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Newsletter, March 2004

We're Getting Help With the Books
The Board of Directors has contracted with CPA Larry D. Johnson of Santa Rosa to handle the Association's accounting and tax filing, for an annual fee of $575. Johnson is experienced in dealing with homeowners' associations and was highly recommended. The Board recognized that the services of a professional are required, rather than leaving matters in the hands of part-time volunteers, due to the complexities of handling Association funds and complying with state laws governing homeowners' associations. The Board is also looking into the possibility of working with an outside bookkeeper who would charge an hourly fee to help keep the books in order.

Please Lend a Hand with the Revised Documents
The committee revising the Association Bylaws and CC&Rs asks for volunteers to help type up the revised documents, to be submitted to the lawyer and then to the membership through a series of discussion meetings.
The documents have been heavily marked up during lengthy discussions of the committee and need to be made presentable. If you can type up a few pages, please leave a message on the voice mail at 547-9848, thanks.

Board Candidates Needed
A new Board will be elected at the annual membership meeting at a date to be announced in May. Two members of the current five-member Board (Steve Wyatt and Martin McReynolds) are ineligible for re-election, having served for two years. PLEASE consider running for the board or nominating one of your neighbors who's qualified and willing.

What does the board do?
It meets once a month at a board member's house, usually from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to handle Association business. The president prepares an agenda and presides at board meetings, in addition to dealing with various Association matters. The treasurer is a key person, keeping Association financial records, checking the P.O. box, paying bills and issuing dues invoices - and will continue to be, even with the professional help we are arranging. The secretary keeps the minutes of board meetings and keeps them on file for viewing by any RGHA homeowner, as well as handling occasional correspondence. Other duties are assigned to individual board members, including producing a newsletter, coordinating pool keys and pool maintenance, dealing with title company requests for documents needed for home sale closing, checking the RGHA voice mail and updating the RGHA Web site (still not operational but soon will be). There's a lot to do but it can be handled by spreading chores among the five Board members.

Household Toxics Roundup in June
A date to keep in mind - Saturday, June 12. That's when the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency will hold a household toxics roundup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the County Civic Center, Administration Drive at Paulin Drive. How about pooling our efforts to get rid of the toxic stuff in our garages?

Pool Repairs Are on Schedule
New solar panels have been installed on the roof of the pool shed, and a new pump and chlorinator are now being hooked up. There's one more problem, though. The rain gutter at the back of the shed roof has rusted out due to leakage from the old solar tubing and will have to be replaced.

Special General Meeting
A special membership meeting was held Feb. 24 at the Strawberry School, as announced. Four board members and three homeowners attended. Despite the small attendance, it was a lively and useful session.

Talk to us - the RGHA phone number is 547-9848. Leave a message on the voice mail and we'll get back to you.

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