This article ran in the newsletter distributed last week, but I wanted to share it here as well. If you haven’t already taken a few minutes to fill in the survey (available here), we would greatly appreciate you doing so. The responses we’ve gotten back so far have been very helpful, and we want to make sure we’re hearing from as many of you as possible. Help us make Alyson Pond the best community possible!
From the President:
We had an interesting discussion at the last board meeting about the differences between young and more established neighborhoods. There is a universal transition from the early years, where everyone pitches in to help build the community, to a time where attendance at board meetings – and even the annual meeting – dwindles, where it gets harder to find people interested in serving on the board and chairing activities.
On the one hand, I’d like to take the small turnout for board meetings as a sign that everything is going well and that there aren’t any major concerns or complaints.
On the other hand, our community is going to need just as much help in its “teenage years” as it did in the first decade of its life… all the more so as the people who have given so generously of their time now look to hand things over to a new set of volunteers.
To this end, we need your help in a few areas. Foremost, we want your opinions on what you like about Alyson Pond and what suggestions you have for further improvement.
Attached you will find a short survey (which you may also have received via e-mail – if not, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.) Please take a few minutes to fill it in and share your thoughts with us.
Even better, bring the completed survey to the annual meeting coming up next month. It’s a chance to meet some new neighbors, hear what’s going on in the community and share your suggestions first-hand. (And, everyone turning in a survey will be entered in a drawing for a free clubhouse rental.)
At the annual meeting we will be looking to fill a number of open board positions. We are also going to try something new this year. Our board currently has 7 members, while our bylaws allow us to have up to 9. We are going to create two “at large” board positions that will have a one-year term and no specific duties (oversight of facilities, architecture, etc.) This is a great way to get involved and give back, with minimal additional time commitment on your part.
There’s one more area where we need your help. As you can read in more detail to the right, we are taking the opportunity to start revisiting the Alyson Pond Master Plan. Your input on this is essential.
Thank you in advance for returning the surveys, and I hope to see you all on January 19th (if not sooner). Until then, happy holidays and Happy New Year.