Jan 6, 2014

Another new year has dawned and if you're like most people, chances are you've made a resolution or two for the coming year that is likely to never be kept! So to help our members improve the New-Year's-Resolutions-I've-kept ratio, we have an easy resolution for you to add to your list - to maximize your membership experience at CAI. To get you started, we offer three resolutions that we think will be easy to keep in 2014:

1. Resolve to Recruit

CAI's membership continues to slowly inch its way up and when it does, everyone benefits. Increased membership means more networking opportunities for business partners, more possibilities for community association managers to share and learn from colleagues, and increased opportunities for community associations and their volunteer leaders to benefit from CAI's incredible informational, educational and advocacy resources. The biggest source of new members continues to be referrals from existing members. So reach out to people in your network - other managers in your company, communities you work with or manage, or business partners who provide service to your community. And let us know that you're working on bring in a new member so we can track it - each successful referral can earn you prizes in CAI's recruiter rewards program. Visit our membership page for resources on membership, including downloadable member applications.

2. Resolve to be Involved

The most satisfying membership experience often comes with involvement in CAI. Involvement can come in many different forms and does not have to mean a large commitment of time. For those of you with limited time available, consider writing an article for our magazine or an informational post for our blog on an important topic. Managers and homeowners can highlight a special service, event or program that is taking place in your community like a charity fundraising drive or a beautification project. Or. think about speaking at an upcoming educational program. We're always looking for topic ideas and speakers. Submit your information via our Call for Presentations. For those of you with more time available, thinking about joining a chapter committee. While many of our committees are now full for the year, we do have room on the Membership, Government & Professional Affairs, CAVL/Homeowners and Managers Committees.

3. Resolve to Meet Someone New

 Each year, CAI hosts plenty of programs for you to attend and meet other membership. The connections you make will prove useful when you need questions answered about your community, when you're looking for a new service provider, or when you just need someone to talk to who has shared a similar experience. Keep an eye on our calendar of networking events, manager and homeowner education classes and regional council programs. We hope to see you somewhere soon!


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