Interest Groups

Definition: Interest Groups are informal gatherings of SCG residents. They bring together residents with common interests, such as state of origin, specialized activities, ethnic background etc. Generally, these groups have less than 100 members but are sanctioned by the Board of Directors and are provided one or more rooms per year for their meetings and activities. Interest Groups with 100 or more paid members may make application for Chartered Club status. The Activities Department Lifestyles Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing Interest Group policies adopted by the SCGCA Board of Directors and for assisting Interest Groups with operational concerns.

*The following groups meet all guidelines for Interest Groups as set by the Board of Directors, and are sanctioned Sun City Grand Interest Groups.


Alaska

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Linda Fenwick, 623-455-9862, grandalaskans@gmail.com

Interest Group Website: Find us on Facebook at "Grand Alaskans"

Interest Group Description: The Grand Alaskans welcome all Alaskans living in Sun City Grand. If you enjoy getting together with fellow Alaskans for special events, entertainment, tours, or social hours, this is the group for you. We hold several events October through April.


Amateur Trap Shooting Group

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Marty Grady, 623-556-9497, martygrady@hotmail.com

Meeting Information: We meet the first Friday of each month at Ben Avery at 8:30 a.m.

Interest Group Description: We are a group of averaged skilled trap shooters that meet at Ben Avery to shoot trap and socialize about our past sporting activities. Besides trap shooting, the members discuss other activities that foster a network of things to do, places to go, and help to provide others.


Boomers

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Jean Dowis President, or presidentscgboomers@gmail.com.

Interest Group Website: www.scgboomers.com

Meeting Information: See our website for upcoming events and activities.

Interest Group Description: The SCG Boomers are a fun-loving, young at heart, social club open to SCG residents of any age. Our primary goal is to have a great time and meet other people living in our beautiful and active Arizona Community. Our membership has a total of over 375 residents and continues to grow.


Bon Appetit Dinner Circle

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Bonnie Bankofier, bonniebankofier@gmail.com, 623-556-0671

Meeting Information: The 3rd Saturday of the month groups of 8 meet in members’ homes for dinner. Host duties alternate each month.

Interest Group Description: We provide opportunities for making new friends and enjoying a meal together. The host furnishes the entrée and guests contribute the appetizer, salad, and dessert. We have one meeting per season where everyone is invited to a potluck so we can all meet each other and visit. Many lasting friendships have been created.


Bowling

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Sally Such, President, 623-975-1377

Interest Group Description: Grand Mixers – fun mixed league (guys and gals)


Canadian Friends at SCG

Contact(s) for Interest Group: scgcanadianfriends@gmail.com

Interest Group Website: scgcdn.weebly.com

Meeting Information: Meeting times vary. Please refer to website, under calendar.

Interest Group Description: We are a group of Canadians from coast to coast who winter in SCG from as little as a few weeks to up to 6 months. Some own homes and some rent. We meet from Oct to April for coffee, lunches or dinners. In addition we play everything from bocce / golf /billiards /bowling etc. We discuss common border crossing experiences and try to keep up to date on changes for Visitors Visas on proposed changes. We also discuss problem solving in the desert, from plumbers to landscapers. For more information see our calendar of events on our website. Come on out to one of our fun filled events and who knows you might meet a neighbor, an old co-worker or even a long lost relative from Canada!


Grand Democrats

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Roger Rhodes, President, 623-266-4741 or rrrhodes3@hotmail.com.

Interest Group Website: www.granddems.org

Meeting Information: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Cimarron Center. Beverages and snacks at 6:00 p.m. No meetings in July and August.

Interest Group Description: We are a group that supports a Democratic presence in the community. We encourage those interested in national, state, county or local politics who are newly arrived members of the community or those who have been here awhile to come and listen to our scheduled interesting speakers. Besides our monthly meetings, we have monthly breakfasts and dinners.


Four Wheeling

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Harley Hurt, 623-975-2363, harlz29@aol.com; Barry Yedlin, 623-293-2309, grand4wheelers@gmail.com

Interest Group Website: www.grand4wheelers.org

Interest Group Description: The Grand 4-Wheelers are SCG residents who are interested in taking rides off-road into the beautiful areas of Arizona not accessible by standard vehicle. The roads we travel range from “easy” to “moderate” to “difficult.” The rides are for all types of four wheel drive vehicles (No ATV’s that’s another group). Our rides will allow you to see remote areas of Arizona in the safe environment of a group activity. We provide an environment to learn the off-road capabilities of our vehicles, off-road driving techniques, the use of GPS devices & maps, and available recovery tools. Please refer to our website to see a calendar of future rides, as well as photos and narratives of our previous rides.


