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I would like to personally thank all of the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) Volunteers for their personal efforts, because if it were not for their volunteerism the task of operating the TKPOA would be even greater. Volunteers are essential to our Associations’ work and community life. The TKPOA is always looking for Volunteers and one great way is to participate in a Board Advisory Committee. Board Advisory Committees serve at the pleasure of the Board and are formed to provide assistance as directed by the Board and the TKPOA Bylaws.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Association on a Board Advisory Committee, you can start by attending a monthly meeting to see the advisory committee in action and see if it is something that interests you. As a TKPOA member you can attend all committee meetings of your choice. Board Advisory Committee meetings occur once a month, and on a regular basis. The Finance Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the TKPOA Pavilion at 9:00AM, the Facilities Committee, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the TKPOA Pavilion at 9:00AM, and the Water Quality Committee (WQC) meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the TKPOA Pavilion at 1:00PM. (Meeting times are subject to change and right now the committees are selecting meeting times to best promote attendance, so please check the TKPOA website www.tahoekeyspoa.org for meeting times.)

The Finance Committee assists the Board in preparing the Association’s annual budget and complying with the other financial obligations set forth in Article XII of the TKPOA Bylaws or otherwise imposed by law, the Board shall establish a Finance Committee consisting of at least three Members, one of whom shall be the Treasurer of the Association. Other Members of the Committee shall be selected on the basis of having particular knowledge or expertise concerning accounting and financial matters when possible. In addition to the review of the annual budgets, the Finance Committee performs the following reviews: 1) annual and interim financial statements. 2) annual reserve studies 3) capital expenditures and 4) annual insurance quotes.

The Water Quality Committee assists the Board in monitoring and maintaining a high level of water quality within the Tahoe Keys, which includes the Invasive Weed Management Plan (IWMP) and Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) programs. The Committee is currently focused on a three year effort to obtain permits needed to implement effective long-term strategies to control the IWMP. In addition the Committee assists in the administration of the water quality permit for the Tahoe Keys Lagoons and it provides input on the Water Quality Department. If possible, the Committee members shall be selected on the basis of having unique knowledge and/or expertise with respect to the engineering, hydrology and water quality issues that are of concern to the association.

The Facilities Committee is to provide support and counsel to the Board of Directors by undertaking projects as assigned by the Board from time to time; and in doing so, to undertake the evaluation of and make recommendations concerning proposals for common area facilities projects. The committee, when appropriate, may also provide additional opportunities for TKPOA members to make proposals and comments on proposals or projects before the committee. The Facilities Committee was initially created by Board action in early 2012, and was originally comprised of five members. In late 2013, the Board approved increasing the number of committee members to six. The Facilities Committee is not a standing committee listed within the TKPOA Bylaws and CC&Rs. This committee exists until such time as the Board of Directors sees no further need for its work.

If you are interested in a Board Advisory Committee, you should contact Heather Houston, TKPOA Administrative Assistant to request appointment to a Board Advisory Committee at 530-542-6444 Extension 223 or send an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out who the TKPOA Board Member is that is the committee liaison as a courtesy to express your interest to make sure committee positions are available. Then you need to fill out a TKPOA “Request to be Appointed” form from the TKPOA Administrative Office or website, and submit it to the TKPOA Administrative Assistant. Volunteering on a Board Advisory Committee is also great experience and provides exposure to how the Association works for those TKPOA members that are interested in becoming future members of TKPOA Board of Directors.

Volunteering does have surprising benefits, helping yourself while helping others!

I found an interesting statistic according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic about 60.8 Million Americans volunteered at least once in 2008 and the median average hours spent of volunteer activities ranged from a high of 96 hours for volunteers age 65 and over to a low of 36 hours for those 25 to 35 year old. Volunteering has many benefits and the TKPOA is looking for volunteers young and old.

Four Benefits of Volunteering:

#1: Volunteering connects you to others.

Volunteering allows you to connect to our TKPOA community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the Association. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

#2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Volunteering combats depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and help you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times. Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults

#3: Volunteering can improve life skills

If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. The TKPOA committees interface with TKPOA Management and departments from Finance to Water Quality. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important life skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. Volunteering can provide some career experience and teach you valuable job skills. Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit our community.

#4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Trust me many of the committee meetings are quite fun! Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

In closing, when it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements and while learning new skills can be beneficial to many; it’s not a requirement for a fulfilling volunteer experience. Bear in mind that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed, and a positive attitude.

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