Goals for the New Year
Now that the New Year is upon us, we thought it would be a good idea for community association board members and other owners to reflect on the past year and contemplate goals for 2016. With that in mind, here are some goals we think can truly benefit your community and make the New Year an even more productive one.
- Remember the primary fiduciary responsibility of all board members – All decisions and policies should be made in the context of maintaining and enhancing the value of each owner’s investment.
- If you’re not a part of the solution, you may be part of the problem – If you disagree with something or believe the Association is doing something wrong, provide alternatives for the board to consider which would benefit the community. Simply complaining does not help solve any problems.
- Owners should remember that board members are volunteers – Serving on the board of directors can be rewarding, but it can also be a thankless job. Most board members have other jobs. So carving out time to serve their community on a volunteer basis should be appreciated by the ownership. Let them know that from time to time.
- Volunteer – If you have never volunteered or haven’t served in a while, consider serving your community in 2016. If you don’t choose to be a board member, you can serve on a committee, such as the landscape committee or the maintenance committee. Think of at least one thing you can do in 2016 to make your community a little better place.
- Get to know your neighbors – As a community association manager, I sometimes find it remarkable how many owners don’t really know their neighbors who may live right next to them. Reach out to your neighbors and don’t wait for a complaint to be your first contact with them. Why not organize a community picnic this summer?
- Educate yourself – To better serve your community it is wise to have a better understanding about how associations function and what is required of them. Consider joining WSCAI. This is the Washington state chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). There are a vast array of education opportunities that this organization provides. Go to www.wscai.org to learn more.
We hope you have a healthy and productive New Year. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance to your community association.