In This Issue

Message from the President

Survey: What are your education goals in 2018?

Recruit a new member & WIN!

Managing Pesky Mosquitoes in Your Community to Help Reduce the Spread of Disease

Upcoming Events

May 3-6, 2017

CAI Annual Conference

Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas


May 18, 2017

Chapter Luncheon

"What you need to know about Covenant Enforcement"

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: The Club, Birmingham


June 20, 2017

Homeowner Education Workshop Session 3

Time: 5:30am - 7:30pm

Location: Hoover Library


August 17, 2017

CAI Alabama Chapter

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Vestavia Bowling


Click here to view more upcoming events in 2017!


Interested in joining CAI?

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Thank you to our

Platinum Sponsors:
Allied Universal Security Services 

Law Offices of Lee Mason  

Community Association Management 

Gold Sponsors:
Associa McKay Management


Boothby Realty

Gibson Landscaping

Spaces Management

Silver Sponsors:
Alliance Association Bank
The Green Team

Mutual of Omaha Bank

Bronze Sponsors:

CertaPro Painters of Hoover

Jones Walker


Ray Engineering

SOLitude Lake Managment

Union Bank

We're Green Clean

Photos from this month's
Board Leadership Development Workshop

Thank you to Elbert Boothby with Boothby Realty for presenting the module "Communications, Meetings & Volunteerism" and Jada Hilyer with Associa McKay Management for presenting the module "Professional Advisors and Service Providers" at this month's second session of the Board Leadership Development Workshop on April 24th at the Hoover Library.

Join us at the third homeowner education workshop session on June 20! Click here to register!

Click here to view more photos of this and other events!

2017 CAI AL Chapter
Board of Directors


Andy Turner, AMS, PCAM
Spaces Management

President Elect
Fields Greer
The Green Team

Mildred Lanier
Hayesbury Townhomes HOA

Jamie Brasher Phillips, CMCA, AMS
J.H. Berry & Gilbert

At-Large Member

Lee Mason, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Community Association Management

Executive Director
Julia Boehm-McKay

Newsletter | April 2017 Print

Message from the President

Dear Members and Friends of the CAI Alabama Chapter!

Homeowner EducationWe believe that educated board members are one of the key elements of successful homeowners and condominium associations! Therefore, we are excited that the first two sessions of the homeowner education workshop series that we offered so far this year have been so well attended. We hope that many of you will join us for the third homeowner workshop session about “Fundamentals of Financial Management for Homeowners and Condominium Associations” on June 20th at the Hoover Library. Click here to reserve your spot today!

CAI Annual ConferenceNow that we are almost midway through 2017, the CAI Alabama Chapter Board of Directors is getting ready to start planning for 2018. The CAI Alabama Chapter’s President-elect Fields Greer with The Green Team is going to attend the CAI Annual Conference from May 3rd until May 6th in Las Vegas this year. He will be attending many classes that will be essential for his leadership of the CAI Alabama Chapter in 2018. We hope that many of our members will be at this year’s CAI Annual Conference as well. It’s THE annual CAI event where community association leaders, community managers and business partners working with community associations can learn and share best practices and lesson learned for community and career success.

CAI Alabama Chapter Luncheon May 18th @ The ClubI also would like to invite you to our last chapter luncheon before our summer break! It will be on May 18th at The Club in Birmingham. We are excited to have a great expert panel share knowledge and best practices about “What you need to know about Covenant Enforcement”.

The panel consists of John Barnes, Esq. with Law Firm of Alford & Barnes, LLC ,  Elbert Boothby, CMCA, AMS, PCAM with Boothby Realty Inc., Jada Hilyer, CMCA, AMS, PCAM with Associa McKay Management, Nicki Simmons, CMCA with Spaces Management and Mildred Lanier, President of the Hayesbury Townhomes HOA. Pat Hillen, CMCA, PCAM with Alliance Association Bank who is this year’s chair of the Education Committee will be moderating the panel presentation/discussion.

Jada Hilyer John Barrnes Nicki Simmons Mildred Lanier Elbert Boothby Pat Hillen

Don’t miss this great educational luncheon while enjoying great food and a beautiful view of Birmingham! A big thank you to The Green Team and Mutual of Omaha Bank for supporting this upcoming luncheon! Please register by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our luncheon on May 18th!


Andy Turner

Andy Turner
2017 CAI-AL Chapter President
CEO of Spaces Management

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Survey: What are your education goals in 2018?

The planning for 2018 has started! We are working together with the Community Associations Institute's National Office on what class will be most needed by community association managers in our region!



Please let us know what courses you are still lacking or are planning on taking in 2018! This will help us determine the course that is most wanted and enable us to get it scheduled for you right here in Alabama.

Click here to participate in a short survey!


M-206Also, please keep in mind that we'll be hosting the M-206 Financial Management course on October 19th through October 20th 2017 in Birmingham. Take advantage of this live course right here in Alabama and register for it by clicking here.


M-100We've also been trying to add the M-100 The Essentials of Community Association Management course this year but since many managers prefer to take the online version of this course, we have not yet received enough interest in holding a live course locally. However, should you be interested in taking the M-100 this year in a classroom setting let us know by sending an email to or calling 205-547-0733. As soon as we have enough interest we'll try to schedule a course.

