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Special Update from Board President Tom Johns

Please click here read Suzy Knisley’s recent letter of farewell in Tahoe Donner News. It is with sincere regret that the board announces the resignation of Suzy Knisley, effective at the end of December. Over the last five and a half years, Suzy has served the Association well, including two terms as president. Her positive impact on Tahoe Donner is evident and she will be missed. Thank you, Suzy, for your hard work and dedication to the betterment of Tahoe Donner.

Even as we wish Suzy the best, we need to fill the open board position created by her resignation. All homeowners in good standing are eligible and interested property owners should email executive assistant Bonnie Watkins or call (530) 587-9431 to receive a Board questionnaire to be submitted with a statement of interest in fulfilling the remaining six months of this position. Deadline for receipt of your application is Noon on December 10th.

November 29, 2012

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Letter of Farewell

To date, I have had the pleasure and responsibility of serving as your representative on the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors for five and a half years and as your board president twice. It has been a rewarding experience, both because of the part I have been able to play in contributing to ongoing improvements these past few years, and more importantly, the relationships I have established with our excellent staff and fellow board and committee members.

It has been a difficult decision to announce my resignation from the board, as it is entirely due to personal reasons, and not anything related to the excellent experience I have enjoyed in working with our staff and fellow board and committee members.

When you, the members gave me your vote of confidence in the past two elections, selecting me to represent you on your board of directors, I made a commitment to fulfill the goals I promised in my candidates’ statement. I have enjoyed the reward of seeing them come to completion, or well into the process: to protect our open space and secure the Euer Valley, fiscal responsibility to understand and improve on the budget process; address our aging infrastructure; initiating a training program for members of the board in order to develop a strong business and marketing program; and supporting the importance of strong leadership this association now requires to administrate an $18 million dollar a year corporation.

We are no longer primarily a homeowners association that began in the early years of the 1970’s, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing a medium sized corporation, including several businesses and restaurants, and approving the design and construction of new buildings and demolition the of old buildings that no longer meet our needs and/or require more funds to repair, remodel or expand due to the 40+ year old failing original construction.

Of the 30 years that I have enjoyed membership in Tahoe Donner Association, these past few years have been the very best and – due to the excellent leadership of our general manager, Robb Etnyre and our current professional staff, without which, none of the improvements that have taken place would been realized. The association is being run more professionally and efficiently today than all the years I can remember since I first bought my parcel in 1981. I want to assure the members that I am leaving the association in excellent hands and that I have every confidence the current Board of Directors, committee members and staff will be serving the members in the very best way possible. I encourage our members to support them in the positive direction Tahoe Donner Association is heading. I would like to point out that we have just recently been named as one of the two top family friendly ski resorts for the entire Tahoe Basin in Family Travel Magazine.

It is impossible to mention all of the people I have had the great pleasure to work with, both staff and members, but I want to extend a special thanks to those I have had the privilege to work with closely and whom have contributed much to my experience in Tahoe Donner; Tom Johns, Ron Wulff, Jim Stang, Miguel Sloane, Annie Rosenfeld, Robby McClendon, Forrest Huisman, Bill Houdyschell, Mike Peters, and especially Robb Etnyre, Mike Salmon and Bonnie Watkins.

To all our members, thank you so much for the opportunity to serve and for your support; it has been an honor.

Suzy Knisley | Board Vice President

November 28, 2012

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