Oh goody, the Recreation Centers of Sun City candidate packets are available and ready to be picked up.
The members were once the backbone of Sun City. We had rights and privileges to be able to speak out and seek a fair representation from the board. The board conducted meetings with the members and talked openly about the needs and desires of those who lived here. There was even a group that created a separate panel to keep an eye on directors’ actions to make sure the community was the first thought in all actions taken.
The community at one time had several membership meetings yearly, which were usually well attended. A concern arose around a possible coup by some residents taking control of the board, so the quorum was raised to such a high number there hasn’t been a successful membership meeting in 10 years.
When elected, don’t you think you owe a duty to the people of Sun City to at least have a membership meeting? Or, perhaps, schedule the meeting for the intermission of the Dancing with the Sun City Stars. This way you will have the quorum and entertainment for the membership meeting. If people can show up for entertainment venues, then they can show up for meetings.
A successful candidate will have a strong backbone and be able to differentiate and discern what is real information and what is made up bunk. Candidates should read the book, “Jubilee: Sun City, the First 25 Years,” or go to the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, 10725 W. Oakmont Drive, and get a visual and/or oral history of what can be accomplished by the board, the members and those willing to work together for a better community.
At one time, board members were at the office nothing less than 40 hours per week with no time off or summer breaks. There was an expectation of being available to the members for discussions, question and answer sessions and doing general board business.
A successful candidate will know how to form relationships with other board members to create acceptable boundaries for management, and take the board responsibilities back. A successful candidate will understand the nuance of truth versus persuasion. There will be side conversations, discussing how everyone should vote. A successful candidate has the integrity and honesty to maintain their common sense and not fall for the quick and easy answers. A successful candidate will welcome open forums and meetings to dialogue with the members. A member should not have to wait until a board meeting to ask a question.
The RCSC process is broken, and it needs to be fixed, and with time and successful new board members, it can be.
A new general manager needs to be found, and it will be these next two boards that will seek and find a qualified, unbiased, successful leader who can take Sun City in a direction towards real open meetings, obeying the law of the land and bridging the gap of membership versus management in running the corporation.