf club, spots the putt, while Bill Watt, SDCE co-developer, gives it a stroke and Chuck Jones, first Head PGA Professional for San Vicente Golf Course, monitors the green speed. pleasing, undulating golf course, using its natural contours. Watt hired local contractors wherever possible to build and develop the course. Heavy grading was done by Milt Angle of Mesa Grande, fine grading by Art Thomson of Ramona and greens and bunkers by Dale Carrol of Ballena. Construction of the course was completed and sod established by early 1973. For 44 years the luster of this emerald jewel has been protected and burnished by a combination of professional operational and maintenance staff and golf member volunteers. Our first golf course superintendent was Fred Harris, who had overseen its construction, and left here to help Ray Watt build

the Fairbanks Ranch course. Following Harris were four other superintendents, ultimately succeeded by Pat Shannon, our current head manager, who came here in 1991. The tradition of quality maintenance that was put in place by Watt and Harris has kept San Vicente’s high reputation as one of the most beautiful courses in Southern California. That attribute, coupled over the years with an active, intelligent Greens Committee, have proven to be a winning combination for making the course our best enticement for people to buy homes in SDCE. The first round of golf was played here in February 1973. And it didn’t take long before

the course was a beehive of activity. Our first resident golf professional was Chuck Jones, a native of Wisconsin and a star baseball athlete at the University of Wisconsin, who went on to become an Hawaiian PGA Tournament champ. He had joined our staff six months before it opened and had been laying the groundwork for course activity so that by June of 1973, when the course had been open a while and was fully operational, he arranged for San Vicente to become a member of the Southern California Golf Association. This gave our members access to their handicap system and eligibility in interclub activities. Several outside groups had already booked the course

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San Vicente Valley News And those who had bought condos typically spent their weekends here, coming from as far away as Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The earliest primary homeowners in SDCE settled in the condos, and eventually built larger homes off the golf course.

Organizing Our First Golf Clubs

San Vicente Golf Club members get ready for their shotgun start at the 2013 annual couples’ Valentine’s Day Tournament.

The 18th tee at San Vicente Golf Course is shown with the enlarged lake and new waterfall feature added in 2011. for their tournaments. In addition to directing all golf activities, Watt also made Jones proprietor of the golf shop. A cheerleader for our fledgling golf clubs, Jones helped organize member tournaments and saw to it that the clubs got the best buys in the golf shop for prizes. He set a precedent of a top quality pro shop operation that has prevailed for all these 44 years. Our current PGA pro is John Rathbun, who joined San Vicente in 2005, and has followed in that tradition

since. In the summer of 1973, our community’s demographics indicated the typical SDCE property owner’s primary residence was outside the Estates’ covenant. Watt had sold 850 home sites and 52 condominiums by then, which provided a substantial base for golf membership, but since most of our property owners were not full-time residents, they had to drive in from other San Diego County communities.

THE FIRST HOLE IN ONE ever shot on the

The first meetings to organize formal golf clubs here were held in the summer of 1973 in the clubhouse locker rooms. Yes, there once were such things as locker rooms here, for both men and women. They were located on the ground floor of the clubhouse, in the area that now houses our Association offices. Since most Association members then were non-valley residents, it made sense to provide space

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for golf bags and personal items. (The rent for a locker was $24 a year. That’s when dues for a family golf membership was $15 a month.) About a dozen or so golfers attended the men’s first organizational meeting and elected their first active presidents. For the men, it was Harvard Noble, an early condo owner. He was a retired funeral home proprietor and former state senator from South Dakota with an engaging personality suited for getting the organization off on the right foot. The women got together and their first elected club president was a non-resident, Winnie Peterson, who commuted from El Cajon every week to organize regular activities

for the ladies, with help from pioneers Nancy LeMenager and Mary Ann Balwierczak. That’s when it was established that women had priority on Tuesdays and Thursdays and men on Wednesdays and Fridays. With the strong support of golf pro Chuck Jones and staff, the two clubs took off in 1973 to become active permanent entities, thanks to a succession of able leadership and the strong volunteer spirit that has followed ever since. Chuck LeMenager was part of the team that helped plan and build San Diego Country Estates. 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.

SAND TRAPS — Early in the evolution of our golf program, the course had a few sand traps that our more serious players felt were too forgiving. One was at the front right of today’s #17 green. In those early years (until 1980), one could usually putt a ball out of the trap onto the green. That’s when we also had a golf club president who was known as a take-charge guy, Bill Nelson. He was a retired Marine Corps colonel, who had a knack of getting his way. After he decided to have something done about it, the trap looked like a bomb crater, as it somewhat does today, albeit a manicured one.


