I've become quite invested in the phrase phrase i coined; Sun City AZ. "The Community That Changed A Nation." So much so, i went out and had a dozen museum logo'd shirts printed with it on the back. I know, kind of weird, but in part it was to help promote the series i wrote on the Museum website. You can find it here under Del Webb's Sun City Stories. Yesterday we went to Tim and Amy Nixon's house for a Thanksgiving gathering of his clients. It's become an annual pie giveaway they do and is pretty cool. Amy's dad just came down and joined the Nixon Group after passing the appropriate state and national certification courses. Nice. We were standing around talking with him and i said Sun City was so unique. Of course he asked why and it dawned on me how all of this fits together. I've mentioned before the Nixon's were major sponsors in the US Open Lawn Bowls Tournament just concluded. It was a sizeable amount of money they invested in making the tourney special. I told her dad Sun City was built around a premise that everyone involved had to be invested in the community. Didn't matter if it was DEVCO, the home buyers, the businesses or the organizations, if you didn't invest in being a part of it/us, it would not have worked. The light immediately came on because the example is so easy to connect with. There are hundreds of Realtors trying to sell homes in Sun City. Most are in business for one reason, to make money. They don't look at "investing" in the community but rather what they can get out of it. It's the new business model that has evolved over the years...what's in it for me? Unfortunately that mentality has become pervasive in every aspect of life today. We've drifted from the concept of sense of community. New buyers appear to be happy to "let someone else do it." In fact, newer communities are built that way. There isn't the layers of organizations in them as safety networks or support systems, they just pay other people to take care of problems. It is one of the reasons the original Sun City is so different from the rest. The problem is, we are drifting away from that investment mentality. I said to Ben Roloff over coffee yesterday, since i left the RCSC board 5 years ago, we've moved even further afield of those solid tenets and values we were built on. And i wasn't happy then about our drift. Maybe i'm just outdated and unwilling to accept the inevitable. For now, i still want to believe those buying here care enough to "invest" in their future. I suspect they just need a push in the right direction. Sadly no one seems to be doing that. One question as i leave; Are you invested in your community? If not, why not?