Updates & Announcements

The San Vicente Valley Club’s Mardi Gras Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the San Vicente Resort. The dinner and auction will feature the New Orleans band, Euphoria. Proceeds from the evening benefit the club’s community funding and student scholarships. For a list of our donors, please see 2014 Mardi Gras Sponsors.

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: http://friendsoframonalibrary.org and by reading the Friends newsletter, The Friendly Wave, posted on the site.

Send all Updates To Maxine McNamara

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 wildrose@barneymc.com.  Maxine also has membership information.

Nov 2014

“Dressing for the Holidays”

Elizabeth Hilton, Laurel Banks, and Sally Hilton

Sally Hilton will present how to dress for your shape and how to pick the right clothes and accessories for travel” at the November meeting of the San Vicente Valley Club on Wednesday, November 19th at the San Vicente Valley Resort, 24157 San Vicente Road.

Sally, owner of Isis Fuller Figure Fashion – a plus size clothing and accessory shop named after the Egyptian Goddess Isis Panthea – was involved in the Fashion industry in England before moving to Ramona to be near family. Sally opened the dress shop in March of this year with her mother, Elizabeth who brings a lifetime of retail experience to the venture. Despite the somewhat controversial name, the shop already has a strong fan base of all shapes and sizes. The mother daughter team, in less than five months, have offered a Dress for your Shape workshop,  held the very successful How Big Is Your Brave Campaign and are now working with the San Diego Girl Scout organization, helping bring to life a body image campaign for girls of all ages. The shop is in Ramona’s Old Town section, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and proud supporter Shop Late, Trick or Treat and many other Ramona events and charities.  “When we were thinking of names for the shop we wanted to find something special, a name that would embody how we feel about what we do.  We want women of all shapes and sizes to feel beautiful, inside and out.  Having been a plus size all of my life, I know how hard it is to find well fitting, attractive clothes for larger women” says Sally.  “It warms my mother and my heart when we can help someone like Laural Banks, the winner of our “How Big is Your Brave Campaign”.  This beautiful plus size lady is in the fight of her life going through cancer treatment.  She is a beloved mother and grandmother who embodies the saying ‘salt of the earth’.  We have also had the absolute pleasure to outfit two women warriors.  These gals just wanted to look beautiful for a special event.  For a moment in our shop and at the event, their prosthetic limbs and unseen scars of war became invisible under beautiful clothes.  Helping women of all shapes and sizes feel the Goddess within you is why we are here.”  The women are quick to state that the name of their shop does not reflect any religious or political beliefs.  The Goddess Isis Panthea is from Egyptian mythology and is known as the Goddess who most embodies utter femininity, the ‘complete female’. Hilton will use client and club member models to demonstrate her ‘dress for your shape’ guidelines.  She will also share information on how best to plan for fashion and style when traveling.  With the Christmas Holiday around the corner, Sally says “Knowing which fabrics pack well and how to layer, you can be stylish anywhere.”

Oct 2014

Sandee Salvatore

Our October speaker, Sandee Salvatore, will share with us  The Story Of Town Hall. As the story goes, Augustus thought it improper for dances to carry on all night at the school house, and that the growing town needed a place to serve that purpose as well as a library. The Ramona Town Hall was donated to the town people of what was then Nuevo on Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1894, by Augustus and Martha Barnett.  Construction on the two story edifice began on July 11, 1893 on two lots donated by realtor  Milton Santee, and was completed in February 1894 at a cost of $17,000.  (Later that year, at the insistence of Mr. Santee, the town was renamed Ramona, to capitalize on the popularity of the fictional character from the best seller by Helen Hunt Jackson.) The Barnett’s established an unpaid five member board of trustees in perpetuity to administer the operation and upkeep of the Town Hall. For the past 118 years, the Ramona Town Hall has operated solely on private donations, fundraisers, grant moneys, and rent collected for use of the building.  The Ramona Town Hall is not owned by the Town Hall Board of Trustees, nor is it a public agency.  The restoration work that has taken place in the past 27 years has been funded by county administered C.D.B.G. and P.L.D.O. funds, along with private donations and the fundraising efforts of the board of trustees and honorary mayor.  The work completed to date includes a complete seismic retrofit of the entire front portion of the building, installation of new plumbing and electric wiring in the east and west wings, three new restrooms, a new roof over the entire building, façade replacement, and fire sprinklers throughout the entire building.  Sandee, a local business owner has been a Ramona resident for 33 years, and has been a Ramona Town Hall Trustee since 1989.  In addition to being the first woman to serve on the Ramona Municipal Water District board, she is a former Ramona Planning Group Member, former Project Manager for Ramona Revitalization, and former Kiwanis International member.  Sandee was also instrumental in bringing the first paramedic service to Ramona in the 1980’s.