Memorial Day is just days away – signaling the onset of summertime activities for most community associations. Covers get pulled off the grills, the pools open, and common areas start booking up for parties and community gatherings. Your community’s residents are eager to get out and enjoy the sun – and enjoy each other’s company.

Are you ready?

Long sunny days virtually guarantee more usage of your community’s shared amenities – especially outdoor favorites such as swimming pools, playgrounds and walking trails. If your community boasts common areas such as picnic pavilions, you can bet those will start booking fast – if they haven’t already.

Why not take the time now to make sure all of your facilities are thoroughly inspected? Small repairs now will mean less downtime – and far less hurt feelings and resident resentment – once the summer season is fully under way. Updating facilities now also demonstrates to your residents the importance you place on everyone’s safety and well being.

This is also a great time to communicate with your residents. Policy changes, rules updates, hours of operations – every resident needs this information. Be sure to include all of this important information on your community website – and let your residents know where they can find answers to their questions and concerns.

Does your community host summertime celebrations like pool parties or block parties? The key to great gatherings is participation – and the key to participation is information! Be sure to share dates and times OFTEN, via newsletter, website, even posters at the pool and clubhouse. There really is no such thing as sharing too much good information with your residents.

And speaking of good information to share, we hope you can make it to our annual Golf Outing! This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont on June 3. You can register or check out some excellent sponsorship opportunities, by visiting our website,

Be sure to check out the summer issue of Common Interest magazine in late June for more information on preparing for summer!

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