Three new Board members, and two returning ones, took part in an orientation meeting on Monday at the Ocean Pines Beach Club.
Joining Association President Doug Parks and Vice President Steve Tuttle were newly elected Board members Tom Janasek, Camilla Rogers and Larry Perrone. Perrone also serves as the Association Treasurer.
The roughly four-hour session included an overview of governing documents presented by attorney Jeremy Tucker, and an explanation of Association financials by General Manager John Viola, Finance Director Steve Phillips and Perrone.
“I thought it was a productive session with the new directors,” Viola said. “Along with the presentations on governing documents and OPA financials, all of our department heads were present and each said a few words, so it was a chance for the new Board members to meet the team and get an idea of what everyone does.
“The team and I are moving on a number of key initiatives, and I’m looking forward to continuing the positive relationship the GM had with the prior board,” Viola added.
Parks agreed it was “a very productive meeting.”
“I think it was good that, number one, we were able to re-engage Jeremy like we do on an annual basis to make everybody aware of the very important duties and responsibilities of a Board member. I think that’s paramount, because some of those things might not immediately be apparent,” Parks said. “If something is not apparent, then I think Jeremy is very good at pointing out what is most relevant to people in Ocean Pines.”
Parks also praised Viola for his presentation.
“A big shout out to John for pointing out how the finances are done in Ocean Pines and explaining the reports. I think that’s very beneficial.”
Additionally, Parks said he’s looking forward to the three new members joining the seven-member Board.
“I’m very excited about the new Board,” he said. “I think we’re going to hit the ground running on a number of things. We have a responsibility to continue what was started by the previous Board and, based on initial discussions, I think we’ll have opportunities to do some other good things that are much needed and will benefit the Association.”
The new Board of directors will assemble for the first time during a regular Board meeting this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway.
Additional Board meetings are scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 2, Saturday, Nov. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Jan. 4, Wednesday, Feb. 5, Saturday, March 7, Wednesday, April 1, Saturday, May 2, Wednesday, June 3, Wednesday, July 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 5. Saturday meetings will start at 9 a.m. and Wednesday meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors, visit www.oceanpines.org/administration/board-of-directors.