1/30/19 – Association News

At the last Board of Director’s meeting, there were 3 changes to the Rules and Regulations that were presented for their second readings.  You can find these changes published in this issue of the newspaper.  Since they affect almost everyone in the community, it might not be a bad idea to review the process on how rules are adopted and/or changed.  There is a standing committee named appropriately the “Rules and Regulations Committee.”  The chair of this committee sits on the Executive Committee.  Ideas for changes in the Rules come from a variety of places:  primarily from the Board, an individual or a group of members, or from one of the other Standing Committees or Boards such as the Water Use Enforcement Board or the Lake Improvement Board.  Such ideas are considered and discussed by the Rules Committee and are then presented to the Executive Committee for consideration.  If the Executive Committee feels that the rule change or new rule has merit, a “First Reading” is placed on the agenda for the next full Board of Directors meeting.  After consideration and discussion, the First Reading of the rule is voted on.  If passed the change is published in the paper in order to make the members aware of the potential change and to invite comment from the membership.  This gives the members time to contact the office for clarification or to discuss the change with their District Director.  If a member feels strongly about the rule one way or the other, he or she can give their director feedback so that they may vote accordingly to the wishes of their constituents.  At the following month’s meeting these changes are presented as a “Second Reading.”  This gives the District Directors an opportunity to let their constituent’s voices be heard by the entire board.  It’s a democratic process and it’s worked well for years.  Once the Second Reading is voted on, it is once again published in the paper, and it is added to the Rules and Regulations Book.

We are now able to take credit and debit cards for any payments made to the Association.  VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards are all welcome.  However, there will be a 3% convenience fee added for payments swiped in person in the office or a 5% convenience fee charged for payments made over the telephone.

Submitted by:  Jan T. Olson – Executive Director

If you need to reach me for anything, please email me at janolson@lakelotawana.net or call the office at 578-4272.