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Recruit a new member & WIN!

It is not too late to enter into the membership drive challenge and win a $100 visa gift card at the upcoming Chapter Luncheon on May 18th! The prize will be awarded to the member who has recruited the most members so far in 2017.

Membership Drive

Start Recruiting New Members Today! Here’s how:

  1. Click on the link:

  2. Download the application for the correct category: Management Company, Business Service Provider, Individual Manager or Community Association Volunteer Leader.

  3. Fill in your name as recruiter in the “Did someone recommend that you join CAI?” field.

  4. Review the Benefits of Membership and download Recruiting Resources: CAI for Business PartnersCAI for Homeowner LeadersCAI for Management Company ExecutivesCAI for Professional Managers and CAI for YOU


Social Media ContestAlso, please remember to SHARE any CAI Alabama Chapter event announcements on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter and win again!

Another $100 visa gift card will be awarded at our Annual Awards Luncheon on November 30th to you if you are the one who SHARED most of the posts. Thank you for spreading the word about the CAI Alabama Chapter's great learning and networking opportunities!

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Managing Pesky Mosquitoes in Your Community to Help Reduce the Spread of Disease

By Gavin Ferris, Ecologist with SOLitude Lake Management

Zika virus is making a lot of news lately, but mosquito-borne diseases are nothing new in the United States.  Malaria was common over most of the country up through the 1800s, and wasn’t eradicated here until the early 1950s. Other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, and more recently Chikungunya, are currently carried by mosquitoes in the United States, and can pose a serious threat to public health. Preventing the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, and the other unpleasant consequences of mosquito infestation, requires a proactive multi-pronged approach. It is important to understand the biology of the mosquitoes involved, their behavior, and how environmental conditions contribute to mosquito problems. 

Managing Mosquitos
Aedes aegypti is a container-breeding species of mosquito known to carry Zika
virus. To help limit breeding habitat around homes, items that hold water like
tires, flower pots and buckets should be thrown out or emptied regularly.

Different diseases are transmitted by different species of mosquito. These different mosquitoes, in turn, have different ecologies and breeding habitats. For example, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is known to carry Zika virus, breeds primarily in small containers. Other species of mosquitoes, by contrast, breed in streams, ponds, and lakes with vegetation. This has important management implications.

Mosquito larvae prefer shallow warmer water, and tend to thrive in stormwater ponds. Cattails and other non-beneficial shoreline vegetation can provide breeding habitat for mosquitoes along the edges of a pond. Maintaining beneficial vegetation such as Pickerelweed and Cardinal Flower, however, can help provide habitat for mosquito predators like dragonflies. With regular maintenance, a buffer of native plants can also be managed to help control erosion without creating breeding pools for mosquitoes. Keeping a pond adequately stocked with an appropriate species of small fish like Fathead minnows or bluegill is the most effective means of controlling any mosquitoes that may be breeding in shallow areas. Circulating the water with a fountain or submersed aeration system also makes the waterbody less hospitable to algae, as does treating the weeds and algae that can create isolated pockets where mosquitoes may be able to reproduce.

With regard to Zika virus, the offending mosquitoes utilize containers for breeding. They are found primarily in a swath of the Southeastern US from South Carolina across to the gulf coast of Texas, but are a growing concern for areas throughout the United States. The best way to prevent their prevalence locally is to limit their breeding habitat. When possible, standing water should be eliminated by clearing up litter, keeping gutters clean, repairing potholes, emptying containers and removing tire piles. Small pools that cannot be reliably kept dry like flower pots, bird baths, and very small stormwater basins can be treated with a bacteria called Bacillus thurengiensis israelensis, commonly abbreviated as Bti. This bacteria produces a toxin that is only harmful to some insects, including mosquitoes.

For communities, an Integrated Mosquito Management program can further help to prevent disease and keep pesky mosquitoes at bay. Typically, such a program begins with public education. Depending on the species of mosquito in question, they may only be active during certain times of day. Informing the public about ways to avoid exposure to mosquitos and reduce breeding habitat on their property, and promoting the use of repellents can help to mitigate against the risks posed by mosquitos even before control efforts are implemented.


Managing Mosquitos
Maintaining a beneficial vegetative buffer around your pond can help provide
habitat for dragonflies, which are natural predators of mosquitoes. Additionally,
a fountain or aeration system can help reduce the prevalence of mosquito larvae
by keeping water circulating.

An integrated approach to mosquito management also includes surveillance and testing efforts. This typically includes the sampling of breeding habitats for the presence of mosquito larvae, and the use of various types of mosquito traps to determine which species are present and at what densities.  Mosquito species capable of transmitting certain diseases can be tested, and areas where the disease is detected can then be made the priority for intensive treatment.

Even if you live an area with low risk of Zika or West Nile virus, mosquitoes are a royal pain that nobody wants to deal with. While mosquitoes are an annoyance and a hazard that we are unlikely to remove entirely from our lives, they can be mitigated against by limiting and managing their breeding habitats. Implementing a proactive and integrated management approach that addresses all aspects of the problem is essential to helping prevent mosquito bites and the transmission of serious disease.

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