San Vicente Golf Course was not hit by an SDCE property owner, but by a guest player in the visiting Construction Industry Golf Tournament on March 17, 1973. The player, Rudy Muller, did it with a seven iron on the then #11 hole (today’s #2). In those days, a Hole in One attracted more attention than it does today, and golf industry companies even sent prizes out to the lucky players. In fact, I actually shot one back in the early 1980s and received a pewter key ring from FootJoy golf shoes, which I still use today. — Chuck LeMenager

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Golfing for a Great Cause — Our Ramona Schools The second FORUS Golf Tournament was held at San Vicente Golf Resort on June 16, and all came together well in spite of the weather, which made for a very hot afternoon of golf. A total of 52 golfers, 18 hole sponsors, two lunch sponsors, two corporate sponsors, numerous raffle baskets and merchandise made the event successful. A total of $7,100 was raised from this year’s event. FORUS, a nonprofit which stands for Friends of Ramona Unified Schools, is a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining schools. Specifically, they provide essential repairs and supplies for area schools as a way to help make a difference in students’ lives. Supreme Lending Branch Manager Shelly Heimer led the event, and worked with many volunteers to join the community Shown (front row from the left) are FORUS Chair Shelly Heimer, together for a game of golf for with Re/Max Direct Sponsors — Mechelle Bombard, Lori Hoge a good cause. Heimer thanked and Susan Willis. In the back row, Cody Frost and Bob Gideon members of the community for from sponsor Pest Patrol. their support, “I am very grateful for all the players, sponsors and all the people who made this event happen!”

2017 San Vicente Golf Club’s President’s Cup Winner Roger Rajcic

President’s Cup Results The San Vicente Golf Club’s President’s Cup began this year’s match competitions in early May and concluded on June 17. This is the only major San Vicente tournament that uses the match play format with the handicap differentials in play. This is the format used in the international Ryder Cup tournament, which is held every other year. The 36 players this year were divided into four flights, arrayed by handicap. The winners are:

First ........................ Roger Rajcic Second .................... Mark Collins Third/Fourth John Selby and Ed Schwartz A Runner Up ......... Joe Garro B Runner Up.......... Darcy Sesma C Runner Up ......... Bob Weirich D Runner Up ......... Jim Weber

Thank You, Mike Gainey, for All You Do for Junior Golf! FORUS Committee Members (from left) are Dave Patterson, Carmen Bedia and Lynda Kubinak.

JULY GOLF CALENDAR 2 4 5 8 9 11 19 27 31

Sun. Tues. Wed. Sat. Sun. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Mon.

8 am Shotgun 9 am-6 pm 8 am Shotgun 7 am Tee Time 7 am Tee Time 8 am Shotgun 8 am Shotgun 5 pm Shotgun AM Tee Time

Firecracker Tournament/Lunch SDCEA PARADE & BBQ Men’s Meeting/Lunch Couple’s Club Championship — Round 1 Couple’s Club Championship — Round 2/Dinner and Awards SVWGA Meeting/Lunch Men’s Guest Day Twilight Golf/Dinner (2nd) Men’s Sr. Club Championship — Round 1

Mike Gainey, San Vicente Resort’s Junior Golf lead, began working with the Resort’s junior golf program back in 1999. At the time, a former golf club member was running the summer activities and had about 20 kids participating, so Gainey took over the program with the help of a couple other assistant golf pros. Gainey first started playing at age 12 and then became more serious about his game when he began JV high school golf. Life’s course changed, and he moved on, chasing other opportunities and trying a couple other jobs. He returned to San Vicente Junior Golf between 2003 and 2005, before taking a position at a resort course in Palos Verdes until 2008. As a specialist in junior golf, why does he choose to teach children? “To be honest, I have no preference about the age of a student,” Gainey replied. “I enjoy teaching and sharing the game of golf with everyone, no matter what age or ability. I think I’ve done well with the kids because of

my positive attitude and patience. Kids want the game to be fun and so do I. Some adults, who have played golf for a while, spend time trying to perfect their ability, and at times can forget about the fun. Kids remind me every day why I love the game, and how it helped me grow as a person growing up. It’s awesome to be able to share that with them and their families.” Gainey became involved with the Ramona High School team in the spring 2013 season, bringing his experience in teaching golf and working as a fitness professional at Ramona Fitness Center with him. It was a good match. He was brought on as the JV Coach for the boys’ team and continued that role into the fall 2013 girls’ season. He also began his own company, GaineyGolf, in 2012, with a focus on golf instruction, since he had acquired the experience and knowledge necessary to do so. “Over the years, I’ve worked under some great head golf pros and alongside some talented golf instructors —

the most notable instructor being Claude Harmon III, son of Butch Harmon,” he fondly noted. “Getting involved with the high school team was a step in the right direction and enabled me to get more exposure with junior golf. About 25 years ago, I began as a JV player on the Ramona High golf team. I would have never imagined back then that I would be the coach of the team one day. My time spent in the fitness industry at Ramona Fitness Center really opened my eyes to the movement and limitations of the body and how it affects one’s performance in sports. I now look at a golf swing with a whole new perspective and with a greater understanding of how it works (or doesn’t) and what it takes to correct it.” Gainey is the father of two young boys who keep him busy, so while he will occasionally play in Southern California Golf Association chapter or sectionrelated events, his personal time on the course is purely recreational.

Team San Vicente, wearing green and white, won their first PGA Jr. League match on June 11, over Mt. Woodson. The team is coached by Mike Gainey.

