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Inside: CAI N E W S MEMBERSHIP NEWS 6 Membership News 8 Upcoming Events 16 Maine News 17 Massachusetts News 18 Rhode Island News 19 Vermont News A Must-Read Volunteers: How Community Associations Thrive olunteers are the life-blood of community associations. This publication will provide insight to recruiting, motivating and maintaining association volunteers, and it is a must-read for any community association volunteer leader or anyone considering a community volunteer role. Successful communities are created through a broad base of volunteers that “brings essential diversity to the association — viewpoints, opinions, ideas, talents and contributions.” The publication offers insight into the many reasons people volunteer. While it has been determined that the primary reason people choose to volunteer for their community is due in large part to current discontent or unhappiness with a current situation or circumstance, other reasons include the social benefits, educational opportunity and personal expression and recognition. And equally important, the reasons people don’t volunteer — including fear of responsibility, complacency, time commitments or a negative environment — are explored. Ideas on effective recruitment methods and how to find and target ideal volunteers, as well as common recruiting Top Hits on the CAI-NE Web Site V pitfalls, are outlined. The importance of motivating, supporting and recognizing volunteers is not overlooked and is, in fact, covered in a number of chapters. The publication concludes with practical advice and guidance on working with committees and discusses types of committees, committee size, goals and objectives, meetings as well as communications. In addition, a number of sample forms and templates like a committee interest sign-up form, sample committee charter and meeting report form will prove invaluable in creating effective committees in your community. Comedian Milton Berle once said “A committee is a group that keeps minutes and wastes hours.” And he may have been right if the issue or task was one that could be handled by one person. But, where community associations are concerned, he was wrong — clever, but wrong. Committees are critical to the success of community associations. They provide an important voice to residents, offer them the opportunity to contribute to the community and create a conduit to leadership positions. CM The CAI-NE Web site – – provides invaluable resources and information for volunteer board members and industry professionals. Check out the following top 5 pages. 1. Legislative Update – Maine Condo Statute Amendments Passed 2. Legislative Update – Vermont Statute Amendments Effective Jan. 1, 2012 3. Helpful Resources Legal Directory 4. Program & Event Registration – Upcoming Events 5. Condo Media Magazine Search and Download Articles Volunteers: How Community Associations Thrive Edited by Debra H. Lewin Item #5994 Retail Price: $25 Member Price: $15 Available at the CAI Bookstore 6 CONDO MEDIA • AUGUST 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - August 2011

Condo Media - August 2011
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Smooth Operations
Vendor Spotlight
Industry Perspective
Advertisers Index
Classified Service Directory

Condo Media - August 2011