01 Mar President’s Message, March 2015
Before launching into the main part of this message, I would like to share something I learned just recently and found quite amazing. Perhaps many of you know this already but I am new to the job and relatively new to the community. Recently, we had a breakdown in the printing process for our newsletter. It hadn’t occurred to me how we did our printing, assuming it was sent out somewhere. No, in fact it is in house on the printer/copier in the Hospitality Office. The last issue amounted to more than 14,000 pages which meant that the printing staff, working in shifts, watched that machine for more than 8 hours. Personally, I think the editorial staff does a bang-up job but not until this incident did I realize that major kudos goes to the printing staff as well.
Perhaps you have heard the question, with reference to the HOA Board, “What do they do?” I thought I’d take the opportunity to briefly mention some of the topics, large and small, that have involved the Board since I became President. Please do not ascribe some ranking in the order they are mentioned, in as much as that is not my intent. Actually I’m attempting to purposely avoid it.
We have wondered where the gravel by the Beechmast Pond is going and why rocks have been moved diverting flow. Some sort of landscaping around that pond is being considered. We (This is the royal “we”; not everybody does everything) have met with the NC Dept. of Transportation to discuss road safety in the village, speed monitors, and the light at 15/501. Excerpts of what we found out will be shared at the Open Board Meeting on March 18th (You will be there, won’t you?). The scuffing of the floor where the chairs are stored in the GP was a topic of conversation as was the Easter egg Hunt. We have met with the President’s Council of the service groups and have heard a quarterly report from the Briar Chapel Committee that is monitoring their commercial development on 15/501. Our Board approved a change in the makeup and process of the Covenant Appeals Committee. Extended discussion has occurred about the Swim & Croquet Club (Note: Those of you thinking about joining and enjoying what the Club offers, consider the specials they presently have.) i-Pad courses have been provided for February and March (both filled). The community is and will be increasing; and how this growth will affect the Gathering Place needs, the mail kiosk needs, as well as the effects this increasing construction has on the surrounding communities are also topics of discussion. Finally (Only because my mind is clogging) there is always the topic of how best to communicate with you the residents.