Rules should be designed to improve the community, not repress individual freedom.
Is it fair that some residents serve on multiple committees while another resident is denied -- numerous times -- the opportunity to serve on just one?
Why would some homes in the community have representation on two, even three, committees? When other homes have no representation…
Why deny accomplished and experienced residents willing to serve on a committee the chance to contribute to the community?
Competent and knowledgeable residents have applied to serve on committees. Yet these qualified residents have been denied numerous times.
Example 1: A homeowner (who has openly disagreed with the Board) applied to a committee. This homeowner met all of the posted qualifications. Yet this one homeowner was subjected to a much more rigorous assessment process than any of the other applicants. The homeowner was required to perform a "qualification" exercise the other applicants were not asked to do. In the end, the homeowner still wasn't approved and accepted. All open positions went to the usual "Board buddies."
Example 2: A resident who applied (directly to the Board) to serve on a committee received no acknowledgment or explanation as to why they, and their application, were being ignored. Others who applied to that same committee were contacted, interviewed, and informed of their status. The Board never provided an explanation or reason for the discriminatory practice.
There have been appointments to "project teams" with no Board outreach to the community for volunteers.
Those who “make waves” tend to not get approved when they apply to volunteer for a committee.
There should be equal opportunity for all qualified residents to apply and serve when a position on a committee or a project team becomes available.
Must you be a board sycophant to be given a chance to serve on a committee?
The Board keeps re-appointing the same people to the same committees year after year.** (Membership on a committee is for 1-2 years; but a member can be reappointed again and again....) That means no new ideas, fresh perspectives, or independent thinking. Yet these committees help determine the rules you have to follow, priorities that are set, and how our money is spent.
Maybe some new, independent committee members would be a good idea to turn things around and create some benefit for our community.
**Source: Committee Membership Lists, https://www.sewickleyridgehoa.com
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