Committees focus on topics ranging from finance to architecture. Committee reports help the board to make informed decisions. If committee members don’t do their jobs, the whole community suffers.
Most associations have two types of committees—standing and ad hoc. Standing committees perform a continuing function and usually deal with specific areas (e.g., association finances, grounds maintenance or social functions). Standing committees operate indefinitely, though their members may change.
Ad hoc committees are empowered to accomplish one specific task whether solving a problem or planning a project. The board, for example, might authorize an ad hoc committee to investigate alternatives to an assessment increase. Ad hoc committees function until they have researched and reported their findings. They are dissolved as soon as their task is complete, which could be after just one meeting or several years.
Ad hoc committees give residents an opportunity to sample volunteer work for the association and they are ideal for residents who can participate only to a limited degree.