Women’s Club embraces adventure and ‘giving’

Members of one of the Women’s Club Bunco groups who dressed in costume were (from left)  Connie Guttierrez, Ann Massey, Cathleen Hulse, Marianne Marion, Annie Lanning, Diane Lennert, Mary Rea, Madalynn Gordon, Sue Cauble, Marty Salkin and Rita Hubbard. (courtesy of SR Women’s Club)

Women’s Club embraces adventure and ‘giving’

By Mary Rea
Publicity chair

Adventurous is a great word to describe members of the Women’s Club in November. It was a major adventure to explore Petco Park in a behind-the-scenes guided tour. We experienced the hidden parts of the stadium that most visitors to a baseball game will never see. At the end of November, the Club will offer another adventure – this time outdoors – when our social walking group hikes the wilderness trails at the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Our Bunco players in late October embraced the spirit of adventure with a number of them dressed in Halloween costumes. Witches were plentiful and we even had an angel with wings and a halo. By the way, all three of our Club’s Bunco groups take place in the evening so that members who work or are not available during the day can enjoy a relaxing, social evening with friends.

“Ranch Readers,” our popular Book Club, is known for engaging book discussions and it is always an adventure to explore new ideas and spark our imaginations. In the last few months, we have read novels as diverse as “Hello Beautiful” by Ann Napolitano, “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks, and “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” by Gabrielle Zevin.

Our Holiday Cocktail Party at Yanni’s on Dec. 3 is a favorite Club event where we celebrate the season together and share holiday cheer.

It is also the season of giving and, because community giving is a major function of the Women’s Club, we often incorporate charitable opportunities as part of our events. As we celebrate the season, we will be collecting donations for Hidden Valley House (HVH). Every year, our members support HVH by making the holidays a little brighter for the children and adults with gifts, including new toys, as well as gift cards. Making a difference and sharing goodwill is one of the best parts of our annual holiday celebration!

If you would enjoy the Women’s Club, with the emphasis on fun, friendship and philanthropy, please contact our Membership Chair Laurie Wenger at or visit our website at In general, membership is available to women living or working in Scripps Ranch.

Another group in costume includes (standing, from left) Wendy Higgins, Alice Izzo, Susie Hill, Peggy Foster, Donna Apprill, Mary Rea, Lauretta Johnson, Celeste Cowell, Liz Robert and (kneeling from left) Connie Gallagher and Lynn Parke. (courtesy of SR Women’s Club)