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Minnesota Community Living 2013-09-10 From the President
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From the President

By Michael Klemm, CAI-MN President

Michael Klemm

Dear HOA Board Member:

Thank you for volunteering to lead your community association. Taking time to read Minnesota Community Living shows that you want to do your best, and I am writing to share how becoming involved in Community Associations Institute can help.

First, if you are not a member of CAI, I encourage you to join. You will gain access to members-only content on the CAI national website and the Minnesota Chapter website, including CAI’s online research library, articles, sample forms and templates. Members also receive CAI’s national magazine, Common Ground, and discounted registration fees for many CAI-MN seminars and events. Many homeowners associations cover the cost of membership in CAI for board members, as they recognize the benefits that it provides to their community.

Membership in CAI will enable you to join committees and develop personal relationships with association managers, business partners and other homeowners association board members. Committee members enjoy discussing relevant issues, sharing information and ideas and working together on events and projects. Service on a committee is a pre-requisite for election to the CAI-MN board of directors, and two seats on the board are reserved for community association volunteer leaders.

I also encourage you to take advantage of the many educational seminars provided by CAI-MN. The Education Committee presents luncheon seminars for community association volunteer leaders, association managers and business partners. In addition, the Community Association Volunteer Leader (CAVL) Committee presents seminars that are specifically designed for homeowners association board members. Attending seminars provides opportunities for networking and discussion, but if you cannot attend in person, videos from recent seminars are available on the members-only section of the CAI-MN website.

Many community association volunteer leaders also participate in the annual Trade Show, Golf Tournament and Vision Awards. These premiere events provide community association volunteer leaders with opportunities to learn about products and services, make connections and celebrate top-performing homeowners associations, managers and business partners.

We would like to help you find opportunities for involvement that fit your interests and schedule. Additional information is available on the Minnesota Chapter website at and the national website at If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 952.953.8832 or CAI-MN Executive Director Monte Abeler at 651.265.7852.


Again, thank you for serving your community association!

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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