Tag Archives: report

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:

Read more

Sizing up Safety

Despite entrance gates, security patrols and neighborhood watch groups, community associations are not immune to crime. As the slow economy leads to layoffs and tightened personal budgets, desperate people may break the law.  Perhaps now may be the best time for an association to review its safety and the steps it can take to help prevent crime. 

“I think we’ll see an increase in crime with the number of homes that are vacant due to foreclosure,” says Melinda Johnson, CMCA a senior property manager. ” With banks posting notices of ownership…, criminals may begin to look for the right opportunity.” 

Read more