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 $12.00.

For membership and luncheon information, call Maxine McNamara at 760-788-6189.

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.


Sept 2014

Jamie Tyrone

Jamie Tyrone, our speaker, started a nonprofit for Alzheimer’s called “Beating Alzheimer’s by embracing Science (B.A.B.E.S)”. This nonprofit was born out of the desire for those of us who share a kindred bond to create a way to make sense and meaning of all that we have experienced and add a bit of joy and peacefulness to our journey. Most of us come from families in which this insidious disease has changed the emotional landscape of our ancestors and possibly for generations to come. Some of us have been supportive friends and have shared the pain and sorrow that comes with loving another person. Some of us have experienced the devastating loss of financial resources and stability due to care giving for someone with AD. We have the power to continue the story, chapter by chapter, until no more can be written because the final chapter is complete, the prevention or cure has been found. By embracing science, we are determined to no longer lose another generation to this disease and will do everything we can to raise funds and awareness for research. We will find joy in our kindred spirit…