Kiwanis Club

Tom Hankins: We Lost a Friend and Neighbor

The Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa is sad to announce the death of Tom Hankins. The following is a condensation of the eulogy delivered at his funeral by Ron Brown. Tom was an involved, concerned, and positive person who enjoyed life to the fullest.

Who was Tom Hankins?

Tom was a Marine, a community activist, and a Kiwanian who wanted to help others, especially children. He was a man who deeply loved his family. He enjoyed fishing and often took neighborhood children fishing with him.

He made delicious jam, looked forward to visiting with friends, and had a great time playing with his dog, Daisy. He never lost his sense of humor or his optimism during his battle with cancer. Nor, would he allow his condition to deter him from doing something every father dreams of: walking his daughter, Kristina, down the aisle at her wedding.

Serving Our Country and Community

In everything Tom did, he exemplified the core values of the Marine Corps: honor, courage, and commitment. Tom joined the Marines at age 17, and retired at the rank of Major after serving 27 years, 11 months, and 22 days, give or take a couple of minutes. Although he had a second profession after he retired, he first and foremost would want to be remembered as a Marine.

Tom and his wife, Amy, have lived in Scripps Ranch since 1973. But, he didn’t just move here, he embraced the community. He has always been involved with promoting healthy recreational opportunities for the youth of Scripps Ranch. He was president of the Scripps Ranch Soccer League, the Little League, and founding president of the American Softball Association in Scripps Ranch.

After retiring from his second career, he joined the Volunteers in Policing Program at the San Diego Police Department. He was assigned to work with the Juvenile Services Team at Northeastern Division. His job was to locate missing or runaway juveniles, and then work with the parents.

He maintained the database and was solely responsible for the administration of the program. Tom was a very popular volunteer because he did his job well, and because he brought in bagels and homemade jam for the officers and staff.

In 1999, Tom was appointed to serve on the grand jury by Judge Dick Murphy. When the judge announced he would enter the race to become mayor, Tom resigned from the grand jury and volunteered to serve as the Scripps Ranch manager for the "Murphy for Mayor" campaign.


Tom was one of the most active members we have ever had in our Kiwanis Club. In 1992, we won the award for being the best small club in our district. We had painted all the buildings at Twain Alternative School in Mira Mesa, but in reality, it was Tom who did most of the work.

Tom attended almost all of the functions in our club, hosted the board meetings and Christmas parties in his home, and became our president last year. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Kiwanian award. At our annual banquet last September, he was honored by being named "Kiwanian of the Year" for the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club. We will miss him!

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

At the board’s Change Over Dinner, President Terra Davis said thank you to her hard working board members for a very successful year. She also welcomed Teresee Henry as the new president for the next fiscal year. Muriel Bossert hosted the dinner in her home.

The club’s annual meeting is on Wednesday evening, July 17. If you would like to attend, contact our membership chair, Kimbra Sellers, at 586-0033 or [[email protected]].

If you would like to advertise in the club’s monthly newsletter that is mailed to all members, you can call Jill Lesher at 695-8902. Space for three months is $36 for members and slightly higher for non-members.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of encouraging community involvement in civic, educational, cultural, and social interests. Membership is open to all women living in Scripps Ranch. Visit [] to learn more about our club.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Thank you to all who took part in the Liberty Walk this year to raise money for domestic violence programs. A group from the auxiliary was there having a great time!

We are getting together with the shelter staff over the summer to plan for new projects we can help the shelter with in the fall. Look for more news as to ways that you can help us. In the meantime, we still need baby formula and diapers. If you have any such items, please leave them at Dianne Bramwell’s door. She lives at 10826 Loire Avenue. You can also call her at 549-1057.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

New Board

President Nancy Hitchcox will lead a new board of directors for 2002-2003. There are a few board vacancies for interested library enthusiasts. The board meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Nancy at 679-7111.

Summer Reading Program

The theme for 2002 is "Discover the Magic of Reading." It was launched in June and will run until Thursday, Aug.15. Programs are planned bi-weekly on Thursday afternoons at 3 pm in the community room.

Children and parents will enjoy San Diego firefighter clowns, Do-Right and Do-Wrong, on Thursday, July 11. A fire truck and paramedic truck will also be at the library for inspection.

"Weaver’s Tales" is a special puppet show featuring traditional folk tales. It will be staged on Thursday, July 25. Children who read at least 10 books earn a certificate and awards. Children who wish to read up to the 25 or 50 book level will receive further reading incentives. Please sign up at the library and pick up a reading booklet for every reader and prospective reader.

Recital and Reception

The "Pleasure of Your Company" series will offer the exciting San Diego dance troupe, Eveoke, in recital on Sunday, July 21, at 2:30 pm in the community room. Call the library at 538-8158 for more details. A complimentary reception will follow in the courtyard.

Book Discussion

The Book Discussion Group will discuss John Berendt’s non-fiction work Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil at its regular monthly meeting. That will be on Wednesday, July 24, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the library seminar room. Visitors are welcomed. Copies of the book may be checked out at the circulation desk.

Special Thanks

The Friends salute the District 5 council staff, especially Clint Carney, for helping the library staff acquire a large sign directing visitors to additional parking on Meanley Drive. This city sign at the entrance has been needed ever since the library opened on March 13, 1993.

Welcome Club

Great news! Our by-laws have been revised to open the membership to all Scripps Ranch residents. If you have wanted to join our club and have lived in the Ranch longer than a year, now is the perfect time to join. Our membership drive continues in July, but there is no meeting this month.

