R.B. from Middlesex County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
How are nominating committees formed? How do I get on the committee?
Mister Condo replies:
R.B., I like your desire to get involved with your community. Almost all committees derive their status from the Board of Directors. In some larger communities, committees may be called for in the condo’s governing documents. Either way, there is a protocol where committees are appointed by the Board to make studies, recommendations, or accomplish a specific task. Depending on the type of work being performed, the committee may also have a small budget and the ability to oversee certain association expenses. A good example might be the Pool Committee who is tasked with making recommendations about pool safety and conditions as well as decide opening and closing hours, etc.. This committee might make a recommendation that the hand rails need replacing which the Board would then vote on to approve.
The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding suitable volunteer candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. In healthy, vibrant communities there are usually more than enough volunteers who are willing and able to serve. However, that is not always the case and the Nominating Committee may be tasked with seeking out individuals to serve. It is not uncommon for former members of the Board to be asked to serve on this committee as they have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to serve on the Board. Like other committees, the Board would select member(s) to serve. If you have an interest to serve on the Nominating Committee, it may be as simple as letting someone on the current Board know that you are interested. If you have already served on other committees and are known to the Board you could be an easy selection. If your first volunteer effort is to ask to serve on this committee the Board may simply thank you for volunteering. Either way, the Board is under no obligation to appoint you to the Nominating Committee.
Thanks for the question. Happy Volunteering!