March 2010

“March roars in like a lion,” according to the well-known, oft-quoted poem by Lori Hill,  In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb. That aptly describes how we feel here at FLCAJ as we, along with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, prepare for our second annual Florida Communities of  Excellence awards program. In this case, however, the roaring is not from the weather, but rather from the excitement we feel at the opportunity to recognize some progressive and hard working people in community associations throughout Florida.

Last year’s award proved to be a great success, and in the second year, nominations have grown by 50 percent. Instead of five categories, we now have nine. In addition, we moved the venue this year from Tallahassee to Orlando to provide a more central location for all who want to attend.

This year, our expanded conference will offer presentations and panel discussions. Keynote speaker, Joseph L. Minnich III, with Fannie Mae Corp., will address stability in Florida’s Real Estate market. The panel discussions are:“Communities in Flux—Strategies for Maintaining Financial Stability in Troubled Economic Times” and “Sustainability: What Can Green Do For You?—Saving Money AND Saving the Earth.”

And, of course, we will be presenting the awards to our 2010 Communities of Excellence winners. The ceremony will be emceed by Tom Sorrells, Meteorologist with WKMG in Orlando.

We want to invite you,  our readers, to the event. There is no admission fee, but participation is limited. If you want to attend, please go to right now and make your reservation. We have provided a pullout program beginning on page 42 with a complete schedule of events.

Although we plan to profile the winners and their accomplishments in the coming months, why wait? You can attend the awards program, meet each of our winning community representatives and speak with them one on one!

So, make your plans to join me in Orlando on March 23, 2010, at the University of Central Florida Fairwinds Alumni Center. I am sure we will have a “roaring” good time!