Newsletter (Soft Blue design)

March 2024

Sunrise RV Resort 1403 W. Broadway Ave. Apache Junction AZ 85120

Office: 480 - 983 - 2500 Cell: 928 - 278 - 2278 Fax: 480 - 671 - 3133

Sunriser Residents,

Another Season almost over! Can hardly believe that the time has come and gone so quickly. We still have A LOT going on. Right up until March 31 st . We even have a few activities planned in April. That is not an “ April Fools ”. We do have some things planned for those that stick around for the most beautiful month of the year, April. It is when the desert typically blooms. And it is awe- some. So, any RV ’ ers that would like to spend an additional month, we do have a spe- cial rate for adding on the month of April. Give Val or Helen a call and add the month of April. After a brief reprieve in April, we start our planning and prepping for next year. We also work on our capital improvement projects for the year. So, we stay busy, just a different kind of busy.

Inside this issue

Letter from Faith ................. 1

Activities Director ............... 2

Post Office........................... 3

Guard Shack........................ 3

Note from Cesar ................. 4

Sales ..................................... 5

Staff ...................................... 5

Calendar .............................. 7

Groups ................................. 10-39

Event Flyers ......................... 40-47

Fun Facts ............................. 48-49

Last summer we started summer activities and even part- nered with another RV park. Together, we went on field trips, movies, and out to dinner. This year, we will have even more activities. So, if you are thinking at all of staying year - round, that might be a consideration.

Supporters ........................... 52-58

Special points of interest

• Gala


Look forward to seeing all of you at the End of Year Games!

• Concert


• Puzzles

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Faith Zoerb Resort General Manager


POST OFFICE NEWS Post Office hours: 9 am to 1 pm Closed weekends and holidays March closure is Friday, March 29 - Good Friday

Now is the time to be thinking about preparing for leaving. Everyone needs to check out at the front of- fice and fill out a green "Forwarding Card". It's up to you if you want address labels. I can not forward your mail unless the card is signed. If you are an RV'er or a Roberts Renter you will hand in your mail key to the front office. There is a $10.00 charge for missing keys. Big THANK YOU to everyone that worked so hard to get their site number on their incoming mail. It was greatly appreciated. Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all the dedicated volunteers, who gave their time so willingly to help in the Post Office. It is not a one - person job.

Jackie, Your friendly Leprechaun (Postmistress)

Everyone have a safe and healthy summer. Look forward to seeing you back next season.

Message from the Guard Shack:

We are here to make your neighborhood safe & secure.

We ask the residents to: 1. Put your tag in the window of your vehicle. This tag is NOT a sticker. It clings to the inside of your windshield and can be removed if your windshield needs to be replaced. 2. Keep your speed 10mph or under. Whether you are riding a bike, motorcycle, in a car or golf cart. This is for the safety of you and your neighbors. 3. Uber, Cab, Taxi, Lyft services can pick you up AT YOUR SITE. You DO NOT have to meet them at the gate. 4. If you need repairs or maintenance done in or outside your home, make sure the service has a current certificate of liability insurance. This protects you, your neighbors & the resort. If you need to find a service, contact the office or just ask them to have it BEFORE they come to the resort. Thank you 5. If you are having a block party, please DO NOT block off the streets with vehi- cles! 6. Keep your dogs on a LEASH! Thank you. 3

To all Sunrise Residents & Visitors:

The Maintenance Crew has been working up a storm! Jon has finished the golf cage … Great job! If you see any of the Crew, please take notice of the hard work they have done to make Sunrise a beautiful place to live!





~Thank the ladies that planted into the planters to make the patio beautiful!
















Hello Sunrise Residents! We have a lot of homes for sale at this time. If you have any questions about the homes listed or would like to list your own home, give me a call.

Lot #





Occupied Az room

499 486 363 260

$62,000.00 $130,000.00 $47,000.00 $69,000.00 $130,000.00 $78,000.00 $49,900.00 $68,000.00 $69,700.00 $49,000.00 $62,000.00 $82,500.00 $70,000.00

