The Recreation Centers of Sun City West, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., governing board will have three new directors who bring different experiences to the board for the three-year term.
Board director Roberta Davidson has lived in Sun City West for 10 years and is currently the Properties Committee chairwoman. Ms. Davidson remains a Realtor and property manger and is active in the community with some clubs.
“I have served on other committees, including Properties back in 2017,” she said. “I was part of the space utilization group as a property representative during 2017, so I am familiar with the issues of the community. We have our challenges.”
Ms. Davidson said the goal is to always be a part of the solution and not the problem and wanted to run in last year’s election for the board, but was unable. As part of the effort to learn more, she sat in on board and committee meetings and believed everything was in good shape.
“And then March hit,” she said. “I think by closing down when we did a lot of people were upset, but it was good.”
The closure forced Recreation Centers of Sun City West to create a different option to in-person meetings, which are now available to view online. Ms. Davidson said the community is adapting to the technological changes.
She said a master plan is of the utmost importance. Ms. Davidson is hoping to have some progress made in order to produce during community meetings.
“We can work toward that plan and some strong budget constraints, but I am up for the challenge and like challenges,” she said.
Ms. Davidson said board involvement is important to the community but the solution to getting more people to run for the board is difficult to answer.
“Mainly people move here and are retired, but we still have some that are boomers and are still working full-time,” she explained. “So there’s been some discussion maybe making board terms two instead of three years. People have to be motivated to do it and it’s hard. Even the four clubs I am involved with and getting people to step up and be officers is difficult and it’s just hard to get people involved. I don’t think there is any magic bullet. Good to complain, but be a part of the solution and not the problem. A lot of people have some good ideas and come to meetings and bring it up.”
Board member Anne Brown and her husband came to Sun City West in 2011. Her background includes a multi-hospital system where she was the director for budget and finance before retiring in 2008. She will be the chairwoman for the Budget and Finance Committee for RCSCW.
While in Sun City West, Ms. Brown served on the Special Development Board Committee for two years.
“It was an interesting committee reviewing documents for the committee and just cleaning up some things that had been there for some time and bringing them all in to some order and making them more usable, which has taught me a lot,” he said. “I had a couple people encourage me to run and decided to go for it.”
The desire to serve on the volunteer board is something Ms. Brown practiced all her life, saying she always gets more out of it then she feels like she gives when she volunteers, which is a good kind of selfish.
“While I haven’t done anything official yet, I am learning and think I will be for the next three years and that is what I should be doing if I am doing the job right,” she explained. “I should be constantly learning.”
A liaison between the Property Owners and Residents Association and RCSCW officials will be the job of the third newest board member, Sharon Hettick. Her work on the Northwest Valley Connect, 9445 N. 99th Ave., Peoria, board gives her insight into the legislative issues Sun City West is facing.
Ms. Hettick has lived in the community for 14 years and has seen a great deal of changes over time. Her experience with the golf task force helped to learn more about the golf future for the community and decided now it was time for her to get involved.
“I just felt it was time to see if I can help and be supportive of the community and we need people to step up and do roles when you are not getting paid,” she said.
Ms. Hettick believes with younger people moving in to the community, RCSCW officials must bridge the gap between the ages, which changes with each generation. She said the association has to find a balance and getting opinions of both sides together and finding common ground is the biggest challenge.
“And it’s not just about the board being visible, but also about community interaction,” Ms. Hettick explained. “Not just making a plan change, but what general amount of information available about what you want to happen instead of just changing it and explaining later why you did it.”
Ms. Hettick said the community is diverse, such as a lot of people from outside of the country and they, too, need to be incorporated.
She believes virtual meetings are playing a big role in the community, with many people participating due to convenience, saying that’s something the governing board needs to look at with more people working from home and different hours.
“People have to deal with change and that is an interesting thing,” Ms. Hettick explained. “We like what we know and you do certain things in a certain way and when you get older you don’t want to change as much.”
Ms. Hettick said the future success of the community relies on staying up to date with whats important to the people living in Sun City West.