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SDCE... A Team Effort By Jerry Gantzer Manager, Community Relations Department San Diego Country Estates

Keeping Curb Appeal The drought, coupled with the rising cost of water over the past five years, has taken a toll on the condition of lots throughout California, particularly in the San Diego Country Estates. Good stewardship of our water resources has been prudent, but the result has produced less attractive curb appeal. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced an official end to the drought, and to the restrictions that were imposed under AB 2100. Many homeowners have been ahead of the curve in maintaining their lot by transitioning from a lawn to plantscape/rockscape — a drought-tolerant method of retaining curb appeal — while others have paid less attention. As a member of SDCEA, we all have a responsibility to maintain our lots. They should be kept in a way that does not detract from the appearance that has helped to draw new homeowners to the Estates for many years. Additionally, Article IV, section 2 of the CC&Rs is very specific on our collective

responsibilities to maintain our separate interests. It is incumbent upon us to take the steps to do what is necessary, and restore a much-needed curb appeal. While the drought is over for now, wisdom has it that landscaping requiring far less water is a way to transform it, and bring back the aesthetic value. A drive around the Estates will offer many examples of how homeowners have transitioned, and incorporated the concept of plantscape/rockscape into the relandscaping of their properties in very attractive ways. To assist homeowners in this transition, and according to the “Redbook,” an application for exterior improvements must be submitted and approved by the Environmental Control

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Sheriff Looking For Senior Volunteers The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Senior Volunteers are looking for additional volunteer recruits. To qualify, volunteers must be age 50 or older, and be U.S. citizens or legal immigrants who have applied for citizenship. They must also have a valid California driver’s license, auto and health insurance, and be able to pass a background check done by the Sheriff’s Department. Ramona currently has about 30 men and women who volunteer to assist the Sheriff’s

Department. Their duties include: vacation checks on the homes of Ramona residents, enforcement of violations of disabled parking spaces, and contacts with and visits to homebound seniors who live alone. They also patrol shopping centers, schools and neighborhoods, and when needed, assist at civic functions and with traffic control. Once accepted, the volunteer will attend a two-week academy and several training patrols. The academy teaches the recruit how to perform the expected duties,

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including vacation checks, traffic control, driver training and use of the police radio. Following the academy, the minimum commitment is one six-hour patrol each week and attendance at a monthly meeting. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Ramona Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol may contact Bill Hicks at 760-738-2481. More information is available on the website: volunteer svp.

By Nancy Zadrozny Equestrian Centers Manager

Hello Horse Feathers Readers! This summer has been, and will continue to be, a bustling place at both centers. Lots of activities, horse camps, clinics and shows are offered all summer long. In June we had the very successful Horsepower for Life, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, put on by Sherie Levine. In addition to Drille Diva performances, there were skits and riding groups with costumes that had a flair for entertainment and fun. Alongside that, there were vendors and silent auction items that all added up to a an evening of enjoyment with a total amount raised of $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The SDCEA Show Schedule is looking to be very popular and busy, and several more clinics and events will be added. You can keep informed of our scheduling by visiting our website at sdcea. net/equestrian.

Next Show Dates: International Equestrian Center:

Sunday, July 16 CT Dressage — register online! July 22 & 23 Jeff Moore Clinic

Casey Tibbs Western Center:

Grand Ladies of the Old West performed in beautiful costumes. Committee. They will help to guide the process for successful completion. The Community Relations Department will help to encourage this initiative with letters of notification, if needed. Our hope is that all homeowners with deteriorated landscape conditions will join the cause to improve curb appeal.

A big thanks to all who came out to the event, all the participants and also to the hard-working crew of the SDCEA Equestrian Department, who spent countless hours behind the scenes before the event and after, to set up and groom the arenas for a picture-perfect evening. And speaking of picture perfect, the CTWC barns received a recent uplift (see Before & After on page 13). Ramona Santana Riders is having a very busy show season. With newly added classes, the shows cover many disciplines that last throughout the day. The recently added Ranch Riding is especially popular, and our own Equestrian Assistant Beth Webster joined in the fun. Christina Fuller with Eastern Starr Farm is having her very successful Kids Summer Camp at Casey Tibbs Western Center. The last camp is in July, and spaces are limited (see below). The Equestrian Survey was fielded in June, and results will allow us to prioritize the suggested improvements for our 2018 budget. Thank you all for your input, and thanks to those who completed the survey! Enjoy July! — Nancy & Beth



Sunday, July 2 RSR Open Show Sunday, July 30 RSR Gymkhana

Visit or for more information.

Arena Locations: IEC: 16911 Gunn Stage Road CTWC: 25240 Pappas Road


Anyone younger than 18 who rides horses on the Association property, including on the trails and at both equestrian centers, must wear a riding helmet. Every helmet should be marked inside with an emergency contact number.

July SDCEA Tack Shop Special:

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No coupon necessary. While supplies last! Tack Shop hours are Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am-4 pm.

