Tag Archives: responsibilities

Ahead of the Game

Most of us like to view ourselves as upright citizens.  We pull over for ambulances and leave the handicapped parking spots for people who really need them.  We can’t imagine ourselves doing anything that might harm our friends or neighbors.  We know right from wrong.  But can we be so sure?  While it’s easy to see that stealing is wrong (and we have laws to enforce that), community association volunteers are far more likely to encounter smaller-scale ethical situations where there are no clear cut answers.  These everyday circumstances and events test their knowledge of community association ins and outs as much as their moral compasses and are usually grayer than black or white.

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How to Reduce Volunteer Burnout

Robert volunteered for his community’s architectural control committee soon after he moved in.  He wanted to use his experience as an engineer to improve the association’s permit process.  His knowledge and effort improved the system tremendously.  He was tireless.

The board soon asked him to serve on the budget committee, then on a special task force to review facilities.  Next, the board asked him to supervise a paving project.  When that project was completed, Robert quit.

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