Community Association Institute honors ambitious work done by country club recently

COURTESY PHOTO - From left, Community Association Institute member Kelly Crouch, Charbonneau Country Club Board of Directors member Lindy Anderson, CCC Manager Jim Meierotto, and Community Association Institute member Renee McFarland pose for a photo at the awards presentation luncheon.

At a time when Charbonneau is at odds over the development of a new recreation center and a potential merger with Charbonneau Golf Club, the homeowners association that manages the community received a piece of good news earlier this month.

The Western Oregon chapter of the Community Association Institute named Charbonneau Country Club the Association of the Year in the very large category. According to its website, CAI's mission is to provide education and resources to community associations.

"We were excited," said Jim Meierotto, the CCC manager. "It's a big award to win and CAI is a prestigious organization we look to as an industry standard for practice, governance and training."

Laura McDermott, the chapter executive director, said there was just one other application for the award.

Meierotto said that, to his knowledge, CCC hadn't previously submitted an application to receive the award but did so this year because of the myriad changes the club has undergone recently.

Some of the projects Charbonneau highlighted in its application included increased collaboration with the golf club for the purpose of hosting revenue-raising events, purchasing a former restaurant and abandoned building slated to become the new center, establishing a task force to assess plans for the center, approving a budget with increased dues, and hiring a consultant to provide financial forecasts.

"It was the year of transition. A lot of things went from planning to action," Meierotto said. "We got some of these bigger projects going, started to modernize. And doing things for the future of Charbonneau was a milestone for us."

McDermott said CCC is a regular participant at educational meetings the chapter hosts.

"Charbonneau is a really active CAI member," McDermott said. "They have been a really good partner with CAI and have worked hard to educate their board. When you're educating your board like that, it shows you're trying to make your association better."

Meierotto said the CAI chapter holds an annual golf tournament in Charbonneau and members often compliment the community during visits.

"They realize the opportunity and beauty of Charbonneau," he said. "They really value what we have to offer."

— Corey Buchanan

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