By Art Huseonica
Special to Independent Newsmedia
When visitors and prospective buyers come to Sun City, they find a clean community.
That is thanks in large part of a group of dedicated volunteers known as the Sun City PRIDES. The all-volunteers group spends hours every week picking up trash and trimming shrubs. While the group has a good base of volunteers, there is always room for more.
Rosemary Lynch can attest to the group’s tenacity in keeping Sun City clean. For over 30 years Ms. Lynch has helped the Sun City PRIDES in a variety of ways. Born in Indiana, Ms. Lynch has faithfully volunteered in Phase I since moving to Sun City in 1988. After maintaining Olive Avenue for many years, she became the Phase I Coordinator in 2005, managing all the Phase I work projects done by the PRIDES. Despite this, she still works at least one day per week on Olive Avenue and with the Saturday Squad that goes on work projects throughout Sun City.
“I am so proud of the many Phase I volunteers,” said Ms Lynch. “Without them, I could not keep Phase I looking beautiful for our residents and welcoming to new homeowners.”
Over her 30 years of service, she has also been the PRIDES’ treasurer, publicity coordinator and flag chairperson. She now has co-coordinator Pat Richardson to assist her. Being passionate about the outdoors, Ms Lynch is a natural for the job. However, she is also a top notch Bridge player, and enjoys going to local concerts and social events. Plus, she sings in her church choir.
Ms Lynch has two sons and two grandchildren.
PRIDES members serve in a variety of ways and levels of commitment. But their volunteer efforts not only help keep Sun City clean, it saves Maricopa County thousands of dollars per year by removing that work from county crews’ task list. The PRIDES also work closely with Maricopa County Department Transportation crews on beautification projects in the community, such as planting trees and other vegetation in roadway medians.
The PRIDES do not conduct regular meetings in June, July, August and September, but will resume meetings in October. The Saturday Squad will meet only on the last Saturday of June, July August, and September versus every Saturday.