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Rancho Santa Fe

Association lauds planning of event

RANCHO SANTA FE — Shannon Mountain received a thank you in the form of gift cards from the Association for her efforts in coordinating this year’s Rancho Days, which was deemed very successful. 

Mountain’s face is usually the first seen when someone enters the Association office. Not only is she there with a friendly greeting, she also has great organizational skills having also coordinated the July 4 parade and picnic for several years.

Oct. 7 was the final day of the community’s weeklong Rancho Days Celebration and at the Oct. 18 Association meeting, reports from each of the event venues were given, and they were all positive.

Matt Wellhouser, Rotary president, told the board their barbecue was successful.

“We had a good event,” he said. “Everyone I’ve talked to said they really enjoyed the event.”

The Association’s Taco Fest was a huge success with the staff feeding 200 people and entertaining them with country western music.

“We couldn’t get rid of people. They wanted to stay,” laughed Daria Quay, Association secretary.

Al Castro, general manager of the golf club, said the club’s first hoe down was “very, very successful.”

“I’m getting very positive feedback,” Castro said. “I hope it can be an annual event.”

He said about 150 people attended and many people brought their children.

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” Castro said.

Quay said the Osuna event was well-attended and that most people enjoyed touring the historic adobe.

All the riding events were also well-attended reported directors Roxana Foxx and Rochelle Putnam.

Director Craig McAllister reported the Tennis Club’s 50th anniversary celebration on the last day of Rancho Days hosted about 300 people and several tennis celebrities.

“Tracy Austin still has game,” he said of the tennis legend’s talent during the exposition games. He said the club’s professionals were also outstanding and were enjoyed by event-goers.

He said many families with children attended the celebration.

Also at the meeting the board approved the printing and mailing to the Association membership the 2011-12 audited financial statements.

Ron Mitchell, partner representing the Association’s outside auditing firm of ATK, LLP, presented to final audit report to the board.

“You can take this as a good report,” Mitchell said. “There were no material weaknesses.”

According to the Rancho Santa Fe Association Bylaws, the board is required to prepare and distribute to all members an annual report within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year.

The Association meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Association’s office at 17022 Avenida de Acacias.