By Diana Graettinger
The Sun City Posse is a community-based all-volunteer organization that helps our residents in the event of an emergency, patrolling to make sure our community is safe and offering assistance where needed.
Ask anyone why they joined the Posse, they will tell you it is a way of giving back to the community, providing help and support to fellow Sun City residents and doing something significant after retirement.
But it is so much more.
Because all of us come from other parts of the country and the world, having left family and old friends behind, the Posse is a catch basin for people who have developed a bond, a connection, camaraderie and a solidarity that is not only fun and friendly, but hugely supportive. Most people are unaware that the Posse is a family-based organization. It was only after I joined, not as a patrol officer, but as part of the administrative support team that I learned just how much of a family the Posse truly is.
In addition to the duties performed daily by Posse members, there also is a lot of coming together for lunches, parties and picnics.
The third Friday of each month the women members of the Posse get together for a luncheon to support each other and to have a plain old talk-fest. Often, some of the retirees join in on the fun.
There also is an appreciation dinner each year to recognize members who have been with the organization anywhere from a year to 30 years and more. The dinner is a thank you to all of the volunteers for the hours they donate. Often, Posse emeritus members join in. The event is conducted at the Palmbrook Country Club, 9350 W. Greenway Road, and there is entertainment and awards are presented to deserving Posse members.
In July, when the winter visitors have fled the coop, we have an ice cream social. Usually, the commander and other officers serve the ice cream. You can get anything from an ice cream sundae to a root-beer float. It is a “cool” way to cool off during the hot summer days in Sun City.
The Posse’s annual picnic is conducted in October. Last year, our former commander and current member Danny Moore prepared all of the food. Danny is a retired chef. It was an outstanding event. The picnic is conducted in the pavilion at the Quail Run Golf Course, 9774 W. Alabama Ave. Lt. Jackie Reyes, one of our enthusiastic boosters at the Posse, said that last year a lot of new recruits joined in the festivities and ended up making new friends.
The year ends with the holiday/Christmas party. It is conducted in the auditorium at Posse headquarters, 10861 W. Sunland Drive. Each year the party is catered and there are door prizes as well as entertainment. Some people dress up; others wear their ugly Christmas sweaters.
At each event, spouses or significant others are included. All that is required is that the Posse members sign up and attend.
So join us and become not only a member of the Posse, but an important member of our family.
Editor’s Note: Ms. Graettinger is Sun City Posse public information officer.