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MCL Jan/Feb 2014 - Get in the Game with a Little Volunteerism
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Get in the Game with a Little Volunteerism

by CAI National

Committees are an important part of our association operations. Committee members help keep our community vibrant; and, by augmenting paid staff, they save the association thousands of dollars each year. The association just wouldn’t be what it is without our active and effective committees. They deserve our sincerest thanks.

However, to be successful, our association needs to cultivate fresh ideas and encourage additional resident involvement in our committees; so, we’d like your help on one of our committees.

Committees give the board a way to gather information, offer new ideas and opinions and provide a training ground for future board members. All committees are advisory to the board unless given specific decision-making authority by the board or CC&Rs. The board provides each committee with a job description, goal and mission statement to help it succeed as a community resource.

Our association has three types of committees:

  • Administrative committees are set out in our association’s bylaws and CC&Rs. They are ongoing, permanent and often have clearly defined power and authority.
  • Standing committees, such as our CAVL and Education committees, are established by the board for an ongoing and specific purpose. These committees generally make recommendations to and act under the supervision of the board.
  • Ad-hoc committees, such as our Golf Tournament committee, are established by the board as needed for specific projects and tasks. When the task is complete, the committee is disbanded.

So, if you’re thinking about running for the board and want to learn a little more about association operations first, or if you’re interested in helping improve your state association or just want to get out and meet new people, we would be thrilled to talk to you about our committees and how you might be able to help. Contact any member of the board or call the Executive Director for more information.

Published by Community Associations Institute — Minnesota Chapter, copyright 2013. All articles and paid advertising represent the opinions of authors and advertisers and not necessarily the opinion of either Minnesota Community Living or CAI–Minnesota Chapter. The information contained within should not be construed as a recommendation for any course of action regarding financial, legal, accounting, or other professional services by the CAI–Minnesota Chapter, or by Minnesota Community Living, or its authors. Articles, letters to the editor, and advertising may be sent to Chapter Staff Editor Joanne Penn at, or at CAI–Minnesota Chapter, 1000 Westgate Dr., Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114.

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