VOL. 3 | ISS. 4 Northeast Florida Chapter Community Associations Institute
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IN THIS ISSUE Dormant Pruning New Overtime Ruling Native Plants Holiday Decorations A Quarterly Newsletter for Community Association Volunteer Leaders, Professional Managers and Business Partners Pumpkin Patch Photographed by Leslie F. Pragasam
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Dormant Pruning Josh Madden of The Davey Tree Expert Company
DEPARTMENTS AND MORE
Impacts of New Overtime Ruling Chelle O'Keefe of Associa
Message from the CED
Welcome New Members
Save the Date!
Bah Humbug! Can an Association Regulate Holiday Decorations?
Elizabeth LanhamPatrie, Esq of Becker & Poliakoff
Native Plants Adam Grayson of Lake and Wetland Management
We welcome suggestions and comments. Address your comments to: Providing education, networking, resources and advocacy for Community NEFCCAI MISSION STATEMENT Associations in Northeast Florida and the professionals and volunteers who serve them.
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We also welcome article submissions from our members. For guidelines, please contact Leslie Pragasam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles may be edited for length and clarity.
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2016 CHAPTER SPONSORS Diamond
Silver Allied Universal Aquatic Systems, Inc. BB&T Association Services Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. Jackson Law Group MAY Management Services UnionBank HOA Services
or those who may not be familiar with who I am, I’m Stephanie Peluyera, the NE Florida Chapter Executive Director. I've been the CED of the chapter for a total of two and a half years and thoroughly enjoy my job! I have a hus band, one daughter and two dogs who share my life. My du ties with the chapter include the normal daytoday activities and communications with help from the Board of Directors and Committees in planning and executing all of the wonder ful events our chapter hosts. If you're wondering why there is a CED Message rather than a President's Message, it's because our president Ed Ronsman, Esq. and his lovely wife welcomed their third son, James to their family early this month. Ed is currently spending time with his sweet family and we decided not to interrupt that time. As I write this message to you all I am on my way to the 2016 CED Retreat in Falls Church, Virginia. I so look forward to this event each year as it is a time when the CEDs from across the country gather at the National CAI Office to share ideas and best practices and sit down with National staff members as well. This is a time when we smaller, younger chapters get to pick the brains of those leading the larger more established chapters and bring back tools to our chapter leadership for growth within our own chapters putting into practice procedures that each year help to make our chapter stronger and better than the previous year.
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OFFICERS President Ed Ronsman Presidentelect James Dycus Secretary Sherry McNees Treasurer Bob Chamberlain Director Mitchell Mattocks Executive Director Stephanie Peluyera COMMITTEE CHAIRS Membership Marilyn Clayton Financial Bob Chamberlain Gala Kevin Flanagan Golf Kevin Flanagan Social David Robinson Program/Education Pilar Willis Dixon & Patty Stewart The Community Connection Editor Leslie F. Pragasam Editorial Committee Valerie Bethea, Roy Shimp, Katie Cabanillas
We had a great 2016 and are finishing off the year with our Annual Meeting on November 17th and our First Annual Gala on December 3rd. The Gala is going to be absolutely divine with a Roaring 20s Great Gatsby theme and decadence galore. We're looking for a few sponsors for the event and tickets are on sale now. We've rented a swanky loft in down town Jacksonville and have plans of grandeur to wow all those in attendance. Head to our website www.neflcai.com for more info on sponsorship and to purchase tickets. We are very excited about the year ahead of us and look forward to welcoming new faces into our chapter and bringing new members aboard onto our committees and leadership team. There are so many opportunities to serve our chapter and membership through Committee involvement and partici pation. Did you know that our Programs and Education Committee planned 8 events with an educational component for our members this year? Next year we’d like to plan even more opportunities for education of our membership and need your CED Message continued page 22 November 2016 | www.neflcai.com | 5
Welcome New Members
NEFLCAI proudly welcomes the following members who joined the chapter or renewed their membership in August, September & October! Individual Managers Susan Bailey – Marsh Landing Management Donna Clawson – KW Property Management Rhonda Hutto Elim Services Bill Thompson Florida Property & Association Management, Inc. Valerie Bethea Rizzetta & Company Phalange Brutus Colleen Michelle Griggs CMC of Jacksonville Denise L Griffen
Business Partners Russell Benes Puroclean Emergency Restoration Services Kerry Barnes Driveway Maintenance, Inc. Robin Braddock Servpro of Mandarin, the Beaches/Ponte Vedra & St. Augustine Tom Wilson Dragonfly Pond Works Kevin Hughes Performance Painting Contractors, Inc Felicia Cox IBERIABANK Mr. K.C. Williams III, Esq. Williams Law Association, P.A.
THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION EDITORIAL CALENDAR
Month January 2017 April 2017 July 2017 October 2017
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Article/Submissions Due December 1, 2016 March 1, 2017 June 1, 2017 September 1, 2017
Ads Due December 17, 2016 March 17, 2017 June 17, 2017 September 17, 2017
For more information on NEFLCAI meetings or upcoming events, contact Stephanie Peluyera, chapter CED, at email@example.com or visit www.neflcai.com
November 4 & December 2
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am Jackson Law Group 1301 Plantation Island Drive, Suite 304 St. Augustine, Florida 32080
11:30 am Maggiano's Little Italy 10367 Midtown Pkwy. Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Join us for lunch, networking & awards as we thank our members who have volunteered so much of their time to improving our chapter.
Visit www.neflcai.com for more information & to register online.
Member Nonmember TBD TBD
CAI Gatsby Gala 7 pm 927 Events 927 W Forsyth St Jacksonville, Florida, 32204
Join us for lunch, networking & a panel discussion from professionals in the industry. Visit www.neflcai.com to register online.
Joint Chapter Education Event 11:30 am 1:30 pm Hilton Garden Inn 55 Town Center Blvd. Palm Coast, FL 32164 Registration Fees All
Connect like never before with CAI members from surrounding counties! Laurie Shrader with Angius & Terry will speak on "Mastering the One Hour Board Meeting." Visit www.neflcai.com for more information.
Dormant Pruning Provided by Josh Madden Commercial Accounts Manager The Davey Tree Expert Company You may dread the thought of late fall and winter elements, but for your trees, it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for all year. The dormant season temporarily slows tree growth, which may sound damaging, but in reality it provides opportunity. Pruning in this season is an ideal time to promote current tree health and future tree growth. So why is this timely trimming just what your tree wants? The tree’s inactivity coupled with the outdoor elements give us five reasons.
Dormant pruning helps support disease management.
The tree has a foundation for the upcoming spring. Pruning when leaves are absent makes it easier to improve the branching pattern and direct future growth. Furthermore, when a tree is pruned after the start of new growth in the spring, blooming potential may be limited.
While pruning in warmer spring and summer temperatures can cause certain diseases to spread, Dormant pruning keeps a fresh cut in the dormant season trees sustained through makes the tree less likely to attract the season. diseasecarrying insects and Getting rid of weak or damaged spread disease. Also, the branches clears that tree of areas presence of some diseases is that may break off in winter easier to spot on a bare tree. weather.
A precise prune is possible. Leaf drop throughout the fall season makes branches easier to see, so there is easy access to prune a tree at its core. This provides the most timeefficient solution for you.
Dormant pruning saves time and money. With the cold weather providing a harder ground, arborists have easier access to the tree using equipment. This more efficient method of pruning saves us time and saves you money.
HAPPY FALL!! William Saunders William@spjax.com 904.721.2230 http://www.servproarlington.com/ 8 | THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Provided by Aquatic Systems, Inc. Are swarms of bugs keeping you inside? And exactly what is a midge fly? Order: Diptera Family: Chironomidae Genus & Species: 2000+ species in North America
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By Chelle O’Keefe Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Associa
Will the New Overtime Rule Have a Major Impact on Your Community Association? Does your community employ managers, recreational employees or maintenance personnel? If so, you will be impacted by the new FLSA changes rolling out on December 1st, 2016. As a board member, it's critical that you ensure your community’s compliance with the new overtime rule that goes into effect from the U.S. Department of Labor on December 1, 2016. Read below to learn more about the new overtime rule and to better understand your options before you miss the deadline and face potential penalties.
WHAT IS THE NEW OVERTIME RULE? Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor released an update to the overtime rule that determines which employees are eligible for overtime. Beginning December 1 of this year, in order to be exempt from overtime (or salaried), an employee must make greater than $47,476.00. Otherwise, that employee will need to track his/her time and be paid overtime for any hours worked weekly in excess of 40.
