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Old 02-16-2015, 04:01 PM   #41
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I am not retired yet, but I do some volunteering. I have been on several boards over the years, PTA, Band Boosters, Church, and professional organizations. I vowed to never serve on another board. Now I do jobs, like a newsletter or actual labor, but am sticking with the "no board positions" policy. And my husband is adamantly opposed to ever living in an HOA, so we won't have that to deal with.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:36 PM   #42
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I am with you...and the others. Do not put up with it. I switched organizations (hospice) after volunteering for a decade. The volunteer coordinator at the state level was getting on my nerves with her directives.


I heard later, from my volunteer coordinator at the local level that the state person felt, "These volunteers need to treat this as a job."


Uh, N.O. But, that did explain how the state person felt comfortable with the things she had been asking/requiring.


The organization I have been with the last couple years seems to actually value their volunteers. Life comes first, do what you can and we value it so much...over and over and over again they tell us that. Yes, that feels much, much more like volunteering as I expected it to be.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:36 AM   #43
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Well DH pulled the plug on his volunteer editing gig today. It was just getting worse and worse with no appreciation for what he was trying to do. For free. For at least 20-30 hours a month.

He says he has no regrets. That's good.


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Old 02-17-2015, 06:41 AM   #44
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I volunteer on Friday mornings at the local food bank. They instituted a new program of "team leads" for each shift.
It's starting to feel like a job.
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But isn't it the greatest feeling in the world to just say: "sorry kids, don't need your crap; see ya!"
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:17 AM   #46
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Chuckanut: Not sure if this is a glitch but my email notification telling me of your reply linked me to that Social Security book referenced on another thread.

When I go directly to this site (here) I get the video link.

No biggie, but not sure if something funny might be going on.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:23 AM   #47
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Chuckanut: Not sure if this is a glitch but my email notification telling me of your reply linked me to that Social Security book referenced on another thread.

When I go directly to this site (here) I get the video link.

No biggie, but not sure if something funny might be going on.
Initially, I had accidently copied in the SS book link. But, it was quickly replaced with the Youtube link. Perhaps some wires got crossed for a few seconds?
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Initially, I had accidently copied in the SS book link. But, it was quickly replaced with the Youtube link. Perhaps some wires got crossed for a few seconds?
Ok. Just a little paranoid. Sounds like it's no issue.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:55 AM   #50
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I missed this thread, but just for purposes of venting, a personal experience, and perhaps a lesson for anyone who could be leasing/buying in Florida. Outdated information but a lesson in buyer beware.

First, an explanation of Florida law back in the early 2000's. When leasing land and bringing in a mobile/manufactured home, the owner of the development was required to present a "Prospectus"... delineating the responsibilities for owner, lessee... for maintaining the property, (both sides) and a rental clause.

In our case, the prospectus had a clause that limited the rent increases to the maximum of the CPI or $5/mo. Legally... the prospectus went with the lease, and was transferrable at the point of sale ad infinitum.

I was a member of the HOA in 1995 when the Retirement Community changed ownership. The new owners (soon after purchase) changed the prospectus to read "the maximum of the CPI or 5%/mo.

I saw the implications in this by doing my homework, but was overruled by the other board members who wanted the new owners to "like" them. Though I argued and explained the situation, the president of the board and the other members branded me as a trouble maker, and would not seek legal protection.
In two years, the new owners quietly submitted a legal change, which effectively caused a loss of the $5 vs. 5% protection. Hardly noticed by the residents, because the rents were relatively low at the time...

Other retirement communities with similar "limitation" policies were wise enough to do the right thing, and protect their legal rights.

Long and short... We have owned/rented under the original Prospectus, and our "rent" is now $370/mo. ... resulting from the compounding of the $5/mo increase over the years. Theoretically this should apply to every home in the community, even if the homes changed hands.. Unfortunately, because of the board's bad decision, and refusal to retain legal counsel... Those who bought under the new prospectus are now paying $570/mo. This makes selling more difficult...rental of $7,000/yr, versus what should have been $4500.

My Volunteering since that time, (when I was branded a pariah) has been limited to personal, non organizational works. Teaching, and personal counselling. Hard to deal with older persons who "know what they know" in a group effort.

(I don't know what the current Florida laws are concerning the "Prospectus", but would suggest to anyone buying into a Condo or Retirement community, that they read the details.) We had a similar but much less costly change in our current CCRC... again because of bad advice (from a lawyer in this case).

HOA's are only as good as the intelligence and dedication of the people who "volunteer"... Older, is not necessarily better, and "richer" not necessarily better than less rich.
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Lisa,


I am with you...and the others. Do not put up with it. I switched organizations (hospice) after volunteering for a decade. The volunteer coordinator at the state level was getting on my nerves with her directives.


I heard later, from my volunteer coordinator at the local level that the state person felt, "These volunteers need to treat this as a job."


Uh, N.O. But, that did explain how the state person felt comfortable with the things she had been asking/requiring.


The organization I have been with the last couple years seems to actually value their volunteers. Life comes first, do what you can and we value it so much...over and over and over again they tell us that. Yes, that feels much, much more like volunteering as I expected it to be.
Wow - that just blows my mind that the coordinator doesn't get it that these volunteers are doing stuff for FREE so of course they are not going to think of it as a job. How dense!
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I volunteer - but only in areas I can control. For example, I coach a US FIRST FLL robotics team. It's incredibly time consuming during the season - but I don't have any bosses and I keep the team small so I can manage it easier. (Fewer parents to deal with). I used to volunteer as team mom for sports teams - but there started to be pressure to spend more, do more, from the volunteer coordinator and leagues - (not from the parents of team members, or coaches)... so I stopped volunteering. Same with scorekeeping... somehow the other team scorekeepers were always MIA. Hard to cheer on your kid if you're always stuck scorekeeping.
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