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You can introduce kindness into an association
meeting by simply making, announcing, and
enforcing the ground rules.
have your agent appear to answer questions and provide info on suitable HO6
policies. If a substantial project is coming up, have the contractor appear with
pictures of how glorious the property
will look when the job is completed.

C

ONTESTS. This is not a joke.
Certain members of your community will turn out if a raffle
or similar contest promises a chance
of winning a gift card or similar prize.
Note that while I've seen associations
put up a month of condo fees, I do not
recommend it. Most states have clear
statutory authority about the calculation and assessment of the routine fees
and interference with this procedure
could be more trouble than it's worth.

K
YOU WANT YOUR MEETING
TO " ROCK 'N' ROLL " :

R

EFRESHMENTS. We've all
seen this work time and time
again. Something as little as a
free snack can draw people. If a slice
of pizza is involved, you may have to
engage crowd control!

O

UTSIDE PERSONNEL.
Nothing gains interest like a
topic of actual interest. Set
aside even a small portion of the meeting time and get yourself a guest speaker. Guest speakers draw attendance.
The " right " guest speaker follows from
your community's interests. If security
is a concern, have a speaker from the
local police department. If management
routinely receives insurance questions,

INDNESS. This one isn't meant
to be corny. I have spoken to
owners who shy away from
meetings because they either won't get
a chance to participate or will be interrupted (or worse) if they do. You can
introduce kindness into an association
meeting by simply making, announcing,
and enforcing the ground rules. The
ground rules must, of course, cover basic
principles of respect (only speaking one
at a time, only speaking when you have
the floor, directing comments to the
board, no shouting, etc.). Attendance
trends upward when owners feel that the
meeting is a safe place should they have
something to share.

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OTICE. Sure, you comply
with the meeting notice
required by your governing
documents. But, in some communities
filled with busy professionals or young
families, planning is everything and it
can be a challenge. Sometimes, a little
more notice can boost attendance by

allowing people with tight schedules to
get the meeting on their calendar early
and before other bookings.

ROLL.

Roll out the red carpet! Owners will
be more likely to attend a meeting that
appears to be an accessible event. So,
pass on the " standing room only " association clubhouse and rent a function
room at a nearby location with easy
parking, easy access, and sufficient
chairs for the crowd you hope to draw.
Or, if geographic location is an issue
for your owners, talk to your legal
counsel about amending your governing documents to be able to extend
owners the technological ability to
attend the meeting virtually via an
online broadcast.
Of course, more traditional techniques still have merit. For example,
doing the leg work to collect sufficient
proxies (even if the proxies are
provided just to achieve quorum).
In New Hampshire, be sure not to
violate the " 10 percent rule " on
undirected proxies.
Finally, note that the tips contained
here are, quite obviously, for use in
" normal " times. Meeting the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 is
requiring more unfortunate strategies
such as postponements and heavy reliance on virtual meeting technology.
We all look forward to the pandemic
being in the past. Until then, stay safe!
n GARY M. DADDARIO, ESQ., CCAL
IS A PARTNER WITH THE LAW FIRM
MARCUS, ERRICO, EMMER & BROOKS,
P.C. AND CHAIR OF THE CAI NH LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE (NHLAC).

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