Fun Diners

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Gerri and Toni 623-544-5988

Meeting Information: We send an invitation to all of our members throughout the year to attend a lunch, dinner, a happy hour, or meet at a members home. Events that are scheduled some distance away will be lunches. Lunches and dinners will be prepaid and you will be notified 3-4 weeks in advance and you may attend as many or as few as you like. We have volunteer coordinators who plan events at their favorite restaurants. The annual dues are $10 per person each year. You may call Gerri at 623-374-7917 or Toni at 623-544-5988 for more information.

Interest Group Description: Our volunteer coordinators plan 7-8 events each year at their favorite restaurants. Just $10.00 per member per year will put you on the e-mail list.


Grand Connection, The

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Betty Shelton, 623-910-0015, bettyshel@msn.com

Meeting Information: We meet quarterly to plan for our events

Interest Group Description: The Grand Connection Social Group welcomes all who have an interest in the African-American experience and want to learn more about their traditions and heritage. We welcome all to participate in our events. We plan social events usually with dinner and dancing also group trips to various locations. Our events are posted in the “Club Special Events” section of the Grand Lifestyles magazine.


Hand & Foot

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Joy Kreick, 4,25-226-6226  joykreick@gmail.com or Paula McKenny          612-310-5943 pmby150@yahoo.com

Meeting Information: Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday,  and Thursday we have "drop in" games (based on availability), Chaparral Center.

Interest Group Description: Hand and Foot is a popular card game here at SCG. Our group provides the opportunity to meet and make new friends, whether you are a single player or a couple, everyone is welcome. So come down and have fun playing cards any day, or every day.


Horseshoes

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Bernie Zielsdorf, President, 623-546-7650, sunvalleyduo@cox.net

Meeting Information: We pitch horseshoes at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday all year long. We have NO dues. Our 5 Horseshoe Pits are located by the Softball Field on Mountain View Boulevard.

Interest Group Description: We encourage women, men, and youth to show up at our Pits at 8:00 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday all year long. We have all of the equipment for you to use and will encourage and guide you. Our Roster has over 100 people's names who have thrown horseshoes on our Pits. More than 10-million people play horseshoes every year. Horseshoes evolved from the Greeks throwing a Discus at a stake, throwing Quoits (a 4-pound iron ring), throwing discarded shoes of Mules, to today's throwing a special U-shaped horseshoe (of exact measurements and not over 2-pounds, 10-ounces) at a 14-15" high stake.


Illinois

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Carmen Berkowitz, President, 623-444-6156, carmenberkowitz@msn.com


Iowa

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Ginger Pollock, 623-512-3637, gingerandjohn@hotmail.com

Meeting Information: No regular meetings, however, below are scheduled meeting dates for 2018 and 2019: November 11, 5-7PM at private home (if you have not received email then contact Ginger,) January 14, 2019 Pizza Party - 4:30 to 9:00PM in the Aqua Fria Room, February 18, 2019 – Cocktail Party - 4:30 to 9:00PM in the Aqua Fria Room, and March 24, 2019 - Picnic - 3:30 to 7:00PM at the Pavillion. Make sure we have your email so we can send you details for each event.

Interest Group Description: The Iowa Interest Groups was established as a social group to allow people with an Iowa connection to gather. It provides the opportunity for people to meet with current friends, create new friendships and possibly find old friends or acquaintances. The warmth and generosity of Iowa is seen in the people attending. Again, all people with an Iowa connection are welcome.


LGBT

Contact(s) for Interest Group: scg.lgbt@yahoo.com

Interest Group Website: scglgbt.com

Interest Group Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/scglgbt 

Meeting Information: Meet formally 4 times a year and informally in-between.

Interest Group Description: The SCG LGBT Interest Group invites residents to join us for a variety of social activities including dining out, theater, concerts, sporting events, etc. We are about making new friends, socializing and supporting one another. Residents and allies who are looking to connect with other like-minded members of our community are welcome to join.


Minnesota

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Phyllis Borchardt, 623-521-0790, grandmn@cox.net

Interest Group Description: Born in the North Star State/fall in love with L'toile du nord while living there? Currently a part time resident of Minnesota and/or live full time in Sun City Grand? Our Minnesota Interest Group welcomes your participation in our social events, nature walk/potluck events, putting contests, wine tastings, casino parties, theater/dinner parties. Whether you call Sun City Grand your full time or part time residence we would be pleased to have your input regarding offerings that you would find of interest and welcome your participation.


