Contributed by Julia Freeman
Picture: Judy Collins, Lois Brown, Marianne Mann, Sue Regen, Ann Carlson
Nominating Committee Chair Marianne Mann introduced the candidates for the Residents Association (RA) Executive Committee for 2019-2020: Lois Brown, President; Sue Regen 2nd Vice President; Judy Collins, Secretary; and Ann Carlson, Treasurer. The position of 1st Vice-President does not have a candidate. The candidates appeared in a public forum on Tuesday, September 24, in the auditorium.
Residents will vote the endorsement of the slate on Thursday, October 3. Ballots can be cast from 10 AM to 6 PM in the Clock Tower Lobby. The Annual Meeting of the RA will be held the next day, Friday, October 4, at 1:30 PM in the auditorium. A quorum of about 100 residents is needed. The Annual Report will be available at that time. In addition, the updated Residents Handbook will be released.
Lois, Sue, and Judy served last year. The president and vice presidents can serve two consecutive one year terms. Lois and Sue both commented on what a challenging year it had been in light of the CEO transition at Collington. Lois noted the efforts the team made to increase communication between the RA and residents, the Board, Management, and Staff. She noted that the Board President, Mike Nolin, had initiated written and oral communication with residents to keep residents apprised of the CEO search and other Board actions. Management provides updates in the weekly Courier. The 1st Vice President had worked to enable District Leaders and to coordinate planning with the operating committee chairs..
Ann Carlson is running to replace treasurer Linda Ewald, who will become a resident member of the Board in October. Ann, a CPA, noted her long professional experience in fiscal matters for businesses and corporations. She has also worked as a back-up for Linda.
When asked about initiatives for next year, Lois cited opportunities for partnership of residents and management to address changes needed, such as signage and transportation. She hopes to promote interaction with other Kendal affiliates. Sue Regen noted that the challenge is to accommodate new activities while letting some go when interest declines. Judy noted that she will be serving her 4thyear and every year she learns more. She cited the need for more residents to volunteer for leadership positions in the Resident Association, especially housing leaders and operating committee chairs.