Tips For Having a Better Annual Meeting – Oregon

Oregon law requires that incorporated homeowners associations hold at least one membership meeting per year—what is commonly called the annual meeting.  ORS 64.201 (1). While associations may hold multiple owner meetings throughout the year, the annual meeting provides association members the opportunity to hear a recap of their association’s activities from the past year, and […]

Guide to Annual Meetings for Idaho Associations

Idaho law requires homeowners associations that are incorporated as non-profit corporations to hold at least one membership meeting per year.  I.C. §30-3-46(1).  This meeting is commonly referred to as the annual meeting.  Oftentimes, an association holds multiple meetings throughout the year; however, the annual meeting is specifically required by statute for incorporated associations, and it […]

Guns at HOA Meetings in Arizona

Gun violence at HOA meetings is rare, but receives much media attention.   No one will forget the tragic murders of two women and the wounding of three others in Arizona when a man opened fire during an HOA meeting in 2000.  More recently is the shooting in Louisville, Kentucky where a homeowner shot and killed […]

Guide to Annual Meetings for Arizona Associations

Arizona law requires homeowners associations to hold at least one membership meeting per year.  A.R.S. §33-1248(B). This meeting is commonly referred to as the annual meeting.  Oftentimes, an association holds multiple meetings throughout the year; however, the annual meeting is specifically required by statute, and it provides an association’s members the opportunity to receive a […]

The Quorum Requirement: A Creative Solution to Getting Stuff Done (Utah Law)

“Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen to our owner’s association meeting. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the quorum requirement to vote on anything tonight, so we’ll need to reconvene this meeting for a later date. Sorry.” Sound familiar?  Lamentably, this scenario is more frequently a reality than a hypothetical for many community associations. If you’ve ever served on or […]

How to Keep Board Meetings Under Control: Method and Discipline (Oregon Law)

On the first day of college, in my first class, a professor pounded his fist on the table and yelled, “Method and Discipline, Method and Disciple, that’s all it takes to be successful in college.” While that advice petrified everyone in the class, years later, I find those two elements are all it takes to […]

Association Meeting Organization and Procedure (Oregon Law)

In a homeowner or a condominium association, the decisions are made in meetings. It is important to understand the role that meetings play in the overall administration of an association, as well as what the rights and duties are for the owners and directors at these meetings. First of all, it is crucial to remember […]

How to Effectively Run a Meeting (Oregon Law)

Use Parliamentary Procedure. There are many different choices, but I recommend Roberts Rules of Order. Another helpful book is A Dummy’s Guide to Robert’s Rules, which makes Robert’s Rules more digestible. Have the Chair Run the Meeting. The chair doesn’t necessarily have to be the President of the Association, but someone appointed chair for the […]