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Community Associations and Parliamentary Procedure

by Jim Slaughter, JD, CPP-T, PRPjim_slaughter

Laws should be like clothes.  They should be made to fit the people they serve,” advised Clarence Darrow.  Similarly, the procedures used during meetings should be made to fit the particular organization as well as the particular meeting.

BOARD PROCEDURES
Conduct of business often varies by assembly size.  Most parliamentary manuals provide that the conduct in smaller boards and committees can be more informal.  Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th Edition) suggests that the formal procedure used by larger groups could hinder business in a board meeting of fewer than a dozen.  As a result, smaller boards and committees can follow an informal procedure, such that:

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Curbing Committee Chaos

A variation of Murphy’s Law states, “If there’s more than one possible outcome of a job or task, and one will result in disaster or an undesirable consequence, then somebody will do it that way.” If only hard-on-his-luck Murphy weren’t right. 

Murphy must have lived in a community association!  Take, for example, the conundrum of committees.  They’re created to give your board a way to gather information and suggestions, offer new ideas and opinions, and perhaps provide a launching point for future board members.  A committee can function as a think tank or an indicator of how the community will react to a given issue.  Sounds great, right?  Well, not exactly.  Remember what ever-the-pessimist Murphy said. 

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ON THE BOARD

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~ G.B. Stern

Long hours.  Difficult, unwanted projects. No pay or appreciation.  Sounds like being a board member, right?  Worse, it’s the life of a committee member – all the time and effort without the decision-making authority of being on the board.

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FL: Make It Green: HOA landscape questions answered

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

About this time of the year your Design Pundit’s calendar becomes quite full. Why? Bewildered landscape committees or HOA presidents want to know how to wrestle the landscape maintenance budget
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