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Apply now for spring 2018 TORCH Academy

Apply now for spring 2018 TORCH Academy

The beginning of February is right around the corner, so now is the time to sign up for the TORCH Citizens Academy that will be held at that time. This popular educational program fills up very quickly due to limited space, so residents who are interested are advised to apply now.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West will accept applications for the spring 2018 TORCH Citizens Academy until all slots are filled; a small waiting list also will be maintained. But applying now will ensure a spot in the Academy.

The academy runs on seven consecutive Thursday afternoons, from Feb. 1 through March 15, 2018. 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 including the Posse, PORA, PRIDES, Fire, Foundation, Community Fund, Sun Health, Helping Hands, Benevilla and more.

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.

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. To sign up, go to, and visit the TORCH Citizens Academy link under “Things to Do.” Residents can 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 Governing Board Office at the R.H. Johnson Administrative Offices, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Residents can also pick up a copy of the application from the Administrative Offices.

For more information, call Governing Board Executive Assistant Connie McHenry at 623-544-6115.

  1. I am very interested in enrolling for the spring class. Thank you.

  2. Jim Krause says:

    Since I am new on the SCW Property Committee, Tim Hurley suggested I take the Torch Class. I need to sign up for the 2018 Spring session. Please advise how, when, and how much. Thank you.
    Jim Krause

  3. Multimedia says:

    Hello Margaret, hello Jim. Contact Connie McHenry at 623-544-6115 for details about how to register for the Spring 2018 TORCH Academy. You will not be sorry you attended TORCH!

  4. Russ Reddemann says:

    I am interested in attending the spring session.

  5. Multimedia says:

    Hello Russ. Stop by the Admin office at RHJ, or contact Connie McHenry at 623-544-6115 to reserve your spot. Thanks for your interest in TORCH!

  6. Rhonda Braun says:

    I signed up for the Spring session, but need to cancel. I will try and do the fall session.

  7. Multimedia says:

    Sorry to hear that Rhonda. Please contact Connie McHenry at 623-544-6115 or to let her know you have to cancel. Thanks, hope to see you next session!

  8. ed gallardo says:

    Well, I was going to say I’d like to sign up for the spring session, but I see others who have so stated were told to call Connie McHenry or go the RHJ Rec Center. So I guess that’s what I’ll do.

  9. Yes, Ed, please call Connie at 623-544-6115 as she will know just how much space we have available. Thanks!

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