RCSC and the Light Hearted Ladies/Overgaard Support One of Our Own

 RCSC staff and volunteers would like to express our heartfelt condolences on your loss Shelley.  

On the evening of July 4th, Shelley Anne Neil, a member of the Rim Country Senior Center kitchen staff, tragically lost her husband, TJ Lindsey to a massive heart attack. He was much loved, and our community was in shock. Carol Stant, a Meals on Wheels driver and a member of the Light Hearted Ladies approached the Center about holding a fundraiser on July 16th and 17th, to help defray some of the funeral costs. Of course, we said yes.

On Friday the 16th, the Bake Sale started with a bang as about 50 people descended on the Center. Even our 9 and 10am exercise classes got into the spirit to support Shelley. By closing on Saturday, the 17th, the Light Hearted Ladies Bake Sale had raise $3000 and Addie’s Thrift Store kicked in almost another $300. Carol commented, “You know what really amazed me was that the bake sale raised about half of the $3000 and the other half came from people just stuffing the donation bucket.”  What an outpouring of love for this couple. 

The Rim Country Sr/Community Center (RCSC) is sponsoring a Car Wash to be held at the American Legion Post 86 parking lot at 2068 Lumber Valley Rd, Overgaard on July 31st, 9am to 1pm. We’ll let you know how it went next month.

Beckie Burnes McLarty with the Light Hearted Ladies wanted to say THANK YOU to all the generous people who came by the Lighthearted Ladies bake sale to purchase our yummy baked goods, as well as give generously to the fund for Shelley. Our ladies are the best in many ways - but like the cookies for the firefighters - these ladies answered the call with so much love and care! What a wonderful town we live in to have such talented, caring and generous people! Thank you to ALL - bakers & donators.

Shelley wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the love and support during this most difficult time. This community is the best. Lots of love.   

RCSC 2021 Board Election Results 

On June 17, 2021, an election for 6 positions was held at the Rim Country Senior Center at 9am.  Candidates were as follows: Phyllis Ault, Linda Eddy, Connie Franke, Rosalie Mueller, Paula Salgado, and Sheila Smith.  All RCSC members present were given a ballot form. Each candidate introduced themselves and gave their general background, history with the Center, and reasons for wanting to run. Sheila Smith was not able to be present. Rosalie read Sheila’s bio in her place. Voting took place and the ballots were collected and counted. 

 

I would like to note that Penny Burch, a long-time board member, chose not to run due to health issues. We truly miss her wisdom at our board meetings, but we feel blessed that she volunteers at the Center as she is able. We thank her for the many, many years she served faithfully on the board and especially for the work she and her husband Steve put into orchestrating the construction of the SHE SHED in 2019.  

 

All board candidates were elected to the 2021-2022 RCSC board which now consists of:

Phyllis Ault, Sherry Conrad, Linda Eddy, Jean Engelby, Connie Franke, Barbara Hagan, Rosalie Mueller, Carrie Moos, Paula Salgado and Sheila Smith. 

 

The RCSC Executive Board of Director Meeting was held June 28, 2021 to establish the Executive Board of Directors for the next 2 years. 

Nominations were:

Phyllis Ault for Board President,

Rosalie Mueller for Board Vice President

Connie Franke for Board Treasurer

Jean Engelby for Board Secretary 

All nominations were unanimously approved. We also welcomed Sheila Smith as a new board member.

 

 

We Are Still in Need of Volunteers.

 If you are new to the mountain and are getting bored sitting around at home, come check us out.  Our volunteers generally range in age from 50 and up.  But we would love to see the young generation join us.  We are a young at heart vibrant group of all ages.

Our Mission Statement:  Rim Country Senior/Community Center (RCSC) is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to residents of all ages in Heber-Overgaard.

 

The Rim Country Senior/Community Center, RCCC has been in operation since 1985. The building and all its contents burned to the ground in 2002 during the Rodeo/Chediski fire. The current building has been in operation since the rebuild in 2002. We are a non-profit 501c3 entity. We are an Arizona Certified Qualifying Charitable Organization.  IRS Non-profit #94-2922234.

 

The majority of the Center’s funding comes form people like you through private tax deductible donations, Merchant Partners and proceeds from Addie’s Thrift Shop.  

 

Our volunteers are our greatest asset and the center is operated almost exclusively by our volunteers.  ALL Board Members are volunteers, as well.  Volunteers serve in the kitchen, at the front desk answering phones, in Addie’s Thrift Shop, by delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program, and crushing cans for recycling.

 

Our dining/meeting room and kitchen facility is available to rent for birthdays, wedding receptions and anniversaries.  Chair rental for an event off property is available. 

 

Services Provided to the Community 

The Ponderosa Lions Club-Overgaard and Chamber of Commerce Heber/Overgaard hold their meetings at the center, as well as some HOA’s. If you are a non-profit,  looking for monthly meeting space, contact the center at (928) 535-5525 for availability.  

