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THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION November 2014

Volume 1 | Issue 1

Upcoming Meetings 2014 Annual Meeting November 14th, 2014, 11:30 AM at Maggiano’s at the Town Center Announcement of the newly elected board members as well as an award ceremony will be on the agenda! First 2015 Meeting January 15th, 2015, 11:30 AM at Maggiano’s at the Town Center Agenda to be announced.

Committed to better communities. The Jacksonville Metropolitan Chapter provides education, networking,

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In This Issue

Jacksonville Metro Chapter—Totally 80’s Tradeshow!

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Oh That Flipping Lake!

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Reserve Funding

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Jax Metro Chapter Shines!

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Playground Safety

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Legal Update

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Become a Sponsor


Reserve Funding There are two types of funding methods generally used for calculating contributions to reserves, Component and Pooled Cash. When using Component Funding the goal is full funding or a plan to get there in the short term. While this method puts the funds where they will be needed in the future for painting, paving, and roofing it does not include inflation or interest earned. In other words it’s good for one year at best. Avoid negative impacts to lakes and ponds caused by season changes

Oh That Flipping Lake! As we transition into fall the changing temperatures can have serious impacts on our ponds. Over the course of a long hot summer like we’ve endured many of our ponds have become stratified (layered) with a layer of sun baked warm water overlying a deeper layer of cooler and denser water below. These cool bottom layers often have depressed oxygen levels, low pH and increased levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. Surface water loses heat in fall causing the upper layer’s density to get close to that of the layer below. Add strong winds like we might see with a good nor’easter and we get a sudden mixing of these layers. This is more commonly referred to as an inversion, turnover or the lake flipping. In some cases there will simply be too much “bad” water mixing with the good. In these cases fish may be unable to adjust to the sudden drop of oxygen and change in chemistry resulting in a fish kill. Some lakes are more prone to this effect due to a variety of factors including shape, depth, surrounding terrain and ground water infiltration. Bottom aeration is an effective remedy by continually mixing the water layers together and preventing the stratification in the first place.

When using pooled cash, full funding is of course the best option but not always achievable. While Component Funding keeps the money in separate buckets the pooled cash looks at the money as one big fund. Pooled Cash applies interest to the money and inflation to the component replacement cost and provides an accurate view of future performance, like your check book with money in and money out. As long as you keep a minimum balance you’re okay. The lower the balance, the more risk and the higher the balance, the less risk.

Charles R. Sheppard RS PRA CCI President, Community Advisors (904) 303-3275

David Cottrell District Manager, Aquatic Systems, Inc. Vertex Water Features (800) 432-4302

Properly fund your association!


Jax Metro Chapter showing off our awards!

Jacksonville Metropolitan Chapter Shines at 2014 CAI Annual Conference and Expo Our chapter made great strides in 2013 winning the Best Net Growth & Best Net Retention in the small chapter category awards at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition held in Orlando in May of 2014. We would like to give our Membership Committee a round of applause!

 Leslie Pragasam – Chair

 Cindy Craft Dunlop

 Carol Young – Assistant Chair

 Chris Charbonneau

 Georgia Miller

 Andy Matykiewicz

 Pilar Willis Dixon

 Stuart Lackey


Why it is important to have a Safety Audit performed on your playground!!! Each year more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground. It is estimated that over 70% of playground injuries are due to falls to the surface. In light of this, it is a wonder that protective surfacing options remain one of the most overlooked and under evaluated aspects of playground design. This is why it is a smart idea to have a CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector) do an audit on your play area at least once a year depending upon how much the playground is used. A properly qualified CPSI will protect you from legal issues and remove the question of negligence, which is the key factor in the difference between a suit that is thrown out and a large verdict or settlement!!!!!! The first step in getting started with developing a consistent and strong maintenance program for your playground is to call Christine at CY Rennoc and have her come out and look over your situation so she can get you on your way to compliancy. Give her a call at 904-849-7536 today or by email – christine@cyrennoc.net and schedule a time to meet with the representative of your playground so that a plan can be instituted right away in order to protect the best interests and safety for all parties involved. Don’t wait until it is too late!! Our children and grandchildren depend on your ability to make sure that they have a safe place to play!

Christine Connery C Y Rennoc, LLC (904) 753-0536


Ed Ronsman takes Third Place at the Greater Jax Chapter Totally 80’s Tradeshow

Legal Update for HOAs and Condominium Associations Numerous changes to laws governing condominium and homeowner association were made in this year’s legislative session. Notably, amendments to the collection sections of the respective community association statutes should be carefully analyzed to ensure that modifications are made to collection letters sent by the association through management or its attorney. Other changes include additional rights to condominium associations when dealing with abandoned units, HOA and condominium membership directories, HOA emergency powers, as well as substantial modifications to laws governing community association managers (CAMs). For more information on the recent amendments, associations and management are encouraged to contact legal counsel.

Edward Ronsman, Esq. Jackson Law Group, LL.M., P.A. Attorneys & Counselors at Law (904) 823-3333


W. Jeff Earnshaw, ESQ Becker & Poliakoff Winner of the gift basket sponsored by Aquatic Systems given away during the raffle at the Chapter event held at the San Sebastian Winery on June 26th, 2014.


Become a 2015 Sponsor Jacksonville Metropolitan Sponsorship program is designed to foster professional relationships between chapter members and a mix of locally represented, reputable service contractors, and other community association related professionals. By purchasing a CAI-Jacksonville Metropolitan Sponsorship, our chapter can provide you the privileges of different levels of limited participation in chapter activities. The chapter will benefit with a source of financial support that enables us to continue our commitment to education and professionalism.

Platinum Sponsorship $2000

Gold Sponsorship $1200

Silver Sponsorship $950

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Logo on scrolling banner on the front page of the chapter website

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Clickable logo on the sponsorship page of the chapter website

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Clickable logo on the sponsorship page of the chapter website

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Clickable logo on the sponsorship page of the chapter website

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¼ page advertisement on two (2) quarterly e-newsletters

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¼ page advertisement on one (1) quarterly e-newsletter

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Two tickets (2) to attend Four (4) luncheons

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¼ page advertisement in every quarterly e-newsletter

One ticket (1) to attend one (1) luncheon

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Tabletop display at two (2) luncheon meetings

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Spotlight article (500 words or less) in one (1) e-newsletter

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25% discount on all chapter meeting sponsorship opportunities

Two tickets (2) to attend each luncheon

One (1) 3 minute live commercial at two (2) luncheon meetings

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Sponsorship Spotlight at every luncheon meeting to include an exclusive tabletop display & company recognition by the board

Sponsorship Spotlight at one (1) luncheon meeting, consisting of an exclusive table for display of marketing material & company recognition by the board

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One (1) 3 minute live commercial at one (1) luncheon meeting

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One (1) 3 minute live commercial at 3 luncheon meetings

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Free upgrade from standard to premium booth ($100 value) at tradeshow & first choice at booth selection

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25% discount on all 2015 chapter meeting sponsorship opportunities

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25% discount on all chapter meeting sponsorship opportunities

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Sponsorship Spotlight at two (2) luncheon meetings, consisting of an exclusive table for display of marketing material & company recognition by the board

How to Join — Two Methods 

Invitation by a CAI-Jacksonville Metropolitan Chapter Member submitting an application, and subsequent approval by the Executive Board.

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Independent solicitation of membership by a vendor, submitting an application, and subsequent approval by the Executive Board.

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