To better understand the impact, it’s helpful to understand how the current overtime regulations work. Currently, in order to be exempt from overtime pay, an employee must be paid a salary, the salary must be at least $23,400, and the employee must perform certain duties. These criteria are generally referred to as the “salary test” and the “duties test.” The updated tests are listed in the chart below. To be exempt from overtime pay, a given employee must pass both of these tests AND now be paid more than the new threshold of $47,476. By increasing the salary threshold, the proposed rule would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime time pay for work performed beyond 40 hours per week. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean community association manager salary is approximately $55,000 per year. That means that about a third of all community managers will likely be eligible for overtime pay under the proposed rule change. For community associations and management companies, the new regulations present a big challenge, mainly because association and management fees have remained steady or even declined over the past few years. And, unlike other governmental regulations, the size of your business does not allow you to be exempt from this rule. November 2016 | www.neflcai.com | 11
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT MY COMMUNITY? Businesses and other entities have a few options by which to comply with this new regulation. Evaluate the employee’s role and increase their salary to the threshold. Keep the employee at their current wage, which makes them hourly, and therefore eligible for overtime. That said, it’s not as simple as keeping the employee at their current wage and making them hourly. As professionals, those who manage your community on your behalf must be salaried due to their management activities and fiduciary responsibility, which means for your community managers and other professional positions, you are possibly facing a steep increase in your costs.
WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS? Begin by assessing your current staff and working with your board to deter mine the increase in cost you are facing — both from increasing salaries and from additional overtime. Then, determine if you will need to offset those costs by an increase to your res idents’ assessments or by reducing some of your current expenses. Once you have created your plan, we reco mmend you meet individually with each of your employees to explain any changes to their role and provide training on your timekeeping systems. *This post is not intended to provide employment or legal advice. Please consult with your association’s attorney if necessary.
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Why Native Plants are Important Provided by Adam Grayson of Lake and Wetland Management Native plants are, by definition, species historically found in a particular location. This means that these have become accus tomed to the soils, pests, hydrol ogy and other environmental factors that are unique to a certain area. With the ease and access of exotic and potentially invasive species just around the corner, it is important to under stand why a native plant species may be the best choice, or the only choice, in some instances.
Balance in the Ecosystem with Native Plants The plants and animals living in Florida play a critical role in our local ecosystems, with native plant species filling this role since long before we moved here. Local fauna have become dependent 14 | THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION
on them for food, foraging and mating, and without them may not be able to survive or complete their life cycle. Often, native insects need native plants to survive, which in turn feed the birds and mammals that require the insects to survive. Herbivorous insect species are collectively good, and as a consequence also excel at providing food for other species. So when the native plants have been removed or outcompeted by invasive exotic species, it can change the dynamic of an ecosystem.
Evolution and Biodiversity Many native plants and their wildlife counterparts have evolved together and are ultimately depen dent on one another. Everything from the shape, structure, and
chemical content of plants have evolved to the feeding habits of the native insects, animals, and birds. With the relatively sudden change of the urban and sub urban landscape, the utilization of exotic and invasive species has increased due to their fast growth, low cost, and lack of natural controls. By utilizing and installing native plants, you are promoting Florida’s natural history and encouraging the propagation of native ecosystems.
December 16, 2016 11:30 am 1:30 pm Cost: $25
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By Elizabeth LanhamPatrie, Esq. Senior Attorney at Becker & Poliakoff
Bah Humbug! Can an Association Regulate Holiday Decorations? The answer is YES. While owners may argue that the regulation of holiday dec orations is a violation of their First Amend ment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, generally, under Florida law, such restrictions by a home owners' association or condominium association are valid and enforceable. In order for the First Amendment, and its prohibitions against undue restrictions on freedom of speech and religion to apply, there must be a “state action” involved. State action generally refers to action taken by some governmental entity, whether the Federal Government, State of Florida or one of its political subdivisions (county, municipality). Under Florida law, restrictions put in place by and enforced by community associations are not considered a "state action". However, associations must be mindful of the fact that all restrictions, including restrictions on holiday decorations must be reasonable. A complete ban on holiday decorations would not be reasonable. However, restrictions which restrict excessive lighting, such as the Osborne lights, and restrictions as to when holiday
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lights, and restrictions as to when holiday decorations can be put up and when they must be taken down are reasonable and enforceable. While it may seem like your community association's Board of Directors is made up of Ebeneezer Scrooge or Grinch like people, owners must remember that restrictions are established for the good of the community. Excessive holiday lighting is a nuisance and can keep your neigh bors awake. Therefore, prohibiting excessive holiday lighting is for the benefit of others in the community. Likewise, most people do not want to see holiday lights or a blowup Rudolph on a lot in July, or even February for that matter. Therefore, once again restrictions as to when holiday decorations are installed and removed are for the benefit of others in the community. Be kind to your neighbors during this holiday season, and follow the restrictions in your community regarding holiday decorations. This article was prepared by Elizabeth LanhamPatrie, Esq. of Becker & Poliakoff. The information contained herein should not be acted upon without professional legal advice. The opinions expressed herein are as of the date hereof, and this law firm undertakes no obligation to advise of subsequent changes in the law.
