Connection & Philanthropy
For nearly 30 years, the nonprofit Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) has been a place for local women to socialize, form new friendships, and give back to the community. While most of SRWC’s fundraising efforts go to college scholarships for young women at Scripps Ranch High School, the group has supported a variety of other local projects as well. In between charitable activities, SRWC members spend time getting to know one another through game nights, book clubs, happy hours, hikes, and other fun social events. Learn more about how the club encourages community involvement from our conversation with SRWC President Susan Barnett.
Q&A with Scripps Ranch Women’s Club President Susan Barnett
Please give us a brief history of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club. When was it founded and by whom?
Founder Cindy Haberman started the club in 1990. At the time, only the Welcome Wagon group provided a social organization for local women. Cindy wanted to attract women who would do philanthropy work within Scripps Ranch while also enjoying social and educational events. The founding members adopted the slogan “Women United in Community Spirit” that has guided the organization throughout its nearly 30 years.
What is the SRWC mission/purpose?
The purpose has always been to encourage community involvement in charitable, civic, cultural, and social interests. In addition, it provides a chance for women to socialize while enjoying mutual interests and to form new friendships in the community.
Can you elaborate on some of the community projects the club has supported in the past?
The club’s main fundraising efforts go to college scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School senior women. In addition, the club has regularly given funds to all the elementary schools and middle schools, the library, Concerts in the Park, and the Scripps Ranch Theatre. Its annual holiday party includes donations to the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary. The club also donated a bench in the club’s name to Jerabek Park.
What kinds of social events does the club host?
There are monthly bridge games, Bunco groups, a book club, walks at the lake and hikes off the ranch, high tea, tours of various places of interest, happy hours, couples socials, theme parties for members and their guests, wine tasting, pre-theater parties, cooking classes, and many more fun events.
Tell us about the SRWC annual scholarship. What should potential applicants know before this year’s deadline?
The scholarships are open to graduating female seniors from Scripps Ranch High School. Criteria include being a U.S. citizen and resident of Scripps Ranch, 3.5 or better GPA, and activities at school and in the community. The number given each year varies but in recent years there have been four to five winners per year. Deadline for application is March 30 and the applications can be accessed through our website or through the counseling office at the high school.
How did you personally become involved in the SRWC?
I became involved in the club by playing bridge and meeting women who raised money for the community.
What is your current role within the club? Please elaborate on your specific responsibilities.
My current role is president with the responsibility to create an agenda and lead our monthly board meetings. I also write a president’s message for our monthly newsletter.
At-A-Glance | Susan Barnett
Name: Susan Barnett
Community of Residence: Present resident of Carlsbad but I lived in Scripps Ranch for 24 years
Education & Occupation: Master’s in Education; elementary school teacher in SC, FL, and CA, now retired
Family: Daughter – Elizabeth; two teenage grandchildren – Wesley and Quinn; Partner – Fred Ford
Hobbies and Interests: Golf, bridge, gardening, reading, and exercising
Favorite Local Spots: Kappa Sushi and the lake
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
The most rewarding part of being a SRWC member is that our club gives scholarships to Scripps Ranch High School senior girls who will be attending college.
How has the club grown or changed over the years?
The club’s mission has remained the same but the way it does fundraising has changed over the years. Initially the club held elaborate fundraising events involving members and their guests which ranged from a brunch/fashion show/silent auction event to theme parties to live auctions. More recently the club provides the funds for distribution in the community through its members’ donations.
How many members does the club currently have?
The club’s membership rolls have increased in the past several years with 91 current members.
Are there any exciting projects, events, or programs coming up?
2020 promises to be another exciting year with many new social events in the planning stages. These include a La Jolla beach walk followed by lunch, gourmet cooking class with a local chef, wine and food pairing dinner, ladies’ high tea, Balboa Park museum tour, and the ever-popular happy hours. Members often start new special interest groups so there is always that possibility for next year.
How would interested community members get involved? What are the criteria for membership?
Any woman living in the 92131 zip code is eligible to join. It is simple – just visit the website at srwomensclub.org and download the application, attach a check, and mail it to the P.O. box address. The club enthusiastically encourages and welcomes new members!
What can new members expect when joining the SRWC?
They can be assured they will be welcomed! And club members always encourage them to take on leadership roles within the organization, participate in social and fundraising events, and provides them with the possibility of forming new friendships. There are activities to appeal to many different interests. And if a member can’t find a special interest group to join, she can start one.
At-A-Glance| Scripps Ranch Women’s Club
Name of Organization: Scripps Ranch Women’s Club
President: Susan Barnett
Year Established: 1990
Phone: Connie Curran, membership chair, 858-271-7707