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Dresses from Ramona Can Change Lives in Africa By AnnaMarie Nachazel-Spenner Imagine, the simple act of providing a dress for an orphaned, African girl can actually change a life! I learned this one day while surfing the internet and looking for a project to be involved with to fill my now empty-nest schedule. Dresses are more than protection from the sun, and more than a small piece of dignity. I learned there are many benefits for girls with dresses. When girls are perceived to be loved and part of a family, they become less of a target for predators who seek to exploit them physically and sexually. Armed with this knowledge, I reached out to SDCE resident Barbara Jean Smith, of Sew Easy Studio in Ramona. She agreed to support the goal of sewing 100 dresses to send to Africa by opening her sewing studio to anyone who would like to come and sew a dress. The pattern is simple, and

A Look at the Organizer of the African Dress Project Ramona native AnnaMarie Nachazel-Spenner always seems to be looking for ways to make a difference in people’s lives. When not performing her day job as an imaging specialist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, she’s looking for ways to volunteer and help others. She’s crocheted hats for newborns, and was very active in kid’s activities when her children were younger. She recently returned from a trip to Cuba where she handed out 40 pairs of reading glasses to those who couldn’t afford them, not to mention Tylenol and Band-Aids. “I left with three suitcases and came home with one,” she said. And now she hopes to spark the creation of 100 dresses for African girls, and deliver them herself. Why is she compelled to reach out to others? “It’s my darn mom; she instilled this in us!” Nachazel-Spenner said. And her mother would be — artist Judy Nachazel, who is well known for her efforts with Ramona’s H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, the Historical Society and Open Studios Tour, among others. Yup, doing good for others just seems to be in AnnaMarie’s blood!

sewers of all skill levels and ages can make this dress. In fact, these dresses are so easy to make that you can even create one from a pillow case. Dress material will be provided, or you can choose to bring about one yard of fabric. It should be 100% cotton, or a cotton blend. Please join us at Sew Easy Studio, 2405 Main St. Ste. 5, on Saturday, July 15, from 10 am to 3 pm and sew a dress to change a life! Jennifer Anderson-Lane, owner of Pamo Valley Winery, will have a fundraiser later to pay for materials and postage at a date to be announced. You can reach me at 619-316-9524, with any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you in advance for your interest.

Before & After

The barns at CTWC were painted in June! We now have the Association’s green color as our trim, and it matches the newly remodeled judges booth and other accessories at the center.



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Business Bulletin Board

Summertime Salads! Fresh and Light for Summer

Strawberry Fields

Mixed greens, sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, feta cheese, candied pecans, red onion served with raspberry vinaigrette (shown at right)

House Salad • Salmon Caesar Lemon Ceasar • Southwest Chicken Blue Wedge • Oriental Chicken The Cobb • Add Chicken or Shrimp

The Cobb

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

JULY Oriental Chicken

Fri. 7 ..... Cool Rush - Rock Sat. 8 ..... Desi Relator - Hawaiian Fri. 14 ... Del Rio - Country, Southern Rock Sat. 15

Nitro Express - Rock

Fri. 21 ... Steal Dawn - Rock Sat. 22 ... Streetheart - Rock Fri. 28 ... Ristband - Rock Sat. 29 ... Private Domain - Rock

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

Special Events 4th of July Specials!


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


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:

July 5

Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery

Craft Beer Tasting Nickel Beer Co. Thursday, July 20 5-8 pm

July 19 Hellanback Ranch Vineyard

THURSDAY $5 Burger Night Big. Juicy. Everything a gourmet burger should be. Add toppings from numerous choices!

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Employee of the Month LINDA GRIEGO

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Linda Griego began working for SDCEA in housekeeping in September 2016 and according to Lodge Manager Jennifer Carbone, “Since that time, Linda has stepped up to be one of my hardest, dependable, and most willing to pitch in wherever she is needed.” Griego’s position is varied. She works in the San Vicente Resort and the Inn, in the common areas and offisite in the Rotunda and CRD Office. She also helps organize and stock the supply room. Carbone thinks very highly of Griego, saying, “She always comes in when we call her and is always willing to learn new things. Linda has improved from day one with her speed and how many rooms she can clean, and do an excellent job. Linda always arrives with a positive attitude, even when she knows it will be a crazy-busy day. We appreciate Linda’s optimism, and we love having her here!”

Ramona Concert Association Announces 2017-2018 Season By Marlene Robershaw The 33rd season of the Ramona Concert Association will begin on Sept. 9 with a musical “Tour of Italy,” featuring the Roman Holiday Ensemble. This high energy group includes an eight-piece band, singers and lively dancers, who perform Italian folklorico, popular Italian melodies and a touch of operatic. They are co-founders of the famous Sicilian Festa that started in San Diego’s Little Italy in 2002. On Nov. 4, we go to South America with the trio Los 3 Ortiz, which is one of Ramona’s favorites. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, on the Paraguayan harp, will be joined by his daughters, professional singers Luzma and Michelle. There will be spectacular solo harp music plus some world favorites. The 2018 concerts will start on Feb. 3 with classical pianist David Rubinstein. Reviews have called him “an awesome pianist who plays with precision, delicacy and warmth.” He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, including

the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Lincoln Center and Norton Simon Museum. “A Celtic Festival” by Golden Bough will round out the concert season on March 3. This acclaimed trio will treat you to a lively musical festival of Celtic melodies from Ireland and Scotland. They will perform on Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion, penny whistle and bodhran, with added vocals. You may join the Ramona Concert Association at any time. The full season of four concerts is only $25 for adults, $10 for students, and $55 for the whole family. Just send in your remittance to Ramona Concerts, P.O. Box 1273, Ramona CA 92065. For more information or to receive a printed brochure, call 760-789-7474 or 760-788-0434. Our website is All concerts are at the Charles Nunn Performing Center at the Olive Peirce Middle School on Hanson Lane. This is the best deal in town!



