The Landings Association Accepting Committee Applications

By Lynn Lewis - lynnl@landings.org
Communications Manager

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the community and make a positive impact at the same time, consider volunteering to serve on one of The Landings Association’s Committees. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019.

Association committees include Appeals, Architectural Review, Communications, Finance, Insurance and Risk Management, Marinas, Public Works, Security, Strategic Water, and Water Conservation.

Not all committees need members next year. However, it is a good idea to have your information on file in case openings become available during the year.

Serving on an Association Committee is a great way to give back to the community and to keep current on what is happening in The Landings. Many Landings residents previously were involved with their jobs and/or communities, and although many now are retired, they enjoy staying active.

When deciding on a committee, it is recommended you pick one that fits your interest and experience. Ideally, you should have been a resident for at least one year, so you have a better understanding of the community. Following is a brief description of the committees as well as the skills needed to serve.

Appeals Committee - This is a Regulatory Committee. It reviews and approves or modifies fines and penalties for cases regarding non-compliance of TLA Rules & Regulations, including Private Property Maintenance Standards, Architectural Guidelines, and Covenants.
Skills Required - The Appeals Committee is composed of five Landings residents in good standing with backgrounds and experience in areas such as law, real estate, finance, property development and/or renovation, property management, security, or law enforcement. Excellent people and conflict resolution skills are a must. Strategic thinking with the ability to communicate effectively and exercise discretion is required.

Architectural Review - This is a Regulatory Committee. It reviews and approves plans regarding new construction as well as modifications to property and existing construction.
Skills Required - Clear understanding of The Landings Association’s governing documents, specifically the Covenants, Architectural Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, and Private Property Maintenance Standards. The ability to communicate effectively and exercise respect and discretion is a must.

Communications - This is a Standing Committee, providing advice to The Landings Association's General Manager. It reviews and inputs into the media used to distribute the news of The Landings Association and examines resident feedback.
Skills Required - Proven communications skills, preferably in the fields of broadcast or print Journalism, Public Relations, or Marketing. A clear understanding of the direction of TLA’s Communications Team mission to provide facts to all members without bias, emotions, or personal agendas. A clear understanding of social media messaging and website analytics a plus. 

Finance - This is a Board Committee. It reviews overall finances as well as purchases by The Landings Association.
Skills Required - Residents with a background in Finance, budgets, auditing, accounting, and business management are strongly encouraged to apply to serve on this committee. A clear understanding of the financial aspects of a Homeowners Association is a plus. 

Insurance and Risk Management - This is a Standing Committee, providing Property & Casualty Insurance and Risk Management advice to The Landings Association's General Manager .
Skills Required - A clear understanding of how to read insurance proposals, what is covered, and areas that can be increased or decreased as needed to provide adequate coverage.

Marinas - This is a Standing Committee, providing advice to The Landings Association's General Manager. It promotes the marinas throughout the community and the larger Savannah area by planning, organizing, and promoting educational and social programs.
Skills Required - Delegal and Landings Harbor Marina boaters along with Marinas users are strongly encouraged to apply. Clear communications skills, as well as an understanding of waterfront businesses is preferred. Additionally, marketing and social media skills are a plus. 

Public Works - This is a Standing Committee, providing advice to The Landings Association's General Manager. It and its many subcommittees review all aspects of the living and fixed infrastructure of The Landings.
Skills Required - Members with a background in landscaping, tree maintenance, environmental services, negotiating and securing contracts, general maintenance, construction, engineering, wildlife services, fleet maintenance, and road repairs are encouraged to apply. 

Reduce & Reuse Committee - Formerly known as Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, this is a Standing Committee, providing advice to The Landings Association's General Manager. It works to reduce and reuse waste generated within The Landings.
Skills Required - Members with a background in conservation and environmental sustainability are encouraged to apply. 

Renovation - This is a Board Committee. It provides renovation resources and strategies to address the aging housing stock, making The Landings more attractive to prospective homebuyers and ultimately supporting property values.
Skills Required - Members with a background in architecture, landscape building, and design, and Real Estate are encouraged to apply. 

Security - This is a Standing Committee, providing advice to The Landings Association's General Manager. It focuses on enhancing the level of security at The Landings through projects such as education of residents, community outreach, crime prevention activities, and cooperative working relationships with other Skidaway Island entities.
Skills Required - Members with a background in public safety and volunteering for security operations are encouraged to apply. Strategic thinking with the ability to communicate effectively and exercise discretion is a must. 

Strategic Water - This is a Special Committee, focused on water regulatory issues affecting The Landings.
Skills Required - Members with a background in conservation and negotiating utility regulatory mandates are encouraged to apply. Strategic thinking with the ability to communicate effectively and exercise discretion is a must. 

Besides, the above committees, several other committees are composed solely of Directors on The Landings Association's Board, including Executive, Governance, and Strategic Planning. Other committees, such as Nominating, are short-term special committees. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Committee helps those residents in need. Finally, ad hoc committees may be created during the year to serve specific purposes and working relationships with other Skidaway Island entities.

For those worried that serving on an Association's committee would take up a large portion of time, breathe easy, as that is not the case. The issue of time varies by committee and the topics they are exploring. Additionally, meetings are held at the same time each month, giving members the opportunity to pre-plan.

Residents who are interested in serving on one of the Association’s committees should fill out the form online (www.landings.org/forms). Select Miscellaneous Forms > Committee Membership Application.