Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.




Date:               July 31, 2017


To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – July 31, 2017



  1. Bids for the R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion Shuffleboard Acoustical Ceiling Tile Project are expected in this Thursday.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Phase 4 Enhancement Project update: Concrete complete from the Sports Pavilion through Pool Entry.  Activity Center demolition to begin on 8/7.


  1. The Palm Ridge Summit Hall Floor Screen & Seal begins today, 7/31 and will reopen for scheduled activities 8/5.


  1. H. Johnson Library Carpet and Paint Project Phase 1 of 3 is complete. Phase two begins today, 7/31.


  1. We will be meeting with Dig Studios on site on 7/31 to review the Tennis Facility Masterplan for RCSCW approval.


Sports Pavilion:

  1. Sunday’s Special brought in $477 and Tuesday’s Bowling Special brought in $387 in revenue.


  1. The Sports Pavilion closed today for Summer Maintenance and reopens on Monday, August 14.



  1. Our Summer Series events continue on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 featuring the Dry Heat Band at 7 p.m. at the Stardust Theater. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online at or at the R. h. Johnson Box office from 8 3 p.m.



  1. The library carpet and paint project is proceeding nicely and is currently ahead of schedule. We plan to reopen the Data Resource Center by the end of this week.  Library patrons have been visiting the small library outlet in the Stampede Meeting Room of the Men’s Club.


  1. The Friends of the Library hold their regular August Book Sale this Saturday, August 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the R. H. Johnston Social Hall. In addition to the usual wide variety of books, jigsaw puzzles, audio books, and CDs, the Friends say there will be an incredible number of DVDs, including everything from recent movies to old black and white TV series and westerns.  In addition, over 20 “Great Courses” DVDE/study book sets will be available at significant savings.


Financial Services:

  1. Our Annual Financial Audit begins today and goes through next week.


  1. We ended the year very well financially; revenue was at budget and expenses were held in check.


General Services:

  1. Virtual Reality demonstrations have moved to Palm Ridge beginning Friday, 8/4/17, followed by 8/11 and 8/18.


  1. Local news stations Channel 12 and Channel 15 were out to the R. H. Johnson Activity Center to watch resident Lake Westphal celebrate his 95th birthday on the racquetball courts.  Congratulations Lake!


  1. The deadline for the September Rec. Center News is August 4. This issue will include a section dedicated to the R. H. Johnson Pool Project.


Village Store:

  1. The Village Store will be closing on Monday, 7/31/17 at 1:00 p.m. and reopens on Tuesday, 9//5/17. During this time we will be doing some housekeeping and inventorying.


Environmental Services:

  1. Pebblebrook Golf Course opens tomorrow, 8/1 following summer maintenance.


  1. Echo Mesa closes Thursday, 8/8 for maintenance and reopens on Tuesday, 8/8. That leaves one more course scheduled for aerification before we go into fall overseeding.


  1. Reminder: Grandview Golf Course closed down for summer maintenance on Monday, May 29 will reopen after fall overseeding on October 17.  The Bunker Project remains on schedule.  The greenside bunkers are complete and we expect the fairway bunkers will be completed this week.  Completion date for the Bunker Project is 9/8/17.


  1. We received from ½” to 1” of rain over the weekend. Heavier rain fell at Pebblebrook Golf Course.


  1. We remain down 15 employees in the Golf Maintenance Division. We continue placing ads in the local papers, on internet sites and with the Dept. of Economic Security as well as with other venues.


  1. Landscape Maintenance is working on the back side of the R. H. Johnson Facility.


  1. Landscaping outside the R. H. Johnson Library is completed. We may add two additional trees in that area.


Golf Operations:

  1. Rounds for the month of July so far are down about 450 for the same time period last year and about $8,000 in revenue over prior year. We attribute most of this to the continued excessive heat and the monsoon weather we’ve been experiencing.


  1. Golf Operations will be checking range equipment and performing preventive Maintenance on Carts to get ready for the upcoming season.


  1. We will be meeting with other local golf courses (Pebble Creek, SC Grand) to compare golf statistics.


Human Resources:

  1. Only 4 people clicked on the Greenskeeper ads we posted with the Department of Economic Security (DES) and of those 4, no one applied.


  1. We are working to ensure that all new labor and employment laws are included in our procedures and properly followed. The Employee Handbook is being updated as well.



  1. We are in the process of calculating our loss due to the storm damage last week. The total cost for cleanup was $146,000 of which $129,000 was for tree replacement.  This does not include the damage to the Beardsley Gazebo which we are still working on.



Upcoming Events:  Aug 2017



.Mon & Tue Aug 14 & 15                              THE DRY HEAT BAND, 7 pm at the Stardust Theater, The Dry Heat Band is from the Northwest Valley area of Phoenix and performs a variety of music from western, country, folk, bluegrass, old standards and gospel. They style their performances to the entertainment needs of the audience, using a bit of humor, some interaction and audience participation.  Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online at or at the RH Johnson Box Office 8 am – 3 pm.


Wed Aug 23   SOLD OUT                           SIZZLING SINATRA SUMMER SPECIAL, 5 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Tickets for the cabaret-style show are just $5 per person and go on sale July 18 at the R.H. Johnson Box Office or online at Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is open to the public. Beverages will be available or BYOB and bring your own snacks. The melodies. The music. The romance. Mr. Cimorelli will take you back to a time when nightclubs sizzled with hot rhythms and cool lyrics. And one man reigned above it all – Frank Sinatra. Through the musical styling of noted vocalist Frank Cimorelli, that classic sound fills the air once again. You can experience these unforgettable songs sung by an unforgettable voice. Sip martinis while being serenaded with the best loved classics. Frank Cimorelli is an accomplished actor and singer. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has several film and television credits. He has starred in many musical stage productions including “Guys and Dolls,” “Singing in the Rain,” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Cimorelli’s tribute brings Sinatra back to life in what is being called a “must see” show.


Look for the soft opening of the RH Johnson Swim and Fitness Complex on August 28th.

The GRAND OPENING is scheduled for the weekend of Sept 16th.

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