Sun, April 05

New leadership slate in place for Village of Oakcreek Assn.

Last month, on April 16th, the Village of Oakcreek Association held its annual meeting. The election officially confirmed the three candidates Rick Comfort, Jan Lisowski, and Kenneth Root, who ran for the three open board seats.

Their terms will be for three years. On April 19th, the new board held their organization meeting where officers were appointed as follows: Earl Svenningsen accepted the role of president, Jim Kautz -- treasurer, Joe Jansen -- secretary, and Rick Comfort, Jan Lisowski, Kenneth Root, and Rob Schaefer -- vice presidents.

As part of this annual process, the board members also selected the committees to which they will serve as board representatives.

The results of those selections are: Architectural Review & Restrictions-Jan Lisowski (committee chair), Finance-Jim Kautz (treasurer) and Rick Comfort (board representative), Golf & Greens-Joe Jansen and Rick Comfort (board reps), House & Grounds-Kenneth Root (board rep), Policy-Rob Schaefer (board rep), and By-laws-Rob Schaefer (board rep). The Tennis Committee is now a subcommittee of House & Grounds, therefore, a separate board representative will no longer be necessary for that committee.

Besides our internal committees, the board members serve or attend community meetings. VOCA is a member of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council. Rob Schaefer will attend their monthly meetings, as our representative, with Jan Lisowski being the first alternate. All additional board members will also stand in as alternates, if Rob and Jan are unable to attend the meeting.

As a general rule, the president of VOCA serves as the liaison for other community engagements where VOCA representation is required. In that regard, Earl Svenningsen will be the board representative to such entities as Yavapai County and the Big Park Wastewater Improvement District.

As a reminder to VOCA members, the Finance, Golf & Greens, and House & Grounds committees meet once per month, and Architectural Review & Restrictions meets twice. The Policy and By-laws committees convene only as required. Our regular board meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, generally at 3 PM, with a few exceptions. Please check our postings in the VOCA Community Center hallway, or on our website calendar for dates and times of any of these meetings.

Community participation, be it at our meetings or on committees, is essential to VOCA, as it ensures that the board and committees are serving in the best interest of the overall community. So please consider giving some of your time to become more involved.

Now that this update has come to an end, so must my time on the VOCA board, and as such, I also relinquish my Villager article responsibilities to Earl Svenningsen. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who provided support through my term on the board and as president. It has been my pleasure to be given the opportunity to serve on the VOCA board.

To learn more about the three newly elected board members go to Board of Directors at

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