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From the President – January/February 2013
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Minnesota Community Living January/February 2013

From the President

By Traci Lehman

Traci LehmanA
s I write this column, the holiday rush is all around. I hear carols in my car, at the mall, even — clichéd as it may be — in elevators.

When listening to "The 12 Days of Christmas,” I got to thinking about how the message of this song applies to our industry, and how, when we do our jobs well, we are able to bring comfort and joy to homeowners living in common-interest communities.

You know the tune — everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets has recorded a version of this song — so hum along with me as I share some thoughts about gifts we can bring to community associations in the coming year.

On the first day of Christmas my association manager gave to me:

Governing documents that are easy to read.

On the second day of Christmas my association manager gave to me:

2 friendly notices and Governing documents that are easy to read.

Now the tune is firmly established in your mind, right? So, fill in the blanks and read on:

3 well-maintained amenities

No 4-closures

5 manicured lawns

6 closed collection cases

7 pools for swimming

8 snow-plowed driveways

9 lawyers helping

10 accountants counting

11 busy board members

12 happy homeowners

By the time you read this, the decorations will be packed away again until next year and we’ll be back to the day-to-day business routine. As the new year unfolds before us, let’s keep the holiday spirit alive and remember that all throughout the year, we can deliver important gifts of peace and harmony to homeowners through everyday actions.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2013!

Traci Lehman

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