399 800 399 399 800 399 399 399 399 399 399 800 399

2007 2015 2019 1995 2010 2021 2008 2014 2017 1989 1997 2006 2014

Laurel Creek



Cavco Cavco Cavco




No No

Yes Yes


Chariot Eagle


377 464 473 424 193 368



No No No No No No

Cavco Cavco Cavco Cavco Cavco Cavco Cavco

Yes Yes Yes









Elizabeth Lumsden 408-288-8564 760-912-7395


Blossoms & Bling Fashion Gala – January 2024

The stage was set with a stunning garden scene backdrop and tables were graced with whimsical center pieces transforming the main hall for the 2024 Blossoms & Bling Fashion Gala! An army of volunteers worked creatively and tirelessly to ensure all was in place when nearly 200 ladies arrived with savory salads and delectable desserts to be enjoyed before the fashion show com- menced. Each guest received a raffle ticket for a chance to win a door prize from among 90+ donated gifts (thanks to the generosity of our Sunrise Ladies and men!). A new feature this year was a major gift draw which showcased some amazing talents of our Resort residents. In her opening remarks our chairperson stated that this event is hosted for three reasons: to build and enhance community among Sunrise Ladies; to raise funds for our charities (Hope Women ’ s Centre who helps at risk women any young girls get back on their feet; and Genesis, whose mission is to feed, clothe and hydrate the homeless) and to view a stunning array of clothing to help us keep fashionably current and help us feel good about ourselves. Following a delicious lunch, and some raffled door prizes, the first of six models took the stage to upbeat music, which got the audience clapping, as our lovely models strutted their stuff. Vicki, from Flaire! Fashions (of Gold Canyon), provided each of our six models with three amazing out- fits -- the quality and style of which was undeniable. Thanks to our models: Shirley Petz, Beverly Burkholter, Bonnie Eastabrook, Susan Rieke, Michele Hillert and Linda Lofgren, all of whom did an amazing job! Thanks to the generosity of those present, the 2024 Blossoms and Bling Fashion Gala was suc- cessful in raising $1500 to be shared between Hope Women ’ s Centre and the Genesis Project (food bank), and our committee has retained sufficient funds to launch next year ’ s Gala. As the afternoon drew to a close, the Committee Chair expressed deep gratitude to everyone who volunteered in anyway to make this Fashion Gala such a success. It takes planning, organ- izing and commitment, along with many, many willing volunteers to mount an event such as this. Thanks to our ladies and men who helped in any, and many, ways. Our Charities benefit as do we!

Looking forward to next year!

Susan Suppes & Rosemary Jutte 2024 Gala Committee Co - Chairs



Movie Night in the Main Hall: Saturday, March 2nd at 6pm This is a FREE Event. Showing “Jonah” as an on stage drama from the Branson Sight and Sound Theatre. Bring a light snack and a cushion for comfort.


Hiking Hackmore Staging Area & Needle Vista Loop


Look at These BEAUTIFUL Quilts!

Our group of fellow Sewers/quilters meet every Wednesday from 9 AM to 3 PM in the multipurpose room. We bring our own projects to work on. We share ideas, opinions, laughter, and encouragement. Occasionally we will hold a class taught by one of our talented gals. In the past we have

had a few excursions to quilt shows in the area. It is, amazing the wealth of knowledge this group has! We are always learning something new. Feel free to drop in and see what we are working on.




Western States Potluck hosted 64 residents for a fulfilled lunch with games, fun, and laughter. There were winners for the 50/50 drawing to benefit Four Peaks Elementary School as well as winners of the Superstition Stagecoach ride and card bingo. The food was yummy with a wide variety of dishes. Always a super event here at Sunrise.



Crisis Hotline and Suicide information

Help for depression and treatments– call – 833 - 970 - 1378 Treatment for Mental Health and evaluation – Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. 888 - 545 - 9116 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline -- Talk to someone Now – 988 You may call Suicide hotline just to talk.

The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health - related distress. By call or texting 988, you ’ ll connect to mental health professionals with the Lifeline network.

Congratulations to Steve Tomplins! He started the Horseshoe club 7 years ago and it has brought many people a lot of pleasure. THANK YOU!! Steve then presented the plaque to Eric & Gwen Scheibe. They have be- come the first couple to receive the plaque for their volunteerism. Eric says it ’ s better than winning Holy Hole! THANK YOU BOTH!

Congratulations to this wonderful lady! All of the work Mary Klapperich does in the community, a plaque is not enough to say THANK YOU!! If you see her (she ’ s hard to keep up with) give her a handshake, hug, or thank you!


