Happy Birthday, America, 4th of July 2013

Once again Scripps Ranch held its fabulous patriotic 4th of July Parade and Festivities. It appeared that the Old Pros in their 10K Fun Run had more participants than usual, making it truly a gala event for all.

My wife, Gaye, and I were honored to be designated as grand marshals, and we are truly grateful for the honor. The 4th of July Parade has been a big event in our lives from our very first event, with first our grandchildren and then our great-grandchildren. Our son, Dr. Robert Dingeman Jr., who had just retired from his surgical practice, was visiting us. He made it possible with his assistance for Gaye and me to enjoy the day. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the committee who worked so hard to make it a success. Our 4th of July celebration sets Scripps Ranch apart from other family oriented communities and makes us special.

U.S. Marine Color Guard

For the past 37 years, the United States Marine Corps has provided the Color Guard to lead off our parade (pictured top right). We send our appreciation to our citizen soldiers of America. Here are the members who participated this year: Sergeant Broyles, Texas; Cpl. Veebos, Wisconsin; Lance Cpl. Skorek, Illinois; and, Lance Cpl. Sprankle, Oklahoma.

The SRCA banner at the start of the parade was carried by boy scouts Cameron Tran and David Levin. Thank you!

Moving Experience After 4th of July

I returned from our parade and switched on the television and there was a marine senior citizen singing the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner. It was very moving to hear him sing it, and as I watched the reaction of the Texas resident at the ceremony, I felt a strong surge of patriotism. I will secure and use these words in the future, as they are so beautiful.

National Night Out

Just a reminder that we will join other communities in National Night Out against crime, in which you turn on your outside lights and sit out in your front yard. Let’s show the world that we are a community of family homeowners and we support our Neighborhood Watch and police. Check out page 15 for more information. The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) will continue to patrol, so give them a wave as they drive past.

Welcome, Cindy Marten

On July 1, our new superintendent, Cindy Marten, took the helm of the San Diego Unified School District. We look forward to her leadership and to working with her to continue the excellence at all of our Scripps Ranch schools.

We thank Cindy for attending a Scripps Ranch Schools Committee meeting earlier this year. She shared her goals and emphasized her focus on the children. She also listened to the principals, parent representatives, and community leaders about the challenges that face our schools.

New Principals

I want to welcome two principals to our top-rated elementary schools. Sue DeVicariis takes over at Jerabek, and Liz Sloan is now leading the staff at Ellen Browning Scripps. You could read more about both these principals in the Schools section of this Newsletter, including an introductory letter from each of them. Both have extensive leadership experience, and we look forward to working with them to maintain our schools’ excellent achievements.

We were glad to see Sue and Liz join us for our 4th of July Parade. It was wonderful that they are already getting involved in the community. We also look forward to their involvement in our Scripps Ranch Schools Committee.

We bid “happy retirement” to the previous principals at Jerabek and EBS. Thank you, Paul Gilroy and Greg Collamer, for you dedication to our children. We wish you a relaxing, enjoyable retirement. You may see Paul around the community, as he is a Scripps Ranch resident.

You Did It Again!

The Relay for Cancer held at the Scripps Ranch Community Park in June was a big success. More than $40,000 was raised—all for a good cause. I was happy to say a few words to kick off one of our favorite charities, as both Gaye and I are cancer survivors.

A Puzzle for You

Here you are, mounted on a galloping horse at a constant rate of speed. On your right side is open space. On your left is a swiftly moving elephant. In front of you, a swiftly moving zebra. What are your opportunities out of this dangerous situation?

Give up? Get off the park merry go-round, as you are obviously intoxicated …and don’t fall off!

Bob Dingeman