For anyone who has followed these pages for any length of time, you know i have been a proponent of long range planning by the Rec Centers of Sun City (RCSC). For years it was a standing committee in our community documents and played an instrumental role in many of the major projects undertaken with the preservation and improvement fund (PIF). Unfortunately, it was removed from our by-laws while i was serving on the board 4 years ago. I guess the only saving grace for me was i voted against it and spoke out vehemently regarding that action. The past couple of years, when RCSC candidate election forums were held, this question always arose from the crowd; "are you in favor of reinstating the long range planning committee?" Over those two years, every candidate, save one, said absolutely. Couple that with how well the ad hoc long range planning committee went on the Grand Ave property, the board passed a motion to reinstate the long range planning committee. I applied to serve on it and the board decided to use the process for applicants the same way they did for the ad hoc committee. They set up an interview process to screen candidates, a far more elaborate effort than is normally the case. I have to say i was impressed. The four board members attending my interview yesterday did a good job. The questions were well thought out and on point. As i have said before on these pages and again yesterday, it is more important how the committee is structured and what its role is than who is on it (the caveat being it isn't just residents looking to accomplish their pet project). The reality is, we live in one of the most unique age restricted communities in the country. Other than us and Sun City West, virtually all of them have evolved to a high bred version of what we are. It doesn't make them better, just different. The key to a successful long range planning committee, IMHO, is not just looking to the future, but having a firm grasp of our past and letting the two work in conjunction with any recommendations the committee makes to the board. Should be interesting to see how this plays out.