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SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR ONE POSITION – 2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
APPLICATION FORMS AVAILABLE APRIL 1, 2015
One director position is open for election this year. Do you have the leadership skills and management experience that will benefit the association? Are you interested in contributing to the success and vitality of Tahoe Donner? If so, consider running for election for the open director position.
WHAT IS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND WHAT DO BOARD MEMBERS DO?
Tahoe Donner Association is a self–directed common interest development governed by a five-member board of directors; each director is elected for a three-year term. The board governs the financial management and general operation of the association. The annual budget of the association, including revenue, expenses, annual assessments, and required reserve funds are in excess of $20.8 million per year. Operations include the physical management and maintenance of the association’s common areas, operation of the resort amenities, and enforcement of the land-use restrictions and architectural standards that both create and maintain the unique character of Tahoe Donner. Important ongoing business activities include management of the 2030 general plan, fiscal monitoring of the association’s amenities, approval of the annual budget (operating and reserves), and utilization of open spaces.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR SERVING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
A candidate must be: 1) an owner of at least a 25 percent interest in a Tahoe Donner residential property; and 2) in good standing with the association with all assessments paid and not subject to any suspension of membership privileges. Owners are not eligible if a co-owner of their Tahoe Donner property is currently serving on the board, if they are employees of the association, or if they have held two consecutive terms of office on the board. There is no requirement that owners be full-time or part-time residents.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN RUNNING FOR THE BOARD?
Candidates must submit their application before 4 p.m. on May 1, 2015. Application forms will be available starting April 1, 2015 in the Member Services office at Northwoods Clubhouse or can be mailed upon request. After verification that the applicant meets qualifications, the candidate will submit a candidate’s statement, due by 4 p.m. on May 8, 2015, that will be reproduced and included in the board election packet sent to property owners in late May. Finally, candidates are invited to participate in Candidates’ Night, Saturday, June 6, 2015, to directly present their ideas about serving on the board to property owners and answer owners’ questions.
HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED AND WHAT IS EXPECTED?
Serving on the board is an important responsibility and a challenging personal commitment that requires time. While there is no monetary compensation, board members are rewarded with the satisfaction that comes with meeting challenges, guiding policy and operations and contributing to a well-governed association. Regular board meetings are held once a month, normally on the fourth Saturday, and usually encompass a full day. A briefing packet for each meeting is prepared by staff and a significant amount of time is required to prepare for board meetings; that is, to review and research information in the packet, including meeting with staff, if appropriate. Occasional special meetings may be required to review items that cannot wait until monthly meetings. Each board member also serves as a liaison to one or more of the standing committees serving the association and this involves attendance at regular committee meetings.
Board directors have a fiduciary relationship to the members of the association that not only imposes obligations of trust and confidence in favor of the association but also requires that directors act in good faith and in the best interest of the all members of the association. The fact that the association is a not-for-profit corporation, or that the members of the board are volunteers and unpaid, does not relieve them from the high levels of trust and responsibility that the fiduciary relationship requires.
THE BOTTOM LINE!
Serving as a director for Tahoe Donner Association carries many of the same duties and levels of responsibilities required to oversee any large business operation. Serving as a board member is a valuable, rewarding experience and an opportunity to act on behalf of fellow owners while protecting and enhancing the assets of the Tahoe Donner community. If you are interested in running for election to the board please feel free to contact any member of the Elections Committee or any current director for more information to have your questions answered.
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