Newsletter | September 2017 Print

September Chapter Luncheon in Review

It was great seeing everyone at this week’s CAI Alabama Chapter Luncheon at The Club in Birmingham! We had a great turn-out and Nick Brenneman from Reserve Advisors gave a very informative presentation about reserve studies. Thanks, Nick!

Also a big thank you to our handshake sponsor John Barnes, Esq (Law Firm of Alford & Barnes, LLC) and congrats to Ronda Miskelley (Hampton Cove Owners Association) who was the lucky winner of the Starbucks gift card!


View more pictures from this event on our Facebook Page! Click here and check them out and if you are not already following us, please LIKE US while you are on our page.


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Upcoming Events in October

October 11-14, 2017: CEO-MC Retreat
Location: San Diego, CA
Register Now

October 18, 2017: Webinar Hostile Housing Claims & Neighbor to Neighbor Disputes
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT
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Member Benefit

Members, don't forget to take advantage of the 4 complimentary webinars that are inlcuded in your annual CAI membership!

Access On-Demand Webinars here

 

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Mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting Luncheon!

Mark your calendar for our upcoming and last chapter luncheon of 2017 on November 30th  at The Club! The topic of this luncheon's presentation is "Communicating for Success" presented by Johnny Carcioppolo (Team Insight Plus, LLC - building better teams & leaders)

At this luncheon we will present awards to chapter members that have shown outstanding commitment as a chapter / committee member in 2017. Also, we will introduce our 2018 Chapter Board of Directors that will be installed during this luncheon.

Don't miss it and register today by clicking here.

Johnny Carcioppolo
Johnny Carcioppolo

 

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New and Renewing Members

New and renewing members

Welcome to our new members!

Ms. Lauren Garth
Associa McKay Management
Birmingham, AL

Mr. David James
Associa McKay Management
Birmingham, AL

Thank you to our renewing members!

Mr.  Ronald Sikes
Homeowner Leader
Gulf Shores, AL

Ms. Kris Toffel, CMCA
Associa McKay Management
Birmingham, AL

Ms. Nancy Smith, AMS
Selective Management Services
Birmingham, AL

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Best Practices Report

The Foundation for Community Association Research has developed a Best Practices Report for "Community Harmony & Spirit".

How do managers and boards increase resident involvement within community associations?


By treating all residents as stakeholders and developing and conducting community harmony and spirit-enhancing programs and including residents in the initial stages of program development. Building community spirit is more than informing residents about board action and improvements. It’s asking their opinions and developing programming that they will enjoy that will spur further community involvement. Community spirit means pride in a community. The community associations of today are neighborhoods of yesterday. Spirited communities, like safe neighborhoods, have higher sale values. Community spirit creates an emotional equity that sets communities apart from the rest.

Download a free copy of the Best Practice Report for "Community Harmony & Spirit" by clicking here.

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Membership Drive

Membership Drive

Our Membership Drive is still on until November 30th! Recruit new members and join the race for winning a $100 visa gift card for having recruited the most new members since our May Chapter luncheon.

Please make sure that the joining member will put your name as the recuriter on his  or her membership form!

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Social Media Sharing Contest

Social Media Sharing Contest

Also, don't forget about our Social Media Sharing Contest that is still running until November 30th! You could win another $100 visa gift card at the Annual Meeting Luncheon if you are the member that has SHARED the most CAI Alabama Chapter event announcements from our chapter social media pages to your social media page.

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

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Support Biological Lake and Pond Management with “Probiotics”

By Industry Expert Erin Stewart, Aquatic Biologist at SOLitude Lake Management

Water Quality
Water Quality: Over time, organic runoff builds up as muck at the bottom of lakes and ponds. As part of a proactive management plan and in conjunction with water quality testing, biological augmentation can be used to naturally and sustainably limit the accumulation of materials while improving the water quality and beauty of the waterbody. 


There are many sustainable options for the management of lakes and ponds, so it can be difficult to determine which direction to turn when a problem occurs. This is especially true for waterbodies used for recreational activity, irrigation, drinking water storage or any location where pesticides or other traditional management methods may be less desirable or restricted. However, all aquatic resources can benefit from proactive applications of natural and biological products. Beneficial bacteria-based products can be used as a pesticide alternative, or used in conjunction with other products and methods to enhance the efficiency of the treatment.

Bacteria may sound like a bad word in some situations, but these organisms are the foundation of most biological processes within an aquatic resource. Think of them as probiotics or yogurt for your lake, pond or reservoir — they are responsible for breaking down and processing organic material in a process called biological augmentation.

When properly introduced, biological augmentation can help limit the impact of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, which tend to enter waterbodies through runoff containing fertilizers, animal waste and other organic materials. Without proper management, these materials may accumulate as sludge at the bottom of your waterbody, causing noxious odors, promoting nuisance algae and weed growth and expediting the waterbody’s rate of aging. Over time, costly dredging will be required to restore the health and overall volume of the aquatic resource. When beneficial bacteria are in place, they convert nutrients to forms that cannot fuel nuisance plant growth, promote efficient decomposition and prevent the accumulation of organic materials. This, in turn, can help diversify the biological community structure by facilitating the development of “good” algae, diatoms, zooplankton and healthy fish.

Regular applications of these biologicals can be incredibly favorable and help keep beneficial bacteria concentrations and activity high throughout the year. Depending on the particular water quality or vegetation issues within your lake, pond or reservoir, a lake and pond management professional may recommend different forms of probiotic bacteria, including liquid, pellet or powdered applications.

Liquid bacteria blends are considered high-performance due to their ability to rapidly neutralize excessive nutrients that are located within the water column. Liquid blends can help to quickly enhance water clarity and quality. Pellet or granular beneficial bacteria applications contain bacteria that naturally settle to the bottom of a lake or pond to reduce organic materials that cause bottom sludge. In moderate or warm climates, the resulting reduction in accumulated sediment can be significant.

Beneficial bacteria are an excellent solution for the reduction of excessive nutrient rich organic matter that cause bottom sludge and nuisance vegetation, but they don’t have to be utilized independently. When applied by a licensed professional, some biological products can also be used in conjunction with herbicides to aid in the decomposition process of submerged and emergent vegetation.

Beneficial Bacteria
Beneficial Bacteria: Beneficial bacteria acts much like a natural probiotic for your lake or pond, aiding with the efficient decomposition of organic materials and excessive nutrients, which can help prevent the development of nuisance algae and vegetation and facilitate the growth of healthy organisms.  


A professional will determine the rate and frequency of beneficial bacteria and/or herbicide applications by conducting water chemistry tests or considering the targeted issue. However, the best way to achieve your overall lake or pond goals is to ensure the proper products are being utilized. There are many selections available on the market, so it is very important to choose a quality option with field data and science supporting the claims. Always rely on your lake and pond management company for beneficial bacteria recommendations, as well as guidance on strategies to improve aeration, beneficial buffers, water quality and native wildlife populations. Your water will thank you.  

Erin Stewart is an experienced Aquatic Biologist with SOLitude Lake Management, an environmental firm providing a full array of superior lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management services and solutions. She can be reached through the website www.solitudelakemanagement.com

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