In a dense urban or sprawling suburban environment, people can still feel isolated. While high-rise residential buildings and suburban subdivisions put many people and families in very close proximity to one another, living side-by-side doesn’t automatically transform a group of people into a community. Sometimes, just the opposite.
We all lead busy lives, our schedules are more than hectic and the last thing most people want to do is attend an HOA board meeting to discuss tedious bylaw alterations and HVAC repair schedules. Therefore, attracting and recruiting committed board members is crucial, because it ultimately improves the quality of life within the building or association community.
On the whole, community-management pros believe that committees provide a worthwhile training ground for potential board members, and a way to tap into other owners’ specific knowledge and keep them involved and engaged.
“Committees are a good training ground for future board members, because it gives a background into how the association works and how it functions,” says Gary Budd, president of Crest Property Management in Boca Raton. “It gives them a chance to interact with other people in a community and with the board. When they do come to board meetings, they will have a leg up on how the board runs and operates. Committees are a good stepping stone for a board member. Every time a new board takes over, they should send a list to all the unit owners of all the committees that the association has, and ask for volunteers for those committees.”
“We know many unit owners want to be board members but they don’t have the time, so committees are a good way for them to get more involved with members of the community, share their ideas and understand how the dynamics work,” says Steven Zamora, the community association manager of Beach Club of Hallandale Community Association Inc. in Hallandale. “As committee members get more involved, they begin to see how much time being a board member would require. If they see being on the board is something that they can juggle with their already hectic schedule, then they should consider running for the board.”