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PORA membership fee is well worth the price

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Mosley_MarionA lot of people I talk with say that they aren’t overly excited about joining PORA, even though its annual fees is a minimal investment. There are various reasons they use, but the most common is, “What can they do for me that the Association can’t”? Over the past three years I have had discussions with residents and PORA staff regarding issues in our neighborhood.  Some got resolved quickly and some took a little longer.

There is a definite line between what the Association and PORA are chartered to do regarding our community. PORA is our political arm. Examples of what it does for this community include its stance against APS when the utility wanted a substantial rate increase for solar users. PORA acted as an intervener at the Corporation Commission, speaking to keep our rates steady.

The most recent challenge is PORA’s stance against EPCOR’s support of sewage water consolidation efforts. Many of you attended PORA’s presentation last week.  Some of you unfortunately were not able to attend due to fire marshal laws on facility space limitations.

PORA’s presentation defined why Sun City West should stand up against consolidation. More than 800 people turned out to hear this information. Sun City West Unite! was at the meeting in force, gathering petition signatures.  I haven’t heard the final number they had signed, but I’m told most attendees did.

So, where am I going with this, you ask? If you sit back and think about what happens in our neighborhood, especially if politics are involved, you will see PORA leading the charge.  After all, that is their charter. PORA’s membership is voluntary. Residents are not required to join.  However, PORA membership fees are what pays the organization’s bills and allows its leaders to continue supporting us on political issues.

Now I have to ask, is that enough to want to join?

  1. Frank & Glenys Ullrich says:

    What you have written is important already, but most PORA members that we know appreciate the pre-approved list of services. Since we paid our minimal membership fee in January, PORA has saved us over $600 because we were able to compare costs for dependable businesses providing house painting and Palm tree trimming. Will we be renewing our membership? You bet!

  2. ROBERT BOWENKAMP says:

    YOU WERE DOING GREAT UNTIL THE LAST SENTENCE WHEN YOU STATED THAT REC CENTER (OUR) FEES PAY PORA”S (THE ORGANIZATION’S) BILLS. ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!! YOUR STATEMENT, IF UNCORRECTED WILL DO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PORA’S ABILITY TO GET PEOPLE TO PAY FOR MEMBERSHIP. VERY STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE CORRECTION!

  3. Robert Conen says:

    I appreciate your Blog/comments on the different roles played by PORA vs Recreation Center Board but I think many owners & residents do not really understand that the Board can not, by law, advocate for us on such things as the APS solar and EPCOR consolidation issues. By calling it “our political arm” many may think it just a division of labor and not a hard line legally defined different area of responsibility/role which the Board can not assume. Yes, I am a member of PORA.

  4. Thank you for your comments Robert. The division of responsibilities in a community like Sun City West, where typical municipal functions are split among many organizations, most of which are nonprofit and based on voluntary membership, is difficult to explain. That’s why we developed the TORCH Citizens Academy, held twice a year. This class explains in detail the separation of duties, and spends a significant amount of time on PORA, Posse, PRIDES, Foundation, Community Fund, Benevilla, Sun Health, Fire District and the new Consortium. We encourage all our residents with an interest in learning more about their community to sign up for this seven-week class. The Spring 2015 class is almost full, so don’t hesitate: http://scwaz.com/t-o-r-c-h/

  5. Mr. Bowenkamp: When Mr. Mosley said “our membership fees” pay PORA’s bills, he meant the PORA membership fees, not Rec Centers’ membership fees. We can see how the wording was confusing, and we’ve added the word PORA into his column in that last sentence. Mr. Mosley was saying that when residents like him join PORA and pay their $10 (or $20 per household) membership fee to join PORA, they are financially supporting PORA’s efforts. Thank you for helping us clear that up for our readers.

  6. Great point, Frank and Glenys!

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