The other day i chastised the board president for an article where she said things with no substance attached to the comments made. I know from experience, it's easy to make claims, proving them with supporting information is far more difficult. Putting meat on the bone is always more preferable. It's why most of the threads i write are lengthy and filled with history. There's usually a reason i feel and think the way i do. Perhaps the most often repeated phrase for me in my writings is "building a sense of community." There's a reason for that, it was how Sun City was built and why it was so successful. It's easy to say that, but reinforcing that point is even more simple. Literally, the proof is in the pudding, as the old axiom goes. Here's a short list; the PRIDE, the POSSE, Sunshine Service, SCHOA, Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, Friends of the Library, CAN, COA and a host of other organizations. Virtually every one of them was started by a member of the community who saw a need. Most of them were born of very humble beginnings and grew and flourished when Sun City residents jumped in, joined hands and turned them into long standing spectacular organizations. Truly a community effort that needed those living in Sun City to donate their time and expertise to make the community function as well as it did/does. Sun City and its sister city, Sun City West are similar in construct. Both have these supporting organizations that newer, smaller age restricted communities don't have. They don't have the need, they weren't built and sold around an infrastructure where volunteerism was a key ingredient for their success. They were just "fun cities." I know everyone tends to focus on the Rec Centers of Sun City and all they offer. Honestly it is the attraction. Eight golf courses, eight rec centers, the Sun Bowl, Viewpoint Lake and the amazing grounds with it. All coming at a fraction of the price compared to our competition. Most often, it isn't until you move here and grow to understand the value of all of the other organizations on the periphery that makes us unique, special. There is an organization, now long since departed, that epitomizes that sense of community. In all likelihood, you've never even heard of them. Their efforts were quite frankly astounding. I had never paid any attention to them. Now that i am digging into their history, even i am blown away. Tomorrow's another day and we can start looking into how it all unfolded. Stay tuned.