The first action item on most owners’ meeting agendas is approving the minutes of the last owners’ meeting. Let’s say that -- as usual -- you have an ambitious agenda, with many action items and a limited time in which to get through them all. But when the secretary moves to approve last year’s...
Usually this column gives advice to the president or chair of a meeting. Today, our advice is for the “loyal opposition”, those members in the minority. Let’s say you are concerned about how the Board is handling, or failing to handle an issue. How can you best advocate for your position at an owner’s meeting?
Often some of the most challenging questions a chair must handle during an annual meeting come from members of the “opposition” who don’t believe the board is being fair to them, and who are afraid their rights will be violated by something that happens at a meeting. When owners take this type of concern to an extreme, they may appear to be conspiracy theorists, convinced that the board and manager are conspiring to deprive them of their rights.
How can you tell an experienced meeting chair from an inexperienced chair before the meeting is even called to order? There are lots of ways, but one key indicator of an experienced chair is such individual has a copy of the organization’s bylaws close at hand. Why? What is in that formal, bureaucratic document that might help someone preside over a homeowner meeting?