ROC board members and managers have several opportunities to network and learn over the next few weeks:

  • I’ll be speaking to our friends at EPROC (East Pasco Resident Owned Communities) at their monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8 at the Emerald Pointe community in Zephyrhills.  
  • On Monday, January 11, I’ll be presenting one of our community association seminars with another member of our firm,  Jonathan Whitney.  We’ll be starting at 1:30 at Imperial Bonita Estates in Bonita Springs.   We’ll be discussing recent changes to the laws affecting resident owned communities and the procedures involved in collecting unpaid maintenance fees.   
  • I’ll be covering the same topics at another community association seminar at  Sunset Shores  in Frostproof on Wednesday, January 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  

Our community association seminars usually last 2 hours or so and include time for attendees to ask us general questions about other issues affecting ROCs.   There’s no charge to attend these seminars, refreshments are served and you’ll have a chance to meet and mingle with friends and neighbors from other communities.

If you are interested in attending either of these two community association seminars and have not already made your reservation, please RSVP to either Karen Midlam ( or Kathy Sawdo ( or call either of them at 941-951-1800.

We’ll be participating in two separate certification courses for board members in resident owned cooperatives in February and I’ll post more about those two events in the near future.

Until then, I hope 2016 brings us all health, happiness, and no hurricanes!

The last few weeks of 2012 were extremely busy and the beginning of 2013 promises more of the same.

Here is a list of the speaking engagements and seminars that we’ve scheduled for the next few weeks:

  • I’ll be speaking at the monthly meeting of EPROC this Friday morning, January 11 at Emerald Pointe in Zephyrhills.  That meeting starts at 9 a.m.
  • On Monday morning, January 21, we’ll be presenting one of our resident owned community seminars at Old Bridge Village in North Fort Myers for board members and managers of associations in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties.
  • We’ll be offering the same seminar for board members and managers of associations in the Sarasota County area at Oakwood Manor on Friday, February 8.

Our ROC seminars start at 10 a.m. and end between noon and 12:30.  There’s no charge for the refreshments, information, and the opportunity to meet board members from other communities in your "neck of the woods."   Included in our seminar topics is a presentation called "What I learned in 2012" that promises to be both educational and very entertaining.  Of course, we’ll save time for our traditional "open forum" to discuss topics of immediate concern to the seminar attendees.   Please contact Karen Midlam at or Kathy Sawdo at to rsvp for the January 21 or February 8 seminars.

In my next entry, I’ll be posting information about a "must attend" event scheduled for February 20 at the Venice Community Center.

I hope your New Year is off to a great start!



We’ve set the date and location of the seminar for the board members and managers of resident owned communities in the Lee, Collier, and Charlotte county area:

This event will start at 10 a.m. and end around noon.  Just like the other seminars posted in my last blog entry, admission is free and so are the refreshments and opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow ROC members.  

We’ll be covering several very interesting topics at our December seminars:

  • Updates on dealing with pet and caregiver requests under the Fair Housing and Americans With Disabilities Acts
  • Privacy issues facing managers and board members in resident owned communities
  • Recent legislative changes to Florida’s statutes governing ROCs
  • As always, attendees will have time for questions and comments.

Please send an email to Karen Midlam (, Kathy Sawdo ( or to me ( if you’d like to attend any of our December seminars.   Let us know which event you’ll be attending, the number of attendees from your community, and whether you’ll need directions to the seminar.

We hope to see you in December at one of these seminars.

There’s a ROC group that ‘s been formed in East Pasco County (EPROC) and I wanted to post the dates of their upcoming meetings:

  • November 19th
  • December 10th
  • January 14th
  • February 11th
  • March 11th
  • April 8th

If you’re a member of a resident-owned community in that area and want more information, please send me an email and I’ll point you in the right direction.  The EPROC meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the November meeting is at Betmar Acres.

EPROC is off to a great start and I look forward to speaking at that November 19th meeting.