RANCHO SANTA FE — Covenant members gathered at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club for its annual meeting. At the May 12 event, Rancho Santa Fe Association Board President Ann Boon delivered her remarks which punctuated progress while demystifying myths.
Traditionally, Boon said that this part of the meeting was for the president of the Association to review the accomplishments and events of the year. While she couldn’t delve into each one, she did describe the year as “remarkable” in terms of board and community engagement.
Many of the projects taken on by board and staff, she said, included community input. Member reactions that followed consisted of both a blend of positive and negative feedback.
“Community interest has often risen to the level of passion in support of certain outcomes. Yet on almost every issue, we are finding common ground and are making significant progress,” Boon said. “We all have a tremendous financial investment in our home values and the quality of our lives in this beautiful place we call home.”
Boon described the contributions made by staff members as tremendous. And this included new staff members at the Association.
“Each and every one of them, old and new, has learned quickly, assumed additional responsibilities as needed and support of each other as we as an organization obtained an astonishing set of challenges,” she said.
The list of roster accomplishments, Boon pointed out, were a new full accrual accounting system and three part financial statement; new website and member communication outreach; the recent letter of intent with Hotwire Communication for a community-owned fiber-to-the-home network to every residence in the Covenant; trail management; and, addressing the situation of stressed and dying trees in the Ranch.
Boon also touched upon water conservation.
“This community reduced its water consumption more than any other in the entire state,” she said. “And this was all done while bringing all of our systems, filing, reporting, processes, technology, and interior infrastructure into the modern age. Together we’ve built a professional business and service organization that is now fully able to support the Rancho Santa Fe members, their families, and the needs of the community in the 21st century.”
Next, Boon addressed rumors being peppered throughout the Ranch. While rumors of the Covenant Club sometimes emerge, so do ones about board members that do not reside in the Covenant.
“And periodically very creative rumors pop up, spreading unfounded fears of one conspiracy theory or another,” she said.
The most recent rumor, however, had to do with the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.
“Now, there’s a rumor that the Association board is plotting to take over the Golf Club,” said Boon, adding how it was utterly false. “I will personally and unequivocally say that any attempt for the board to the take over or even micromanage the Golf Club is not only just a rumor, it’s a terrible idea.”
Boon said that the last thing the Association would ever want is removing the autonomy of the Golf Club.
Despite any differences which may arise, Boon said that be it members who have lived in Covenant for 50 years or 50 days, all treasure the ambience and rural character of the Ranch.