By Roger Ball
Sun City West has hundreds of recreational opportunities—from golf courses, to arts studios, to bowling alleys, to bocce ball courts.Recreation Centers of Sun City West committees keep things moving smoothly by getting feedback from the residents and prioritizing and sharing concerns and desires with the board and staff. There are six permanent committees meeting September through June.
While committees are filled by resident members, each group is led by an elected RCSCW board member.
Many believe having a board member chair each of the committees ensures good communication between the committee and the board. Peggy Robbins, RCSCW board president, said the system has always worked quite well.
The number of boards and their missions change over the years.
In the recent past, for example, there was an ad hoc committee to examine and revamp the bylaws. That committee no longer in existsThe RCSCW board can create an ad hoc committee to research a specific item. When the group’s work is completed, the committee is dissolved.Marion Mosley, RCSCW board member, suggested in 2017 there was no longer a need for the Community Relations Committee. Mr. Mosley determined the work of the committee was being handled by other departments. The board agreed and the committee was disbanded.
RCSCW committees are advisory to the board. They research and discuss items under their prevue and make recommendations to the board. However, their recommendations are not binding on the board.
“If a resident has an idea or a concern, standing committees are the best place to be heard,” said Bryan Walus, chairman of the budget and finance committee.
RCSCW standing committees are Budget and Finance, Chartered Clubs, Properties, Long Range Planning, Sports Pavilion and Bowling, and Golf.One major RCSCW activity actually has two committees. In addition to the Golf Committee, which has a board member as chair, there is also a Golf Council. It consists of the presidents of each of the 19 chartered golf clubs.
Patrick O’Hara, golf operations manager, says his service benefits greatly from having the two groups.
“I use both the committee and council to help with communication of upcoming events,” Mr. O’Hara said. ”I also receive feedback for both parties on areas of concern or questions they might have on why we do things a particular way.”
Ms. Robbins also appointed board member Bob Garrett as a PORA liaison. She believes this special assignment was important to have a strong connection with that sister community agency, and Mr. Garrett also has a strong interest in transportation. The Traffic and Safety Committee is a primary activity of PORA, and traffic is one issue that residents often discuss.
Additionally, TORCH is a special committee of the board that is voted on every year in order to continue. TORCH is a citizen academy that runs for seven weeks in the spring and fall to help interested residents learn more about their community.
Committee members are asked to serve one-year terms from July 1-June 30 so one year. If someone would like to serve on a committee, Ms. Robbins says they should contact the current chair or the RCSCW, 623-544-6100, and request to be added to a list.