KICA Annual Reports 2014 - Page 2

1 Meeting Essentials Page 2 Candidate Bios and Position Statements Page 3-4 In this report you will find information about KICA’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting. This year the association will elect two new directors to its board. As a reminder, the association’s board is comprised of six members of the community and one developer representative. Dan Hubbard and I are completing our terms and will leave the board after the annual meeting in March. Dan has been an invaluable contributor to the community and the board, and will be missed. When KICA hired a new chief operating officer (COO) in 2012, Dan chaired the search committee. He has also been especially involved with our Governance Committee, leading the charge to reaffirm KICA’s commitment to a “strong COO” model that focuses the board on strategic planning and leaves operations to our staff. Along the lines of strategic planning, he was instrumental in the formation of a nominating committee to identify candidates for the board. In its first year, that committee worked very hard and nominated two excellent candidates for member director, Art Jones and Marilyn Olson, and I thank them for their willingness to offer their time and energy to the community. Please review the enclosed report, which includes information about each candidate and a review of 2013, and submit your votes for director by either voting online or returning the enclosed ballot. KICA Year in Review Pages 6 - 14 The past year was a good one for Kiawah Island and the community association. The most significant action by this board occurred at the first meeting of the year when we approved the Supplemental Annual Assessment (SAA). Designed to stabilize the revenue stream for our major repair budget, the SAA ensures that KICA will have the resources to replace major infrastructure such as roads, bridges, drainage, boardwalks, etc., many of which are nearing 40 years old. No one likes to spend more money, but most agree that KICA’s overall assessment structure is comparably low to similar communities, and that protecting property values by maintaining our community infrastructure is a high priority. Another significant change occurred on Kiawah in 2013 with the sale of Kiawah Partners. With much of the previous management team intact, the developer’s on-island activities have appeared largely the same. Clearly the new ownership is focused more exclusively on Kiawah, as it has sold off some of the assets it acquired, most notably Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts and Freshfields Village. Another ramification of the sale was Buddy Darby’s departure from the KICA board after 25 years of service. Buddy was a valuable contributor and we wish him nothing but the best in his future pursuits. Buddy’s replacement on the board is Patrick Melton, and he has jumped right in as an active and productive member of the board. Upcoming Events Pages 15 - 16 Over the past year we have continued to work on several multi-year strategic initiatives, including West Beach revitalization, KICA amenities, and our community outreach efforts. Our West Beach efforts have really begun to pay off. We hear from our friends in the real estate business that sales volume in areas where revitalization efforts have occurred now outpaces other like-kind property types. Many of you participated in focus groups and/or an opinion survey on the adequacy of our amenities, and your feedback is now driving a planning exercise to look at various options. As options are identified, we’ll come back to the membership for additional feedback through public meetings, surveys, and other communications channels to be sure we are on the right track. Also, we continue to work with our members to improve Kiawah’s involvement in the broader Johns and Wadmalaw island communities through the Kiawah Cares program. I was especially proud of the way our membership responded to the Lowcountry Open Land Trust campaign to preserve land around the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island. Finally, last year we moved the annual meeting date to a Friday afternoon from its former Sunday schedule. The change was well received with one of the largest turnouts in recent memory. As a result, we’ve scheduled the 2014 meeting for Friday, March 7 at the Sandcastle. This year’s Celebrate Kiawah will be held April 26 from 4 - 7 p.m. I hope to see many of you at both of these events. Kiawah Cares Year in Review Pages 17 - 18 John Connolly Chair, KICA Board of Directors