Association hosts annual meeting

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 100 people came to the annual meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe Association to hear about the accomplishments of the past year, goals for the next and to meet the candidates of the upcoming board election.
The May 12 event held at the garden club also gave members the opportunity to sip cocktails, and witness the annual awards given to their neighbors.
Before giving the State of the Association address, board president Tom Lang bestowed the Community Service Award on Rochelle Putnam.
He said most years it is hard to decide between all the dedicated volunteers within the community, but this year was different.
“There is a standout above the rest this year,” he said of Putnam who worked hard this year, especially on the Long Range Planning committee. That committee was responsible for putting together and analyzing the community survey which will help determine the course for the Covenant during the next 10 years.
He said Putnam is always chosen for leadership within the community.
“That is because she is good at it,” he said.
Lang said during his address that the job of the Association board is to continue the momentum of the board before.
One of the major and ongoing goals was finding a permanent home for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, which has been determined. It will be behind the R. Roger Rowe School in the fire department’s building. The space was vacated when the fire department administration outgrew it. The patrol should probably be moved in by June 1.
This year’s board has carried on the goal of electronic filing of Association records and revising the open space policy.
“It is still popular with the majority of the members,” he said.
This year the board will continue the process of undergrounding utilities and finishing the village parks.
Lang said the recent survey sent to the membership revealed that 86 percent believed the Association is doing a good job, in fact, “just right.”
“The Association board and staff are pleased with that vote of confidence,” he said.
He thanked the Association staff for “continued, sustained professionalism.”
Earning the Lily Award was the Village Church, which finished the construction of the new facility this year. The Lily Award goes to the construction projects that most keep with the tradition of Lilian Rice, the first architect in Rancho Santa Fe.
Outgoing Association board members Deb Plummer and Lang were given special recognition for their three years of service, as was Paul Slater of the Art Jury.
The Association meets the first and third Thursday of the month in the board room at the Association office. To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.

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