President’s Report

With the recent events that have occurred it is hard to focus on Scripps Ranch, however, I think it is very important for us to do so. Over the next weeks, months and maybe even years the country is going to be focused on our stated purpose of defeating terrorism. This may not be an easy thing to do, yet it is something that we must do. As we go forward lets remember what makes our country and our community the great place to live it is.

It is OK to be passionate about our cause, but let’s also be patient and perseverant, and about all else let’s be level-headed and deliberate. Remember the lessons from our recent history, the good and the bad. After Pearl Harbor, the country was focused and united and we won a great victory, but we also singled out citizens who happened to be of Japanese ancestry and treated them as “outsiders.” They were not our enemy and they proved their love of country by fighting gallantly for a country that was treating them as “not citizens.” Let’s not make that mistake again.

The acts of September 11, 2001 were those of a few fanatics, and it’s these few fanatics that we must deal with not our own citizens. As we go forward please take time to reflect on our country and our community, what makes us great is our diverse heritage and our willingness to accept our neighbors as individuals and not members of a certain group or culture. America will win this struggle, but only if we all pull together and remember what makes us what we are, our acceptance of each person as a person, not as a member of any group. Lets not fall into the same trap we did in 1941 and hold someone’s ancestry or culture against them, because if we do then we are sinking to the level of the fanatics and we all loose.

School Traffic

How would you feel if twice a day you were unable to use your driveway or park near your house? Well for those residents that live near our local schools this is a situation that they face daily. Parents dropping off and picking up children from school and sports practices and games can turn their streets into areas of congestion and aggravation. When dropping off and picking up children please don’t park in or block driveways and try to minimize the traffic congestion by driving sensibly and avoiding blocking the road ways with U-turns and left turns. We all want the kids to get to school on time and safely but we would also like to minimize the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

SRCA Recognition Night

Please take time to think about those folks in the community that have helped Scripps Ranch the great place it is. If you know someone who has made a difference please take time to send us a note so that we can recognize these individuals who make a difference.

Newsletter Notes

The following is the list of Newsletter delivery dates and Focus articles:

Month

Delivered

Focus

Oct.

Sept. 29

MRE Halloween Carnival

Nov.

Nov. 3

SRWC

Dec.

Dec. 1

Looking Back

Jan.

Jan. 5

Recognition Night

Feb.

Feb. 1

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

March

Mar. 1

Library

April

Mar. 29

May

May 3

Jerabek

June

May 31

Concert in the Park

July

July 3?

4th of July

Aug.

Aug. 2

SR Map

Sept.

Aug. 31

Web News

Plan to check the Hot News area on the front of the SRCA home page [www.scrippsranch.org] for the latest news, including information on schools and sports. This gets updated as soon as we have reliable information.

New Phone Number for Newsletter

Please note that there is a new phone number for the Newsletter and other community calls. The new phone number is 578-0430. As always, e-mail is the most efficient way to contact me since I often work late at night. The address is [email protected]

Calls regarding advertising may still be directed to our Advertising Manager, Kathy Allman, at 695-6916.

Calls regarding Distribution should be directed to Chuck Adkison, our Distribution Manager at 271-8853.

Information Center

Volunteers Needed

The Scripps Ranch Information Center is up and going, but SRCA now needs volunteers to help with important projects that have been on hold awaiting the opening of the Center. Please contact Gloria at 578-0430 if you would like to help with the following opportunities:

Historical Pictures: Want to learn more about where you live? There’s no better way than through 30 years of historical pictures. A volunteer is needed to help organize Scripps Ranch historical pictures into display albums.

Newsletter Indexing: Imagine being able to go back 30 years and find out information about your area of Scripps Ranch. That’s what we want to make available to all of you at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Volunteers are needed to help organize 30 years of SRCA newsletters.

CCRs: Have you lost your CCRs? You may need them someday. The SRCA wants to make all CCRs available at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. But, we need volunteers to help us find copies.

Thanks for volunteering!

SRCA Membership Update

Thank you again this year for your rapid and extensive response to our membership drive. Our goal this year is to top 2,500 members. With your support, we can keep Scripps Ranch as the best community in San Diego to live and work in.

How Can I join?

Fill out and return the form on page 7. Memberships last one calendar year, and need to be renewed each January.

Benefits of SRCA Membership

Each year we have struggled with how to say thank you in a way that you would appreciate and feel was a worthy use of your membership dollars. We focus on doing things for the whole Ranch, but we use your membership dollars to do it. This past year, we think we found two good ways to say thank you just to the SRCA members, because after all, you pay the bills.

  • Park and Trails Map. This exceptionally popular item is a gift to all members. We distributed over 2,000 of them last year to SRCA members. If you are a new member, we would like to make sure you get one. SRCA District Representatives will be delivering them to your house in late February. If you would like another map this year, that is fine too. Just drop us a note or email and we’ll make sure you get another.
  • SRCA E-Letters. Last fall we started this brand new way of communicating with our members. Give us your email address, and we will send you a briefing on late-breaking news that is vitally important to the Ranch, but missed the printing deadline of the Newsletter. We don’t use SRCA E-Letters often so as not to annoy you, but if it is important, you will hear about it right away via the Internet.

Information Center

Volunteers Needed

The Scripps Ranch Information Center is up and going, but SRCA now needs volunteers to help with important projects that have been on hold awaiting the opening of the Center. Please contact Gloria at 578-0430 if you would like to help with the following opportunities:

Historical Pictures

Want to learn more about where you live? There’s no better way than through 30 years of historical pictures. A volunteer is needed to help organize Scripps Ranch historical pictures into display albums.

Newsletter Indexing

Imagine being able to go back 30 years and find out information about your area of Scripps Ranch. That’s what we want to make available to all of you at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Volunteers are needed to help organize 30 years of SRCA newsletters.

Newsletter Notes

The following is the list of Newsletter delivery dates and Focus articles:

Haunted Chair Needed

We are looking for an especially unusual, weird even, fun-loving person who is willing to co-chair the SRCA Haunted House Halloween project. Over the next few months, we need to plan and construct the street of dreams (or perhaps nightmares). The Haunted House previously was run by WAC, and SRCA wants to make sure it remains alive and well, or perhaps more appropriately dead and demented. All comers will be considered. Call the SRCA office at 578-0430 if you are interested in either the co-chair position, or in helping on the committee.