Rancho Santa Fe Association board candidates to appear at May 10 meeting

The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on May 10, at 5 p.m., at the RSF Garden Club. The meeting will be a chance to meet new Association board candidates Rochelle Putnam and Craig McAllister.

Ballots for the uncontested election will be sent out that day and will be due in 30 days, on June 12. While there are only two candidates for two seats, the Association must still go through the election process — 75 votes are needed for each candidate for validation.

If the number of votes needed are received, Putnam and McAllister will fill the board seats being vacated by outgoing directors Jack Queen and Dick Doughty, whose three-year terms expire the end of June.

Below is some biographical information on the two new prospective board members. They also answer questions about why they want to serve on the board and more.

Rochelle Putnam

Name: Rochelle Putnam
Years lived in the Covenant: Five-and-a-half
Occupation: Retired (previously in financial services)
Community activities: Served on the following RSF Association committees: Roads and Traffic (chair), Trails, Long Range Planning (chair), Broadband (chair), Community Awareness (chair). Also currently serving as a board member of the Rancho Riding Club
Awards, honors: 2011 Community Service Award, Rancho Santa Fe. Graduated from Harvard in 1984.

1.) Why did you decide to run for a seat on the RSF Association board?
Rancho Santa Fe is a fabulous place to live and I enjoy contributing my time and energy to the community.

2.) What do you think is the most valuable experience and/or skills you would bring to service on the RSF Association board?

Of the committees I’ve served on, the one that gave me the broadest insight into Rancho Santa Fe was the Long Range Planning Committee, which I was appointed by the board to chair. We surveyed the community on a wide variety of topics and put together the Long Range Plan for the Association. This year-long project gave me really valuable insight into what’s important to the residents of the community. I also have an extensive customer service background in financial services; I was a Managing Director for a $2.5 billion firm with budget oversight of $20 million and 250 staff.

3.) What do you think are the biggest issues facing the RSF Association/Covenant?
Our biggest challenge is the current real estate market. The decline in property values will impact revenues for the Association and we need to keep a close eye on our finances. We need to make sure that prospective home buyers are aware of the wonderful amenities that the Covenant has to offer, and, toward that end, update and upgrade our website. Additionally, we need to continue working to expand the availability of high-speed Internet access.

4.) What, if anything, would you like to change about how the RSF Association operates?
The RSF Association Protective Covenant and the bylaws provide a formal structure to how the Association operates. As a board member, I would like the board to remain responsive to the community and the interests of the residents.

5.) What do you enjoy most about living in Rancho Santa Fe?
I love riding my horses on the wonderful trails and seeing friends riding, running, and walking their dogs as well.

Craig McAllister

Name: Craig McAllister
Years lived in the Covenant: 15
Occupation: I am basically retired, but am still dabbling in marketing for a couple of companies I am associated with.
Community activities: My primary community activity centers around the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club.

1.) Why did you decide to run for a seat on the RSF Association board?
Having worked on the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club Board for eight years (being president in 2010/2011), I was ready to try my hand at something else within the community. It was suggested to me by several Association board members that I should consider running for a seat on the board, and that seemed like a good idea. I have had the opportunity to interact with the Association board on a number of occasions, and felt comfortable that I could contribute something to the board.

2.) What do you think is the most valuable experience and/or skills you would bring to service on the RSF Association board?
Without question, my most valuable experience would be my marketing background. In this regard, I plan on being on the Community Awareness Committee, which will be working on re-doing the Association website. Further, I have already had the opportunity to review the findings of the excellent survey done by the Association’s “Marketing RSF” subcommittee, which was spearheaded by Rochelle Putnam (who will also be joining the board with me in July).

3.) What do you think are the biggest issues facing the RSF Association/Covenant?
Perhaps I am biased, but I think the marketing of the Covenant to potential new members of the community is a big issue. As indicated in the above-mentioned survey’s findings, we need to be able to “ensure that Rancho Santa Fe remains a highly desirable place to live.”

4.) What, if anything, would you like to change about how the RSF Association operates?
In general, I think that the way the RSF Association runs is actually quite good. I have had the opportunity over the years, as a board member and president of the RSF Tennis Club, to see, on a firsthand basis, how the Association is managed, and I have been impressed. That is not to say that once I am on the Association board I will not potentially find areas that I think need improvement.

5.) What do you enjoy most about living in Rancho Santa Fe?
That’s a tough question! There are so many things I enjoy about this town. But if I were to mention a few, I would say I love the small town feeling I get, especially when I go to the Post Office. I enjoy the Golf Club patio, which is one of the greatest places to have lunch in all of San Diego. But without question, the place I enjoy the most is the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club.

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  3. Rancho Santa Fe Association board candidates explain why they want to serve
  4. Three candidates to run for two Rancho Santa Fe Association board seats
  5. Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club to celebrate 50th anniversary

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