President’s Report


It’s graduation time in Scripps Ranch…time to celebrate. Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Our son, Steven, just graduated from Berkeley and looks forward to his next chapter— hopefully, medical school.

As if that isn’t enough, our daughter, Alicia, starts her master’s in education this summer, and my wife, Janet, begins her education leadership doctorate program this fall. So much for being done with college in the Ilko family! You can catch me at Ballast Point and O’Sullivan’s!

Getting Things Done

See a problem, report it, handle it. That’s what Scripps Ranch and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association are about. A resident saw three water heaters and construction debris illegally dumped off Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15. The resident not only reported the problem to the SRCA but took the initiative and tracked down the painting company and property owner.

It turned out a hauling company tried to save money by dumping the garbage in open space rather than the landfill. Within 72 hours the hauling company cleaned up the mess before the city had to pay for it. If you see a problem, email us anytime at [email protected]

Patriotism Alive and Well

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros are excited to announce that Ray Chavez, a 103-year-old World War II and Pearl Harbor veteran, will help at this year’s 4th of July 10K Run by firing the starting pistol. Ray’s inspirational story shows how important it is to keep moving at every age.

In addition, we also will have a wounded warrior hero from the Electronic Ordinance Disposal unit fire the starting pistol for the Fun Run. Having both of these men start this year’s events celebrates our love of this country and what it stands for.

Get Ready for the Parade

There is no cost to participate or watch the SRCA 4th of July Parade. The SRCA uses membership funds to pay the approximate $10,000 costs. Not only does it cost to produce the event, we need volunteers and convertibles. More than 5,000 spectators watch our “small town parade.” It is a fun community event. If you can help us during the parade—9 am to 11 am—please email us at [email protected] To march in the parade, see page 7.

Your Community Reps

The SRCA asked for volunteers to join the board, and we welcome our new district representatives: Jim Melville, District 15—Spring Canyon Park area; Tim Rohrer, District 16—Community Park area; Paul Honeycutt, District 17—St. Gregory area; and Elidie Strouse-Takim, District 18—Angelique area. We still have two open positions. If interested, email us at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Area Distributor Needed

We need a volunteer to deliver 12 boxes of SRCA Newsletters to a Scripps Ranch area north of the lake each month. The boxes will be delivered to you. Any large car, minivan, SUV, or truck can handle it. It takes about an hour of your time at the end of each month. To help, please contact distribution manager, Jim Caughey, at [email protected] or 397-5747.

SRCA Community Fair
“Picnic At The Park”

What fun we had at the SRCA Community Fair in May! You can view event pictures at Our deepest thanks to the Community Fair Committee, the “work crew” members of the SR High School football team, and all the volunteers who helped out that day.

It also takes funding and community support to deliver this annual event. We’d like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the sponsors and vendors and the community support from the many participating nonprofits. Please visit to see them all.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Email us at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Discover Scripps Ranch and the SRCA…Again and Again!

Scripps Ranch is the place to be this summer! Do you enjoy parks, gardening, hiking, biking, sports, the SRCA 4th of July Parade, clubs, sustainability, safe neighborhoods, theater, concerts, the library, Recreation Center, and more? For more than 40 years, the SRCA has worked in our community and with volunteers, often behind the scenes, to help get many of these activities done.

Discover more about Scripps Ranch happenings through SRCA emails, Facebook, and Twitter at Don’t forget the SRCA Newsletter is now online. Sign up for that at If you have any questions, email [email protected] Have a great summer!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

P.S. Help the SRCA continue its great work. Join at

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Friday, June 19, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

The drought may mean earlier or more intense wildfires. Come get answers to your emergency preparedness questions: What is SDG&E’s Community Fire Safe Program? What apps can help you stay informed? What should you have in an emergency kit? What should be covered in your personal emergency plan? What is meant by “defensible space” around your home? What other resources are available? Our speaker will be from SDG&E.

Senior Living Tour

  • Thursday, June 25, 10:15 am
  • Vi, La Jolla Village

At Vi, residents live in comfortable, stylish, maintenance-free homes. Take your landscaper off speed dial. And your plumber. And your roofer. Vi has it covered. While you can always cook in your kitchen, there are tempting reasons not to bother. Classically trained chefs prepare gourmet meals tailored to the nutritional needs and preferences of older adults.

Vi is a continuing care retirement community or CCRC. Vi offers independent living with a combination of private residences, services, amenities, and care for a monthly fee and entrance fee. Vi then offers services such as assisted living, Alzheimer’s/memory support care, and skilled nursing care on-site so residents may stay within the same community—close to their spouse, friends, and neighbors—even as their care needs change.

We will meet at 10:15 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. The bus leaves at 10:30 am, earlier than our usual time. We will take a tour and have lunch. Reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, #1, and leave a message.

In-Home Help

There is support to help you stay independent in Scripps Ranch. Did you know that a ride to the doctor or to have someone deliver groceries can cost as much as $45 from a home care agency? ElderHelp has responded to these high costs by creating the affordable Concierge Club. It is available to Scripps Ranch residents and offers help with the basic necessities of life through personal attention and coordinated programs and services. Best of all, since ElderHelp is a nonprofit, the Concierge Club provides caring services for less than you’ll find anywhere else!

With ElderHelp, a personal member care coordinator helps create a package of services using caring staff, dedicated volunteers from Scripps Ranch, and a network of trusted providers. Enrollment is easy! Call or email ElderHelp to start the process to confirm eligibility and to create your personalized package. Email [email protected] or call 619-284-9281. ElderHelp will respond with a phone call within two business days.

Other Programs

There is no Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) meeting in June or July. Check the calendar for other SRCA 50 Plus activities, as well as classes sponsored by other groups. Also, check the Organizations section in this Newsletter for other Scripps Ranch clubs and organizations that may be of interest to you.

SSR in June

We’re on vacation all month —another form of sustainability! There is no Second Wednesday Talk or Garden Share. Meanwhile, consider the following ideas to support sustainable lifestyles, and send us your suggestions!

Reduce Your Energy Use

Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) partner SDG&E has many solutions to get you started. For example, “Reduce Your Use Rewards” earn you SDG&E billing credits when you conserve energy on select high-energy days. Enroll in alerts so you know when to save. Just go to

If you have air conditioning but not solar, SDG&E will give you a free ecobee smart programmable thermostat—a $300 value! Apply today and use promo code “OUT.” They will install the thermostat and show you how it works.

Move Toward a More Sustainable Landscape

We have a new information-packed two-page handout, “Working Toward Your Sustainable San Diego Landscape.” Check our website at for a downloadable copy or email us at [email protected] The website also has the latest regarding the changing water regulations.

Join our Email List

Sign up for monthly emails from us and other subgroups of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. You can pick just the groups of interest to you, and the SRCA never shares your data.

  1. Go to the SRCA website at
  2. On the right-hand side, partway down the home page, find the “Stay Connected” box.
  3. Click on the envelope at the right side of the “Stay Connected” box.
  4. Fill in your contact information and select the e-blasts you want to receive.

Get Involved

Does Sustainable Scripps Ranch help make life better in Scripps Ranch? If so, we’d love to hear from you, via email to [email protected]

  • Tell us what you’re already doing. Are you sharing resources, tasks, or good ideas with your neighbors? How are you minimizing resource use or solving sustainability challenges creatively? What are your neighbors doing that we should recognize and publicize? What are your other favorite sources for sustainability information?
  • Send us your suggestions for speakers, field trips, or lecture topics.
  • Volunteer to help SSR: lead a project, plan an activity, join our Steering Committee, and more!

Bob Ilko
SRCA President