When we bought our Cloister home we were handed a huge folder of papers that accumulated starting at the time when this development was being built, the owners were the first purchasers of our current Cloister home, we were the second.
Things appeared to be done by homeowner/volunteers who contributed their efforts where needed and where they had an interest. Today The Cloister is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of committee volunteers but many have been doing what they do for a long time and I feel they can use the support of we newer residents.
I served on the HOA Board and was Chairperson of the committee to schedule the volunteer podiatrist who visits the clubhouse every second month and provides foot inspection and toenail trimming for $30 for a session. After several years I gave that job up to another volunteer and decided I would volunteer my efforts to publish a hopefully useful blog website of use to the community.
The last two Chairpersons of the “Grounds and Beautification” Committee were not very happy troopers. Neither stayed in that position after they realized the utter difficulty of changing anything or getting anything done that did not make some group of residents unhappy, I was told by both of them that neither could take any significant action without strict oversight by the elected board President who authorized all committees and selected the committee chairpersons and members. The Grounds and Beautification Committee is now merged with the ARMS (Architectural Review and Maintenance) committee. Maybe we need a resurrected Grounds and Beautification Committee consisting of several people who were willing to put in the effort and put up with the hassle because they will not be able to satisify everyone!!!!
See my previous post on The Cloister Committee structure: https://cloisterliving.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/cloister-home-owners-association-standing-committees-contribute-to-the-cloister-experience/