For those of you new to Sun City or perhaps not all that familiar with our history, there was an overriding theme or feature John Meeker tried to build into his 13 year run as head of the community development. Simply put, he wanted residents excited about what was going on. We've talked about the struggles and challenges during those early years and one of the best ways to overcome them was to focus on the exciting new aspects of Sun City. Clearly the Sun Bowl opening had an enormous wow factor. Mountainview Rec Center was some 6 years after Fairway opened and had people wanting more. The real pop came once they moved across the tracks. Lakeview Rec Center and the round appeal of a true resort setting along with the lake was enormous. The hospital followed shortly thereafter and was in part supported by donations. Seems to me like 85% of the residents kicked in something. Meeker understood promotion as well or better than anyone in the organization. The one thing residents longed for were the grand opening of the new model homes that happened about every two years. It was such a spectacular event that the day before the general grand opening he held a special opening for just residents. They solicited comments and awarded prizes and the community attended in droves. Wildly popular would be an understatement. Of course once DEVCO left, any new building or improvements stopped. It wasn't until 1999 when the board passed the PIF there was any opportunity to even consider how or what to update/improve. When the Bell Rec Center got some of the first of the PIF monies to be used in the pool/fitness area remodel, many of us realized Sun City had turned the corner. Bell was closed for near on a year. Some lamented losing that year was tragic. The majority looked at the renovation and hoped it would be as good as they promised. When they held the grand reopening, people came flooding in. Residents were stunned at the shinny new walking and swimming pools along with the massive fitness area. It created a buzz, an excitement not felt in Sun City for years. The next major rebuild was Fairway. The second oldest rec center was dumpy (i'm being kind). There were several challenges, PIF money was tight and the footprint of the land available was such we needed two stories to meet our needs. It was about a 4 year project, broken into two separate builds. Again, residents held their breath hoping they lasted long enough to use the new facilities. The good news was every step of the way they showed/told people what how it was going. Presentations were plentiful and excitement levels were high. When it did open, residents were thrilled. The community was enthralled by what was going on. The last major remodel was at Marinette. It was pushed on/at the board by the long range planning committee. The main focus was pickleball, but the pool, and fitness center (which used to be the size of a postage stamp) along with the exterior all got major upgrades. Again the community was thrilled when it opened. I will stop here, but there is a path we will continue down in this thread. If you understand our history and believe it matters, then you know using that buzz, that excitement factor is so important. Stay tuned.