RSFWF Press Releases

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  • 05 Nov 2011 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Cathy Hopf and Becky Horowitz, along with Annabel Moore and Susan Danton, will continue to collect donations for Dress for Success through Thursday, November 10th.  You can still donate items by dropping them off at The RSFWF office (6004 Paseo Delicias behind the Union Bank).

    Here is their request:

    Please help us support DRESS FOR SUCCESS San Diego which was one of our grant finalists last year.  The women they support desperately need work-appropriate clothing as follows:

    New or gently used skirt suits and pant suits (no dresses),
    Dry Cleaned and on hangers

    Average age of women in the program is 25-35
    Sizes needed are 0 petite to 24 womens

     Conservative and age-appropriate suits are ideal

     If your closet is clean and you do not want to shop, cash donations of $25 will be much appreciated.
  • 02 Nov 2011 4:55 PM | Anonymous



for the 
Most KillerSHOES!!

    There will be a drawing for those members who bring a guest

    You may each win personalized copies of the Twins' ebook, The Fashion Code.


    AND...don't forget about DRESS FOR SUCCESS. 

    The women they support desperately need work-appropriate clothing as follows:

    New or gently-used skirt suits and pant suits

    (no dresses), dry cleaned and on hangers

    Average age of women in the program is 25-35

    Sizes needed are 0 petite to 24 women’s

    Conservative and age-appropriate suits are ideal

    If your closet is clean and you do not want to shop,

    cash donations of $25 are much appreciated.



  • 02 Nov 2011 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    On November 4, 2011, the RSF Women's Fund Contribution/Membership renewal invoices will be going out. 

    Please watch your email account for yours to arrive.

    Also, visit our section about "Multiplying Your Contribution".

  • 10 Oct 2011 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    During a recent meeting, the Advisory Committee made decisions that I wanted to personally make you aware of.


    After reviewing our administrative budget for this year and next year’s projections, it became clear that we would need to reduce our expenses or increase the Administrative fee that each member contributes annually.


    The Advisory Committee felt strongly that we should look for ways to cut expenses and hold the Administrative fee constant at $250 out of the $2,250 annual member’s contribution. Therefore the Advisory Committee took the following actions to reduce our Administrative expenses:

    • In an effort to reduce meeting expenses, the Advisory Committee moved Advisory and Grant Committee Meetings from The Inn to the Village Church.  The church charges a nominal meeting room fee and we are able to bring in coffee and food.


    • The Advisory Committee also voted to increase the fee for our other meetings to more accurately reflect the actual per person cost of food and beverage provided at the event.  In the past, we have subsidized the food and beverage costs out of the administrative budget.  The November 7th Annual Meeting cost will be $40 per person and include one drink per person as well as passed hors d’oeuvres.


    • Lastly, the Advisory Committee voted to provide an option for members to pay for all the meeting fees in one payment rather than paying for each meeting separately. The cost to attend all the remaining meetings for the membership cycle (through the May Grants Presentation including November Annual Meeting ($40), February General Meeting ($10), April Meeting/Luncheon ($40) and May Meeting ($40) will be $120.  This includes a $10 discount for paying early! If you choose this option, you should be planning to attend all meetings as there are no refunds or transfers allowed. You will still need to RSVP and make entrée selections when required.   For those of you that attend nearly all the meetings, it will make it easier to just make one annual payment, and will also help to reduce our administrative time and bank fees.  REMEMBER TO MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE RSF FOUNDATION.

    A few other reminders:

    • Please PLAN TO ATTEND the November 7th Annual Meeting of the RSFWF at The Inn.  Invitations have been mailed. You can place your RSVP on our website by going to our homepage.  Invite a guest!
    • Renewal notices for the 2011-2012 Membership cycle are being emailed to you on NOVEMBER 4th. You will remember that last year, we went from Spring and Fall billing cycles to a single annual billing cycle for everyone.

    If you have any questions about any of the information above, please call me or email me. I will be happy to discuss them with you. Thank you.


    Donna Walker

    RSFWF Advisory Committee Chair

  • 29 Sep 2011 2:11 PM | Anonymous


    If you have a friend that you want invited to the upcoming get-together for prospective new members on October 27th, please send your friend's mailing and email addresses to Connie Pittard ( or Carol Linovitz ( right away. 



  • 27 Sep 2011 11:56 AM | Anonymous



    San Diego-based Angels Foster Family Network has selected Inter/Media Advertising of Encino, Calif. for its new advertising campaign designed to help the non-profit organization recruit ideal foster families for kids up to five years old and secure loving homes where the youngsters can get a successful and stable start in the early development years. The ad campaign is partially funded by a grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund.


