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4th of July Parade Today and Yesterday

I hope you all joined in the fun and enjoyment of our 45th Annual SRCA 4th of July Parade, with this year’s theme of “Anchors Away.” I went through some old files and found the 1971 homeowners “mimeographed” newsletter of the parade. It went for only about four blocks but had a wonderful spirit. What a change over 45 years. The theme this year was certainly appropriate for a Navy town!

I am still basking in the euphoria of riding in the parade, made even more special riding with Jean Chalupsky in her vintage convertible. Jean drove for me and I marveled as we drove down the street, lined with residents, families, children, and pets, all showing their love of country and Scripps Ranch. The parade was special and all of the elected officials appreciated the warm welcome. I guess everyone also appreciated that it was not too hot.

Our thanks go to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association president, Bob Ilko, and all the members of the 4th of July Committee for their fine work and patriotism. Also, thanks to those who provided and drove the convertibles for our guests, as well as those who helped set up and take down the barricades, and so much more. See page 7 for a list of volunteers. It was a group effort in our very special American community that is second to none.

I must admit to a bit of concern that the city is now charging communities for so many things, such as permits, insurance, police, and more. It makes the event much more expensive to put on now. We have been blessed in past years with several donations from the county to help pay for it. We did not include the old-fashioned ice cream social this year as in the past because of the need for volunteers, which we did not have. It is still a demonstration of our love of country and patriotism and is still enjoyed by all without any commercial entries or electioneering.

Volunteerism: A Bit of History

A feature of the Scripps Ranch community when we arrived here in 1976 was the sense of family and the willingness of residents to work together for the best possible results. Frankly, it made my work and others as a volunteer over the years so pleasant and productive and a joy to see things develop so well. I remember fondly the work of some of our founding residents: Paula Oquita, Ivor LeMare, Nada Borsa, Ron and Karen McElliott, Rick and Lynn Parke, Mibs Somerville, and Vic Landa, just to name a few.

Working together the volunteers set the stage for the development of our Ranch. We used our Orchid-winning community plan as a guide for our construction and running of our award-winning schools, parks, and sports leagues. We met frequently and always came up with “doable solutions” and made sure we got what we needed. The idea of “community service” remained a strong motive at all times.

Cancer Survivors Fundraiser

The Scripps Ranch Relay For Life fundraiser was held in our Community Park at the end of June. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and helps raise money to fight the disease. There were many participants, including cancer survivors. Bill Feather, event chair, said $35,000 was raised!

My wife, Gaye, and I were provided a ride to the park by Bob Shumacher, which was so welcome. We thank the runners and walkers. Also, we thank county supervisor Dave Roberts for the plaque commemorating the event. The Scripps Ranch High School Air Force ROTC Color Guard led the Pledge of Allegiance, as we joined in.

The Scripps Ranch Logo

I am sure you recognize our special Scripps Ranch logo with our signature eucalyptus trees and special street light lantern from the early history of our community. The first builder wanted something unique, together with earth-toned houses with wooden tile roofs, and installed the lanterns with amber lenses.

When subsequent builders came in, they installed normal city street lights. We had a small supply of extra lamps and lenses to replace those damaged but ran out. Many old lanterns remain in our oldest neighborhoods and provide a special touch for our community. A local architect approached me about a logo back then, and he came up with what we have today. It is uniquely Scripps Ranch.

Seven Wonders of the World

I was going through our collection of books and selecting those that could be used in various schools and libraries. I came across a boyhood book from my school teacher mother on the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. It is fascinating to read the old account, as the book was printed in 1845.

I will donate it to the Dingeman Elementary School library for careful handling, of course, by students. The language and descriptions derived from ancient days are very special and unique.

I have read a new listing of what can be considered The Seven Wonders of the World for today. They are not ancient pyramids, lighthouses, hanging gardens, statues, tombs, or monuments but are: to see; to hear; to touch; to taste; to feel; to laugh; and, most important, to love.

Bob Dingeman