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Chapter Luncheon Meeting
Everything Outdoors presented by Adam Grayson of Lake and Wetland Management & Josh Madden of Davey Tree Service At our September Chapter Luncheon we had the pleasure of hearing from professionals on the landscaping as well as the lakes and wetlands management industry. Maggiano's Little Italy provided us with a delicious familystyle lunch and dessert. Thank you to Adam Grayson with Lake and Wetland Management North Florida and Josh Madden with The Davey Tree Expert Company. Both speakers answered questions from attendees and also shared with attendees pertinent information affecting community association industries applicable to their given fields. We had a great turn out of members and guests at the event and are looking forward to our next event our Annual Chapter Meeting on Thursday, November 17th at the same location. Be sure to keep checking our website for updates.
Those in attendance to the August social event enjoyed a wonderful evening at the ball park! The event included a delicious buffet dinner, an action packed baseball game, and networking with our wonderful CAI members. Following the game, everyone was treated to an amazing firework display! Please check the NE Florida web site for our final event of the year, the year end Gala with a Great Gatsby theme. You do not want to miss it! 18 | THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Disclaimer Information listed reflects that provided from the CAI National Office. Any changes or updates to contact information may be made by logging into your account at www.caionline.org through the National Office. ACCOUNTANT Bullard, Herndon & Brown, P.A. Mr. Randall Herndon firstname.lastname@example.org www.bhbjaxcpa.com ASPHALT/PAVING Driveway Maintenance, Inc. Mr. Kerry Barnes email@example.com www.driveway.net/ Duval Asphalt Ms. Jennifer Ragsdale firstname.lastname@example.org www.duvalasphalt.com ATTORNEY Angius and Terry, LLP Ms. Laurie Shrader email@example.com www.angiusterry.com Ansbacher Law Mr. Barry B. Ansbacher firstname.lastname@example.org www.ansbacher.net/ Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Ms. Robyn M. Severs, Esq. email@example.com www.bplegal.com Gunster, Yoakloy & Stewart, P.A. Mr. Thomas Jenks firstname.lastname@example.org www.gunster.com Jackson Law Group Mr. Ed Ronsman email@example.com www.JacksonLawGroup.com
Directory BANKING/FINANCIAL SERVICES
Jimerson & Cobb, P.A. Mr. Hans Wahl firstname.lastname@example.org www.jimersoncobb.com
Mutual of Omaha Bank Mr. Keith Collopy email@example.com www.mutualofomahabank.com
Larsen & Associates, P.L. Mr. Mark King www.larsenandassociates.com/
Pacific Premier Bank Mr. Michael Coleman, CMCA firstname.lastname@example.org www.ppbi.com
Pursiano Barry Bruce Lavelle, LLP Mr. Jason Bruce, Esq. email@example.com www.pbblawoffices.com Tankel Law Group Mr. Bob Tankel firstname.lastname@example.org www.TankelLawGroup.com Williams Law Association, P.A. Mr. K.C. Williams III, Esq. email@example.com www.WilliamsPA.com BANKING/FINANCIAL SERVICES Alliance Association Bank Mr. Paul Knuth firstname.lastname@example.org www.allianceassociationbank.com BB&T Association Services Ms. Georgia Miller email@example.com www.bbt.com Fidelity Bank Ms. Mary E. Price firstname.lastname@example.org www.lionbank.com IBERIABANK Ms. Felicia Cox email@example.com www.iberiabank.com
Popular Association Banking Ms. Molly Hime firstname.lastname@example.org www.associationbankers.com Union Bank Homeowners Association Services Ms. Amanda Orlando, CMCA email@example.com www.hoabankservices.com Valley National Bank Ms. Cindy Craft Dunlop firstname.lastname@example.org www.valleyflorida.com BUILDER/CONTRACTOR D. Armstrong Contracting, LLC Mr. Dennis Armstrong email@example.com www.Darmstrong.Net COLLECTIONS Axiom Resources Mr. Ben Hippeli firstname.lastname@example.org www.associationcapital.com Sperlonga Data & Analytics Mr. Scott Swanson email@example.com www.sperlongadata.com
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INSURANCE Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Mr. David Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org www.ajg.com
