What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the word, committee?
Personally, I get slightly scared of that word. It makes me think of endless politicking and working towards goals that interest others more than myself.
Committees aren’t always something to be feared. Take for example the committees we encourage in our 55+ communities. These groups of like-minded individuals are entirely member driven. If you don’t want to participate, you don’t have to. If you want to participate, great.
Joining a Retirement Community Committee
Benefits of joining an HOA committee
Why, you might ask, should I join a committee within my active adult community? Isn’t that a lot more work for no good reason?
I’m glad you let me ask this for you.
From time to time, many of us have found ourselves on committees. Sometimes we have fond memories of this, other times, we dreaded the meetings.
If you join a community committee within one of our neighborhoods, you’ll likely find the experience a pleasant one. This is because you organize into groups of neighbors and friends who share similar interests.
For example, if you are a social butterfly, or even if you are an introverted individual with aspirations of socializing once in a while, you can join the activities committee. This is a fun group, because, they’re not required by anyone to do anything. If they throw a party, it’s for the sheer pleasure of it.
They can plan simple community activities, such as movie matinees, morning coffee news chats, card games, service projects, or book clubs, and not to forget, full blown dinners. I’ve even heard of some who try planning group vacation get-a-ways. Sometimes, just getting together to discuss fun opportunities is a party in itself.
It’s not hard to see how a group of folks could have fun doing this. It’s also easy to see how they can benefit everyone else who would rather take a passive role in the planning, but actively participate in the forthcoming fun.
A healthy activities group will always make for greater opportunities to make quality lasting friendships.
But this isn’t the only type of committee that you can have in your community.
For example, we often encourage a landscape committee to form also.
This is a great group for those of you with a green thumb. Just because you moved into an HOA community, doesn’t mean that all of you have given up your love of gardening. Frankly, you don’t have to give that up.
Not only can you work the soil in the planter strips around your house, but if you join the landscape committee, you can have an influence on the overall look and feel of the community’s greenspace. You can help with the actual gardening, or just help direct the landscape management company.
After all, there is often an entrance or two to maintain, neighbors who don’t know anything about plants, and so keep watering a drowning plant, and landscape maintenance crews who need to be reminded occasionally to change the settings on the sprinklers, or do some extra weeding.
Let’s face it, HOA’s scare a lot of people. They don’t have to be scary though. When you’re spending time with neighbors, doing things you all love, then your quality of life goes up.
After all, it’s your community. If you’re looking for a lifestyle change, then one of our 55+ communities is what you need. They’re a great place to live, make friends, and have fun. Bring what’s awesome about you, and share it. You’ll be glad you did.
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