OVA President Ellen Leznik Outlines Changes in Board Meeting Procedures

Dear Association members,

We’ve recently made some key changes to help our Board business meetings run more smoothly.

Are you hesitant to come to a Board meeting because you feel you may be treated unfairly or are just anxious about public speaking?  Please don’t worry.  We will treat you with courtesy and respect and will give you our full attention.  We presume to be treated in the same manner, but in a civilized community like ours that should be expected, right?  Worried about possible rude treatment by the audience?  We will protect you with whatever means we have available to us.  We have added a Sergeant-at-Arms who serves both as our time and peace-keeper during Board meetings.  He assists us in keeping our meetings orderly and makes it easier for us to conduct our business in an efficient and professional manner.  Richard Laden, our fellow Oakmonter, has graciously volunteered to be our Seargeant-at-Arms.

We have also made it easier for you to speak at an Open Forum on a business issue of interest to you.  We are now scheduling several Open Forums at our Board business meetings, each one preceding a certain portion of the meeting agenda.  This way you can plan your time and only attend parts of the meeting that are of interest to you.  A stack of cards will be available as you enter the Berger auditorium for you to identify the agenda item you would like to address.  This will help us determine the number of speakers and organize them in advance.  Depending on the number of speakers, you will have either 2 or 3 minutes to cover your topic.

We had a wonderful social gathering following the June 6 Board meeting.   We had plenty of food and wine and Association Members and Board Directors all enjoyed getting to know each other better.   Please let us know if you’d be interested in attending a gathering like this.  If there is enough interest, we’ll make sure to schedule them again.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come to our bi-weekly Board meetings.  This is the only time when all your elected Directors come together to conduct Association business and make decisions that affect how your monthly dues are spent.  We take your input into consideration when making our decisions.  You can contact us by mail, email, a private meeting or speaking at any open Board meeting.

We are all part of this wonderful community and we want to hear from you on how to make our beloved home even better.