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Carin’s Corner - Calling Out for All-Star Volunteers

By Carin Rosengren, Keller Property Management

Carin RosengrenThank goodness for volunteers. Without the homeowners who agree to serve on boards, who handle the daily operations, who take care of finances and collections, who lead committees to beautify and protect, Minnesota’s community associations would fail to thrive and worse, fail to survive.

While every common-interest community is different (some are self-managed, some use the services of a professional management company), its volunteer Board of Directors and committee members are what keep the heart of an association beating. How strong that heart beats and how happy the homeowners are often rest solely in the hands of the community’s volunteers.

I can think of a few volunteers who made a big difference in the lives of their homeowners associations. Like Eileen Tompkins of Rosemount. She went door-to-door in her community and almost single-handedly brought a board from the brink of extinction back to an interested and involved group of homeowners working together. Like Denny Yecke of Red Wing. He takes on personal responsibility that transcends his volunteer role, organizing neighborhood clean-ups and other activities specifically designed to bring folks together and foster a sense of community.

Do you know a community association volunteer who goes above-and-beyond the call of duty? I would love to interview them for a future Carin’s Corner, where I hope to showcase as many of these All-Stars as possible. Please send me their name and a brief description of what makes them a standout at your organization in an email to:

I’ll do the rest to help these unpaid workers have a chance to hold the spotlight they rightly deserve.

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 Monte Abeler at, or at CAI–Minnesota Chapter, 1000 Westgate Dr., Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114.

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