The game of Ping Pong was started again this year on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 3:00 in the Main Hall. The number of people playing has been in- creasing weekly and we are hopeful more people will come out and enjoy

Dates Needed


___Pink little trike

____Potty chair ____Puzzles

___Umbrella Stroller ___Chair booster seat ___Toddler pack and play ___Infant pack and play

____Miscellaneous toys ____Large child's bike

____Small child bike with training wheels ____Swim vests for various weights

___Bike helmets

____Front wings swimmers

Contact Ruth Carstenson at Site 316 or 641 - 990 - 5222 or Cindy Silbernagel at Site 463 or 612 - 201 - 4773




Ladies Billiards is Wednesday evening at 6:30-8:00. We have an Instructor, Bonnie Schwope who is always willing to help out, answer questions and give advice on the game. There is an End of Season Pool Tournament on March 21 from 9:00-12:00 noon which is loads of fun. Want to try something new or resurrect a passion from years gone by? Come out and join us! We have lots of Fun and Laughter!


MahJongg at Sunrise

A small, but welcoming, group are playing Mahjongg every Tuesday morning at 10:00 (or, in the case of Coffee Buzz day, after the Buzz) in the card room this year, using the 2023 card of standard hands, issued annually by the National MahJongg League, Inc. of New York, NY. Adapted from the ancient Chinese game of tiles containing suits, jokers, winds and dragons, the play resembles some of our many rummy card games, but involves the tactile effect of tiles, calls and exchanges.


Happy 23 - 24 Bingo Winners. So far this season Sunrise bingo players have won over $15,000! It's fun with friends every Monday evening at 6pm.



If you are a remote control car enthusiast - either driving or watching - there is a great new club in the park! The RC CAR CLUB has a com- pacted clay track and driver stand (made completely by a great group of volunteers) next to the horse pits and pickle ball courts on Far West. Races are held from noon-2 pm on every Thursday and Sunday (weather permitting). If you have a RC car, and would like to race, con- tact John Rieke at Site 354 for more information. Spectators are en- couraged to watch the fun from Far West on race days!

Bike Riding Club Any Style bike is welcome—electric or petal. The group rides at a leisurely pace to allow for socializing and conversation during the ride. They only ride on paved trails.

Any questions please call Erv Polenz at 20 - 841 - 8341 or stop by site #283.

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Don ’ t forget about donating your pop tabs to be

recycled to help fund The Ronald McDonald House.

We have had many Positive Comments about our Park Library this year. The Volunteers that help out every day are to be commended for their work and dedication. They are Marcia Waterman, Lou Barondeau, Annette LeMahieu, Linda Lucas, Alice Winter, Gwen Scheibe, and Karen Foster. The Library accepts donations of books and puzzles, especially new items. Also, in the near future we will have a money donation box in the Library if anyone would like to give a mon- etary gift, as there is no budget for your Library. Please check out the Library if you haven ’ t done so yet.


A big shout out to everyone who participated in the Four Peaks Supplies Fund- raiser. As of the 30th of January we have collected approximately $2,250 of our goal of $2,500.

We will be ordering supplies and hope to deliver by the end of next week

Thanks everyone.




Ginny Hemerick and Linda Smith have been having a discussion about how they can help the homeless and hungry who come to the Genesis Project for food. Now that Betty Jo has passed away, they would like to offer a service. They each have a large plastic bin in front of their homes for people to drop off the food they want to donate. Then they take them directly to Genesis. They will take: Only canned or dry foods. Must be BEFORE the expiration dates. They CANNOT take: Refrigerated or frozen foods. NO opened packs of food. Nothing after the expiration date or “Best By” date. If you have food items they can not take, offer them to your neighbors. For any questions, please contact: Genny Hemerick #52 or Linda Smith #175





Line Dancing will be every Thursday in March from 9:30 - 11:30. We have been learning some new dances and enjoying the ones we al- ready know. We have had a great group out up to 40 people and are just needing a few more men to gather their courage and come out and join us. Greg Peiffer has been very faithful to supply the music we need and Gwen Scheibe and myself have had the privilege of leading the dance instruction. Come Out and Join Us. Lots of Good Exercise for the Body and the Brain!


This year we started a Book Club in our Park. We have read and dis- cussed a few books, the latest being Jeannette Walls book Half Broke Horses. This is a True - Life Novel that takes place here in Arizona. Our discussion group is lead by Dorothy Haines and the books are supplied through the Apache Junction public Library.

If you would like to receive a copy of the book, contact Dorothy at (780)914 - 5632.

Our next meeting is March 9th in the Saguaro Room, when we will be discussing this book.


The “ clan ” will line - up at 2pm in front of Lot #466. Decorate your golf carts, bikes, scooters, walkers, dogs, motorcycles, fancy cars. NO Firetrucks! The parade will start at 3pm After the parade there will be corn beef & cabbage at the Clubhouse at 5pm followed up by a dance at 7pm. You can buy your tickets separately for the dinner & dance. VIP tickets can be used for the dance.













