COMMENTARY: Posse volunteers gear for summer

By Diana Graettinger

Summer soon will be here and while many of us will be ducking for cover to avoid the heat, others will be out on the streets patrolling neighborhoods, visiting vacant houses and otherwise keeping a watchful eye on Sun City.

They are the volunteer members of the Sun City Posse.

Diana Graettinger

In the past two commentaries we have introduced you to some of the volunteers that make the posse work. Today, we are introducing you to 10 more members who make a difference.

Robert Pulkinghorn, a member since 2012, is one our patrol officers and an integral member of our Vacation Watch program. Residents can alert the Posse that they will be away on vacation or taking the summer off and going to cooler climates. Posse members, working on a schedule, check houses to make sure they are secure, check for damage, pick up day old newspapers and remove flyers from front doors.

Another team member is M. Sgt. Carol Perko, who also joined the Posse in 2012. The master sergeant is a familiar face to members because of her involvement with the Posse’s annual fund drive. Because the Posse does not receive either federal or state aid, it is Ms. Perko and her team’s job to send out fundraising letters to residents to help garner support for our organization. She also is a duty officer in charge of patrols.

Ronald Pease has been a member since 2017. He is a patrol officer and a member of the Posse’s color guard. It is the color guard’s job to attend formal events in Sun City as well as open and close all Posse meetings. Mr. Pease also has been involved with recruiting new members to the Posse.

Patti Pane has been an associate with the Posse since 2013 and works in the Vacation Watch office to make sure that homes on our program are being checked in a timely manner.

Marjorie Paulding joined the posse in 2003 as a patrol officer and served as Posse commander in 2010. Most recently, she became an associate member working as a dispatcher.

Gene Papineau has been with the posse since 2008. He is in charge of the color guard and is the lieutenant in our recruitment program. Under his leadership, there has been an increase in new recruits.

Jack Page joined the Posse in 2016 as a patrol officer. He also is a duty officer in charge of scheduling for the various patrol districts and serves on the color guard.

Lt. Joseph Orlando joined the posse in 2000. He is a patrol officer as well as a duty officer. He is a lieutenant in charge of building and grounds at Posse headquarters, 10861 W. Sunland Drive, and serves on the board of directors.

Terry Oliver has been with the Posse since 2014 as an associate member with the Vacation Watch program. She helps to ensure that vacant homes registered with the program are being inspected on a scheduled basis.

Marguerite Norris, who joined in 1988, is one of our oldest members. She has worn numerous hats, most recently as a dispatcher.

Lt. Richard Nonini has been a member of the Posse since 2016 and is treasurer for the Sun City Posse Board of Directors. He also is a member of the patrol team and is in training to be a duty officer.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Graettinger is Sun City Posse public information officer.

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