VHA Representative Introduction Speech to Residents
Purpose: to be able to deliver a concise, impactful overview message to homeowners and potential members.
- The following is the “Do you have a minute?” sound bite pitch to a resident:
Hello, I’m —————- and I am proud to be your Villages Homeowner’s Association representative from the Village / Villa of ——————
Our VHA Mission is to preserve and enhance the value of our homes and The Villages’ lifestyle.
We achieve this through our culture: to enable and encourage constructive communications and negotiations between our “Circle of Partners” including the Villages Residents; local government agencies e.g. CDD’s Community Development Districts along with Villages Recreation Department; the Developer; Healthcare providers; Public Safety and Law Enforcement to name a few.
You have the opportunity to tap into this over (current)-member network of your neighbors interested in protecting your home value and your lifestyle. Your dynamic and responsive VHA has access to the organizations to solve your problems and questions. We have a successful 20+ year track record.
Will you join me in being a member? It’s just $15 per household for 2 years or $60 for lifetime membership. Please complete the membership form along with your check or join online at our website www.thevha.net. If you are already a member we thank you and encourage you to renew at the appropriate time.
If you have any questions, please contact me at xxx-xxxx. Thank you for your attention
- Depending on the amount of time with a neighbor or a small group, the VHA Rep can tailor the following additional content to deliver a more detailed message or use it to answer questions.
WHO IS THE VHA –
The VHA was formed in 1991 and our Mission is to preserve and enhance the value of our homes and The Villages’ lifestyle.
It is important to emphasize that we achieve this through our culture: to enable and encourage constructive communications and negotiations between our “Circle of Partners” including the Villages Residents; local government agencies e.g. CDD’s Community Development Districts along with Villages Recreation Department; the Developer; Healthcare providers; Public Safety and Law Enforcement to name a few.
We have over 16,000 members and growing and I am one of over 150 knowledgeable representatives for the 10 regions of the VHA representing all residents of The Villages.
WHAT WE DO –
As your representatives, we are:
- Your Advocate and voice on broad systemic issues and major communitywide initiatives. We are at the “table” and part of the policy setting process with our “Circle of Partners.” In fact several of your VHA Leaders are also active in these other organizations. We have a long successful track record over the past 20+ years. They listen to the VHA.
- Information resource – providing you with pertinent information on how and whom to contact to resolve your neighborhood issues and providing you facts while dispelling rumors. A key phone number to remember is the Districts Customer Service Center 753-4508.
- A Catalyst – working through positive constructive dialogue.
- Publish the monthly VHA Voice to keep you informed. It is totally funded through your VHA membership dues. If you subscribe to the Daily Sun it is an insert in the First Wednesday’s edition of the month or I can get you a copy.
- Conduct VHA sponsored Informational Meetings with prominent Speakers on topics of interest and important to our community.
WHAT WE ARE NOT –
We are not like your typical Condo or Homeowner’s association that you may have encountered in other parts of the country:
- We don’t make the rules and we don’t enforce them
- We don’t run The Villages – The local government CDD’s, Developer, and support organizations do
- We don’t spend your money
- We don’t get paid – we are hardworking volunteers and residents like you.
- We are not your personal complaint board of life in the Villages.
KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS that the VHA has played a significant role
The Villages Community Wide (pick a few of these based on time you have with resident)
- SAFETY – Championing major initiatives:
- Conducts Monthly Golf Cart Safety Clinics, negotiated discounts on Golf Cart safety equipment, initiated Golf Car Tunnel Signage for location identification should you have an emergency there
- Carfit Auto Safety program, Home Security, Preventing Financial Exploitation (SAFE)
- Early adoption and donation of AEDs (Automatic Electronic Defibrillators) in Recreation Centers.
- HEALTHCARE – “America’s Healthiest Hometown”
- Central Florida Health Alliance – The Villages Regional Hospital and associated Ambulatory Services – major role in establishment and supporting several expansions.
- Villages Health – sponsoring several information sessions and supporting this new concept of providing quality primary healthcare to our residents.
- HOMEOWNER MAJOR ISSUES
- Negotiated service corrective action plan, reimbursement, and extended warrantees for HVAC refrigerant line failures.
- Collaboration with Owens Corning and Home Warranty toward successful and generous solution for replacement of blistering shingles and excessive granule loss.
- Demonstrated the need for the current one-point-of-contact District Customer Service Center.
- VHA NEWCOMER ORIENTATION PROGRAM – monthly information session with Community Leaders
- DISCOUNT PROGRAM – with some 80 participating retail establishments and service providers
- OUR VHA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
- Ground Hog Day Tornado Feb 2,2007 – raised $ 85,000
Funded in part Emergency Weather-Alert Radio Transmitter Tower – $50,000
Lady Lake & Wildwood Food Banks – $10,000 each
Special Purpose vehicle for Villages Public Safety Dept – $15,000
- Our Region / Neighborhood Specific (add regional / local accomplishments of interest)