After being re-elected for another year as board president, Richard Johnson congratulated fellow board members of Community Housing & Resources (CHR) for the progress and stability that has been achieved in the past 12 to 24 months.
Through its recent community fundraising events, donation campaigns and maintenance efforts, CHR appears to be on solid financial footing after a number of months in turmoil. Johnson also credits the turnaround to the efforts of executive director Kelly Collini, who has been in her position for 12 months.
"You deserve to pat yourselves on the back for your work and for what we have achieved since I became president," Johnson told the gathering at the organization's monthly meeting on April 15.
CHR added two board members to its ranks at its annual meeting on April 6. New members Richard McDonnell (left) and George Campean stand behind Richard Johnson, who was re-elected board president at Monday's monthly meeting. The board now has 12 members.
At the meeting, the board officially welcomed two new board members, bringing their number to an even dozen. CHR is restricted to a maximum of 13 board members, but Johnson said, "We are comfortable with 12 and have no plans to add one more at this time."
The new board members are George Campean and Richard McDonnell.
"We as a board are pleased to have these two men bring their expertise to this board," said Johnson.
Campean, 69, is a Sanibel resident with a background as a mechanical engineer. He is coordinating the volunteer program for CHR.
"I saw a need and had the desire to help," said Campean. "I am familiar with buildings and tenants, since I own a motel and have had rental properties in the past. With my expertise, I look forward to helping maintain CHR."
McDonnell, 65, became a full-time Sanibel resident five years ago and was looking for a way to become involved in the community.
"I still work and travel a bit, but I want to get involved in this community," said McDonnell, a Kiwanis Club member. "(Board member) Tim (Garmager) suggested I look into CHR."
McDonnell, an investment consultant for high net worth families, hopes his background can further assist CHR on the fundraising, governmental and development side.
Both were nominated as canditates several months ago, but were formally elected at CHR's 34th annual meeting on April 6. They attended their first official monthly meeting on Monday.
"We were very encouraged by the attendance at our annual meeting," said Johnson. "We appreciate the interest the community has shown in our mission."
Besides Johnson's re-election as president, the board also re-elected Ray Pavelka as vice president, Armand Ball as secretary and Melissa Rice as treasurer.
City Council member Mick Denham attended his first CHR meeting as council's new liaison to the board.
After taking a break on the heels of CHR's recent Mardi Gras and golf tournament fundraising successes, development committee chair Garmager reported no aggressive events at this time.
"Our focus will be on relationships with our sponsors and donors while we work on ideas for upcoming events," Garmager said.
Landlord tenant committee chair Robin Moran reported all CHR properties have now been inspected with the exception of Woodhaven, which is in progress for April.
Otherwise, a report on Limited Equity Ownership (LEO) properties indicates three prospects are being considered for the Centre Street unit.
"All three have hurdles they have to get over financially," said Pavelka. "Of the three, I am optimistic that we are going to capture one of them. The good thing is, two of the candidates already are tenants in our system, so we would be able to maintain them on a waiting list. If they don't get it this time, maybe the next one."
The next CHR monthly meeting is May 20.