Community Pride

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) has a tradition of putting on the finest patriotic community parade in Southern California, bar none. We have done this for 45 years and all the elected officials who attend always give high praise for the welcome reception they receive from our family community. If you did not plan to enter a float or just walk in the parade, please reconsider. The parade entry form is on page 7. The theme is “Anchors Aweigh,” which should lead to many fun ideas. By all means, plan to attend and bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the day.

A second fine community event is our annual Community Fair, which was our “Picnic At The Park.” We just held that in May and had games, music, displays, and exhibits, which made for a fine Sunday afternoon. Hope you all were able to attend and enjoy a fine family time.

I still remember the first event, in which we had several large Ranch birthday cakes. The idea for the event—to bring families of the Ranch closer together—was originated by our longtime community volunteer and historian, Wes Danskin. If you missed it, plan to attend next year.

Glorious Rain

Imagine my delight to wake up one morning in May and find it raining hard enough to thoroughly saturate all of the plantings and fill the barrels with runoff water. It could not have happened at a better time with our terrible drought. Although it hardly makes a dent in the overall situation, it helps us cut back on watering our gardens and makes it easier to be a good conservationist and follow the state’s tough new water restrictions.

Thanks a Heap

In late April the staff, faculty, parents, and students of Dingeman Elementary School held the annual Bob Dingeman Day. I personally was honored by School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser with a beautiful proclamation designating April 24, 2015, Bob Dingeman Day in the district. This was matched by County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who presented an equally imposing proclamation designating the date as Bob Dingeman Day in the county! I was greatly touched by both honors.

I was particularly pleased that my wife, Gaye, and our daughter, Susan, were recognized as they have supported me and all our efforts for excellence in education for all the children in San Diego. It has been the fantastic efforts of the dedicated teachers and the support of devoted parents that have made the successes possible.

Memorial Day Thoughts

Our heartfelt thanks and prayers go to the thousands of American families who have lost a husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, or loved one in the defense of our freedoms. Memorial Day is set aside for all of us to pause and say thanks for helping preserve our freedoms and for the personal sacrifices that are priceless.

Each Memorial Day my West Point classmates make a pilgrimage to Arlington Cemetery and decorate the gravesites of our buried classmates and their spouses. As we are reaching our 70th year after graduation and multiple combat tours and age has taken its toll on the number of volunteers able to do this task, it fell to a precious few organizers. At first our faithful surviving wives did this ceremony but age caught up with them as well. Happy to say, the grandchildren have stepped up and assumed this wonderful gesture. American virtues continue to prosper.

This reminds me of the annual veterans choral tribute that was established initially for the choral groups of all our Scripps Ranch schools and continues to flourish in our community each year. Last year it was held in St. Gregory the Great church as a tribute to veterans and their families. Also, it was my honor and privilege to lead a special section of our church service the Sunday before Memorial Day, where we recognized all veterans and their families.

70 Years Ago

It does not seem possible that we could celebrate the end of World War II 70 years ago, but our celebrations and remembrances of this momentous day were appreciated by those of us still alive who remember it. There were truly magnificent efforts put forth by all Americans to bring this war to a conclusion.

After the war, we took on the equally amazing feat of helping rebuild Europe and Japan, our defeated enemies, certainly an unprecedented effort for a war victor. However, it was a measure of what American ethos is all about—working to help in today’s world of upsetting changes.

Senior Humor

I am old enough to make my own decisions, just not young enough to remember what they were.

You don’t stop having fun when you are old; you are old when you stop having fun. Bob Dingeman

Bob Dingeman