Enjoy an Old Fashioned Holiday!

By Ann Boon, Rancho Santa Fe Association President

Although the work of an Association board member is never done, last Friday some of us took time off and had the opportunity to kick off the holidays with a beautiful, fun-filled event at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

Families with children gathered to enjoy the tree-lighting, photos with Santa, strolling carolers, hot chocolate and ice-skating. (If you haven’t checked out the ice-skating rink yet, you really should! It will be open through Jan. 4.) The younger attendees were decked in their finery, as the first night of the Cotillion season coincided with the festivities at The Inn. We just sat back and took it all in.

Atop the little knoll overlooking our own twinkling Main Street —Paseo Delicias — the lights sparkled and the laughter rang through the night. It was a perfect Rancho Santa Fe evening.

And aren’t we lucky to have two gorgeous Christmas trees to enjoy in our tiny little community — one at The Inn and one at the RSF Golf Club!

In even bigger news, the board is very happy to announce the culmination of our most important project: the selection of a new manager for the Association. Mr. William Overton will be joining us from Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 28. Bill brings many years of management experience to the table, which will be a great help in our ongoing efforts to improve and modernize our Association business. We are very excited to have such a dynamic leader taking the helm.

Acting Manager Ivan Holler and our staff continue working as hard as ever on our various other important projects. Voting registration is improving; liability insurance coverage has been updated and improved; wireless service is being improved; broadband alternatives are still being analyzed; engineering studies for the proposed Health Club facility will begin soon; and the list goes on.

Volunteers are critical to the success of many important activities in the RSF Covenant. I’d like to send a big “thank you” to Hilary Loretta and Bill Carden, who have just volunteered to serve on the Covenant Design Review Committee. Also, many thanks to Karen Ventura and Sharon Ruhnau, new members of the Trails and Recreation Committee, and to Jack Queen, Susan Heitner and Kate Williams, new members of the Osuna Committee.

In January, a nominating committee will be formed to scout for candidates to run for the board in the spring. There will be two open seats for the three-year term beginning July 1, 2015. Volunteers have already begun sending me their names. If you are interested, let us know as soon as possible. The future of Rancho Santa Fe looks to be very busy and very bright. We could use your talents!

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