Has anyone been part of an HOA Board? This is my first experience and I have been doing it for two years. Yesterday I was positive that it was two years too long and was ready to throw in the towel. It is a job that is hard for me because I do take it very personally as I want my neighborhood to stay as beautiful as the day we moved in. So, therefore I get irritated when residents refuse to clean up their homes or they send nasty letters to the HOA expressing their hatred of such HOA. Funny, didn't they pay any attention to the 20 page document they had to sign regarding the HOA and Dues that they have to pay?
It has been an eye opening experience into human beings and has been a test of charity for me. I have found myself in some dark places dealing with issues around the community and don't like that side of me. One of the things that bothers me the most is that homeowners believe they can do whatever they want with Common Area. (This is land owned by the HOA.) We have people constantly "landscaping" areas they believe are their right because it is in front or back of their home. I find it so strange that someone would just do something on what does not belong to them and when questioned get indignant and angry.
Yes, this has turned into another rant. Sorry!
Actually, I am just conflicted about my role. I feel like I have to be here in order to protect what Ralph works so hard to keep over our head. I want others to feel the same and am saddened they don't. I almost turned in the key last night at our monthly meeting, not sure if I needed this added stress to my life, but walked away still a member, at least for a while.
Anyway, the picture is not of our neighborhood, but I sent it to the other Board Members as a "Violation". I am so glad we aren't that "Hillbilly".