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Make Sure Your Family Knows the Pool and Jacuzzi Rules All rules apply whether a lifeguard is on duty or not. Posted safety regulations and hours of operation must be followed. For questions or concerns about rules, call the Recreation Office at 760-789-4146. • SDCEA Homeowner Photo ID card is required and gives residents access to our pools. Residents 14 and over must have an ID Card. ID card must be shown to lifeguard or patrol officer on request when entering the pool area. Each adult cardholder may have two (2) guests (dependents under 18 may have one guest), and resident must accompany guests (unless the guest has been issued a temporary guest pass). • Management, patrol or lifeguard on duty reserves the right to deny the use of the pool and Jacuzzi facilities to anyone at any time. Management may confiscate ID Cards and deny usage of the pool for repeated rule infractions. • Children under the age of fourteen (14) are not allowed in the pool area without a responsible adult present at all times. No more than six (6) children per adult.

• All children who are not toilet trained and children under the age of (2) two must wear swim diapers AND plastic pantie covers. (This policy applies to any child not potty-trained.) • Proper swimwear must be worn at all times and cover the genitals, pubic hair, anal region and buttocks with opaque material. Women must also cover the breast area with opaque material. • Shower before entering the water. • Persons having currently active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water. • No persons with bandages or open sores are permitted in the pool or Jacuzzi without a doctor’s written permission and the consent of the Aquatics Director. • Diving is not permitted except when under the instruction of an association swim instructor or swim coach.

• Children under the age of fourteen (14) are not allowed to use the Jacuzzi at any time due to possible health risks.

• SDCEA is not responsible for the loss, theft, or damage to personal property brought to or left at the association pools. Staff will not keep or store personal items of customers.

• Any non-swimmer children under seven (7) years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in the water. (Lifeguard’s discretion).

• No running, horseplay, disorderly conduct, loud, obscene or boisterous language, or fighting allowed within the

• A 10-minute safety break may be called at ten minutes to the hour during open swim. Anyone under the age of 18 must exit the pool at this time. pool area. • No glass or other breakable material allowed in the pool, Jacuzzi or pool area. • No alcohol or smoking is permitted at any time within the Jacuzzi and/or pool deck area. • No food or drinks allowed in the water. • No flotation devices (i.e. anything with air in it, water wings, rings, flotation toys) allowed in the pool during open swim. Noodles may be allowed at the lifeguard’s discretion. **All life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved. Sewn-in floatation suits are allowed (parents must be within arm’s length reach). • No pets, skateboards, roller or blade skates, bikes, hard balls or Frisbees brought by customers allowed in the pool, pool area, or Jacuzzi.

• Swim lessons at association pools allowed through SDCEA aquatics department only. • Lap swimming is allowed at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty or during posted lap swim hours. • In the event of a fecal accident or vomiting the pool will be closed immediately and will reopen only after the required time and chlorine concentrations are achieved based on county and CDC recommendations.

How old must you be to use the Jacuzzi? How many guests can you bring to the pool if you are under age 18? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, make sure you read the rules above!

Due to the early Valley News Fourth of July print schedule, look for the SDCEA Board of Directors June Meeting Minutes in the August issue, or download a copy at You can also watch the meeting online (see directions below).




Draft Summary Financials BALANCE SHEET MAY 2017 Assets Current Assets Cash Operating Accounts Reserve & Capital Accounts Deposit Accounts Accounts Receivable Inventory Prepaid Expenses & Clearing Accounts total Current Assets

340,544 3,645,980 126,899 134,163 130,624 167,331 4,545,541

investments & other Assets Liquor License Property & Equipment - Net De Total Investments & Other Assets total Assets


