Annual Board Elections
- On July 18, 2021
Annual Meeting (October 21, 2021)
A notice for the Annual Meeting is required at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting (Article V). I thought it may be worthwhile to begin giving notice on a repeated basis, to ensure other activities begin taking shape, such as forming the Election Committee and requesting Board of Directors nominations.
The Board is seeking an Elections Committee Chair and at least two election committee members for the purpose of independently managing the election process.
The committee must be selected no later than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The committee will consist of at least three members, none of whom may be a candidate for election. (Article VIII, sec. 1).
Call for Board of Director’s Nominations
A call for Board nominations must be sent at least 45 days prior to the Annual Meeting, and candidates then are required to file their petitions with the Chair of the Elections Committee within that time. Each nominee petition must include the signatures of five (5) homeowners of five (5) residences. Each candidate petition must be filed no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. (See Article VI, secs. 3 and 4).
Our amended governing documents explicitly limit Board membership to only current Homeowners. Therefore, the Elections Chair must verify ownership – no renters or those cohabitating with an owner, who are not co-owners.
Interested candidates are required to file a petition with the Chair of the Elections Committee no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. This year, candidate petition forms are due back no later than Tuesday, September 21.
Each nominee petition must include the signatures of five (5) owners from five (5) residences using the Candidate Petition Form.
Each nominee must submit a brief bio with the Candidate Petition Form.
Why You Should Join the HOA Board
Living in a planned development often means having to join an association. This association is run much like a business, with resident leaders within the community who volunteer for the HOA board. These leaders operate the HOA with the community’s best interests in mind. They fulfill responsibilities dedicated to the welfare of the association.
While some of you may be wary to become an HOA board member, others are strive to support and lead the charge in an effort to ensure the community standards are maintained. In fact, you may even feel a natural urge to get involved in your HOA board. If you are still apprehensive, please let the following reasons be enough to convince you to serve on the LMCA Board:
1. Safeguard Property Value: One of the HOA board’s main responsibilities is to maintain or increase the property values within the development. They do this by looking after the community with great care.
2. Help Fellow Residents: If you feel a need to help your fellow residents, then get involved in your HOA board. Part of the board’s job is to hear out concerns from residents and, if possible, do something about them.
3. An Opportunity to Learn: Learning is an intrinsic part of human life. And what better way to gain educational experience than by inserting yourself behind the scenes to see how an HOA operates? Apart from gaining impeccable leadership skills, you also learn valuable life lessons when you volunteer for the HOA board.
Understanding the HOA Board
LMCA Board is comprised of seven (7) elected volunteers from the community, which means they are not paid to serve. The absence of a salary might turn some people off to the idea, however, what you get when you join the HOA board far exceeds any monetary value. Additionally, not having salary members on the Board, ensures that the monthly HOA assessment remains at a minimum rate.
Your community needs you. If you have been thinking of joining an Association Board, you are not alone. Today, it is estimated that over 70 million people are living in one of the 300,000+ community associations in America. Of those residents, nearly 2 million are serving on their HOA board to manage their association. Clearly, there are more than enough reasons to serve on your HOA board, so do not let your apprehension hold you back…volunteer today!!!