One of the challenges for hard working committees is to encourage as many lot owners as possible to participate in the AGM.
The AGM canvasses some of the most important issues in that community for the next 12 months, including the committee make up, the budget and levy/fees, as well as signing off on significant maintenance, repairs or improvement.
So it can be a surprise to discover that a large number of lot owners miss out on this once a year important event.
However, with a little pre-planning by the committee (and working in conjunction with your Community Manager) you can help maximise the number of attendees at the meeting.
First of all know your owners.
Are they residents? Local investors? Overseas investors? This will dictate the timing of the meeting and possibly how the meeting is handled.
Then, pick your time and location. For small communities with just a few lots, an AGM around the barbecue and pool area on a Wednesday afternoon might be perfect.
SSKB offices have meeting facilities with internet and teleconferencing access which allows owners to participate even if they cannot be there in person. However, if you are expecting a large number of owners, a conference room may need to be organised and booked.
Most importantly, get organised. Have agendas and budgets prepared in advance and work with your Community Manager to run a brisk and efficient meeting.
Here is a handy checklist to help ensure your committee is prepared for the AGM:
Prepare the notice for the AGM that includes the date, time and location of the meeting.
The notice must also include:
With all of this in place, you AGM should run smoothly and with as many owners involved as possible.
And if few people show up? Don’t worry. In the absence of any major issues, it likely means that your committee is doing a great job.