Monthly Archives: January 2019

5 Steps for Keeping Association Meetings A Reasonable Length

Association meetings are crucial events that help a Board make important community decisions while also keeping the public in the know. However, sometimes these meetings can last three hours or more if the agenda is long enough and community involvement is free-range.

Just because a meeting is lengthy, doesn’t mean that it is effective. Take some of these tips to heart before this year’s meetings and find out how your association management team can help you keep your meetings short and meaningful

1. Plan Meetings in Advance

Being prepared is the key for a meeting that doesn’t turn into a sleepover. Ask your management team to help your board prepare “board packets” prior to the big meeting. These packets are a great way to keep your directors prepared to speak on specific topics.

Aside from efficiency on behalf of the Board, these packets can also detail the agenda of the meeting. Be wary of agendas that are fully loaded. Our suggestion is to address one large issue per meeting, if possible.

2. Room Setup Matters

Many Association meetings go on for so long because community members feel the urge to speak freely throughout. This could partially be due to the initial setup of your Board’s meeting room. Feng shui also matters in the meeting area.

If your board is lined up and facing the audience, this seems like an automatic opening for participation. There is a set time for audience questions and during the meeting is not one of them. Forming a semicircle where Board members face each other is the best way for the meeting to go as planned; with directors speaking to fellow directors.

3. Speaking Isn’t Always Necessary

On the topic of speaking, if you see that the Board has reached a consensus on a subject, remember that it is okay to not speak. An excellent director will know that speaking up when a motion is about to be voted into passage only elongates the meeting with remarks that usually bring no substance.

4. Have Your Association Management Help You Create Committees

Association management is a service that can help your community thrive, especially when it comes to improving your meeting runtimes. Your management company can help you create committees that will speed up the necessary preparation for important meeting topics. These committees can research and analyze a project from the inside-out before presenting actions to the Board for votes. This is a great way to get the more vocal community members involved with topics that are especially close to their hearts.

5. Adopt Rules and Stick to Them

Meeting rules are the root of keeping a meeting at the one-hour mark. Discuss with your Board what meeting procedures need to be put in place. Ask yourselves:

  • What constitutes disruptive behavior
  • How long should community members be given to ask questions
  • What is our set objective limit

Much like community rules, creating meeting rules and adamantly sticking to them will help keep your plans under control, while also giving the Board and attending community members an idea of what is expected as far as behavior goes at each meeting.

Get Your Association On Track with Specialized Tactics from Goodwin & Company

Your Association Board is the cornerstone of your community. Make sure that your volunteer members have the right team on their side during important 2019 decisions. Association management is a great way to gain help in making decisions and help with some of the background duties that go into keeping a community great.

Reach out to Goodwin & Company today to find out more about our services in your area.



4 Tips for Recruiting HOA Board Members in 2019

At Goodwin & Company, we have a lot of respect for board members. Not only is the Community Association board comprised of volunteers, but they are volunteers that care about your community. Your board is a community pillar that has the power to enhance your neighborhood and make living in your area the best that it can be.

When it comes time to recruit new board members, selecting the right ones is crucial. Here are four steps that your board can do in order to help make the best decision for your next member!

1. Educate Your Community

The best way to get potential board members interested is to remind them that their community board exists. Many people think that the board is a faceless group that makes decisions about the community from afar (or worse, they think that the management company is the one that makes the decisions).

Get out and get active within the community and make sure that your homeowners are involved. One way to educate your homeowners is to keep them up-to-date with newsletters or memos that:

  • Discuss progress on current work
  • Invite them to ask questions at the next meeting
  • Introduce the members of the board to homeowners that may not personally know them

2. Have Your Association Management Help You Answer Questions

After you’ve brought up the need for new life on your board, your community is going to have a lot of questions about the process, your board needs, and what your board is as a whole.

Take some time to sit with your association management team to come up with a plan with regards to answering these questions. You want to ensure that all answers are uniform, informative, and most of all, encouraging to board member applicants.

3. Encourage Action Based on Homeowner Talents

Your board is going to have specific needs that must be met, and some of your local homeowners may have the exact talents for the job. Your board is one that is going to need management help with accounting, construction, gardening, technology, and more. Make an announcement of your needs to your community, and it is likely that people with the right skillsets already reside in the neighborhood and may be willing to help make your community shine.

4. Turn Complaints into Action

Sometimes your community may have members that “lightly suggest” a lot of items to your board. While some may see this as complaining, your board should see this as a future recruitment opportunity. These suggestions are all being directed to the board as a means to improve the community. Invite your passionate residents to come aboard and get involved with the development of your neighborhood. An active, caring hand is always important on a board or even a committee.

Goodwin & Company Helps Your Board Recruit the Right Members

Does your board need help with recruitment? Let the professionals at Goodwin & Company guide your board in the right direction for excellent recruitment strategies. Contact us today to find out how we have helped communities like yours and how we can make a difference in your neighborhood.