SR Toastmasters Receives the Golden Gavel Award!

A few weeks ago our club was honored to have as our guest Burt Fieser, the Toastmasters area governor. He presented us with the "Golden Gavel Award," a symbol of "Excellence in Club Meetings." To earn this award, a club must achieve the 11 critical factors for excellence in a meeting. Come see for yourself what a great group we are!

One of the easiest and most effective public speaking programs is the Toastmasters Club, where everyday people meet to improve their individual communication skills. Every meeting is packed with prepared speeches and impromptu speaking opportunities.

Everyone can benefit from the improved public speaking and leadership skills gained through the Toastmasters Club. The program works for all skill levels; even experienced speakers have opportunities to improve. Our meetings provide an informal, fun, and friendly environment in which to practice.

The Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club meets at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road just south of Scripps Poway Parkway. Our meetings start promptly at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests are always welcome!

For more information, visit our website at []. Go to the "Membership Information" link under the main menu. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222. We look forward to meeting you!

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Again, we extend a huge thanks to the Old Pros for always helping us year after year with Kids News Day! We could not do it so successfully without them. This year a total of $138,000 was raised and will go to the programs at Rady Children's Hospital with the greatest needs.

Our Ways and Means chairs, Marilyn Tobin and Kathleen Merkin, are working to prepare for our fundraiser "Laugh-In-A-Go-Go" to be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Mission Valley Marriott. It is a 60s- and 70s-themed party for couples and singles featuring Rob the DJ, dinner, games, and a silent and live auction.

Tickets for the event are $75 and proceeds benefit the Rady Children's Hospital Pain Management Center. The Fundraising Committee is looking for sponsorships and auction items. For tickets or to donate, contact Kathleen Merkin at [[email protected]].

The Fantasy on Ice skating rink across from Horton Plaza opened in November. A tree lighting takes place at 7 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 3, with celebrities. NBC is televising the event.

Funds raised by Fantasy on Ice go to the Cancer Care Center at Rady Children's Hospital, and it is a terrific activity for Scout groups or your friends and family. Skating is $10 for children, $12 for adults. The rink closes on Sunday, Jan. 4, and is open 10 am to 10 pm daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Kami Evora

Scripps Ranch Senior

Care Alliance

We would like to announce the formation of the Scripps Ranch Senior Care Alliance. We are a coalition of people living and working in Scripps Ranch who want to help our aging friends and neighbors stay in their homes. This community is all about caring for one another. Many of us grew up here, raised families here, and want to continue to live in our homes as we age.

The Scripps Ranch Senior Care Alliance will bring together our neighbors who live or work in Scripps Ranch and who have expertise in gerontology through their work, training, or caregiving experience. We also want Scripps Ranch seniors to join and share their experiences. We would like them to help us develop a knowledge-based committee who can address the issues of aging in place in Scripps Ranch.

Please join the our new group. Our first meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 pm at Kathy Randall's home, 11465 Scripps Lake Drive. Contact Kathy at [[email protected]] or 752-0845 for more information.

Village Quilters

Village Quilters is taking some time to celebrate the season with a holiday potluck. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library and will feature an opportunity auction.

If you're interested in some unique, hand-crafted holiday quilted gifts created by guild members, be sure to attend the Scripps Ranch Christmas Boutique at 10842 Charbono Point. It runs from Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7.

We welcome new members and guests who are interested in quilting. For more information, please contact Suzy Marshall at 653-0398.

Scripps Ranch

Women's Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) is getting into the holiday spirit. In early December we will attend the musical The Color Purple. Then mid-December, we will celebrate the season at our annual Cookie Exchange Christmas party. Special thanks to the "Stone Brewing Company," for donating all the beer for our Octoberfest party.

Scripps Ranch High School female students: check with the school counselor's office in early January to pick up our scholarship application. Our club donated $250 each to the SRHS girls softball team and to the Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.

Look for our club's cookbook sales mid-December at the Farmers Market. This cookbook is a collection of favorite recipes from the SRWC ladies. Contact Dee Dee at [[email protected]].

Our club's purpose is to encourage community spirit by getting involved in charitable, cultural, and social activities. For more information, please contact Karyn at [[email protected]] or visit [].

Music Program

The "Pleasure of Your Company" music series presents a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 pm featuring the Chorale Ensemble of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. This ensemble of talented young singers will present a program of holiday music from many different traditions. There is no charge, although donations are appreciated. Enjoy holiday cheer at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting is at 6 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 17, and books for 2009 will be selected. Come prepared to suggest a couple of your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. Looking ahead, the book for January, chosen at last year's event, will be Suite Fran├žaise by Irene Nemirovsky.

