Getting the Facts How Are Board Members Trained?

 Congratulations. You have been chosen to help lead your community on a small  governing body that will determine the major policy decisions affecting  everyone who lives in your community. From finances to rules enforcement to  selection of personnel and services, your voice will be a major factor in the  way things are done. Although an unpaid office, being on the board of a  community association can be a position of esteem, responsibility and  leadership. Are you ready for this?  

 Step One: Do Your Homework

 If you are feeling a bit unprepared for what lies ahead, you have just stepped  into a pool that includes a vast majority of people who have never served on a  community association board. It’s likely that Co-op/Condo Board Fundamentals was left out of the curriculum at  most high schools.  

 Although the three “R’s” do not include “Rules,” as in community association governing documents, there are ways to get up to  speed on your new responsibilities—including what they are and what they aren’t.  

 The first step is to return to the governing documents themselves. You should  have received them upon buying into the community, and even if you gave them  the once-over back then, it is imperative that you read them again.  

 Exactly, just what do board members need to know? They need to have a firm grasp  of the basics, says Lori E. Burger, CPM, PCAM, CCAM, CAM, who is the senior  vice president of California-based Eugene Burger Management Corp.  

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