TORCH Citizens Academy

TORCH Videos


Members: Our Spring 2023 class is full. We are taking reservations now for the Fall 2023 class. Fall classes run on Thursday afternoons from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16, 2023, with a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Call Cathy Peterson at 623-544-6110 to register.

If you’re interested in becoming more involved in your community – possibly serving on a committee or running for the Governing Board at some point, or you just want to be a more informed resident – we highly advise you take the TORCH Citizens Academy.

TORCH, which is held every spring and fall, stands for Tapping Our Resources, Citizens and Heritage. Participants are asked to commit for the full seven weeks to get the most out of the academy. Download an application and return it with a $20 check (made out to RCSCW, to cover the cost of materials, beverages and snacks) to the Administrative Offices at the R.H. Johnson Administrative Offices, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.

This popular educational program, developed in 2008-09, strives to educate, inspire and excite residents about life in Sun City West. The academy is sponsored by the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, but also offers great insight to other Sun City West organizations such as PORA, the Posse, PRIDES, Fire, Foundation, Community Fund, Sun Health, Helping Hands, Benevilla and more.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West accepts applications for the TORCH Citizens Academy until all slots are filled; and then a small waiting list is maintained. Applying early is advised to ensure a spot in the Academy.

The academy runs on seven consecutive Thursday afternoons. Classes are about four hours long – and held at various locations in Sun City West to give participants the broadest exposure to the community. Additionally, optional tours are held before some of the classes, and an opportunity to attend a Board meeting with other TORCH participants also is encouraged.

The program is designed to give participants greater insight into Sun City West’s past, present and future. They gain a better understanding of the Association’s budgeting, recreation, facilities maintenance, golf, public relations, marketing, bowling and library divisions. They also hear from leaders of Sun City West’s other community groups.

Since it began in the spring of 2009, hundreds of residents have graduated from this prestigious academy better versed in all things Sun City West.

For more information, call Cathy Peterson at 623-544-6110.

During the COVID closure, the TORCH Committee created a series of educational videos to keep the community up to speed on various topics.  You can view those videos here:

2021 Videos

2020 Videos

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