Oregon

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Karen Montoya, 623-214-8953; or Ken Squiers, 623-546-0747


Polish-American

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Dorothy (Rzeszutek) Higdon, 623-533-6611, odette46@cox.net

Meeting Information: Meetings are scheduled periodically during the year to correspond with new matters of significance and availability of speakers, at which time an e-mail is sent to all members. Notification is also sent regarding any known Polish-American activity in the Phoenix area.

Interest Group Description: Sharing of Traditions, Customs, Travel, Delicacies, and History. Socializing while receiving cultural enlightenment concerning holidays and also cuisine with regards to Catholic, Jewish and non-denominational citizens. Enjoy the long-established foods of Poland through planned luncheons and tours of Polish-American restaurants, bakeries and delis in the Phoenix area. Translation is also available through Maya Zubriski, mariazubriski@gmail.com, 623-546-6960


Radio Controlled Sailboats

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Hap McGill, 623-398-8639, hapmcgill@yahoo.com

Interest Group Description: We sail on the first Saturday of each month at Litchfield Park and in Sun City on Thursdays and Sundays.


Model Railroading

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Jerry Whitton, 623-237-3652

Interest Group Website: www.grandcentralrailroad.info

Meeting Information: First Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the La Petite Café

Interest Group Description: The Sun City Grand Model Railroad Interest Group fosters and encourages an interest in Garden Gauge model railroading. The only requirement for membership is a love of railroading in all its forms. Although many members own and operate their own trains, it is not a requirement that members own a model train. Our primary function is maintaining and operating a Community G Gauge (Garden Gauge) Model Railroad Park for the enjoyment of our members, residents and visitors, young and old alike. The Park is located near the tennis courts behind the Sonoran Plaza and trains run on a regular basis on a schedule posted at the Park.


Grand Republicans

Contact for Interest Group: Frank Rizzo, President - president@grandgop.com

Interest Group Website: www.grandgop.com

Meeting Information: See details on the website as location, time and place change with the membership attendance. Special events location, time and place are on the site also. We meet once a month throughout the year in the Chaparral Center or Cimarron Center depending on meeting/event.

Interest Group Description: The Republican Interest Group promotes principles, objectives, and ideals of the Republican Party to all interested residents at our monthly meetings. The group's primary focus is establishing an informed electorate of current events through education and subject matter expert speakers. The Interest Group supports various Veteran and Community organizations through donations and members participation in various events county and state wide.


School Volunteers

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Jean Dibner, jdibner@gmail.com


South Dakota

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Mel and Sharon Platt, 507-360-6648, plattmel@yahoo.com

Meeting Information: Group events in December, February, and Late March or Early April. The group does not meet regularly.

Interest Group Description: The South Dakota Special Interest Group is made up of residents (current or past) from South Dakota mainly for the purpose to socialize with fellow South Dakotans. It is a perfect opportunity for South Dakota residents to socialize together a couple of times each year while they are away from their roots in South Dakota.


Washington State

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Susan Brinkley, 206-276-2080, susanbrinkley7@gmail.com

Meeting Information: Notification of events are sent via email to individuals who sign up on the roster. Events will be included in the Grand Lifestyles publication and will be posted on the community bulletin boards at the Cimarron Center and Sonoran Plaza.

Interest Group Description: The Washington State Group provides opportunities for interested Washingtonians to get acquainted and enjoy common interests. Events have included socials, golf tournaments, hiking, and attendance at Spring Training Mariner games. Volunteering is critical to keeping this interest group vibrant. Ideas for future events are always welcome.


Wine Tasting

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Judy Helderman, 623-322-9425, jhelderm@yahoo.com

Meeting Information: We meet on the second Tuesday of every month except July and August at 7:00 p.m. at the home of a host member. Annual dues are $10 per person, and the tasting fee is $15 per person. We also have an annual Wine Dinner, catered by Amuse Bouche and held at the Cimarron Center.

Interest Group Description: The group conducts tastings on important wines, grapes, and countries of the world. There is an introductory educational preview of the topic, followed by the wine tasting done in an informal atmosphere. Light foods and finger desserts are available. Members have the opportunity to learn about wine and find new varietals to enjoy. They also meet and befriend fellow wine enthusiasts.


Wisconsin

Contact(s) for Interest Group: Co-Presidents, Rich Hansen, 602-740-6443, cowbuoy25@gmail.com; Gordon Putz, 623-256-1058, giseppe54@cox.net

Interest Group Website: www.wigaz.info

Interest Group Description: The Wisconsin Interest Group's primary goal is to provide a wide range of activities that meet our groups’ energetic spirit. We support and promote activities across a broad spectrum of interests including travel, dining, games, and sports. We encourage our members to utilize their skills and life experiences to develop events that are stimulating, interesting, informative and educational.

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