The Governing Board President shall preside at and conduct all Governing Board meetings by a formal order of business. The President shall have general supervision over and direction of the affairs of the Association in accordance with the Association’s Governing Documents, and shall have authority to administer all matters not otherwise expressly delegated to the General Manager. The President shall appoint all committee Chairpersons with the advice and consent of the Governing Board, and may call any special meetings of the Owner Members of the Association and/or the Governing Board. Upon approval by the Governing Board, the President shall execute bonds, mortgages and other contracts and cause the corporate seal of the Association to be affixed to any instrument which requires it, except where required or permitted by law to be otherwise signed and executed and except where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated in writing by the Governing Board to some other officer or agent of the Association.
May 23, 2013
In June, all directors are to submit a summary of accomplishments for areas that they are involved in. So, this month, I would like to share a few thoughts with you about my three years as a director and especially this year as president.
Karyl Brandvold and Marty Bell approached me to serve on the board so bowling would have some representation. Since bowling was one of my reasons for picking Sun City West to retire in, I said, “Sure.” That first year, I learned a lot. I came to appreciate how the committees are the first line of communications between the members and the Governing Board (GB). Committees – when focused and working with staff – you can accomplish a lot and make good suggestions for the GB to act on.
Much of my first year was spent observing how the GB worked and working with the Bowling Committee. That is when I started to appreciate the professionalism and skill of our Association staff – including how they work within the committees to provide better service to the community and how professional, caring and polite the staff is to work with.
In my second year of service, three new directors and the returning directors were striving to find a “comfort zone” with each other. During this time, I chaired the Golf Committee and gained a lot of respect for the staff. This is a very expensive, visible area of activity in our community and decisions concerning golf are scrutinized closely. It was also the year when changes to the bylaws were proposed that would have affected our association greatly. It required strong leadership from the GB to the community, and President Moeller provided that.
I was elected president in this, my final year, and was happy to welcome aboard three new directors. New directors usually either have strong views on how things should be done or are somewhat confused as to what is happening and concentrate more on learning in their first year. It was exciting and interesting to see them mature as board members and discover that the Governing Board follows strict rules, adhering to bylaws and policies. (Indeed, if they are not followed, they receive very little support from other directors.) Every Governing Board has to find its own “mojo” but, once that happens, the internal communications are more varying and open on all board subjects – and these comfortable, honest communications lead to good decision-making.
The three new Directors for this year were David Wilson, Nolan Reed and Marion Mosley. They quickly became active participants in board discussions, bringing a wide range of knowledge that really fit in well with the returning directors. A special thanks to Marion Mosley for taking over secretary duties. The three directors that have one more year to serve are Kenny Jordahl, Griff Williams and Patricia Tomlin. It has been a great pleasure working with them for two years. Kenny has many ideas for improving Sun City West, and the fact that he gets frustrated with the complexity of getting projects started and completed is a testimony to his dedication. Griff does whatever is required of him without complaint and always with excellent results. I owe special thanks to Patricia for stepping up to be vice president. After working with her for a year, I can say if she becomes the next president the GB will be in very capable hands. A special thanks for Patricia and David for co-chairing the Special Task Force on Viability of Current Committees. Though nothing will be done before the new board takes over, the results from this task force, if implemented, will have a profound effect for future governing boards and the community.
A special thanks to Pat Canfield, who chairs the Special Committee TORCH. This might be the best committee for our members to attend. I also had the pleasure of working with Pat for two years as she served her term on the governing board.
That brings me to the other two directors elected along with me: Jack Steiner and Ed Van Cott. Jack has been chair of the Public Relations Committee all three years, and serving as vice president for one year. I could always count on Jack’s wisdom and common sense to see us through any subject that the GB had to face. He was my “rock” throughout my entire term on the board and especially this year. A special thanks to Ed for being our treasurer and chairing the Budget & Finance Committee. He not only helped me to understand our budgeting process, but also made it easier for you members by simplifying budget reports.
I would have to say I was blessed with a relatively easy presidency – partially because there were not a lot of controversial issues facing the Board this year, but also because Board members worked well together and respected differing viewpoints, and Association staff offered a great deal of information and support whenever it was needed.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “the boss,” i.e. Sharon Schomer, our Governing Board manager. Sharon is a curious mix between a dictator and den mother – a woman with a wealth of information who always is anticipating our needs, printing out information for us and keeping us on time to our meetings. Sharon, thank you for all your efforts to make this board the best it could be.
Thank you, Directors, for all of your hard work and dedication to your fellow Association members – and my sincere thanks for your support during my presidency.