Mary Jo Longo completed six years as chair of our SRCA and Girl Scout sponsored Holiday Celebration at Jerabek Park in December. We wish Mary Jo the best and thank her and the Girl Scouts for all their fine work over the years.We are happy to hear that Santa will return as promised next year.
This has become a truly wonderful family tradition for Scripps Ranch when we gather around the community tree, sing some carols with the young voices raised in song, eat some Girl Scout prepared goodies, and drink hot chocolate just like in the old days.
Our new Councilperson Brian Maienshein did the honors to count down the lighting of the community holiday tree. It is a beautiful sight. We will only keep it lighted for two hours an evening in deference to the power shortage. This will serve as our community tree, so do not feel badly if you do not have lights outside this year.
We also contributed more than a truck load of toys for the USMC Reserve Toys For Tots program. A total of 23 sacks were full of toys for those less fortunate children to whom the Marines will bring Christmas joy. Another great event, Scripps Ranch.
Wishing You a Special and Happy Christmas Season
As I drive around Scripps Ranch this season, we have fewer lights because of the conservation of power, but the spirit of the holidays is still evident in all the homes and in the cheery way people are greeting each other. I for one am always encouraged that people take time in our wonderful community to be nice to each other and to take pride in what we collectively do. Keep up the good work in 2001.
Recognition Night–What a Rush
Twenty years ago, we decided that the individuals who worked so hard in the SRCA and the planning groups should receive some special recognition. We formed the first Recognition Night with a joint meeting of the SRCA and both planning groups, and individuals were publicly thanked and given certificates of appreciation.
We then expanded this to select a special resident as Citizen of the Year and decided to open up the recognitions to all organizations and activities. The only requirements being that the individuals must be recommended for recognition by their peers. It is now a fine program in which we recognize the services of more than 100 special people. We follow up with visits to each school for presentation of awards to the young people for their work in the schools and such activities as the Safety Patrol.
Dorothy Mildice has been our chairperson for years and does a fabulous job bringing it all together. We owe her a vote of gratitude and of course to Marc Sorensen as master of ceremonies. He makes the events move at a rapid pace yet with time for recognitions so well earned.
It is a great pleasure as always to see the wonderful people who make Scripps Ranch so special receiving recognition –many of them literally for decades of service to the Ranch. We especially congratulate long-time activist and community worker Claudia Unhold on her selection as Citizen of the Year. This is one of the Ranch’s finest moments and if you missed it or failed to recommend a truly deserving volunteer, there is always next year! See you then.
We as a Community Continue to be Effective
As we start a New Year, I would like to first thank all of you who have worked so hard on our committees, attended meetings, made suggestions for improvements, and most important supported our community actions. We continue as a community to be able to articulate our feelings, hopes, aspirations, and of course our disagreements, with what local government tries to do. We continue to emphasize our quality of life, and we are well known for doing our homework and coming up with doable solutions.
Throughout the past years, we have been able as a community to discuss solutions to problems and come up with a doable consensus to present to the City. This has been amazingly successful for the Ranch as a whole. Have we had individuals who wanted something different? Of course, and we have listened to them and included their comments and made changes when we could.
The guiding principle has always been, “What is best for the entire Ranch? That includes traffic, schools, recreational facilities, activities, and support of organizations and groups. With the SRCA Newsletter and website, we retain our reputation as the best informed community in San Diego. We now distribute the Newsletter to more than 10,000 homes. The new SRCA Parks and Trails map distributed to members of the SRCA is a crowd pleaser and certainly one of the most informative and best items we have prepared over the years.
I urge each one of you to join the SRCA and to become part of the action. In January we start our annual membership drive and would like to increase our membership as it is through the volunteers working in City-recognized organizations that our voice is heard loud and clear. If you are new to the Ranch and do not understand how we have achieved all you now enjoy, just go to our website. We have lots of information for you.
Better yet, come to the monthly meetings of the SRCA and the two planning groups and become part of the solution to on-going problems. Look in the Newsletter and select a volunteer activity which strikes your fancy and your skills and make year 2001 the year of your participation in Scripps Ranch. You will find it most rewarding and the people you will meet are super as well.