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Internal Vice President’s Column


Rod Danner – Vice President

I hope that this finds you all well and enjoying your summer. As my term on the board comes to a close, I can’t help but have a feeling of pride and satisfaction at the accomplishments of the last two years. There have been many major improvements and much needed repairs that have taken place during our term. The stormwater issues and repaving of the parking lot have been completed, as well as, the walking trail restored. A permanent building to cover the lap pool has been erected and is a badly needed replacement for the problematic dome used in the past. The basketball court has been resurfaced with a more modern and colorful material and the tennis courts have been resurfaced. Much of the outdated and dysfunctional fitness equipment has been replaced with new, more ergonomic units. Progress has been made towards moving the facility in the direction of improving accessibility for all members. The purchase and installation of a pool lift and the remodeling of the breezeway restrooms were only the first steps. The ongoing plans for remodeling and reconfiguring the recreation center will also be very effective in creating greater accessibility, as well as, improving usability and a more up to date design. I feel that we have made great strides in moving our association forward and truly believe that the new board will continue that progress.
I am thankful for, and appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the membership to have the pleasure to serve, not only the membership directly, but alongside an excellent group of fellow board members. The opportunity to work with Yvonne, and Kevin for the past two years, Bob and Steve this past year, Skip and DeAnne the previous year has been not only productive, but also gratifying. I feel that the progress made in the last two years is testament to the fact that if you are willing to work together towards an overall goal, compromise in the interest of the greater good and maintain civility without excess drama, the results can speak for themselves.
There is some consternation brewing surrounding the new members of the board and the lack of an election due to an insufficient number of candidates. Keep in mind that calls for volunteers to run for the board were numerous and well publicized. Articles in this paper, my columns, Yvonne’s columns, and both Facebook pages, in the recreation center and at all board meetings singled out the need for members to become involved in our association by running for the three board positions to be vacated. Initially, there were six candidates, one withdrew immediately, one withdrew prior to interviews and two of those interviewed withdrew post interview leaving us with only two. One candidate did apply just before the deadline to afford us the three needed for the open seats. When the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, no election is needed. This does result in a significant cost savings, as no accounting firm is required to count ballots. Quite frankly, the disinterest on the part of the membership is discouraging. Even the attempts to solicit members of the nominating committee were unsuccessful causing Kevin and I to fill in on the committee in addition to our board duties. I was involved in interviewing the four candidates. The two candidates who remained after the interviews would have both been on the “the board recommends” list as in the past had there been additional candidates. I personally, was completely comfortable with the answers given by those candidates to the interview questions. I feel that the three new board members will continue to move our association forward. This all boils down to the fact that the association belongs to us all and if it is to function equitably, it requires the efforts of the membership. Again, thank you all for the opportunity to serve for the betterment of the association and our community.

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