Monthly Meeting

A General Meeting and luncheon is held the last Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the San Vicente Resort, 24157 San Vicente Road, Ramona.

  • Check in and social time – 11:00 am
  • Call to Order – 11:30 am
  • Luncheon – Noon
  • Program – 12:30 pm

The luncheon is open to the public, with members and guests encouraged to make a reservation at the San Vicente Resort  front desk by the Friday before the meeting. The cost is $15.00. If you have made a reservation and must cancel, please call Maxine McNamara at 760-788-6189 or contact her at  Maxine also has membership information.

Updates & Announcements

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

And we most certainly did! The San Vicente Valley Club’s Mardi Gras Fundraiser was held on Sunday, February 15, 2015  at the San Vicente Resort. The dinner and auction featured the New Orleans band, Euphoria. This year we  added another room to hold our silent auction since last year’s event was pretty crowded.  There was  more room for dancing, eating, and visiting with friends. A great time was had by all especially members of  the Town Hall Bridge Club who danced the night away!

Proceeds from the evening benefit the club’s community funding and student scholarships.

Mardi Gras Flyer 2015

A Sincere Thank You to all who have contributed their time and energy to make our scholarship program a success. In the past nine years, over $170,000 was raised and donated back to our community in the form of scholarships to Ramona area high schools and community funding to nonprofit organizations.

Book Marks – Reading List for 2014-2015
Click Here for list of books that will read 2014-2015

Find a new interest and meet some of our members.  Have you visited our Interest Groups ?
Book Marks – Book Club
Lunch Bunch
Theatre Group

Friends of Ramona Library
All the current news about our Library can be found at the Friends new website: and by reading the Friends newsletter, The Friendly Wave, posted on the site.

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Feb 2015

Judy Nachazel

Judy Nachazel


February’s speakers, Judy Nachazel and Jolinda Marshall, will tell us about their Artistic talents. Judy a California native and resident of Ramona for 32 years, studied art at Grossmont College and San Diego State University. She extended her studies through workshops with many noted artists. Working in pastels and acrylics, Judy paints what interests her. Her goal is to capture and convey that interest to the viewer. She has taught pastel and given pastel demos and workshops throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties and in Oregon. Judy has also served as a juror and given critiques. Judy is a past president and member of both the Pastel Society of San Diego and the Ramona Art Guild. She is a co-founder of the annual Ramona Open Studios Tour now in its 12th year, and she is the Vice President of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project. She also serves as Artists Liaison for the Ramona Friends of the Library and President of the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society. In 2005, Judy was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. After 18 years with the San Vicente Valley News, the last several years as Editor, Judy retired in 2007. She is now able to spend more time traveling with Joe, her husband of 46 years, and with family. They have 4 grown children and nine grandchildren.

Jolinda’s background and education in glass comes from life itself, rather than through any specific artistic training. I grew up in a house where there was original art on the walls and fresh flowers in the vases. Art was an offered and important elective. However, my formal education is mostly focused around psychology and parapsychology, rather than art. I have a M.A. degree in Psychology and have worked in the area of counseling during the majority of my adult life.  I would like to think that I bring the depth of that perspective to my art – a wordless expression of the human condition. I owned a stained glass gallery many years ago in Northern California, where I learned and taught all the basics in stained and sandblasted glasswork.  After raising our three children, I came back to glass… this time focusing the majority of my artistic expression in the area of glass fusion.  In addition, I have done several large scale mosaic projects, including original glass tile mosaic work. Different that the more familiar “blown glass”, which looks like vases and bowls, etc. fused glass is made by cutting different types and colors of glass and melting them together at about 1500* F. Often pieces are then put to a second firing which gives a shape to the overall glasswork. I have a wonderfully accommodating and beautiful studio, here in Ramona, provided through the genius of my creative husband.  Several excellent kilns and other various glass working tools await my every inspiration!  Currently, I am most excited by architectural glass work and my large kiln will accommodate glass pieces 27” x 48”. I enjoy greatly translating the visions of my clients into the beauty of glass!


Jan 2015

Ellie Slade, Manager of the Ramona Public Library

Our speaker, Ellie Slade has been the Manager of the Ramona Community Library since December, 2007.  She is a local Ramona resident and enjoys creative writing, photography, travel, cultural arts, gardening and cooking.    She creatively crosses over in all library departments including children’s, teens and adults services.  In the past Ellie taught K-12 students and at various colleges. Ellie has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and another Masters in Education and Interdisciplinary Arts.  Ellie has lived in multiple states and also in Mexico.  Ellie is on the Board of the Ramona Sentinel and participates in many local activities. Ellie will be updating the Valley Club on the new Richard and Joan Wayman Technology Center due to open in the library this coming spring.  She will also introduce the group to various new library services, research tools and programs.