LAKE & POND MANAGEMENT CON'T
Lake and Wetlands Management, Inc. Mr. Adam Grayson email@example.com www.lakeandwetland.com LANDSCAPING/LAWN CARE
Brown & Brown of FL Ms. Pilar Willis firstname.lastname@example.org Coastal Insurance Underwriters, Inc. Mr. Chuck Bushong email@example.com COLLECTIONS www.ciuins.com Fletcher Stein Insurance Agency Ms. Carie Whitcomb firstname.lastname@example.org www.fletcherstein.com Herbie Wiles Insurance Mr. Wayne Howell email@example.com www.herbiewiles.com
Brightview Landscape Services Mr. George Rugen firstname.lastname@example.org www.brightview.com Landscape Maintenance Professionals www.lmppro.com Massey Services, Inc. Mrs. Tami Swanson email@example.com http://www.masseyservices.com/ Yellowstone Landscapes Mr. Blaine Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org www.yellowstonelandscape.com MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Ian H. Graham Insurance Ms. Sylvia Tagle email@example.com www.ihginsurance.com
Aegis Community Management Solutions, Inc. Mr. David L. Burman, AMS, PCAM firstname.lastname@example.org
McGowan Program Administrators Mr. Joel W. Meskin, Esq., CIRMS email@example.com www.mcgowanins.com
Amelia Island Management Mr. Nicholas Lambiase firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman Insurance Advisors, LLC Mr. Andy Norman anorman@normaninsuranceadvisors. com www.vandykenorman.com LAKE & POND MANAGEMENT Aquatic Systems, Inc. Ms. Leslie F. Pragasam email@example.com www.aquaticsystems.com Dragonfly Pond Works Mr. Tom Willson www.dragonflypondworks.com 20 | THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION
BCM Services, Inc. Mrs. L. Denise Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org www.bcmservices.net Clark Simson Miller Mr. Jason Miller email@example.com www.csmhoa.com CMCJacksonville Ms. Jennifer Presson, LCAM, CMCA firstname.lastname@example.org www.cmcjaxfla.com
MANAGEMENT SERVICES CON'T Community Solutions Management, LLC Ms. Melodye Pitts email@example.com www.melodyepitts.com Evergreen Lifestyles Management Mr. Kraig Carmickle firstname.lastname@example.org www.evergreenlm.com First Coast Association Management Ms. Alice Hubbard email@example.com FirstService Residential Mr. William V Genovese firstname.lastname@example.org www.fsresidential.com/florida/home KW Property Management & Consulting Mr. Daniel Antonio Cobreiro email@example.com May Management Services, Inc. Ms. Ginger Matlock GMatlock@mayresort.com http://www.maymgt.com Property Management Systems, Inc. Mr. Scott William Steffen, CMCA firstname.lastname@example.org www.pmsiofflorida.com Rizzetta & Company, Inc. Ms. Valerie Bethea Sentry Management, Inc. Mr. Gordon Wolfram Sovereign & Jacobs Property Management Companies Mrs. Ellen Lumpkin email@example.com Vesta Property Services, Inc. Mr. Robert Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org www.VestaForYou.com
Kipcon, Inc. Mr. Ed Pazden email@example.com www.kipconengineering.com
CINC Systems Ms. Vickie Johnson, CMCA, AMS firstname.lastname@example.org www.cincsystems.com
Performance Painting Contractors, Inc Mr. Kevin Hughes Kevin@performancepainting.com www.performancepainting.com
Reserve Advisors, Inc. Mr. Matthew C. Kuisle, RS email@example.com www.reserveadvisors.com
Custom Tree Surgeons Mr. Scott Washington firstname.lastname@example.org www.customtreesurgeons.com
PPG Paints Mr. Jay Richards email@example.com www.ppgpaints.com
Reserve Study Group, LLC Mr. Stuart Wilkinson, RS firstname.lastname@example.org www.reservestudygroup.com
Coastal Construction Products Mr. Ron Mans email@example.com www.coastalfla.com
SherwinWilliams Mr. Linsey Ritch firstname.lastname@example.org PARKING ASAP Towing and Storage Mr. Thomas Wimsatt email@example.com www.asaptowing.com PEST CONTROL HomeTeam Pest Defense Mr. Dan Eckman firstname.lastname@example.org www.pestdefense.com/woodbridge McCall Services, Inc. Mr. Jerry Hall email@example.com www.mccallservice.com PLUMBING Southeast Pipe Survey, Inc. Ms. Traci Abel firstname.lastname@example.org www.southeastpipe.com RESERVE PROFESSIONALS Community Advisors, LLC Mr. Charlie Sheppard, RS email@example.com www.communityadvise.com Global Solution Partners Mr. Keith Ruehl, RS firstname.lastname@example.org www.GlobalSolutionPartners.com
