As everyone knows, the annual meeting of the members is scheduled for January 8, 2011. Notice please that this is the members meeting - not the annual board meeting. At this time we (the members) will elect new board members that will serve for two years. And now the funny stuff starts:
1. Mary Forame who lives in Section one and was appointed to an at large position that would have required her to run, decided to move to position six (townhomes) that was vacated by Terry Strickland. So now she gets to serve for one more year and has never been subjected to the election process. And she doesn't even live in the townhomes. What do you folks in the townhomes think about that?
2. Mary Forame decided, against objections by several candidates, to fill the attorney slot and also the management company slot before the election. As stated, several candidates thought it would be better to wait for the election results, as the January election might cause some shift in board membership. But no - this simply had to be done immediately.
3. A new meeting announcement went out as the first letter contained incorrect information. In this announcement it was stated that any members wanting to make motions (at the members meeting) would be required to submit the motions to the board by December 15, 2010. So - it looks like the board intends to decide what motions can be made at the members meeting. The word members keeps getting underlined, simply because the board has nothing to say about how the members conduct their meeting. Mary Forame and her supporters are just members at this meeting - nothing more.
4. Mary Forame, acting in her position as president, authorized the use of an independent facilitator to run the annual meeting. Now it appears that the new management company hired by Ms. Forame and supporters will be running the members meeting. Where in the by-laws of the association does it say that this is the way the meeting is to be run? Where does it say the president or any other individual has the authority to dictate and run the members meeting? Gosh, that word members just keeps getting underlined. Maybe it should be in red.
In any event, all members of the association should remember that we are equal at the annual members meeting. We have the opportunity to have our say, to make motions, and to elect those individuals we feel will best serve our community. Our community that once again is broke due to the actions of certain board members. Our community that just hired a management company that stated the board could kinda make up it's rules as it goes merrily along. That's what the owner implied at a recent meeting anyway.
TIME FOR A CHANGE - ELECT CANDIDATES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY THE BOARD IS RUN! ONLY THE MEMBERS CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
And don't forget to come to the clubhouse on Saturday, December 18th to meet the candidates. Ask them what they will do to return control of our neighborhood to the members.