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His title was not “Chapter President” but “Humbug.”

posted May 26, 2017, 4:23 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated May 26, 2017, 4:24 PM ]
You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Larry Van Rickley as a member of PSAR’s South County Government Affairs (GA) Committee. The GA Committee focuses on all things governmental and how public policy can affect real estate issues. In its role as an advisory committee to the PSAR board, the GA Committee provides a forum for political advocacy and policy discussion. GA Committee endorsements of political candidates are forwarded to the PSAR board of directors for consideration. Indeed, endorsements from PSAR are highly valued by candidates running for local, state and national public officials.
 
Larry also is serving on the planning committee for the 2017 PSAR Realtor Games, a first-ever fundraiser to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 23, at Scobee Park, 2390 Boswell Road in Chula Vista’s EastLake community (the park is named in honor of Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, 1939-1986, Challenger Spacecraft Commander). The Realtor Games will feature 16 teams competing in mental and physical challenges. The event benefits two charities, including South Bay Community Services and HomeAid San Diego.
 
But did you know that Larry is a member of the San Diego chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV)?  ECV is a fraternal organization dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the American West. Members call themselves “Clampers.” The name of the San Diego-Imperial County chapter is the “John P. Squibob Chapter #1853.” Clampers still debate whether ECV is a “historical drinking society” or a “drinking historical society.”
 
In 2003, Larry served as president of the San Diego chapter (his title was not “President,” but rather “Nobel Grand Humbug” or NGH). Larry is now an XNGH and remains a member of the Squibob Chapter’s board of directors (Graybeards), and has served the past four years as the Grand Nobel Historian.
 
There are currently 43 ECV chapters in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. ECV is known for placing historical plaques in many places throughout the West, often at sites such as bordellos and saloons. Every plaque dedication is followed by a party, called a “doins.” In California’s Gold Country, a Clamper-placed plaque is never far away. In the Squibob Chapter’s 54-year history, it has placed 105 monuments, including in 1999 at the Star of India, the oldest iron-hulled merchant ship afloat. Their next monument is to the last of the Buffalo Soldiers at Camp Lockett in Campo, CA, October 21, 2017.
 
“Yep, members of E Clampus Vitus definitely have a lot of fun,” said Larry, 61. “I’ve been a member for 31 years.”
 
Larry is a native San Diegan. He was born at Naval Air Station North Island at a hospital called the Coronado Naval Annex. “The hospital was started in the 1920s with money from slot machines,” said Larry. “The women’s auxiliary raised money from gambling to fund the early construction of the hospital. The hospital closed its doors and maternity ward shortly after I was born in 1955.  Maybe I had something to do with it; I was born at 10 pounds and 13 ounces.”
 
Larry attended Madison High School in Clairemont, but dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy. “I finished high school aboard ship,” he said. He served from 1972 to 1976, during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Pearl Harbor and San Diego as a Machinery Repairman (MR) aboard destroyer tenders. He was known as VR the MR (VR is short for Van Rickley). He then worked at local shipyards and in the oilfields in southeast Kansas before going to work for the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a civilian employee until 2001, when he began selling real estate. Since 2005, he has focused his real estate career on commercial and land sales.
 
Since 1993, Larry has been an avid sailor. He often spends weekends as first mate on charter trips aboard the San Diego sailing yacht “JADA” (www.sailjada.com). The 65-foot-long JADA is a Stephen Brothers Yawl built in 1938 for blue water ocean racing. 
 
“I have sailed almost the full west coast of North America, from Canada to Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan in Mexico and I’m currently restoring a 58-foot-long Norseman wooden sport fishing boat built in 1970, we will be chartering it for fun and fishing,” said Larry. “I enjoy the trips from San Diego to Cabo and the quiet, rugged beauty along with the challenging seas. I’m looking forward to the Baja Ha-Ha, a two-week rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. I’m also working on earning my captain’s license and recently went to Florida for training.”
 
Larry has three grown children, including two sons, CWO3 Rick and MSG Cliff, both of whom are serving in the U.S. Army as Green Berets. His daughter Tanya is a realtor and business coach who lives in Colorado and is an Iron Woman. Larry has been married for the past 11 years to Tere Cota, a Chula Vista realtor and member of PSAR since 1983.
 
“I think PSAR is an outstanding Association,” Larry said. “They’re friendly, they take an interest in the members and they’re an integral part of our hometown. I’m proud to be a member.”