Dear Valued Homeowners,
As you may know on April 2, 2015 a board meeting was held and some exciting new progress was made. Nominations were made for a new President- Cherish Jones, Vice President- Jayme Pecci and Treasurer -Bill Ondulich. Bill Schwob has thankfully volunteered to stay on as our treasurer. The exiting Board Members did a wonderful job for years and now, your new Board Members are ready to take over where they left off.
At our last meeting, the items that were discussed were as follows;
1. Signing the contract with the City of Clearwater so the HOA can continue to maintain the right of way areas. We would like to thank Fred Byda for the wonderful job he has done in restoring our entry way signs.
2. Renewal of the HOA insurance is required to be able to renew the City of Clearwater contract to maintain the right of ways.
3. Ideas on how to generate more resident participation in community committees. Some of the committee suggestions were:
Beautification, Welcoming, Liaison with the city, Block party, Neighborhood garage sale and the “That’s Neighborly” committee. We are also looking for volunteers that can help with web-development to possibly upgrade the website to accept online payments for HOA dues and a resident classified ads page.
There were many great suggestions but we will need to raise some funds through HOA dues before we will be able to implement them.
We would like to hold an informal meeting on June 4,2015 at 7p.m. for everyone that is willing to volunteer to participate. We will form our committees at that time. Please contact me if you will be able to attend. We will determine where the meeting will be held depending on the number of people that will be attending. The more volunteers we have the less time any one individual will have to devote.
Our immediate Goals are:
1. Inspire greater resident participation.
1. Collect HOA dues to enable the committees to do more.
2Form the beautification committee to help maintain the right of way.
Our Future Goals are:
1. Review and update the HOA bylaws to find ways that we can make changes to give more individuals a vote even if they are unable to attend the Board meetings.
2. Organize a block party
3. Neighborhood Yard Sale
In our fast-paced, stress-filled world we often don’t create the opportunities that we need in order to get to know our neighbors. In days past, good neighbor relations were the staple of every strong community. Being able to share life’s experiences, both good and bad, with those who live so close to us was once considered one of life’s greatest blessings.
These days it is the exception rather than the rule to take time to create strong relationships with the people we share our community with...and we are each the poorer because of it. Each one of us has a story to tell, a hand to lend, a laugh to share and friendship to give. What keeps us from extending so much of ourselves to the families that live around our own may be those same things that prevent us from experiencing many of the great blessings of our parents or of our youth: A changing world that focuses more on the individual than the community and the need to remain isolated in order to feel “safe and secure.”
Someone once said, “If you always do the things you did, you’ll always get the things you got.” If we want to grow as a community then we have to risk breaking free from the bonds of isolation that are so easily created by and for us. We must reach out to our neighbors and let them know that they matter and that we care. If we do that, even in the most seemingly insignificant of ways-like a wave as we pass on the street-then we are moving toward a better community and a better way to live.
Just because our culture has pushed us away from ourselves doesn’t mean it is right, it just means that we have to work that much harder in order to reconnect with one another and create a better environment in which to live.
We would love to hear any ideas and comments you may have. Here is looking forward to a new revived Northwood Estates Homeowners Association. Please e-mail me at bcondulich@gmail .com if you will be able to join us for the volunteer meeting.
If in the future you wish to receive correspondence through the mail rather than by email please let me know.