Just became president of my condo building - REALLY could use direction and advice.
I moved into my first-ever home (a condo) in March of this year. Acting president (for 29 years!) of the building noted she was moving and looking for a replacement. Since moving in, she's shown me around the building explaining processes etc. After the second time I thought to myself, "Is the trying to groom me for the role?"
A week before our building association meeting (which was Oct 11), she formally asks if I'd be willing to accept the nomination of president. I've not even been here 8 full months. And due to Covid I've actually not really met any of my neighbors. She tells me, pleadingly, that no one else wants to step up. I told her that while I wasn't very comfortable with the idea, yes I would accept if people voted me.
At the meeting, she formally steps down and nominates me. I tell those at the meeting - as long as they're ok with someone they've NEVER MET YET and who's only been in the building for EIGHT MONTHS... then I'll accept.
They voted me in.
To say I'm feeling overwhelmed would be an understatement. The former president is still here until mid November. She's a sweet woman. But doesn't speak/write English well and she's very difficult to understand. She's also a retiree who would devote time to the building. I, on the other hand, work 45 hours a week at one job, and then tutor part time as well.
For my first act, I wrote a note to everyone introducing myself and providing my contact information. I'm VERY fortunate that this building is in good shape - with no immediate problems - and a healthy cash reserve.
It's unfortunate though as the former president was right. NO ONE seems to care about wanting to help. In my letter, I asked people to please provide me with their contact detail (along with other things). Very few people have replied.
This whole situation has me half excited and half stressed. I've reached out to the Master Board president for a meeting to discuss the overall position. I also joined the Community Association Institute.
I've looked at resources online - but I'm not sure where to really go. Does anyone have advice? Does anyone have any resources to recommend?