I have the honor of serving as your president of CAI-Channel Islands Chapter this year. Our vision statement for this year is “2020 – A Clear Vision for the Future” – Unity/Community/Strength. We have a very exciting year ahead. With the significant growth in chapter membership, our chapter leadership is adapting to the growth by providing additional member benefits and encouraging participation by our members on all levels. This will include reaching out to members who have not yet played an active role, inviting you to join our various committees, volunteer as a speaker or presenter at an event, or submit an article to our publication. By engaging our members, we will expand our pool of volunteers. By doing so, each of you will derive personal benefit and growth from your involvement, but will also assist our chapter in providing new, innovative and fresh ideas. Our current Board members are committed to assisting me in mentoring members who wish to participate. We will distribute a list of the various committees, and if any of you have an interest in a committee, it would be our pleasure to have your participation.
This year, we will also focus on professional and personal growth of our homeowners, community managers and business partners. The commitment to this growth will include speaking events that continue to educate, enhance and provide additional value both professionally and personally to our members. We will work at thinking “outside the box” to seek topics and speakers that will assist the chapter in that growth. We will start by having members give us your thoughts and ideas so we can better serve and take care of you! You can submit those ideas by contacting the chapter office.
You will also see a significant increase in the visibility and acknowledgement of appreciation of the chapter’s executive committee, the board of directors, committee chairs and their committee members. This chapter could not deliver on our promises to grow our membership, educate, increase membership value, and enhance the camaraderie and enthusiasm in participating in this chapter, without all the hard work and dedication of these volunteers.
We will continue to reach out to our community manager partners to assist us in encouraging their managers and board members to attend the chapter’s events. CAI is committed to providing our community managers and board members with exceptional educational programs and credentials. By doing so, we elevate the standard of our industry and provide professional, well educated and knowledgeable board members and community managers that serve the interests of our communities.
Thank you to last year’s board president, Joe Smigiel and the outgoing board members for all your remarkable work and for providing a platform of continued success for this chapter. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president this year. I look forward to assisting in continued growth and success for an already thriving chapter.