One of my favorite words; accountability. Did you ever ponder; as we age, do we become more accountable, or less? When we were young and lived life with kids and jobs and all the trappings that go with it, did we have to be more responsible? One of the joys of moving to Sun City was to escape all that. Lucky enough to retire early, i found myself far less mired in having to fit life into tight schedules and endless headaches. It's one of the reasons that DEVCO used to claim you lived longer by retiring to Sun City. Less stress, and stress takes it's toll. All of which is which is just a set-up for a question asked at the board meeting the other day; one of course that wasn't answered, not the right forum for that apparently. A member wanted to know why they were having to redo the Bell lawn bowling greens again. They had just done them 4 years back (to the tune of 450K). It was both a fair question and a good one too. Projects like these are expensive and doing them right should be first and foremost on everyone's list of priorities. Unfortunately in non-profits, that is not always the case. The initial remodel at the Bell greens was done by a company we (the RCSC) has fired. They were our golf course maintenance company brought in when we let go all of the RCSC golf course maintenance guys. Sadly, we looked to them to rebuild our greens. They put in an elaborate drainage system that would have been great for Seattle Washington, but stupid for AZ where we get less than 11 inches of rain per year. They had a company that builds greens around North America write the specs for the work, but ignored it and just did as they pleased. The net was the greens were closed a year longer than we had planned, and when they did open, they had major issues almost all around the perimeter of the greens. The middles played brilliantly, but from 6 feet out, there was a major drop-off issue. And of course, there was no guarantee written into the contract. Now four year later and the US lawn bowls Open coming to our communities for the next two years, the board took actions to fix the greens. Way less money, and they hired the contractor that wrote the specs last time to oversee the project, start to finish. It should make Sun City look like the community where bowlers will look first to retire to, and that's a good thing. What i hate is how we got here. The fact we are having to redo anything is shameful. And, it does beg the question: Who is, who should be held accountable? Anybody? Nobody? Everybody?