Almost 80 community association board members from 20 states and Washington, D.C.—all of them homeowners who lead their communities as volunteers—have been recognized as part of Community Association Leader Appreciation Month.
Sponsored by Community Associations Institute (CAI), the observance coincides with National Volunteer Month in April.
An estimated 1.7 million Americans serve on boards that govern more than 328,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, cooperatives and other planned communities across the country. These volunteers are typically elected by their homeowner neighbors, some serving year after year after year. Collectively, community association board members contribute time valued at almost $1.5 billion to their communities every year.
The board members honored by CAI were recommended by residents, fellow board members or managers in their communities.
“Imagine volunteers contributing more than 66 million hours of their personal time annually to serve their neighbors and communities,” said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba. “The board members recognized by CAI symbolize the commitment of time, energy and expertise provided by literally hundreds of thousands of association volunteers. While many are supported by community managers and other professionals, board members are ultimately responsible for the well-being of their communities.”
The following are just a few examples of what colleagues and peers said about their board members:
"These leaders and other homeowner volunteers dedicate themselves to building and sustaining their communities," Skiba says. "They develop and meet budgets, ensure that services are provided, hire and supervise service providers, plan and oversee capital improvement projects, coordinate association activities and so much more.
"But what they really do—what’s most important to homeowners in every community association," Skiba add, "is preserve the nature and character of their communities, protect property values and meet the established expectations of their fellow residents. It’s a challenging, demanding, time-consuming responsibility, but they do it—often year after year."
Visit www.caionline.org/boardstars to see a list of board members who were recommended for this honor and to see what their peers and colleagues had to say about a few of them.
CAI is a 32,500-member international organization dedicated to helping homeowner volunteer leaders, community managers and other industry professionals build better communities.
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