"Recessionary times make for great opportunities.
"People are staying at home and are becoming more involved in their community, which is good news for us. Recessions are two edged swords, however, and this one brought low rental income to the club last year.
"Also, during ’08 and ’09, we spent the majority of our reserves on renovations to the building so our finances are a bit light. Fortunately, we are in better condition than many organizations and have lots of ways to be successful."
-- Helen DiZio, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club president
Editors note: Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News takes great pleasure in presenting an insider's look within the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. While membership is limited to residents of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, club programs and opportunities often extend beyond its borderlines. We begin our presentation with the club's history, in its members' own words and a 92067 Free Press video. Following that is the presidential address for this month as presented in The Leaf newsletter along with an extensive calendar of club events and activities.
The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was founded in 1926 by a small group of families. The purpose was to advance the gardening and landscaping of the Ranch, then just three years old! An anonymous donor contributed funds to build a clubhouse. Lilian Rice, the noted local architect, designed and supervised its construction. The Club was incorporated as a non-profit, public benefit corporation in 1937.
Throughout WW II, the building was used as local headquarters for a number of war agencies, and was designated a civilian casualty center.
A cooperative program with the Rancho Santa Fe Association began in 1957 with the over-all beautification of roadside plantings, the landscaping of the school, the golf club, and the post office.
In 1971, the Articles of Incorporation were revised to broaden the scope and purposes of the Club which are reflected in our mission statement. The present site was gifted in 1974. After much cooperative work, planning, and the generous donations of the members, the present clubhouse was dedicated in 1975.
RANCHO SANTA FE GARDEN CLUB: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010
from 'The Leaf'
Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club News
Recessionary times make for great opportunities.
People are staying at home and are becoming more involved in their community, which is good news for us. Recessions are two edged swords, however, and this one brought low rental income to the club last year.
Also, during ’08 and ’09, we spent the majority of our reserves on renovations to the building so our finances are a bit light. Fortunately, we are in better condition than many organizations and have lots of ways to be successful.
Your new board is enthusiastic and full of ideas for making the club a great value to its members. It will take some time but we know we need to cut overhead, trim expenses and find creative new ways to have fun.
In order for this Board to be successful we need to know our membership. How do you feel about the club? What direction would you like to see it go? Are you ready to pitch in?
The Harvest dinner on September 18th is a hands-on, roll up your sleeves kind of event designed for us to have fun on a shoestring and to help the club at the same time. We are asking you to bring your own food, your own wine, a little money and lots of energy.
You may decorate your own table if you wish or we’ll do it for you. (I’ve heard decorating challenges flying around already.) So, come out and hear some wonderful music, enjoy our beautiful grounds under the stars.
Many other new events are planned this fall. On September 28th The Garden Club and Library Guild join forces to bring Petals and Prose. If you spent lazy summer days with your nose in a book I hope you were inspired to create an arrangement to go with it. Please call to reserve a spot for your masterpiece and see if you can stump the fans as they try to match each arrangement with each work of prose.
Carol Coburn and Bev Boyce are planning a series of craft classes. On Sept 8th don an old shirt, some gloves and learn how to make hypertufa planters. They are earthy, beautiful and fun to make. Obtain that designer look by doing a series for the center of your outside tables. They are great planted with succulents but they will look equally wonderful with other posies and herbs.
Lots more is coming in Oct and Nov; Jazz, Crafts, Morning in the Garden, Dining by Design and Bridge. Please look at our website often and make sure we have your e-mail address. We’ll continue to send the Leaf but there will be more timely information coming by e-mail. E- mail also saves postage.
Please remember to contribute items to our Shoppe and frequent it for fun finds. I found some great iron candle stands. They’ll look great with my tufa planters or even on my Harvest Table!!!!
-- Helen DiZio
HYPERTUFA CRAFT CLASS
Make your own rustic planter box in this one day craft event .
Come and Enjoy a Lively Evening of al Fresco Dining with Live Music and the Bounties of the Season
PEDALS AND PROSES
Create a ﬂower arrangement that is inspired by a favorite book.
GARDEN CLUB WORK PARTY
Join other members in sprucing up our Club Garden.
JACK 'O LANTERNS CRAFT CLASS
Turn gourds into Jack ‘O Lanterns that will last for years.
A fun bridge game with Paul Foster and Donna Wood.
SEPTEMBER 16 - NOVEMBER 18
INSIDE THE THIRD REICH
The Lifelong Learning Institute brings Prof. Jack Williams Ph.D for a lecture series entitled “Inside the Third Reich: The Political Philosophy & Ideology of Nazi Germany.
A Garden Club Fundraising Event
A Casual & Lively Evening of al Fresco Dining. Live Music by Daniel Oldham & Friends At the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Grounds and Clubhouse
Saturday, September 18th
6 pm ‘till 10 pm
Form your own table of friends. Bring your own meat to be grilled. Bring beer, wine or soft drinks. For the community harvest table each couple is asked to bring a house made salad, vegetable or dessert of seasonal bounty for sharing with ten. All service items will be provided.
Donations $100 per couple, $50 single
Seating options: Tables of 6 - 10 are available or we will seat you with others.
Participants are encouraged to decorate their tables upon arrival.
Reservations are mandatory and limited
Call the Garden Club @ 858-756-1554
Craft days at the RSF Garden Club
-- Wednesday, September 8th - Hypertufa Planter Boxes
-- Wednesday, October 13th - Gourd Jack O’ Lanterns
What the heck is a Hypertufa? Diane Uke, a professional craft teacher will guide us through creating these Antiqued Planters. These rustic planter boxes are made of a mixture of dry cement, sand, peat, perlite and vermiculite. Students are asked to bring a shoe box and any succulent cuttings. All other materials will be provided.
Wednesday, September 8th, 9:30 - 12:30 at the Garden Club
Members price is $35. Non-members $45 if members don’t ﬁll the class
Get ready for Halloween by learning the art of dry gourd carving and create a Jack O’ Lantern that will last for decades. All supplies will be provided.
Wednesday, October 13th, 9:30 - 12:30 at the Garden Club
Members price is $35; Non-members $45 if space is available
To Register for Crafts Class call 858-756-1554
It’s time to clean your closets
Make a donation or come and find the bargain of a lifetime. Or check out the Shoppe on our Club website for feature sale items.
The Shoppe will gladly accept donations of new and gently-used clothing, tools, household goods, shoes, toys, jewelry, etc. Ask for a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
The Shoppe is located at RSF Garden
Club 17025 Avenida de Acacias
Tues., Wed. & Sat. 9:00 – 1:00
Fall Lecture Series
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Professor Jack Williams will present a lecture series entitled Inside the Third Reich: The Political Philosophy & Ideology of Nazi Germany.
Date: Thursdays, September 16 - November 18
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
To Register Call 760-750-4020
or visit www.csusm.edu/el/olli
Join us for a fun game run by Paul Foster and Donna Wood.
Saturday, October 23rd
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Bring your bridge partner or we will find you one.
Call 858-756-1554 for Reservations
To Celebrate Rancho Days
Petals & Prose
FLORAL INTERPRETATIONS OF GREAT LITERATURE
Presented by: The Garden Club & The Library Guild
Exhibit & Reception at the Garden Club
Tuesday, September 28th 5-7 pm
For more Information Please Call