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President’s Message Dear WSCAI Members,


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020, what a long, strange trip it’s been!


 of the Chapter, I am overwhelmed by the


support I have received thus far. I look forward to leading the Chapter into 2021 with my fellow Board Members, WSCAI’s Team and committee member volunteers galore.


However, I wish to acknowledge the leadership of our immediate Past President, Tony Rafel. While there are too many accomplishments during the past year to list in this column, we gladly recognize Tony’s success in several areas. He led in the establishment of the Chapter’s new Mediation Program, brought greater focus to the Legislative Action Committee and earned his CCAL (College of Community Association Lawyers). All during a pandemic, I might add. Thank you, Tony for your tenacity, insight and mentorship this past year.


*** Speaking of Mediation, look for the article later in this Journal that outlines the program that has been so thoughtfully prepared for our Chapter. ***


As we look ahead, I am honored to welcome two new members to WSCAI’s Board – Allison Peryea, Esq. and Toni Hahn, CMCA. We look forward to working with our new team members and the adventure that will be 2021! Alas, this also means we acknowledge two Board Members as they step down from the Board. Thank you to Alicia Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM and Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS for your strong leadership and invaluable contributions to the Chapter.


While we continue to stay at home and (once again) reorganize the  for WSCAI. Automation became a key to success in 2020 and will be going forward as well. We plan to implement processes to reduce redundancies and assist in expediting sponsorships and event registrations. And, don’t you worry, the Chapter will continue to offer the educational programs, webinars, mixers and fundraisers to which you have been accustomed.


As 2020 and the pandemic evolved, volunteerism looked quite different than in years past. This issue of the Journal highlights some of the unique ways our members have given back to the community despite the challenges of COVID-19. Join me in congratulating their efforts when you see them in upcoming WSCAI Zoom events. The Chapter is grateful for their innovation and success.


6 Community Associations Journal | December 2020


Members are the Chapter’s most important resource. We want each and every one of you to be actively involved. Be sure to check out the article in this issue that outlines how to get the most out of your membership. When speaking with members at past events I’ve encouraged them to join a Committee. As a volunteer on several different committees over the years, I have forged valuable relationships with other members and learned so much about the Chapter and the business of community associations. If you aren’t ready to jump into a Committee with both feet, dip your toe in and reach out to one of us. The myriad of opportunities to volunteer include writing an article for the Journal, participating in educational programming, leading a Zoom karaoke mixer and more.


For those of you that don’t know me well, I am a person of few words but mean everything I say. Please feel free to reach out to me or other members of the Board if you have questions about volunteering or the many additional opportunities to participate with the Chapter.


And, we may reach out to you for your expertise. One essential thing I have learned in my profession – if I do not know all the right  answer may be the one with which you can help!


Happy holidays to all and *cheers* to ringing in 2021…


Sincerely, Amy S. Clements, ARM, CIRMS, Chapter President (800) 228-1930 | aclements@cauinsure.com


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