Our club meets the first Thursday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. We have a guest speaker and allow plenty of time to socialize. Last month’s speaker was a firefighter. He taught us about fire safety, told us what a day is like at the fire station, and shared fascinating stories about their experiences in New York.

The club also provides members with fun and companionship. Activities include bridge, bunco, mah jongg, pitch, antique seekers, arts and crafts, and book discussion groups. For couples, the activities include bunco, theater group, bridge, and couples’ dining.

We have Gadabouts every month that takes us to interesting places and new restaurants in the area. In June, we met at the theater and saw Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. The remarks about the movie made lunch difficult to eat. There was so much laughter.

Another social event in June was our TGI at a member’s home. This was a well-attended party with lots of delicious appetizers to choose from. We also met the new members, spouses, and visiting families and friends. For more information or to get a newsletter, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693. She is looking forward to hearing from you.

Y-Indian Guide/Princess

Over the Memorial Day weekend, 160 Scripps Ranch dads, Guides, and Princesses made the annual trek to Camp Marston. This also meant that about 76 moms were freed up to traverse the Ranch unattached–or in large packs?–for the weekend.

The Marston attendees enjoyed night hikes, campfire sing-a-longs, the rock climbing tower, archery, target practice, and canoeing on the lake. Pomerado Nation Chief Mike King presented a parting gift to Y-liaison Alan Yeoman. He thanked him for his four dedicated years of service to the Pomerado Nation. We all wish Alan the best as he moves on. We will miss you, Alan!

We all enjoyed the second annual Father’s Day Padres’ game. It included a carne asada tailgate feast courtesy of the sponsoring Echota tribe, led by Tribal Chief Blaine Sample. The food was great and everyone had fun!

July’s activities include the 4th of July parade with teepees and canoes. The Catalina Island campout is from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28. Also, by popular demand, the Camp Del Mar tents-on-the-beach will be an August event, as we transition into a year-round Nation.

Computer Users Group

Scripps Ranch has a great computer group and they enjoy their monthly roundtable discussions. Neophytes can ask questions without feeling embarrassed. Neighbors with greater computer experience graciously contribute helpful information.

If you are involved with computer perplexities or just simple problems, you are bound to acquire a bit of new knowledge by absorbing the information offered at our meetings.

You are invited to sit with our friendly neighborhood group. We meet in the library’s seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. Our next meeting will be Saturday, July 20. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings from 7-9 pm, at 549-2077.

Pomerado Community Band

Pomerado Community Band is a true "community" band, comprised of 60 wind and percussion musicians from your neighborhood. They rehearse and perform in your backyard!

The Pomerado Community Band, a non-profit corporation, welcomes new members. There are no dues or auditions. There are just fun people, ranging in age from middle school to octogenarians, who like performing in a concert band.

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7- 9 pm in the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) band room. The band celebrated its 12th birthday in April. We are fortunate to play under the baton of Dean Hickman, SRHS band and orchestra director and 2001 San Diego County Teacher of the Year.

Come enjoy the free summer concerts, performed outside in the gazebo bandstand at Old Poway Park on 14134 Midland Road in Poway. Our next performances are on Thursday, July 4, at 3 pm, and Sunday, Aug. 11, in the early evening. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket, and the kids. Come have fun with us! For information about the band or upcoming events, please call Debbie Olson at 693-6244.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We are busting at the seams this July. We have so many activities that there is no way any member of the Swim and Racquet Club will utter the sentence "I’m bored!"

Pack your family tent, sleeping bags, and bathing suits and enjoy the great outdoors right in our backyard! Join us for the "Family Camp-Out at the Club!" The club will barbecue a fantastic dinner, we will all roast smores, and we will serve your family breakfast.

We will show an outdoor movie and swim until midnight! There will be music and family games. The event is on Friday, July 26, from 6 pm-9 am. This event is members only. The cost for a family of four is $20, with $3 each for any extra children. Couples are $10. Guests may accompany members when a guest pass is used. Sign up at Aviary.

"Root Beer Float Night" at Trails is on Saturday, July 20. You bring the floatation devices and we will provide the root beer floats! Cost: members–$3 per family; non-members–$10 per family.

Other upcoming events:

  • Family dinner night–Tuesday, July 2;
  • SRSRC board of directors’ meeting–Tuesday, July 9;
  • Singles’ tennis championships–Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14;
  • Swim lessons; and,
  • Summer camps.

San Diego Paintball Club

The next club activity is the Vengeance Fun tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31. The next regular club game is on Saturday, Oct. 26. We now have online registration. Visit our website at []. For more information, call 549-2524.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a networking group for local small businesses. This month’s featured member is The Plaid Uniq-orn! Owned and operated by Scripps Ranch residents Chuck and Vicki Hargis, the business was established in 1986 as The Uniq-orn, for "unique ornaments."

Noticing a lack of availability of items using tartans, Chuck became a "tartanologist"–his term for someone who studies and knows tartans. Thus, the business evolved into The Plaid Uniq-orn!

The Plaid Uniq-orn specializes in imprinted personalized items, including tartans, and clan badges. They can transfer photos, logos, and artwork on items.

If you own or manage a small business in the Scripps Ranch area and would like to network, contact Larry Grey at 735-4009 or email him at [[email protected]].

Barters’ Directory

Our first list is ready and on the web. We have a list of professionals, services, and businesses that wish to trade their services. We are looking for more: accountants, landscapers, electricians, repairmen, lawyers, doctors, plumbers, graphic artists, hairdressers, silk screeners, printers, handymen, carpet cleaners, and any other businesses.

Even if you have never bartered before, call us and we will explain how it works. Call us at 549-2524.


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