Board Guidelines



To serve the Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association, representing all property owners, residents and non-residents; to develop policies, procedures and regulations; and monitor finances of the organization, its programs and services provided to the property owners.

Three years with the option of running again.

  • Currently 12 board meetings per year, 3rd Thursday each month at 6:30 P.M.
  • Work sessions as needed.
  • Usually a member of two (or more) Board committees
  • Usually a liaison to at least one Joint Advisory committee
  • May be a member of a specially appointed ad hoc committee
  • Board orientation and planning sessions
  • Several budget sessions in November and December, as well as budget reviews
  • Occasional town hall or special meetings called for public information
  • A Director may not be absent from more than three consecutive regular meetings or from four regular meetings during   the organizational year.
  • Establish policy that guide the Association
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate the General Manager
  • Approve the annual budget
  • Monitor finances
  • Maintain and update long-range plans
  • Attend all assigned meetings and show commitment to all Board activities
  • Be well-informed on issues concerning the Association
  • Be well prepared on agenda items in advance of meetings (Board packets are available preceding the Board meetings)
  • Contribute skills, knowledge and experience when appropriate
  • Listen respectfully to other points of view, not monopolizing discussion
  • Educate yourself about the needs and concerns of the entire POA membership, listening to all views and not just those of the most vocal groups
  • Help provide the foundation and direction that the POA is to take; then step back and support the General Manager to manage the daily operations
  • Keep confidential information confidential
  • A board member has no individual power—such governance comes from the Board acting as a whole
  • Prior to voting, you may state your opinions and enter into discussion; however, once the vote is taken, a Board member supports the Board’s position
  • Always be aware that you represent the organization for both the resident and non-resident membership while focusing on the goals and mission of the POA and not on personal goals
  • Board members should have a broad view when conducting board business with no personal agenda

A committed Board is the nucleus of a successful organization. Your talents and focus on serving the POA membership can assist the POA to move forward to meet the challenges of a growing community.

June 2013