As we welcome a new year and reflect on the year just past, the Red Mountain Ranch Social Club is pleased to announce that the Social Club growth and participation is going strong.

The Social Club finished up the year with two wonderful performances to Hale Theater, Harvey in November, and Mary Poppins in December. To be able to attend and enjoy these wonderful shows with friends from the Social Club is definitely a highlight.

The Social Club celebrated the Holidays with a wonderful Christmas Party held at Painted Mountain Resort. The event was organized by our Activities Co-Chairs, Ferne Zabezensky and Katrina Shadkhost. The guests dined on a delicious dinner and were then entertained with live music by John Burak, played fun games and engaged in a rousing sing-a-long, led by Warren and Martha Stephens, to the 12 Days of Christmas Arizona style. Our singing wasn’t great but our laughter got an A+. A slide show created by David Bender, our audio, visual and technical wizard, recapped the years activities through photos and was a fitting way to end the evening with sweet memories.

A New Year’s Eve party was hosted by Ferne Zabezensky, and everyone knows that a party hosted by Ferne is always wonderful. Good food was shared, champagne flowed, and a rousing game of Charades was played. Believe it or not, those attending didn’t get home until after 1:00 am.

The Social Club Members have started the year off with exciting expeditions to explore local places of interest in the Valley. The first excursion took place at the Japanese Gardens. It was a relaxing and peaceful stroll through the beautiful grounds which included: masterfully landscaped gardens, water features, a large number of Koi fish, ducks and even a humming bird’s nest. Our next adventure was a tour of the Queen Creek Olive Mill. Members attended the Olive Oil 101 Class and learned the history and making of their excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We enjoyed each others company over lunch in the Mills eatery and shopping in their Market full of delectable Olive Oils and companion items.

The Red Mountain Social Club also has many wonderful events planned in February and March, including: a Chocolate Fare Party featuring many chocolate goodies accompanied by various wines and champagne, the Arabian Horse Show, a cruise on beautiful Saguaro Lakes Desert Belle and performances at Hale Theater. These are just some the activities that Members of the Social Club will participate in this spring. Additionally, the Members may choose to attend Game Night, the first Thursday of the month, the Ladies monthly Birthday Luncheon, the Men’s Breakfast and our General meeting with featured guest speakers.

The Speaker presentations which are held the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 am are open to Members and Guests. Nancy Nemitz was the dynamic and engaging speaker at the January meeting. Nancy, a Professional Organizer, gave an entertaining and educational presentation that offered many helpful hints for successfully organizing your home or work space. The Social Club Members left the meeting inspired with ideas to make a difference in their own homes. Our guest speaker in February will be Falcon Fields’ DeeAnn Thomas, and in March, the Boyce Thompson Arboretums’ Executive Director Lynne Nemeth. We look forward each month to these informative and entertaining guest speakers. Please consider joining us as a guest to enjoy the speaker presentation and to learn more about the Red Mountain Ranch Social Club.

The Social Club is pleased to announce that another new Book Exchange Box has been installed on Roland Street. The Book Box is a Free Lending Library for all members of the community. This is the fifth book box the Social Club has placed throughout Red Mountain Ranch. A Big thank you to Red Mountain Ranch Social Club member Ewin Trapp who professionally designs and constructs all of the Book Exchange Boxes.

If you’re in search of new and fun friends and activities to add to your life then it is time for you to join the Red Mountain Ranch Social Club (RMRSC). The dues are only $12.00 per year. In this intergenerational club the members range in age from 30’s to 90’s. You do not need to reside in Red Mountain Ranch to join RMRSC.

The mission of RMRSC is, “to promote the social and cultural growth of its members; to engage in educational opportunities, to encourage mental and physical health; and to facilitate community involvement for the benefit of society.” For further information and membership information regarding the Red Mountain Ranch Social Club go to the website

The Red Mountain Ranch Social Club meets the second Thursday of the month except during the Summer Months. The meetings are from 9:30 am to 11:00 am and include time for social interaction and an entertaining, educational program. Guests are welcome to attend meetings and do not need to pre-register. The meetings are held at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club conference room, 6425 East Teton Circle, Mesa.

Submitted by Cherie Snarr, RMRSC Secretary