This letter to the editor is reprinted from the Ahwatukee Foothills News, June 17, 2020.
Author: Vicky Glover
I am running for a seat on the Foothills Community Association’s Board of Directors in the upcoming elections.
For years, I have been following the Association's activities and regularly attending board meetings. Last year, I spoke at the Annual Meeting stating that money in the Association account is not our greatest asset.
We as community members come from many walks of lives, with skills and expertise in a multitude of areas. By reaching out to the community and encouraging members to get involved, the Association can tap into the most valuable resource our community has.
If elected to the Board, I will strive to bring members into the work of the Association.
One way is through the creation of committees, such as the Bylaws Amendment Committee (on which I serve) and the ad hoc committee working on the 14th Way and Dry Creek erosion issue. These are great models of what can be done.
One of the first new committees should be charged with revising the Etiquette Policy adopted last year so as to make it more ‘member friendly’. This alone would help welcome member involvement.
I also propose periodic meetings, perhaps quarterly, where members could bring their issues to the Board’s attention. As currently formulated, the Board’s monthly business meetings simply do not facilitate in-depth discussion of key issues.
Another big step toward transparency would be for the Association’s management company to make non-sensitive documents routinely available on the website.
This would benefit members, and it would spare the Association the time and expense of processing document requests.
Community involvement with complete and easily accessible transparency for our community will be the tools needed to ensure the Association overcomes its current problems and is able to move forward.
Finally, I have been a strong supporter of the ongoing reform campaign. The bylaws reform amendments vote in the affirmative is a very important step to ensure the Foothills Community Association moves in the right direction.
I hope all members will join me in voting APPROVE on July 16, and I would appreciate your vote in the Board election that follows.