24,781.33 18,740.13 6,041

25,841.57 19,971.94 5,870

26,950.00 20,477.15 6,473

Banquet Income Banquet Exp Net Banquet

60,127.34 70,564.40 -10,437

68,302.09 78,118.77 -9,817

70,000.00 68,666.00 1,334

128,864.08 135,968.43 -7,104

127,033.25 112,103.96 14,929

132,000.00 126,656.00 5,344

This Year

Year to Date Last Year Budget

80,826.43 68,602.36 12,224

79,520.42 71,221.13 8,299

85,500.00 77,523.23 7,977

Restaurant Income Restaurant Exp Net Restaurant

289,477.38 333,953.18 -44,476

328,877.41 387,610.24 -58,733

311,700.00 316,603.00 -4,903

Bar income Bar Expenses Net Bar

598,684.68 578,555.55 20,129

633,145.37 566,509.83 66,636

616,000.00 612,478.00 3,522







10,843.41 9,029.97 1,813

11,500.00 8,988.00 2,512

Snack Bar Income Snack Bar Expense Net Snack Bar

54,620.15 44,868.67 9,751

47,470.11 40,860.96 6,609

51,500.00 42,327.00 9,173

12,027.33 7,900.49 4,127

11,551.80 7,861.60 3,690

10,266.00 7,492.00 2,774

Merchandise Income Merchandise Expense Net Merchandise

45,139.21 31,189.66 13,950

47,190.76 34,361.69 12,829

45,830.00 34,164.00 11,666

96,553.47 106,384.42 -9,831

108,023.88 96,357.60 11,666

113,415.00 116,575.00 -3,160

Golf Course Income Golf Course Expense Net Golf Course

455,704.99 493,532.60 -37,828

494,410.21 460,519.02 33,891

521,295.00 554,232.00 -32,937

32,500 5,434,831 5,467,331

44,235.65 32,437.95 11,798

44,836.76 26,017.60 18,819

47,696.00 30,281.00 17,415

Lodge Income Lodge Expense Net Lodge

204,397.73 144,284.72 60,113

199,680.37 133,916.40 65,764

213,020.00 147,057.00 65,963





20,704.03 25,316.86 -4,613

18,253.26 20,752.04 -2,499

20,232.00 25,490.00 -5,258

5,768.85 1,210.25 4,559

5,291.54 783.89 4,508

5,902.00 1,688.00 4,214

373,019.76 109,644.72 21,788.94 241,586

358,927.96 155,339.82 10,426.25 193,162

373,609.00 122,962.00 1,666.00 248,981

0.18 93.19 31,568.53 -31,662

250.44 143.08 24,528.18 -24,421

108 302 34,180.00 -34,374

4,396.06 3,863.27 533

4,985.08 5,953.34 -968

462,385 4,421,882 4,153,468 (3,370) 9,034,365

34,137.85 49,878.06 20,011.84 104,028


208,764 458,672 204,820 872,257

other Liabilities Building & Landscape Deposits Phone Tower Deposit total other Liabilities

56,250 50,000 106,250

total Liabilities & Equity

Current Month This Month Prior Year Budget

11,388.47 9,579.81 1,809

Liabilities & Fund Balances Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Accrued Liabilities Other Deposits total Current Liabilities

Equity Current Operating Year’s Earnings “Replacement, Capital, Rec. Funds” Property & Equipment Fund 2016 Year’s Retained Earnings (unaudited) Equity


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Net Food & Beverage




104,263.88 116,291.80 -12,028

97,805.21 111,799.04 -13,994

101,160.00 127,577.00 -26,417

28,237.81 5,012.56 23,225

27,276.90 3,689.52 23,587

29,510.00 8,344.00 21,166

1,869,651.69 583,091.23 59,317.22 1,227,243

1,804,978.02 580,871.32 41,955.32 1,182,151

1,868,045.00 571,701.00 53,330.00 1,243,014

Community Relations/ECC In ECC Expense CRD Expense Net Community Relations

197.41 439.11 146,974.16 -147,216

251.08 3,309.64 151,301.47 -154,360

545 5,710.00 163,851.00 -169,016

4,800.00 6,231.00 -1,431

Valley News Income Valley News Expense Net Valley News

21,386.00 26,092.82 -4,707

24,171.76 28,104.30 -3,933

24,000.00 30,612.00 -6,612

27,517.63 38,763.17 16,036.20 82,317

36,088.00 46,923.00 19,595.00 102,606

Maintenance Landscape Accounting Total Other Expense

184,675.26 249,252.81 131,045.59 564,974

176,544.40 315,339.89 115,657.60 607,542

178,697.00 236,228.00 124,252.00 539,177

13,026.25 21,739.74 -8,713

14,285.03 18,651.69 -4,367

15,100.00 23,280.00 -8,180

Recreation Department Inco Recreation Department Exp Net Recreation Department

81,318.17 96,876.82 -15,559

73,971.86 93,889.09 -19,917

77,550.00 105,223.00 -27,673

6,675.00 7,752.04 -1,077

5,716.00 5,708.80 7

5,350.00 9,115.00 -3,765

Park Pool Income Park Pool Expense Net Park Pool

9,160.00 15,910.08 -6,750

8,716.00 13,506.94 -4,791

8,750.00 18,927.00 -10,177

1,247.50 11,356.06 -10,109

882.5 5,230.67 -4,348

425 13,188.00 -12,763

Clubhouse Pool Income Clubhouse Pool Expense Net Clubhouse

6,017.05 40,452.60 -34,436

4,399.30 32,047.73 -27,648

4,975.00 42,181.00 -37,206

0 2,336.68

0 1,861.64

0 3,504.00

Tennis Income Ramona Oaks Park Expense

0 9,023.33

0 7,759.40

0 11,620.00




802,815 729,832 72,983

805,300 686,966 118,333

837,353 731,241 106,112

Advertising Equestrian Income Equestrian Expense Net Equestrian RV Income RV Expenses Net RV Administration Income Administration Expense Legal Net Administration

Gains/Loss on disposals Total Income Total Expense Net Before Reserves Reserve Deposits Capital Deposits Total Deposits




3,849,183 3,386,798 462,385

3,872,140 3,402,066 470,074

3,959,380 3,501,338 458,042

290,000 317,000 607,000

100,000 180,000 280,000

141,042 317,000 458,042

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SDCE Recreation and Events Schedule

Health & Wellness

Recreation Highlights We hope to see you celebrating Independence Day at the SDCEA Parade and Community Picnic! See page 1 for more information.

