Not enough community association boards make effective use of committees. Committees can be very useful when it comes to providing recommendations to the board and assisting the board with carrying out its duties and responsibilities. However, many associations do not take the time to establish committees or set parameters for their work so that committees may assist in the operation of the association.
Setting up committees is the responsibility of an association’s board of directors. The board must appoint the members of each committee at a properly noticed board meeting, during which the directors should provide instructions and set parameters for the scope of the committees’ responsibilities.
One of the best approaches is for boards of directors to use their annual meetings to establish various committees, appoint committee members and establish areas of purview for each. Each committee should have at least three members.
With the exception of the rules enforcement committee, board members may also serve as members on committees. Many associations choose to have a board member on each committee along with two non-director volunteers, as this enables the board member to keep their fellow directors abreast of the committee’s work and progress.