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The History Of The Villages Homeowners Association
By Sandy Mott
President VHA May 1992 – Feb. 1994
The history of The Villages Homeowners Association should begin with why and how our organization came into being.
First the why. In the summer and fall of 1990, the expansion of The Villages west of Highway 27/441 was bringing hundreds of new residents to our community every month. These new Villagers, along with those already living here, saw a need for a homeowners organization that would represent all the homes in The Villages.
That brings us to the how the VHA began. Such an undertaking would require leadership. A conversation among a group of friends on a bowling team provided the answer. One of that group was Yvonne Knudson, who was well known in the area and was active in Lady Lake government.
This was a case of the right person being in the right place at the right time. After much discussion, Yvonne agreed to an exploratory meeting to test the interest of residents in forming a new homeowners association to serve all the current and future residents of The Villages.
In early December 1990, Yvonne invited her bowling team friends and several other interested residents to a meeting at her house. Present at that meeting were Sue and Jim Hartman, Jean and Jim Underwood, Frank and Marie O’Brien, Clara and Mat Streicher and Bill and Jeanette Lawton.
As the plans for a new homeowners association evolved, the group who were to be the founders of the VHA agreed on some important principles. The association would be a constructive, positive thinking organization open to all homeowners in The Villages.
The group established some immediate goals – to enhance the quality of our retirement lifestyle, to approach and solve problems in a positive manner and to foster constructive communication between residents and the developer.
A notice was sent to all residents requesting responses from those interested in this proposed organization. When the number of positive responses quickly reached about 2,000, all doubt about the need for a new homeowners association vanished.[Continue Reading]