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From the President: May-June 2008
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Minnesota Community Living May/June 2008

From the President
By Sara Lassila

Featured Community: Beachside I
By Deanna Symington

Best rate...your Bank?
By Daniel Denekamp

CAI-MN Legislative Action Committee Activity Report
By Jack Bouquet

Reaching the Top with a Ladder
By Tom Engblom

How to Have an Honest and Productive Relationship with a Contractor
By Don Huizenga

Worried About the Safety of Your Money?
By Mark Kragness

Homeowners Associations: The Unintended Victims of Mortgage Foreclosures
By Nancy Polomis & David Hellmuth

CAI National Courses Come to Minnesota

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t is hard to express how much I enjoyed the year as President of the CAI-MN Chapter. Being Chapter President was a more time-consuming job than I expected, but with homeowner input, help from knowledgeable and dedicated Board members, countless hours from many active and selfless Committee members, and the wonderful Ewald staff of Paul Hanscom, Scott Franzmeier, and Joe Flannigan, the year flew by.

While it was with sadness and understanding, we accepted the resignation of President Elect, Chuck Schneider. We have appointed Holly Johnson to the board to complete Chuck’s term. In addition, Mark Schoenfelder was selected to be President Elect and will serve the Chapter as President for the 2008-2009 year. Please give them the same unparalleled support as you have given me.

This was also a historical year for the Chapter as we are honored at the CAI National Conference with the Chapter Achievement Award for Management & Development. I am proud that so many members from the Minnesota Chapter will be present to help accept this award. The growth that our Chapter has experienced in recent years is thanks to the numerous volunteers who have dedicated their time and talent to making CAI-MN relevant and valuable to all of those involved in community leadership in our state.

There is a huge list of people who are making this chapter the success that it is, please give them your heartfelt thanks: Jon Edin and the Education Committee for continuing and expanding the educational opportunities available to our members. JaNet Rogge, our Directory Chair, who is ready to work on it again, I’m sure. Jack Bouquet and the Legislative Action Committee, who continue to work and monitor issues related to our common interest communities. Alice Finley and the Licensure Task Force, who have diligently researched and provided ideas about licensing. Tim Broms and the Nominating Committee, who worked hard to get us the slate of candidates for our open board positions. Mark Johnson and the Communications Committee, who have successfully morphed our newsletter into the Minnesota Community Living magazine and updated the CAI-MN website. Our Golf Tournament Co-Chairs, Tom Engblom and Tosh Tricas, who provided our membership a stellar inaugural golf event and are leading the charge for the greens again this year. Also, our thanks to Melinda Johnson and the Vision Awards Committee and Holly Johnson and the Annual Meeting Committee, who have prepared a great time for us this June.

Yes, the CAI-MN Annual Meeting and Vision Awards program will be held the evening of June 18, 2008, at the Metropolitan Ballroom from 5 to 8:30 p.m. CAI-MN members, keep an eye on your mailbox for a ballot to elect board members and plan to attend this memorable evening event. You won’t want to miss seeing your nominee for a Vision Award, win and learn who will be the board members leading the Chapter to even greater heights in the coming year!

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