TEEN BASH WITH A SPLASH Ramona Oaks Pool July 7 and August 11 7:15 - 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 July 21 and 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

AUG/SEPT BEFORE SCHOOL 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!

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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!

ALIGNMENT-BASED YOGA 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 morningss 8-9 am. Call Joanna to sign up at 858-668-6170. Venture out and give it a try!

JUJITSU Class will resumes in the fall

Jujitsu is the “gentle art” of self-defense. Through the practice of martial arts, children and adults learn the virtues of self-discipline, balance, focus, and selfconfidence. This is a fun, learning environment. Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:15 pm, children & youth 5:15-6:15 pm, adults & youth $50/mo. for unlimited classes Held in Annex Trailer behind Recreation Center Contact: Brian Allen, 760-315-2630

KARATE 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



“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.

ZUMBA 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! Mondays - 6:30-7:30 pm (Annex Trailer) & Wednesdays - 6:30-7:30 pm (Rec Center) Cost: $5 drop-in fee or $35/month Contact: Jennifer Keller, 760-547-3119

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

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! Wednesday: “Tournament Day”

1:00-6:30 pm COST: $64.50 (If Wednesdays only JD -$81/$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-$81/$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.


Kids Community AMAZING ATHLETES Amazing Athletes is a year-round program 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 selfconfidence, and improving 7 key areas of motor development, in a fun, non-competitive 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 EVENTS We are looking for live bands! Call 760-789-4146. Teen Bash with a Splash — See the Recreation Highlights at the top of this page for more information.


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

WATER AEROBICS – Ramona Oaks Pool

Ramona Oaks Park • 25341 Pappas Road

July 15 Street Heart ........................... 6-9 pm 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

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.

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

Preschool Activities KINDERGARTEN READINESS CLASS with Miss Liz

Class will resumes 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

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


Class will resumes 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

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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

• Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Session Cost: $65/resident, $70/non-resident Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:

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

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

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


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.


Social Trips

calling all teenagers, come and take over the pool for the night! Music and snacks provided. Junior high and high school age only. July 8 and August 12 7:15-9:30 pm

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


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 Resort quality instruction while maintaining safety for at San Diego Country Estateseach 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


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. July 21 and August 25 7:30-9:30 pm

Tennis, Golf and Swim

with Greg & Katrina Failla Resort

at San Diego Country Estates

Tennis, Golf and Swim

with Greg & Katrina Failla

Camp #1 June 19-23 Camp#2 #1 June Camp July19-23 10-14 Camp July 10-14 Camp #3#2 August 7-11 Camp #3 August 7-11

9 am - 12 9 am - 12pm pm

Ages 4-16 Ages 4-16 SDCESDCE Resident...$175 Non-HOA...$180 Resident...$175 Non-HOA...$180

To reserve your spot, pleasesend send this andand checkcheck to Gregto Failla To reserve your spot, please thisform form Greg Failla 25919 Matlin Road, Ramona, CA 92065 | Email: 25919 Matlin Road, Ramona, CA 92065 | Email: Telephone: (760) 703-0157 Telephone: (760) 703-0157

Join the Summer Reading Challenge! All ages are invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge at San Diego County Library! The Challenge runs from June 1 through August 31 and awards prizes to customers who complete a goal of reading 10 books or 10 hours. Sign up at or at your local library. You can track your goals online or pick up a paper reading log at any San Diego County Library branch. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Reading by Design and all SDCL branches are hosting special events all summer long. Did you know that the San Diego County Library’s bookmobile comes to the Estates twice every month? You can find it every second and fourth Tuesday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm outside Country Wine & Spirits at 23658 San Vicente

Child’s Name:_____________________________________ Age: ______ Camp #: ________________ Parents Names:________________ Email: _______________________ Phone: _________________ d’s Name:_____________________________________ Age: ______ Camp #: ________________ Emergency Contact: __________________________________________ Amount: ________________

nts Names:________________ Email: _______________________

Phone: _________________

Road, which is known around here as the Country Village. The bookmobile’s next visits to SDCE will be on July 11 and July 25. For more information, call 760-643-5125 for North County service. For the library’s Books-byMail Program, call toll-free at 1-866-279-9629. Happy summer reading!

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Proposed Revisions to SDCEA Handbook The SDCEA Environmental Control & Community Relations Handbook of Rules and Procedures [“Handbook”] (previously referred to as the “Redbook”) has been updated to align with the revised 2016 California Civil Code and is rewritten to be more reader-friendly. You can access the Proposed SDCEA Handbook by visiting the SDCEA Member Site www.sdcea. net/login.aspx and clicking the top link “Proposed Revisions to SDCEA Handbook.” The purpose of this book is to make owners aware of information required by law, and to clarify and expand certain sections of the SDCEA CC&Rs, which are the governing documents, and it has the legal authority for the Association to set standards and enforce rules. In the end, the Handbook sets standards to maintain the design and beauty of our neighborhoods, which makes it an enjoyable place to live, and maintain or potentially increase property values.

