It’s Official! RCSC Re-Opens Doors May 3, 2021
By Rosalie Mueller
We have been preparing for our re-opening for months. Our new commercial stove was installed April 15th and has been working flawlessly. This was a long process and cost about $5000. The Meals on Wheels grant from NACOG was approved on our first submission. Traditionally, it has taken several attempts to get confirmation. This was a huge victory and testimony to Phyllis’s expertise in the Meals on Wheels program and to her grant writing skills. Funding is in place for the next four years.
You will see a few changes but for the most part, we have been able to maintain last year’s lineup of activities. To protect our Seniors and the Meals on Wheels recipients, we work closely with the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG). As per their COVID guidelines, we will observe the 3 foot social distancing recommendation. We will provide hand sanitizer. Masks are recommended, but optional. We will not ask about vaccinations.
NEW RCSC ENTRY PROTOCOL. We will be asking all persons entering RCSC for any activity to provide their name and phone number at the front desk. This will allow us to notify everyone present that day, if there should be a COVID outbreak at the Center. This Sign-In Sheet IS NOT Optional, so if you wish to participate in the Center’s activities, you must sign in. The Center’s restrooms will once again be open to the public, but access will be through the Center’s main doors only. You will need to sign in at the front desk.
A Few Reminders: Classes, Card Play and Coffee Open to Members Only.
· We recommend you pick up a May Menu at the Center, online at or view it in this paper. Reserve your spot inside, as we will be operating at 50% capacity in our dining room. LUNCH SERVED in the Dining Room, Mon thru Fri @ 11am to NOON.
· We will be offering additional exercise times as class sizes will be limited to 12 for the foreseeable future. To prevent being disappointed, don’t assume your favorite exercise classes time slot will be available. Call and sign up before you come.
· NEW LIFT WORKOUT: “Lift Our Knees & Our Spirits” This half-hour, low-impact, multi-level class led by Barb Hagan will be moving to motivational, inspirational music. Bring your own hand and ankle weights, if desired. Medium strength bands will be available. Lift Classes: Tue & Wed @ 8:15am & 9am.
· WALKING CLASS: This half-hour class focuses on flexibility, balance, low-impact aerobics & strength training class. Works on belly fat, arm sculpture & thigh slimming. Walking Class: Mon & Fri @ 9am & 10am, Wed @ 10am (only).
· ART CLASS: Wed @ 1-4pm Jill Blomgren and Linda Eddy
· CARD GAMES: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri @1-4pm
· GENTLEMEN’S COFFEE: Thurs @ 8-9am
· MAY 8th is the first of the summer Bazaar and Bake Sales, just in time for Mother’s Day. Let us do the baking for you. We will have a large selection of cookies and cakes perfect for the mother in your life.
· STARTING MAY 5th: NEW ADDIE’S & SHE SHED HOURS: Wednesday thru Saturday, 9am to 1pm. CLOSED Sun thru Tue.
· Don’t forget ADDIE’S has a 50% Off Sale every Saturday in May.
· If you have any questions, please call the Center at (928) 535-5525, Monday thru Friday, 9am to 1pm.
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 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.
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.
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 for more information.
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.