Welcome To The October  Edition Of "The Green Marble" Newsletter
The October Issue Includes:

- We've Been Nominated For A Readers' Choice Award!
- Is Your Association Running Out Of Time? 
- Clayton & McCulloh - Embracing Community
- Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings
- Who Is The Most Awesome In Your Association? 
- The Wait Is Over For The Florida Statute Organization Service!
Governing Document Amendments Service
- Did You Know?
- Quote Of The Month

We've Been Nominated For A Readers' Choice Award!
The 2019 Readers' Choice Award Contest is now open for voting and we have been nominated. 
We are so thrilled and honored to have been nominated for the fifth consecutive year for the very prestigious  Florida Community Association Journal's Readers' Choice Award.  Just like the Hollywood People's Choice Awards, this award is determined by people such as yourself casting their vote. 
Clayton & McCulloh - the firm that "Embraces Community" -  is requesting your vote again this year.  Won't you please honor us by taking time out of your busy schedule to vote for us? Click the link below or button above to vote.

Thank you so much for your consideration.  We are humbled by your vote.

Is Your Association Running Out Of Time? 
Changes to the Marketable Record Title Act 
affecting all homeowners associations incoming!
By: Brian Hess 
One of the most significant bills to be approved affecting community associations in this last legislative session was Florida House Bill 617, which became Law of Florida 2018-55, effective October 1, 2018. This bill offers an alternative summary procedure by which certain community associations preserve their governing documents pursuant to Florida Statute 712 (the Florida Marketable Record Title Act) and Florida Statute 720 (the Florida Homeowners' Association Act).   This bill also requires all homeowners associations to address the MRTA topic at the first regular Board meeting of each newly-elected Board.   

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our  Public Relations Department .
Clayton & McCulloh - Embracing Community 
This year's "Pet Supply Drive" was another rousing success! We managed to raise funds and collect donations for the Orange County Animal Shelter's continued effort to ensure the well-being of all of our Furry friends in our local community. Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring, and Marketing Representative, Nathan Knoebber, are pictured delivering our donations to the wonderful staff at Orange County Animal Services. If you are interested in adopting a new furry friend or would like to support the Animal shelter (perhaps through their awesome foster program) use this link to check out their website: http://www.ocnetpets.com/OCASHome.aspx 

You can find a full list of all pets that are currently up for adoption by clicking here. 
Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings
A Must For Every Association With Or Looking For A Manager
This October, we are hosting a unique seminar that we have not seen presented anywhere else. It's our new "Selecting and Working More Effectively with Managers" seminar. This 1½ hour course prepares Board Members in the selection process of a manager. Among the topics covered are:
  • What questions to ask and how to conduct the interview
  • Screening your manager's (or management company's) background
  • Red flags to look out for
  • What a manager can and cannot do for the Association
  • Realistic expectations of your manager
  • Ways to work more effectively with your manager
  • Understanding your manager's role
Our Director of Public Relations, who has worked with numerous management companies and managers over the past 28 years, will host the first part of the program on selecting a manager. The second part of the program will feature Chris Bertoch, manager of Park Lake Towers, for the Maitland Seminar, and Betty Walsh, manager of Seaport Master Association, for the Melbourne seminar. These Managers will be speaking on how to more effectively work with your Community Association manager. Both of these managers are independent managers - not with a management company - and do not service any additional associations in these areas. This avoids any conflict of interest and provides the attendee with the comfort of being able to ask any questions about "Working More Effectively with Managers."

Also as part of this class, we will have an informal, round-table discussion on various facets of community association management. To register, follow the link to either location below:

Brevard Office
1301 Bedford Drive Suite 102
Melbourne, FL 32940
Thursday, October 11 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Maitland Office,
1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd.
Maitland, FL 32751
Thursday, October 25
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sign up now as space is limited!
Who's The Most Awesome In Your Association?

Board Members and Managers often work tirelessly with very little appreciation, but you have an opportunity to change that! Nominate your favorite Board Member or Manager who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for your Association.  The 4th Quarter "Most Awesome" nomination deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018. 

Use the buttons below to nominate a Manager or Board Member you know who has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty for your Association. Be sure to elaborate  so we know why your nominee is the Most Awesome!

The Wait Is Over For The
Florida Statute Organization Service!
Clients and Non-Clients
Get Yours Now! Limited Amount Available!

Yeppers! You asked for it! And it is now here! The Florida Statute Organization Service. Through the years, our clients have requested copies of the Florida Statutes in a presentation format and we have now answered their call. There are four books:
Homeowners Association (Chapter 720)
Condominium Association (Chapter 718)
Mobile Home Park (Chapter 723)
Cooperatives (Chapter 719)

Each book features a custom forest green binder with gold inlay. Chapters are tabbed and each page has been placed in a sheet protector. The books include the various Statutes relevant to the particular book's community type plus a bonus of numerous educational and legal information articles on the basics of operating your Community Association.
These articles include the following topics:
Amending Governing Documents
Covenant Enforcement
Fiduciary Duty of Board Members
How to be a Director
Annual Meeting
Marketable Record Title Act
Complimentary annual updates to the books will be provided electronically by request on the 15th of September and January of each year. The cost of each book is $69.23 (includes tax). Order yours today through our website using the button below.

A limited number of books will be available at each of our Community Connect Chats this year. We regret that we cannot accept credit cards or cash at our seminars. Checks only at our seminars, please.

Size upgrades are available (at additional cost) if you want more space to add your own  notes or even your Association's governing documents.  

Governing Document Amendments Service
Amending Governing Documents is a fairly common legal activity that Clayton & McCulloh gets asked to do.  Most amendment work is done on an hourly basis for our Association clients, however two of the most frequently requested amendments are the "Quorum Requirement Amendment" to hold meetings and the "Amend the Amendment Provision" Amendment.  We now feature fixed fee rates for preparing amendment packages for these two amendments.  Sometimes the Amendment desired needs to occur with respect to more than one of your Governing Documents.  Our fixed fee for this service is per package and per Document amended (Declaration, Articles of Incorporation, and By-Laws). 

For more information please contact  our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring, at  (407) 875-2655 x129.
Did you Know?
General Election -  November 6, 2018
Always remember to do your civic duty! The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming midterm election is  October 9, 2018. 

Vote-by-Mail "Send" Deadline
For domestic voters, the mandatory period for election officials to send ballots is between 35 and 28 days before an election. The sending period for the 2018  General Election is October 2 - 9, 2018.

Early Voting
General Election:  October 27 - November 3, 2018
"In addition, each county Supervisor of Elections may offer optional days of early voting in addition to the mandatory early voting period.  Each Supervisor of Elections may choose from one or more of the following days for 2018:  October 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and/or November 4, 2018"  Check with your  county Supervisor of Elections  for the additional days of early voting that may be offered in your county.

Check out the Florida Division of Elections website here for even more information. 
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