Letter from the President

RANDY STOKES

RANDY STOKES

Surfside III Association

Chapter President

Dear Members,

Welcome to 2022! Before we leave 2021 behind entirely, I want to acknowledge the contributions of our Channels Islands Chapter’s Board of Directors, and particularly our 2021 Chapter President, Chelsi Rueter, plus our Chapter Executive Director, Leah Ross, who together led us through the past year. We still face challenges, but these outstanding leaders have set us up for continued success moving forward.

I also want to thank the committee members that planned our virtual and in-person events and the volunteers who spoke at those events. Building on what we learned in 2020, they spent hours structuring and organizing those events in a way that continued to protect and serve the needs of the chapter’s members during challenging times.

Now, on to 2022! I am excited to lead our already thriving chapter this year! Chelsi has set a high bar for me, and I hope to learn from her example. Despite the challenges we faced over the past two years, our chapter still has over 900 members and continues to grow! That speaks volumes to not only the value we provide to our industry, but strength of the relationships we’ve made and nurtured with one another.

Our past and future success would not be possible without the members of our committees and board who all volunteer their time to advance the chapter. We welcome and encourage involvement from all our members! Please reach out to Leah Ross at leah@cai-channelislands.org if you are interested in serving on a committee, speaking at a program, writing an article, or helping out in any other capacity. It would be our pleasure to have you!

The Chapter Board has met to brainstorm and strategize how best to navigate this year as we continue forward. As we progressed through last year, we all realized how much we missed by not meeting in person. Thus, for 2022 we have placed an emphasis on in-person events like luncheons, community faires, and networking events, which have always been popular. However, in recognition that virtual programs also have a place in our provision of educational opportunities for our members, we have planned several webinars throughout the year. And of course, we’re planning for popular events like our annual awards program. We’ll be rolling out more details about all of our events as we move further into 2022. And, of course, we always welcome your ideas and input.

Finally, we’ll be speaking to our members about the important work done by the California Legislative Action Committee. This group consisting of “delegates” from all eight California Chapters of CAI, which advocates at the California state legislature for the interests of planned communities, community managers, and others in our industry. The delegates are all volunteers, but CLAC has expenses such as the costs of hiring an advocate to represent CLAC’s interests with state representatives, and bearing other administrative costs. All eight California Chapters help raise funds to support CLAC’s mission. If you would like more information on how you can support CLAC and stay up-to-date on legislation impacting our industry, please visit caiclac.com.

Thank you, truly, for being a part of our CAI-Channel Islands Chapter family. I look forward to seeing you all again soon, and throughout the year!

Randy Stokes