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Ranch readies for new leaders

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association began preparations to nominate candidates to serve on the board of directors at the Dec. 3 meeting.
A nominating committee is being formed consisting of President Bill Beckman and Vice President Tim Sullivan plus three positions from former board members who still live in the Covenant and are in good standing. Currently three seats will be available on the board next year and the current board of directors hopes to have at least five nominees to fill those vacancies.
Again, the question was asked: How do we get people to serve these positions? “Talk to friends and talk enthusiastically,” Sullivan said. “I talk to people at the golf club and on the horse trails.” Manager Pete Smith reminded those present at the Association meeting that former board directors could serve again. “There are no restrictions on how many times people can serve,” he said.
Once the nominating committee is formed, nominations will be announced on March 12, 2010. On April 26, 2010, the election materials will be mailed to residents. May 13 will be the annual meeting, usually held at the Garden Club, where the public can meet the candidates, who prepare short speeches for their campaign. That same day, May 13, ballots will be mailed to members of the community and June 14 is the deadline for ballot returns. Election inspectors will count ballots and on June 15 the results are posted.
In other Association news, Smith recently received 93 letters from students at the R. Roger Rowe School. “These are thank you letters from students, part of Appreciation Day.” Students handwrote letters, many with illustrations, thanking the Association for their help during the construction of the new school. Matt Wellhouser, chief of patrol, said that he, too, had received 58 letters of appreciation. Smith read several letters to the board of directors and everyone was amused. “It’s great that these kids realize we’re all part of the same community,” Beckman said.
Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler reported that more equestrian warning signs are forthcoming. He also stated that 20 different trees have been sourced for the new arboretum and will be planted soon. Beckman suggested that a kickoff for the new arboretum be scheduled.
Due to the upcoming holiday season, the next Association meeting is schedule for Jan. 7.