Let Your Voice Be Heard By Proxy.

Very few people know the power a proxy has, when it comes to Associations and letting your voice/vote be recognized, when you are unable to attend important meetings. In our situation, we have many seasonal members that do not live in our area full time. A proxy is so simple, yet it carries so much power! What is a proxy and why do you need to know how to use it properly? The legal definition states:

A proxy is a person who is designated by another to represent that individual at a meeting or before a public body. It also refers to the written authorization allowing one person to act on behalf of another. In corporate law, a proxy is the authority to vote stock.

While we are a Non-Stock Corporation, we are a Corporation none the less and we are regulated by Virginia State Law. Proxies are legal documents and depending on what it is being used for, may be written in different ways. Most of the time, the proxy form is written by the Association, so all the proxies are the same as far as the written language.

Proxies are mostly very short. Most will require the persons name and address the proxy will be representing, include the name and address of the person you are assigning your proxy to, an expiration date, what the proxy is to be used for and a date and time the Association must receive your proxy. In our case, our Documents state they must be turned in before the meeting starts.

Some proxies may also include your choice of voting yes or no, depending on what is being voted on. If it is being used for an election, it may include the name of the people running for that position or give you the opportunity to write in your own nominee, if your Association allows you to be able to nominate someone from the floor. Ours does.

So how much power does your proxy have? Unspeakable when it comes to your voting rights and having your voice heard. As a Member of our Community, you must take the time to know what is going on in our community. It is up to the Glebe Harbor-Cabin Point BODs to make sure they give us the proper information, as well as the time to research the issue at hand.

If you choose not to get involved, when something happens that upsets you or you disagree with, simply go to the closest mirror and stick your finger out. Now, blame the person pointing back at you.

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