Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

From the Desk of President Michael Gelfand

October 5, 2019
I’m honored and excited to have taken office as President of our community’s Voting Board. Following in the footsteps of Sue Ross, my predecessor, I will do my best to stay focused and productive in collaborating with the entire Voting Board to get the important business of Highland Lakes done, and to share ideas and info with you along the way.

You can expect high-level updates from me about important developments here in the Highland Lakes Newsette as well as on our website (www.hlcc.org). But to stay on top of detailed discussions and decisions being considered and worked on by the Voting Board, you should  attend Voting Board workshops and meetings (you can confirm each month’s scheduled meeting dates on the website calendar).

I’ve served on the Voting Board for many years in various capacities, and worked with lots of different Officers, Trustees and other volunteers along the way. I’ve learned that everyone who participates on the board, committees or in clubs has a personal reason for doing so. As a result, volunteers don’t always share the same perspectives or motivations. But most of the time philosophical friction helps us arrive at new ways to do things, and drives us toward better results.

Another thing I’ve learned while on the Voting Board is that communities either evolve or wither. The history of Highland Lakes documents the significant developments that have enabled our community to grow and thrive, but we should never be satisfied that our work is done, or stop challenging the status quo. From my perspective, it gets harder to grow when we refuse to consider new ideas and are reluctant to set higher expectations.

One of the best ways to ensure that we grow is to proactively solicit and nurture participation from new volunteers in our governance and our activities. Volunteers are our community’s lifeblood, and we need to figure out ways to encourage members who may not have volunteered before or are relatively new to the community to step forward, share their ideas, and get involved. The shortest path between two points may be a straight line, but when that path develops ruts sometimes you make road repairs… and other times you need to pave a new path forward.

Ultimately, my aim as President is to safeguard those things that make Highland Lakes the wonderful place it is, and to figure out new ways to make it even better. With that in mind, please reach out to me, any other Officer of the Voting Board, or your Section Trustee, with your ideas. They won’t all be winners, but if you keep your comments constructive and civil the least you can expect from us is our appreciation and consideration.

I hope you enjoy early fall in our community… the vibrant colors around every turn are a reminder to me that we have a lot to be thankful for here in Highland Lakes, and that change is part of the natural cycle.


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