Increase Your HOA Meeting Attendance in 2018

It’s a new year and increasing the number of HOA meeting attendees is the goal. So, how do you go about accomplishing this seemingly difficult task?

In an article originally posted by Burke Nielsen in the Utah Chapter Community Association Institute 2017 Quarter 4 Newsletter the following 3 ideas were offered:

1.     Be Open to Member Feedback

 Homeowners have ideas and opinions about their community, and what they think is best for it.  Sure, sometimes their ideas are just plain nuts.  But if you listen you will also find that homeowner input can provide insight into concerns and ideas regarding issues that may be worth exploring.  In addition, homeowners are happier with their community when they feel like the board members share their same interest and are willing to listen.

 2.     Ask for Help

 Many homeowners think that they aren’t needed or even wanted at the HOA meeting.  This makes it difficult to communicate community needs and encourage involvement. In some cases just asking for help can go a long way to getting neighbors involved.

 3.     Make it a Social Event

 Most HOA meetings are just business as usual – and to be honest, they kind of need to be.  After all, most HOAs only have one meeting a month to get their work done. But homeowners find these meetings boring.

 By combining the annual meeting with a neighborhood social, homeowners have another, “fun” reason to go to the meeting. You can always sneak in the financial summary and board member election before dessert.  By making the annual meeting a positive experience that meets the social needs of the members along with the business needs of the HOA, you can improve homeowner moral and encourage more participation.

Boosting the attendee numbers will remain a challenge for community leaders. But, as community leaders continue to encourage the importance of meeting attendance, community members will grow to value being involved.

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12 year old Boy Scout melts our heart

A couple weeks ago, a Homeowner called into the office and asked if we could speak to his son as he had something to tell us. He handed the phone to his son, who introduced himself as Roland, Boy Scout of Troop 257, based out of Clovis, CA. He informed us that the American Flag at his Association was starting to look wearisome and was ready to be retired. He asked if he could purchase a new flag out of his own allowance that he had been saving for months and requested that his troop have the honor in properly retiring the flag.

The Manager on the phone was captured by Roland’s request, when she got off the phone, she dashed around the office, telling us about what had just taken place during her conversation with Roland. The story spread like wildfire- the entire staff at I&I fell in love with Roland’s passion and devotion towards American Tradition. The Property Manager informed the Board of Directors who as well, adored Roland’s testimonial and of course granted the request of his troop retiring the flag. The ceremony is scheduled for September 25. Pictures to come!  

We were so touched by Roland’s movement, I&I has pledged to help support Troop 257. If our facebook post gets 5,000 shares, we will donate $5,000 to the Troop! Do your part now, be a “Trooper” and share this story to get Roland and his Troop the $5,000!