Updates include: u

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Contact information for Community Relations and Environmental Control departments The website URL for the digital version A comprehensive table of contents which aligns with section headings and

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subheadings for easier navigation Policies for new laws (i.e. drones) Consolidation of material to reduce redundancy and improve clarity, so information aligns easily with the CC&Rs Homeowner Most Asked Questions and Answers, with reference to the section(s) of the Handbook or CC&Rs

All Members of the HOA are asked to review and comment. We have prepared an online form to collect your comments and feedback per each section of the Handbook. All comments and feedback received via the online form will be shared with the Board of Directors and additional comments and feedback will be sought in the July 25 Board Meeting held in the San Vicente Room starting at 7:00 pm. Final approval will be sought from the Board of Directors in the August 22 Board Meeting. For a detailed listing of changes, please visit to review side by side comparisons. Hard copies are available for pick up in the Administration office. The Full Comparison includes the current version against the proposed version, and will cost $5.10 (51 pages at 10¢ per copy) or the proposed SDCEA Handbook is available for $3.80 (38 pages at 10¢ per copy).

The Ramona Food and Clothes Closet (RFCC) is pleased to participate in the St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church’s eighth annual backto-school Shoes and Socks Drive with a $1,000 grant. This event has put socks and shoes on nearly 800 needy Ramona area schoolchildren. No affiliation of any sort is necessary to be a recipient. They just need to be under 18 years of age and in school. Shown (from left) are Sheila Utz, RFCC treasurer; Debbie Bensen, outreach co-chair of St. Mary’s, and Rosamund Breese, RFCC president.

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.

Department goals. Requires 2 years’ golf course or landscaping experience. Experience with operation of golf course maintenance equipment preferred.

Part-Time Snack Bar Attendant Part-time position available for Snack Bar Attendant, 15-20 hours per week. Must be 21 years of age. Expected to work weekends and holidays.

Golf Cart Attendant

Part-time positions are available for cart attendants. Must have a flexible schedule, and be able to work weekends and holidays. Position requires valid CA driver’s license with a clean record.

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

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.

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

Hourly Door Host

Shop Local Ramona’s ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Local Shoes & Socks Drive

Full-Time Cook

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.

Spend the Fourth of July evening at the annual Ramona Fireworks and Celebration, brought together by the Ramona Rotary Club! Pack up your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready to celebrate our town’s Patriotic Spirit. The Independence Day fun is behind Olive Pierce Middle School, and gates open at 5 pm. Guests can enjoy food, games and a live D.J. all evening until the grand finale fireworks, which will begin at 9 pm.

other prizes, donated by local merchants, will also be handed out. The Waldo ‘scavenger hunt’ is a national affair sponsored by Candlewick Press, publisher of the Waldo books. To participate, a town must have a local bookstore volunteer to host the event. The Ramona sponsor is A Classic Tale at 780 Main St., Suite A. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in


Part-Time Dishwasher

Ramona Fourth of July Fireworks

The iconic children’s book character will be visiting 25 local businesses throughout our community again this July. Anyone who wants to join the fun can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Ramona!” passport at any of the participating stores, which will all be displaying the character’s cutout. Get the passport, which lists all 25 stores, stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Find 20 and you’ll be entered into a grand-prize drawing on July 29, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. Many

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our community. You can pick up your “Find Waldo Passport” at the following merchants:

A Classic Tale Bookstore Affordable Treasures D.S. Garden Shop Diamond D Feed & Supply Girls Fashionably Late Iron Pony Trading Post Jewelry World & Loan Kahoots Feed & Pet Store KD Donuts All American KTM NAPA Auto Parts Packard’s Coffee Shop Ramona Old Town Antiques Fair Ramona Country Yarn Store Ramona Family Naturals Ramona Music Center Rangeland Boutique Ransom Brothers True Value Resurrected Rustic Squash Blossom Trading Company Sun Valley Florist The Mason Jar TSC – Tractor Supply Co. Yogurt Barn Unicorn Books & Gifts

As a San Vicente Resort Door Host, you have the opportunity to greet and make our guests feel welcome as they enter the Par Lounge. Door Host will be responsible for controlling the flow of patrons into the Par Lounge, checking age identification to ensure compliance with the State of California Liquor Laws, enforcing alcohol awareness by monitoring guests, assisting guests with special accommodations and in emergency situations. Required to work Friday and Saturday nights. Under 20 hours per week. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Hourly On-Call Patrol

Looking for an On-Call Patrol person for nights, weekends and graveyard shifts. Position will be under 20 hours per week. Candidate must have a flexible schedule and be able to work weekends and graveyard shifts. Must be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid CA driver’s license with a clean DMV record for the past 3 years.

Full-Time Golf Course Greenskeeper

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

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

Volunteer to Help Our Community Parks and Kids The SDCEA Parks and Recreation Committee has an opening and needs concerned parents and property owners to consider helping out. The committee works to promote and expand the use of the recreational facilities within the Association, for the benefit of all SDCE residents, and there are several projects in the works. If interested, contact Maureen Rabehl at or 760789-3788, ext. 5000.

Are You A Student? Retired? Do you enjoy SDCE community activities and amenities? Consider writing about these things and join the Valley news Editorial Advisory Committee. The advisory committee volunteers meet once a month to work with the paper’s staff and help with editorial and advertising ideas for the paper. If interested, contact maureen.

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