Living in a condominium community means working together. Cooperation and a spirit of volunteerism are visible every day in community gatherings, board meetings, even in the scheduling of time on the tennis courts. The men and women who volunteer their time to work as part of board committees play a large role in ensuring that the community functions smoothly and as a whole.
How do committees work? What are their responsibilities and what is the best way to recruit active, engaged committee members? Every community is different and every community has its own needs that its committees will be asked to fill. With that in mind, it is always best to start at the beginning: What are the most basic needs?
Size Doesn't Necessarily Matter
Board committees are most often seen in larger developments, says Ellen Bonder Lohr, president of AKAM On-Site, Inc., which provides property management services throughout South Florida.
“In our experience,” Lohr says, “the size of the association is irrelevant to the presence of committees. We are aware of very large associations where it’s almost impossible to get anyone to volunteer, and we are aware of smaller associations where everyone wants to get involved.”
The most popular volunteer duty is serving on the landscaping or grounds committee. “The cosmetic committees, like landscaping, painting or interior design, are the most common,” says Bill Worrall, corporate vice president of The Continental Group, Inc. located in Boca Raton.