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2/1/2013 1:25:00 PM
Election time for VOCA board
By Dave Benore
VOCA Board President

That time is rolling along; time to elect new board members for the VOCA Board.

This year three terms are up so three members will be elected at the Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.

Any active members of VOCA can run for the Board if they are qualified. All it takes to be qualified is to be an active member of VOCA (which means not being in violation of any rules or regulations, and not being in default on any assessments or fees), and a resident of Arizona.

The term for a Board position is three years, starting with the first board meeting after the Annual Meeting on April 20th (this year).

So what does a Board member do in VOCA? The seven member Board sets all policies, determines the annual budget, approves capital expenditures, approves contracts, monitors expenses and cash positions, and in general guides the general manager and plan for the future. A Board member attends each Board meeting unless prevented from doing so by being out of town, medical problems, etc. There is a monthly Board meeting in all months except April, when the Annual Meeting of Members takes place. There is frequently a mid-month meeting, called for a special purpose, most months. That’s the dry stuff. Why be a Board member?

Being a part of a working Board can be a great rewarding experience, guiding the future of VOCA, addressing its problems as they come up, and overall making VOCA a better place to live for everyone. We have a great community here, especially for those who get involved. Volunteers on committees do a lot of the work of VOCA, and committee work is a great training ground for being a Board member. Working on a Board also stretches one’s abilities, increases one’s knowledge, and greatly broadens one’s perspectives and one’s circle of friends. It truly can be a rewarding experience.

To run for the Board a person must fill out an application from VOCA, submitting a resume and a reason why the person would want to be on the Board. The resume and reason for running is printed and mailed with the ballots.

Usually a photo will accompany the ballots also. The information is supplied to help the voters decide on whom to vote for.

The applications must be turned it to VOCA by Feb. 15, 2013.

This is to give time to check the qualifications of the applicants and have the ballots printed and mailed by March 23 (this year). Ballots can be mailed to VOCA or dropped off at the VOCA office prior to the Annual Meeting of Members.

So what else is needed to be an effective member of the Board? Primarily common sense and a willingness to work with others towards common goals.

Management experience is very helpful, as is some accounting knowledge. Accounting knowledge isn’t mandatory because VOCA has a good controller and a Finance Committee to attend to the accounting needs. Human Resources experience always helps.

What VOCA does not need is a person with a private agenda. That may be more destructive to an effective Board than anything else.

A sense of commitment is very important -- commitment to the needs of the community. Another thing not needed, contrary to some beliefs, IS TO BE A GOLFER! While the golf course in an important asset of VOCA, VOCA does not need seven golfers on its Board.

Also, VOCA would very much like to have some women on its Board. In recent years, none have applied. COME ON LADIES, WE NEED YOU!

If you would like to spread your wings, like to contribute to your community, feel like you are making a difference; please consider running for the VOCA Board this year. All of this could be yours.


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