Buzz: Election, priorities update
By President Roxana Foxx, RSF Asso-ciation board president
January marks the halfway point in our fiscal year as well as the midpoint of my final year on the board. As I indicated in my last “Buzz,” on June 30 there will be three board members retiring: Anne Feighner, Eamon Callahan and I.
To fill the open seats, the board has established the annual Nominating Committee as required in the Association bylaws. This year, the committee is comprised of Susan Bien, Anne Feighner, Tom Lang, Tim Sullivan and I.
It will be our job as a committee to identify up to five candidates to fill the open positions, and we have until March 8 to do so. If you have any interest in serving on the board please feel free to contact any one of the committee members. As I said last month, serving on the Association board is a great experience, and is also a great way to give back a little to our outstanding community.
Last week the board held our annual mid-year Retreat to assess the progress on our goals for the year and to revisit our priorities. Overall I am pleased with the progress we have made so far, particularly given all of the things that we are trying to accomplish this year. We are continuing to make progress on our number one priority of increasing community awareness through the efforts of our Community Awareness Committee, or CAC.
The new website, which will be a key component of getting out current and important information to our members, should be ready in March for a test run for the board. Additionally, we are working closely with the Golf Club board to assist them in their efforts to reach out to the community to encourage greater participation in the restaurant, as well as becoming active golfing members. If their future events are as much fun as the New Year’s Eve party I attended last week, I feel confident that increasing participation will not take much work at all.
The board has also decided to focus our efforts on the Osuna Ranch property and identify ways to showcase the adobe and to make the property more accessible to our entire membership. Subject to some buyer due diligence and member notification, we recently agreed to terms with a potential buyer for the Osuna Ranch house. We are optimistic that the sale will be completed within 60 days.
Securing broadband coverage for the entire community continues to be a challenge. The committee is continuing to meet with the major providers to identify the best possible options for the community, but providing acceptable coverage is very difficult. Our topography and our low density of users continue to be the main hurdles. The board fully understands how important this issue is for many of the members and we will continue to pursue it.
To end on a positive note, last June the Association took a charge-off of $350,000 against revenue for uncollectable past due assessments. So far this year we have collected almost $100,000 of the loss. The Finance Committee continues to be very aggressive in the collection of past due accounts, including the filing of civil actions, and we anticipate further recoveries before the end of the year.
I am excited about the significant progress we have made on our goals for the year as I firmly believe that they will have a positive impact on our community for years to come.