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Attendance at AGMs
How do you increase engagement and attendance at AGMs in your Condo? Complacency is a culture of convenience, some Condos are very good at battling this culture and ensuring a vibrant culture of community. How do they do it?
Apart from issuing a special levy (aka special assessment), or instituting rules that get everyone riled up, how can we get more attendance at AGM's?
One thought I have had is to have speakers come and talk about issues that are of special interest to Owners, such as:
- replacement reserve studies and plans
I would love to hear what others thoughts might be.
In our 100 unit duplex style bareland condo we have speakers come in for a Saturday morning coffee type gathering say every 8 weeks or so. It works well but at the very best 30 attend representing fewer than 30 units. We would have a significant higher attendance for an AGM or town hall. Worth a try but it may not cure disinterest in condominium affairs which is prevalent. The real problem is general lack of involvement as in thinking someone else will do it. This affects all aspects of board business including governance and is, as we all know a significant flaw in how condominiums function. All this does not help with attendance.
1 Make sure the AGM is very well run. There are multiple advice sites.
2 Improvements will take years so count success in small numbers.
Limiting , “ 12 months of stored up frustration “. Yes that is very important for a well run AGM. The board should be transparent and try to deal with some issues as they come up during the year illiminating them from AGM disruption. Overloading the AGM and including controversy happens often enough and the frustrated owners legitimate discussion gets blamed for long agendas.
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