November 2019

Bring your appetites to the November 20th meeting of the San Vicente Valley Club. Joan Bennett, owner of the London Bakery on Main Street in Ramona, will tell us how Boxing Day is celebrated in the UK (they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day as we do in the USA). If you haven’t visited her bakery, you’re in for a treat. She makes scones, shortbreads, tea sandwiches, tarts, savory pies, cakes and lots of other goodies. She will even share some with us.

 

Updates & Announcements

Some SVVC Members

 The San Vicente Valley Club is a charitable and social association. Our charitable giving includes scholarships to outstanding graduating high school seniors and grants to deserving community organizations. But we also like to have fun playing Scrabble, having breakfast with the book club or going to plays at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.
We meet the last Wednesday of every month to have lunch, socialize and listen to a scintillating program. Come to a meeting and get to know some of the officers and current members. You’ll have fun, increase your social circle, have some stimulating conversations and be part of something important and worthwhile.

Residents of Ramona, Julian, Santa Isabel (and actually, where ever you live) are welcome! We are a delightful mix of women who enjoy our lives, want to give back and are thankful that we found this group.

Life is a Garden Party!

The First Congregational funds a farmer’s market on Fridays to help feed Ramona families.

The Ramona Senior Center has seen a large increase in seniors seeking help. They are now serving breakfast and lunch daily.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the San Vicente Valley Club canceled their “Life is a Garden Party,” the annual fundraiser originally scheduled for April 4th. The members generously donated the price of the tickets with an emphasis on providing food for Ramonans needing help to feed their families. Included also were some donations from local businesses.

For many years, funds earned at the annual fund raisers were distributed to seniors graduating from the three local high schools and to local non-profit organizations. This year a difficult decision was made to forego the scholarships which benefit only a few individuals in order to help local organizations feeding as many as 500 people per day. President of the Ramona Senior Center Board of Directors Kim Lasley says the increased number of meals prepared and delivered to the elderly has doubled, and reimbursement for March expenses has not been received to date. Ellen Pratt, finance officer of the Center, said where they used to deliver 250 lunches a day, they are now delivering as many as 400 lunches AND breakfasts a day. There were three drivers then, there are five drivers now, and they need volunteers desperately. With this information, the Valley Club chose to donate $1,000 to the Center.

Another organization, Feeding San Diego, in coordination with the First Congregational Church, distributed food once a month. Now, volunteers are distributing several tons of fresh food and other dry commodities every Friday. Their efforts are relieving the stress suffered by many families in town, and the San Vicente Valley Club chose to reward their efforts by donating to their expanded efforts. Other organizations chosen to receive funds are In His Steps and Michael’s House.

When the pandemic is under control, the San Vicente Valley Club membership hopes to resume fundraising activities and once again foster further education for graduating seniors.

Amazon Smile

We’re trying something new to raise funds for our scholarships and community grants. If you shop on Amazon, use this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0729310 to donate a portion of your purchase to the Valley Club. This donation costs you nothing and helps us..

Have you visited our Interest Groups? Find a new interest and meet some of our members.

Book Marks – Book Club
Theatre Group
Movie Group
Scrabble

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