SERVICE PROVIDER (CON'T)
PAINTING CertaPro Painters Mr. Jeff Lee email@example.com www.certapro.com
RESTORATION SERVICES Servpro of Mandarin, the Beaches/ Ponte Vedra & St. Augustine Ms. Robin Braddock firstname.lastname@example.org www.servpromandarin.com/servprothe brachespontevedra.com Servpro of Jacksonville South & Arlington Mr. William Saunders email@example.com www.servprojacksonvillesouth.com Puroclean Emergency Restoration Services Mr. Russell Benes firstname.lastname@example.org www.puroclean.com
Krystal Klean Mr. Anthony Lewis Morgan email@example.com www.krystalklean.com Davey Tree Expert Company Mr. Josh Madden firstname.lastname@example.org www.davey.com Metro Property Services Mr. John Moore email@example.com www.metropropertyservices.com SIGNS Shimp Sign and Design, Inc. Mr. Roy Luster Shimp, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org shimpsigns.com
SECURITY Allied Universal Mr. James Dycus email@example.com www.AUS.com Envera www.enverasystems.com SERVICE PROVIDER Atlantic Powder Coating Mr. Harold Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org www.powdercoatingjacksonville.com
FORSITE Mailboxes, Signs & Site Amenities Ms. Jennifer Lamolinara email@example.com www.mailboxesandsigns.com TELECOMMUNICATIONS Kings III Emergency Communications Ms. Candace Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org www.kingsiii.com
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CED Message continued from page 5 help in so many capacities. Do you offer an educational course that managers and/or association board members would be interested in? Do you manage a property with a meeting space we could utilize for education events? Would your company be willing to sponsor an event so that we can keep costs low and attendance high? If you answered "yes"...or even "kinda sorta" to any of these questions we'd love to hear from you and get you plugged into our committee. Did you know we have a committee designated to plan fun socials? Our Social Committee plans evens such as the Suns Game outing, the San Sebastian Winery Tour and the Whiskey Jax Social. Do you love planning events so that others have a good time? Do you know of a unique place the chapter could hold an event? Would your company be willing to sponsor a networking event such as this? If so, let us know and we can get you plugged in where you will fit best! Are you a member who always talks to others about our chapter? Are you a natural recruiter? Did you know that we have a membership committee who works to bring in new members and retain our current ones? Do you like graphic design? Does your company offer any free informational literature? Would you be able to write an informative article on a subject pertinent to Community Associations? Would your company like to get their name out in a publication that goes into 600+ inboxes every quarter? Did you know that we have a committee who works to compile, design and distribute our quarterly newsletter? We are currently most in need of a Chairperson for our Annual Chapter Expo Committee. If you would be willing to step up and serve our chapter by leading this committee of volunteers please let me know. We had a great event this year and look forward to topping it next year with your help! We are so grateful for the members who serve on our committees and can't wait to recognize them all at our Annual Chapter Meeting on November 17th at Maggiano's Little Italy. While we have some amazing members serving, as our chapter grows we need more hands to help keep our chapter successful. I urge you to consider how you can get involved in the chapter to help us become the recognized leader in community association education and networking in North Florida. Be sure to keep up with our website at www.neflcai.com to stay abreast of all the chapter happenings. Thank you to each of our members for your support of and belief in our chapter and our mission to provide education, networking and resources to community associations in Northeast Florida and the professionals and volunteers who serve them. Sincerely, Stephanie Peluyera
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