By Bill Tamburrino
Ben Narramore is taking on a very big job, but he is not a stranger to big jobs.
Narramore will be taking over for Brian Stemm as the Ramona Bulldog Boosters Club President. He has
served as president of Ramona Pop Warner and has been the West Coast Representative for USA Football, the governing body for NFL Youth Football.
Community service is something Narramore grew up with.
“My father (Randy Narramore) was a chief of police in two different cities, and I always went to work with him and started out by washing police cars,” he said. “From there I got involved in several youth activities and enjoyed helping out wherever I could.”
Narramore is taking over for Brian Stemm, who did not leave the shelf dry.
“Brian did an amazing job and left the club in great shape,” said Narramore. “I would like to continue with the projects that he started and continue the growth and not go back an inch.”
Ramona High School Athletic Director Damon Baldwin also had praise for Stemm.
“Brian Stemm was fair, honest and always available to do what he could to help out our kids in our athletic programs and the clubs that work with Boosters,” said Baldwin. “Brian has a huge heart and we will miss him. Hope to see him back in our program once he takes his well deserved break.”
Baldwin is looking forward to working with Narramore.
Narramore’s top priority is to ensure that the RBBC can generate enough money to fully fund all the sports and clubs the Boosters support. He also wants to add some new sports and clubs.
“I think that boys lacrosse could be added in the future,” he said. “Another priority is to get some new blood into the program. We are trying to recruit Joe Cobian to get involved in the near future.”
Narramore has some ideas that are in the formative stage.
“We are improving our website,” he said. “We are endeavoring to make use of more technology to reach more people with more information.”
To keep up with the latest activities of the Boosters, go to www.rbbclub.net.
Narramore has nothing but praise for the officers in the RBBC.
“The board members put in long hours and are working as we speak to help the students of Ramona High School,” he said. “Nobody puts in the hours that Kevin Hemphill puts in at all of the events that he works. The same is true with the other officers. That is why getting new blood like Joe Cobian is one of our priorities.”
In addition to Narramore, RBBC Board members are: Vice President Kevin Hemphill, Treasurer Karen Vaughan, Secretary Julie McKallister, Parent Representative Joan Snelling, Membership Chairman John Hine, Fundraising Coordinator Matt Curtis and Public Relations Officer Kim Narramore.
“I also want the public to understand that we are more than an athletic booster club,” said Narramore. “We help clubs and other activities like band, spirit squads, dance and Tom’s Club, to name a few. We have over 200 members, which is not enough in a community like Ramona.
“In these difficult economic times, we have to help with the cost of transportation, budgets, equipment, etc. We really need to help the non-revenue producing sports and activities.
“We have already started working on the fall sports but could use more help. Anybody interested in joining and/or helping the RBBC, go to our website for more information or attend one of our meetings. We meet in the RHS library on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m.”
The board plans to continue the same RBBC tradition of service and is always looking for new members to continue the service.