St Patrick ’ s Day is celebrated across the world on 17th March each year: Patrick is famous for bringing Christianity to the famously Catho- lic island of Ireland, and remains one of their patron saints today. But who was the man behind the legend? Which parts are actually true? And how did St Patrick ’ s Day grow to be an international celebration? 1. He was actually born in Britain Whilst St Patrick may be the patron site of Ireland, he was actu- ally born in Britain, in the late 4th century AD. It ’ s believed his birth name was Maewyn Succat, and his family were Christians: his father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest. By his own account, Patrick was not an active believer in Christianity as a child. 2. He arrived in Ireland as a slave Aged 16, Patrick was seized from his family ’ s home by a group of Irish pirates, who took him to Ireland where the teenage Pat- rick was enslaved for six years. He worked as a shepherd for

some of this period. According to his own writing in the Confession of St Patrick, it was this period in his life where Patrick really discovered his faith, and his belief in God. He spent hours praying and eventually converted fully to Christianity. After six years of captivity, Patrick heard a voice telling him his ship was ready to take him home: he trav- elled 200 miles to the nearest port, and managed to persuade a captain to let him stow away onboard his ship. 48

3. He travelled across Europe, studying Christianity Patrick ’ s studies of Christianity took him to France – he spent much of his time at Auxerre, but also visited Tours and the abbey at Lérins. His studies are thought to have taken him about 15 years to complete. Once he was ordained, he returned to Ireland, adopting the name Patrick (derived from the Latin word Patricius , meaning father figure). 4. He didn ’ t just return to Ireland as a missionary Patrick ’ s mission in Ireland was twofold. He was to minister to the Christians who already existed in Ire- land, as well as to convert the Irish who were not yet believers. Cleverly, Patrick used traditional rituals to bridge the gap between widely held pagan beliefs and Christianity, such as using bonfires to celebrate Easter, and creating the Celtic cross, which incorporated pagan symbols, to make it seem more appealing to venerate. He also performed baptisms and confirmations, converting the sons of kings and wealthy women – several of whom became nuns. He is widely believed to have become the first bishop of Armagh later in his life. 5. He probably didn ’ t banish snakes from Ireland Popular legend – dating back to the 7th century AD, would have it that St Patrick drove the snakes in Ire- land into the sea after they began attacking him during a period of fast. However, in all likelihood, Ireland probably never had snakes in the first place: it would have been too cold. Indeed, the only reptile found in Ireland is the common lizard. 6. Although he might have first popularized the shamrock As part of his teachings, Patrick is supposed to have used the shamrock as a way of explaining the doc- trine of the Holy Trinity, the Christian belief of three persons in one God. Whether or not there is truth to this remains unclear, but the shamrock was also supposed to have symbolized the regenerative power of nature. St Patrick has been associated with the shamrock more concretely since the 18th century, when the story first appeared in writing and people began to pin shamrocks on their clothes to celebrate St Patrick ’ s Day. 7. He was first venerated as a saint in the 7th century Although he was never formally canonized (he lived before the current laws of the Catholic Church with regards to this), he has been venerated as a saint, the ‘ Apostle of Ireland ’, since the 7th century. However, his feast day – in this case, the day of his death – was only added to the Catholic breviary in the 1630s . 8. He was traditionally associated with the color blue Whilst today we associate St Patrick – and Ireland – with the color green, he was originally depicted wear- ing blue robes. The particular shade (known today as azure blue) was originally named St Patrick ’ s blue. Technically today, this shade remains Ireland ’ s official heraldic color. The association with green came as a form of rebellion: as discontent with English rule grew, it was seen as a sign of dissent and rebellion to wear a green shamrock rather than the ordained blue. 9. St Patrick ’ s Day parades began in America, not Ireland As the number of Irish emigrants in America grew, St Patrick ’ s Day also became an important event to con- nect with them home. The first definite St Patrick ’ s Day parade dates back to 1737, in Boston, Massachu- setts, although new evidence suggests there may have been a St Patrick ’ s Day parade as early as 1601 in Spanish Florida. The large - scale modern - day parades that occur today have their roots in a 1762 celebration in New York. A growing Irish diaspora – particularly after the Famine – meant St Patrick ’ s Day became a source of pride and a way to reconnect with Irish heritage. 10. No one knows exactly where he was buried Several sites fight for the right to call themselves St Patrick ’ s burial place, but the short answer is no one knows exactly where he is buried. Down Cathedral is the most widely accepted location – alongside Ire- land ’ s other saints, Brigid and Columba – although there ’ s no hard evidence. 49

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