The Importance of Your Board Election by Ceasar Larrach

I would like to begin by thanking Agi, Carey, Glen, Joan, and Vicki for submitting their self-nomination forms and running for a seat on the Board of Directors, we all know the road was a very daunting one.

Congratulations to the three new Board of Directors that will be elected on March 3rd at the Annual Meeting.

Your Board is a representative form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Much of our country is based on the principles of representative democracy. It starts with organizations like community associations and progresses through our schools boards, city governments, county governments, state governments – all the way to the federal government. We vote for a person, or persons, who will act on our behalf. So, your vote is very important for the future of this community.

The role of the Board in governing an association cannot be overestimated. The Board makes the difference between a good association and a great one, and can even make or break an association. What happens when the Board does not understand its role or embrace it? The association becomes an “orphan,” unable to secure services, attract committed staff and enthusiastic volunteers or reach its potential as a great community to live in.

For the association to grow and remain healthy, board members must grow in their roles to become more of a “governing board.” To form an effective Board, directors must have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the association, its history and what is to be accomplished.

It’s important to realize that the Board is made up of homeowners. They are volunteers who are willing to give the time and participate in the procedures of being on a board. There’s a lot of time and homework involved with the position. I would like to wish the 2016/2017 Board of Directors great success in the coming year, I look forward to working with you. You have been empowered to participate in the decision making process which will affect you, your neighbor and everyone in your community!