 

Meals on Wheels (MOW) and Congregate Meals

The Center’s Chuck Wagon Grill provides a hot meal to seniors/home bound, Monday through Friday. The menu changes daily. Go to www.rimcccenter.org for menu.  Monthly, we provide approximately 310 home delivery meals (MOW) and approximately 575 congregate lunches at our facility, partially funded by NACOG/MOW.  Average yearly cost s are $35,000 to $40,000.

 

Meals on Wheels Walkathon

This major fundraiser is held the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. There is 2-4 Mile walk plus loads of fun and prizes for the kids and last but not least lots of great food. All funds raise go directly to the MOW program.

 

Addie’s Thrift Shop

Open all year, Monday through Friday.  Addie’s Thrift Shop is a boutique style store and is 100%  volunteer operated. All Thrift Shop sales fund the center’s yearly utilities and supplement the cost of operation.

Empty Pantry Project

The Empty Panty Project is twofold: To collect cans and non-perishable foods items to fill the community’s senior/shut-ins pantries for the winter and to host a fund-raiser dinner. Our “in house” restaurant,  the Chuck Wagon Grill serves BBQ and all the fix’ns.   There are raffle prizes, door prizes, a Chinese auction and Silent auction. All proceeds go to the Meals on Wheels program.

Monthly Can Recycling  

Aluminium cans are collected and crushed, then taken to the valley for recycling. 100% of proceeds are used to fund the Center.

Monthly Community Bazaar

Held July thru September. The Bazaar includes community vendors, an outdoor yard sale, home baked items and a bratwurst lunch.  The baked items and lunch profits go directly to the center’s operating fund.

 

Monthly Spaghetti Dinners

Held July thru September.  The dinner (cost and time) is donated by volunteers and available to the public for a $5.00 donation. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the center’s operating fund.

 

For Sale

We also sell 10 LB Bags of Ice, Assorted Homemade Jams (As Available) and Fire Wood. All proceeds go to fund the Center.

 

Activities available at the RCSC. Membership is mandatory for participation. Individual memberships available for a $20.00/year donation.

 

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

AARP Safe Driving Class, BINGO, Tuesday Talks presented by Summit Health Care and Teressa & Dee McCluskey, Weight Watchers, Line Dancing Class, Thursdays @ 9am Gentlemen’s FREE Coffee and Donuts, Art Class (Painting), Medicare Counselor, Blood Pressure Check, Exercise Group, Fitness Center, Computer Center, Mah Jongg, Pinochle, Hand & Foot (Canasta), Bunco, Bridge Mexican Train and Dominoes. Games and times vary.  Click on the Activities and Events Tab for more information.

The Rim Country Senior Citizens Association, dba/ Rim Country Senior/Community Center is a Qualifying Charitable Organization charity that that meets ALL of the following provisions:

Notice of Certification is accurate as of January 1, 2018.

We are a non-profit 501c3 entity. 

IRS Non-profit #94-2922234.

 

How much can I claim for the credit for contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations?

Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of $400.

Taxpayers filing as “married filing separate” may claim a maximum credit of $400.

 

Taxpayers that file as “married filing joint” may claim a maximum credit of $800.

Go to the Arizona Department of Revenue website  www.azdor.gov for more information.

OUR HISTORY

How We Began

The story of Pader Briggs [founder of the Rim Country Senior Center] from "It Is Not Often"

July 13, 2015  Mogollon Rim News

The year was 1985........ 

Pader retired at the age of 60, and he and Irene made a few trips to our area where they bought and built and are here to stay in this magnificent place. The Briggs and some other retired people met and formed the Senior Citizen’s Club. They first met at Capps Elementary School. They drew up a charter and voted Irene in as vice-president. Rus Riechart was the first president, but as his wife Mary became progressively ill and dependent upon him, he had to resign and Irene finished out the year as president.

Soon they began to meet in the building where Hermana’s Cafe is now. (Editor’s note: It’s now Casa Ramos.) After that, they met at the Baptist Church and Pader was nominated to build the Senior Citizens Center because of his extensive carpentry and building knowledge. He drew up the blue prints, met with those in authority and was finally given a grant for $60,000 to build. Reid Smith donated the land where the building sits. Pader worked many long hours and was very instrumental in constructing the center now enjoyed by seniors. This is also a multiple use building. The building is one story, 104 feet long and has been adapted to the handicapped seniors. There is a large dining and kitchen area and a room for games and reading. When the building had been completed, the board voted to name it the Briggs Hall, in honor of Pader. He and Irene acknowledge many others who gave their time and substance in the completion of a dream they all had of a place for seniors to gather and have fellowship together. The seniors of our area have felt the good impact of Pader ‘s retirement years and the rest of us have enjoyed knowing him and calling him our friend. 

Pader &

Irene Briggs 

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