The Recreation Centers of Sun City West Board of Directors will discuss its goals, and part of that could include disbanding its committees.
During the first of two monthly general manager operations meetings, board member Ed Van Cott suggested the board set a goal discussion session. He wants the board to review and possibly revise its mission, vision and values. Mike Whiting, RCSCW general manager, who attended the meeting by telephone, said those have already been written, and are included in the corporation’s five-year plan.
“The board looked at it in 2012 and came up with different mission, vision and values,” he said. “I think this board should look at it again.”
A goal discussion session was scheduled noon Friday, Oct. 21 at the Acacia Room at Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive.
As described by John Carver in his book, “Boards That Make A Difference,” Mr. Van Cott believes nonprofit agencies should set their mission, vision and values before drafting policies. He also believes the board and corporation staff should have different goals.
Mr. Whiting said the existing mission, vision and goals were written by the board and staff as a team.
Board member Bob Garrett believes the mission, vision and values should be based on input from residents, including input from a 2012 survey.
“I think it is an important document because it tells us what residents want,” he said.
Board member Dean Cross believes the board’s goals discussion should also consider whether to disband most of its committees.
“We could probably get a lot more done,” he said. “We can do what we want if we do it correctly.”
Mr. Garrett argued there is value in the committee structure as it exists.
“That is where you get input from residents,” he said.
Mr. Whiting believes the committee system works well.
“If you do away with the committees, how would you replace (that input from residents),” he said.
Board member Peggy Robbins suggested the board could form task forces that would do the work of committees.
“We have too many meetings now, and if we just had one we could get a lot more done,” she said. “Now we are getting too much into operations and not enough into policies.”
She believes board members should be required to read Mr. Carver’s book.