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I Don’t Get It!

We live in a community with 93 houses. These are middle-class families, mostly in their 30s and 40s with children.

This year the pandemic forced us to hold our annual homeowners’ association meeting virtually via Zoom. To maintain security, this meeting was by invitation only.

The meeting was published on our community FaceBook page in the middle of November, and again by flyer to each household on the last weekend of November. Residents were asked to email the association by December 1st to request an invitation to the meeting. This would afford the association the time to prepare a mailing list and send out invitations by December 8th. The meeting was scheduled for December 14th.

We received 15 requests by the deadline. Add in the 5 board members and our list grew to 20. Invitations were sent out to those 20 individuals on December 8th as promised.

We expected a few stragglers and received a couple of requests past the deadline. We received another 8 requests throughout the day of the meeting. This is the part I don’t understand. Why do people think it is ok to ignore the deadline and then seem indignant when their invitation isn’t emailed immediately when they finally got around to requesting one on the day of the meeting? They went to great lengths emailing board members multiple times asking for the invitation. We eventually had to post the invitation on our FB page.

The good news in all this was that our virtual meeting was attended by more than double the usual number of attendees. The bad news it that still amounted to only about 30% of the households.