March 2015

Monthly Dinner Meeting

***Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:00 PM***

Topic: Temecula Valley History – The Vail Ranch Headquarters Site Renovation

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Where: Temecula Library Click Here for Map
Pauba Road, Temecula, CA 92592

Dinner Cost:
$25.00 for non-members
$20.00 for member

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Presentation: Temecula Valley History – The Vail Ranch Headquarters Site Renovation

By Darell & Rebecca Farnbach

The Vail Ranch Headquarters Site on the property east of Kohls in south Temecula is presently under renovation. This site, recognized as a California historic site, also eligible for National Historic Registry status, is undergoing restoration according to the US Department of Interior Standards for Historic Renovation. Paperwork has been drafted to name it as a nationally recognized historic district upon completion.

After many years of handwringing, meetings, a 1998 lawsuit, negotiations, planning, discussions, more meetings, and then, finally, agreements, architectural plans were submitted for county approval and then to the City of Temecula Planning Department about 6 years ago.

This was followed by a series of unfortunate events, including change of ownership three times. Each owner was responsible to complete restoration of the historical property and to keep the terms of the legal settlement with historic preservationists, the founders of the Vail Ranch Restoration Association (VaRRA). By the time Arteco, an historic architectural firm, took title to the property the economy tanked and loans were not available to complete the project, so the waiting game continued.

Finally about two years ago Arteco began renovation on the Wolf Store. Now they are working on the rest of the property. Deep trenching has been going on for the last few months. Most of the underground work is completed for sewer, fire hydrants, waterline, gas lines, electricity, cable, water drainage, collection of water runoff, and grease traps for future restaurants on the property.

VaRRA is in the planning and staging phase for historic displays positioned to depict past occupants and usage of the areas. A vintage 1875 hotel room is already completed in a south room of the Wolf Store. An outdoor blacksmith pavilion is planned for live blacksmith demonstrations. VaRRA also plans a display of typical cowboy bunkrooms in the old bunkhouse.

This historical district has received some interest from potential business owners. Augie’s gourmet coffee roasters will share the Wolf Store with A la Minute ice cream vendors. A deli may be going into the bunkhouse. Perhaps a saddle shop will go into the replica of the Mule Barn. There may be a garden behind to supply produce for the restaurants. There are a lot of interesting possibilities for this community area that centers around the old Butterfield Trail that transverses the property.

Everyone is invited to come to the property on Sunday afternoons and to look over the yellow caution tape to see the buildings while they are still undergoing reconstruction. You can see the project up close and personal. VaRRA is holding antique sales in the Wolf Store every Sunday afternoon from 12 – 5 pm as a fundraising project. Things keep changing and the community is watching and waiting for this heritage site to be open for business, which may be as soon as October of this year.

When people band together to work for a common good, projects like this come together.

Speakers’ Bios: Darell and Rebecca Farnbach are the go-to people when you want to know about the history of the Temecula Valley. There was no historical society in the valley when a significant heritage site faced demolition in 1998, so Darell and Rebecca and some other interested friends took it upon themselves to champion the property’s preservation. After learning so much about Temecula history during preparation of their legal case, done without an attorney, they have been instrumental in chartering the Temecula Valley Historical Society, Rebecca has co-authored six books about local history, and Darell is a commissioner on the Riverside County Historic Commission.

Rebecca Farnbach was born, raised and educated in Iowa before coming to Southern California as an adult. She has worked in the eye care field for 36 years, starting as a medical and surgical assistant and presently works an optician at the Temecula LensCrafters. As an advocate for the needy, Rebecca has gone on many eye care missions in Mexico, Central America and to Ecuador. Rebecca chairs the Lions Club sight and hearing charities for the region. She is also a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Old Town Gazette, The Californian, Country Review magazine and many other local publications. Rebecca has received numerous writing awards including the San Diego Christian Writers Guild “Writer of the Year”. Eighteen years ago Rebecca started a writers’ critique group that is still thriving and has produced over seventy books.

Darell Farnbach is a fourth generation Californian and has lived in various locations the length and breadth of the state. He has been a hairdresser for over forty years. He served as a typist for the US Army in Germany during the 1960s. His real passions are cars and history. Darell is a hands-on type restoration guy, whether with hair, antiques, cars or artifacts. When Darell teaches third-graders about California’s mission era, he dresses like a ranger and supervises the students digging in mud to form adobe bricks. He has collected, restored, and set up artifact displays in the Little Temecula History Center, a rustic museum a few paces from the historic site he helped to save. He is presently putting finishing touches on the restoration of an 1860s Brougham coach.

Each Sunday afternoon Darell is at the Little Temecula History Center greeting visitors and answering questions about history.

Join us for a wonderful presentation of the history of Temecula Valley on March 19, 2015!!!


Six-Sense Auditing
This lively training presentation teaches how to use all six – yes, six! – senses when conducting external conformity assessments or internal QMS audits, in order to maximize the gathering of objective evidence, and to ensure the highest level of confidence in the final audit results.This eye-opening and invaluable discussion will give even seasoned auditors a new perspective, and will help improve the audit experience not only for clients, but also dramatically reduce problems with Certification Body internal review committees and Accreditation Bodies.As a clinic participant, you will:The “angle of perception” used by auditors, and how to expand it using the “missing senses” to soak up evidence like a sponge.Learn how auditees hide nonconformities in plain view, based on predicted auditor behavior.Never again have your audit findings challenged because of weak evidence.Speaker Bio:  Christopher Paris is a former Chemical Process Engineer, and has worked with ISO 9001systems since 1988.  In 1999, he founded Oxebridge Quality Resources, an ISO 9001 and AS9100 consulting firm whose clients include SpaceX, Lufthansa, L3 Communications, and200 small and medium sized organizations. He was a member of the US TAG to TC 176,and is an international speaker on the subject of quality and ISO 9001, primarily advocatingfor the point of view of standards users.  See link for more on Christopher Paris bio.
This lively training presentation teaches how to use all six – yes, six! – senses when conducting external conformity assessments or internal QMS audits, in order to maximize the gathering of objective evidence, and to ensure the highest level of confidence in the final audit results.
This eye-opening and invaluable discussion will give even seasoned auditors a new perspective, and will help improve the audit experience not only for clients, but also dramatically reduce problems with Certification Body internal review committees and Accreditation Bodies.
As a clinic participant, you will:
The “angle of perception” used by auditors, and how to expand it using the “missing senses” to soak up evidence like a sponge.
Learn how auditees hide nonconformities in plain view, based on predicted auditor behavior.
Never again have your audit findings challenged because of weak evidence.
Speaker Bio: Christopher Paris is a former Chemical Process Engineer, and has worked with ISO 9001 systems since 1988.  In 1999, he founded Oxebridge Quality Resources, an ISO 9001 and AS9100 consulting firm whose clients include SpaceX, Lufthansa, L3 Communications, and
200 small and medium sized organizations. He was a member of the US TAG to TC 176,
and is an international speaker on the subject of quality and ISO 9001, primarily advocating
for the point of view of standards users.  Click Here for more on Christopher Paris bio.