Children's Program

On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 3 pm storytellers Patti Christensen and James Nelson-Lucas will present Fractured Fairy Tales. Prepare to laugh as these costumed storytellers entertain us with their witty renditions of such tales as The Princess and the Frog, The Paperback Princess, and The Three Little Pigs.

Holiday Shopping

Whether or not your budget is a little tight this year, visit Grace's Book Nook for some real bargains. Our stock of deeply discounted almost new and gently used books and related items is updated frequently, so stop by often. Books for sale range from classics to cookbooks to children's books. Pick up a few titles for your own holiday reading! All proceeds directly benefit our library.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library's front desk. Your tax-deductible donation buys a book in an area selected by you for the Scripps Ranch Library. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient who will receive a letter letting him or her know about your kindness!

Computer Users Group

The clock is ticking, and the holidays are only a couple of weeks away. Still looking for that perfect gift or stocking stuffer for your computer guru? Stop by your friendly Computer Users Group. We can provide suggestions. We also will provide the usual forum for discussing the latest in home computing. The next meeting is on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel--from 7 to 9 pm--at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Singles

Single in Scripps Ranch? Want to have fun, participate in exciting activities, and meet other Scripps Ranch singles? We meet every month, plus we have fun activities, hikes, lake walks, dinner, and other get-togethers. There is no reason to sit home all alone when you could be out having fun. To get more information, please contact Linda at [[email protected]]. Or call 760-285-3833.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Don't miss the final weekend of Scripps Ranch Theatre's The Last Night at Ballyhoo on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. This Tony award winning play is a comedy/drama by Alfred Uhry, the author of Driving Miss Daisy. It examines the challenges of a Jewish family living in the Bible Belt. It is Christmas 1939, and the Freitags have a Christmas tree in their living room. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together as they face who they are.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. For season tickets, more information, and reservations, visit [] or call 578-7728. SRT has been selected for the 2008 Best of San Diego Award by the U.S. Local Business Association.

Welcome Club

It's holiday time again! Why not give a gift to yourself and join the Welcome Club? With all the holiday celebrating the club is doing, you will have a great time making friends and enjoying activities. To start the celebrations, our general meeting is our annual gift exchange. It is always fun to see what is inside all those beautifully decorated boxes.

So don't miss out and come to our meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Our holiday dinner party is at La Bastide Bistro, with a wonderful menu. The holidays would not be complete without our festive evening Holiday Coffee at the home of our gracious hosts Carol and Walt Becker. If you're interested, why not check out our website and calendar at [].

Besides all the fun holiday events, there are the monthly activities to satisfy your interests. They are: bunco, bridge, book discussion, crafts, walking group, biking group, pitch, antique seekers, gadabouts, and many more. If you have any questions, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Help Patrick Walk

Help Patrick Walk was established to raise money for Patrick Ivison, a freshman at Scripps Ranch High School. Patrick suffered a spinal cord injury as a small child when he was hit by a car. The money raised through Help Patrick Walk goes to pay for his therapy at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery facility in Carlsbad. The cost to attend this program is $2,800 a month.

Progress: Patrick walked in the 2008 Steps to Recovery on Nov. 1. He was able to walk the length of the room with the help of his trainers and a walker. Thank you to everyone who cheered him on. The San Diego Union-Tribune did a great story on Patrick and his hard work. To view the article and video go to: [].

Students who are looking for a service project and would like to hold a fundraiser for Patrick, please feel free to contact us. If you would like to support Patrick, tax-deductible donations can be made out to "NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Fund" with Patrick's name is the memo line and mailed to "Help Patrick Walk" 11080 Forestview Lane, San Diego, CA 92131. For more information about Patrick, please visit our website at [].

Jennifer Kayler

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group extends holiday greetings to all! At this time of year we reflect on our gratitude for the camaraderie and connections we gain from our membership. Some members have been attendees at our Friday breakfast meetings for more than 15 years. We'd like to introduce you to two more of our members.

Scripps resident Laurel Nelson represents a company that has researched and produced high quality nutritional supplements and nontoxic cleaning products for more than 50 years. Laurel has a deep commitment to helping people achieve peak states of health and is very knowledgeable about the products she represents. Laurel also serves as our treasurer. Thank you, Laurel!

Bob Pike is our real estate appraiser. Bob, too, is a Scripps Ranch resident. He is highly experienced and has achieved competencies in residential, land, and commercial real estate appraising. Bob doesn't shy away from tricky projects, and his keen ability to analyze data makes him a sought-after and well-respected member of his profession.

If you own or manage a small business, have a home-based business, or are a professional in a sole or small practice, visit [] to learn more about our group and members. Then if you would like to arrange a visit, call our president, Leo Klijn, at 689-4120.

Barb Grey