RANCHO SANTA FE — It was unanimous. On June 18, the Rancho Santa Fe board of directors voted in Bill Beckman as the next president of the Association. Kim Higgins will serve as vice president and Tom Lang as treasurer. New board members include Dick Doughty and Jack Queen, winners of the recent board of directors election. Doughty received 540 votes and Queen 536. Steve Shillington and Susan Marr also ran for the board, but failed to receive enough votes to win. Shillington received 368 and Marr 257.
New president Beckman thanked the board for their vote of support. “I look forward to serving,” he said. Beckman also thanked outgoing President Lois Jones for her service; and the board of directors gave her a standing ovation.
Before stepping down, Jones took the opportunity to present a “Star Award” to Hal Sexton for his years of service to the community at the Garden Club. The “Star Award” is a new honor, which Jones created this year. Sexton was out of town when the award was given last month at the annual Association meeting. He graciously accepted the award.
Patrol Officer Matt Wellhouser also presented officer Doug Allard with a 10-Year Service Award. Allard accepted the recognition with his young daughter at his side.
In other Association news, the board received an update on the Village parks by The Inn from Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler. The three conceptual drawings for the design improvement to the Village parks were presented to the Art Jury recently. After giving the concepts consideration, the Art Jury asked to submit their own concept.
The public will then have the opportunity to comment on the designs. The board moved to direct staff to return from a joint meeting with the board and Art Jury with a recommendation for a preferred alternative, based on the public comment.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 2. It is anticipated that the board will once again be discussing the problem of lerp psyllid infestation in the eucalyptus trees.