    The agency is developing a 30-second TV spot and 60- second radio commercials. The goal is to raise awareness about the need for foster families, and appeal to those families that can pass the stringent background and financial check that the non-profit requires of its applicant. Angels selects only the finest of individuals to become Angels parents, and they are trained extensively in how to best care for an infant or toddler aged child. Angels is a program of prevention and has successfully rescued nearly 500 babies in 12 years and placed them with foster parents where they have optimum opportunities for early attachment and bonding. When a successful reunification is not possible, many Angels babies are adopted by their Angels parents.

  • 14 Sep 2011 7:08 PM | Deleted user


    The RSF Women's Fund kicked off the new year with a stimulating and informative September General Meeting. Dr. Danielle Weiss gave a slide presentation of the latest research to maintain good health with proper weight, exercise and Vitamin D. The meeting was well attended and members and guests had an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

    Many thanks to the event photographer, Robert McKenzie, for providing pictures.

    Susan Muha, Gillian Gillies, and Gayle Gillies Mize

  • 06 Sep 2011 2:10 PM | Deleted user



    We are off to a great start for the RSF Women’s Fund Grant Season 2012! 

    I am happy to report that Kate Williams will lead the work group for Arts & Culture and that Jinda Schatz will lead the work group for Education and Research.  Diane Murphy will be our Site Visit Coordinator.  Thank you ladies for stepping up!

    Our two work groups are forming and we have great participation this year from our membership!  There is always room for more, so I invite all interested members to contact me and join one of our two work groups.  Our Kick-off meeting for the Grants Committee is Monday, September 19tth at 9:30am at The Inn.  We will then begin reviewing LOI’s (Letter on Inquiry) on September 26th and will meet once a week for 6 weeks.

    We look forward to another great year for RSF Women’s Fund and our combined interest in becoming more knowledgeable and skilled philanthropists.

    Donna Vance     756-2956

  • 01 Sep 2011 3:49 PM | Anonymous




    Plans for the first two Volunteer Participation Opportunities are Under Way!!




    1. For the September 12th General Meeting, members are invited to help two of our current Grantee Organizations:  

    Burn Institute and CSUSM Ace Scholars

    These organizations need school/art supplies for the youths in their programs.  Members can purchase $25 worth according to this suggestion: 

    Last Names from A-M   please buy plain printer paper, pencils, wire-bound notebooks, pads of lined paper, ball point pens;

    Last Names from N-Z--please buy lined  filler paper, file folders with pockets, highlighters, smaller note pads, coloring books. 

    Bring your items to the September 12th meeting where Cathy Hopf and Becky Horowitz will collect them. Cash is also accepted! 




    2. At the November 7th Meeting, members are invited to donate items to Dress For Success.


    This organization was one of our finalists in the 2011 grant cycle but did not receive a grant. As a way to support this very important organization, the RSFWF will hold a clothing drive.


    Members are encouraged to donate gently used, work appropriate clothing and accessories (or cash) to this very worthy cause.  More details will follow--but hold on to anything that you may be considering discarding until this event!


    For any questions about either of these events,

    call Cathy at (858) 759-0887

    or email her at

  • 25 Aug 2011 1:56 PM | Anonymous



    Monday, September 12th at 9:30AM

    The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe--Garden Room



    The guest speaker for our first meeting is Danielle Weiss, M.D.


    Dr. Weiss is a Stanford-trained Endocrinologist who specializes in metabolism, weight control, diabetes, hormonal issues and longevity.  At the Center for Hormonal Health and Well-Being, Dr.  Weiss takes a holistic approach to her patients and the condition of their health. Dr. Weiss prides herself on spending time truly listening to your concerns and needs. She harnesses the physical, social, and spiritual aspects of healing and uses a team approach to develop a plan to address these issues together.


    Vitamin D is the "hot" vitamin of the moment....both literally and figuratively!  What makes this sunshine vitamin so important

    and why should everyone be taking?  Find out September 12th as Dr. Weiss discusses, "Vitamin D, a Hormone in Disguise."


    Also get "The Skinny on Fat," an informative and engaging buffet-style overview of what we need to know about the one thing we love to HATE....fat.  How do you have more than a fat chance of success with weight issues and the changes in metabolism that occur at different stages of life? How do you achieve your personal metabolic balance, improve your energy levels and enhance your longevity?  Come find out from Dr. Weiss!


    Register Now!

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