Being a board member does necessitate a serious commitment of time and energy, but it will be a fulfilling experience. If you're considering running for your HOA board, ask yourself the following questions first.
Do I have the time?
HOA board members need to devote at least several hours of their time each month to association business. In addition to regular monthly board meetings, you will need to be active in executive sessions, special meetings, possibly work as a liaison to a committee and deal with issues affecting the association. Ensuring you have enough time before you run is important not only for you, but for those you will serve as a board member.
Can I make tough decisions when required?
The primary role of the HOA board is to conduct the business of the association. This means approving the budget, developing and enforcing policies, and stepping outside their immediate circle of family and neighbors to make decisions based on the greater good of the community.
What is my personal liability?
Your association should carry Directors and Officers (D&O) Insurance, which relieves the threat of personal lawsuit.
Finally, can I do all this and have fun too?
Being a board member is not all about policies and tough decisions. Your community is only as good as you make it. Establishing and maintaining a sense of community is part of a board member's responsibility. Planning and attending functions such as meetings and picnics, and being a presence in the community are as important as any policy decisions you make.
The lifeblood of a successful board is found in new perspectives and new energy, so step up and throw your hat into the ring by becoming a board member. You will assist in maintaining the integrity and beauty of your community.
If you're interested in running for the board or would like more details about board responsibilities, contact the management of your community or a current board member.