Contributed by George Thorsen, Chair of the Nominating Committee
Running for the Lake Heritage’s Property Owners’ Association’s Board of Directors
The simple truth is that Lake Heritage at the highest level is directed by unpaid volunteers. The Board of Directors is composed of nine Lake Heritage residents who have been elected to serve the community by managing its affairs. It is difficult to create a comprehensive job description because the job varies from month to month and according to community needs. However, as an absolute minimum each director is expected to attend a monthly meeting usually held on the second Wednesday of the month.
A board member typically attends a Work Shop that precedes the regular meeting. A director is assigned one or more committees and is expected to maintain the committee’s membership and recruit new members. A director summarizes his/her committee’s scheduled meetings, activities, suggestions, or projects monthly at the regular meeting. There are meetings other than on the second Wednesday of the month to discuss one or more specific topics that demand immediate attention. There are numerous email forums that are initiated when a face-to-face meeting is impossible to arrange. It is common practice for a director to be heavily involved and visibly present at association events such as Town Meetings, holiday events and celebrations and fund raising activities.
The Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee as per Article IV, Section 10 of the LHPOA by-laws is charged with soliciting not less than five (5) persons to be candidates for membership on the Board of Directors. The office of director is open to all association members “in good standing”. Each candidate submits a bio-sketch which allows the applicant to give the community some personal and impersonal data about themselves to act as a guide in the election process.
The Nominating Committee will ask for a candidate’s name, address, telephone number, email address, lot number, personal background, education, interests or hobbies, and platform. In this way voters who do not know the candidate personally will evaluate the candidate’s qualifications and appropriateness for the job. Some of these latter categories are suggested not required. The purpose of the application form, known as the bio-sketch, is to inform the public. There is an online bio-sketch (application) form but a print form or email with the same information will work too. For the online form, see: https://lakeheritage.org/run
There are many reasons why someone chooses to run for the board. Perhaps they are attracted to the challenging work. Perhaps they have one or more idea that they would like to see get off the ground. Perhaps they are less than satisfied with the status quo and want to see change. Perhaps they have an area of expertise that is sorely needed.
If you know someone or are someone who is motivated to run for the board, please do so. We will begin accepting bio-sketches on November 12, 2016 and end on December 15, 2016 at 5 pm. If more information is needed, please contact the office at 717 334-7242.