Success by committee – you may have heard the expression, but do you know how homeowners association committees can help Board members achieve success? Let’s start with the basics, a committee definition: an HOA committee is comprised of homeowners who analyze issues and help make recommendations to help reduce Board members’ responsibilities.
While some Board members are elected to their roles with the professional knowledge and/or previous HOA experience they need to perform successfully, others have little or no knowledge or training in community association governance. But no matter their prior experience, they must juggle their HOA responsibilities with obligations to their families, jobs, hobbies, civic involvement and other personal interests and responsibilities. Read more about Board Member stress and how to deal with it here.
Associations sometimes hire property management companies to handle all of their community’s day-to-day community operations and management responsibilities, under their direction. But even when communities are professionally managed, Board members may have ongoing community issues that need to be addressed, as well as one-off issues that arise over during the year. That’s where Advisory Committees come in – helping Board members by providing a good perspective and understanding of the topic at hand.
In addition to providing valuable assistance to the Board, committees also involve more shareholders with personal experience in the governance process, resulting in in a stronger, more involved community. As a bonus, they provide committee members with valuable association governance, making them a hands-on training ground for new community leaders.
Effective committees can be your community’s lifeline, so if you need a helping hand, consult with a seasoned Board member or a good property management company for guidance. We’ve also put together some basic facts and guidelines on committees to help. Ready to position your Board for success by committee? Read on… (more…)