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VLR 2012 – Recap

We are back from the Virginia Leadership Retreat, and wow, there is so much to process.  The VLR is an amazing event based on its volunteer workforce.  Our VLR committee is comprised of volunteers from the three CAI chapters in Virginia.  I am pleased to be one of the committee members.  The committee members plan the retreat, develop the educational program, coordinate all of the  retreat events,  produce all of the communications, invitations, and instructions for speakers and attendees, stuff the welcome bags, make name tags…. if its part of the retreat, its done by our committee.  All of our speakers, other than our keynote speaker, are volunteers who actually pay to attend the retreat.  Our speaker evaluations bear out the top quality speakers and presentations that truly define our retreat.

John and I both taught sessions at the retreat.  John presented with two attorney colleagues, Andrew Elmore and Jeanne Lauer, on litigation issues for community associations.  With a combined 65 years of experience, John, Andrew and Jeanne provided valuable information on dealing with lawsuits.

I presented on legislation that mandates permitting green initiatives over restrictive covenants that prohibit such things as solar panels, clotheslines, wind energy devices, and energy efficiency measures.  I was paired with Pia Trigiani who practices law in Richmond, and  with our combined 50+ years of experience (yikes!), we had a lively and productive discussion with our audience on green initiatives.

Our event is attended by managers and business partners who are not only dedicated to their occupations, but also truly committed to our industry. Sharing information and experiences and networking make all of us better at what we do.

Finally, I think that all I need to say is two words:  The Homestead.  Yes, it is a wonderful respite.  If you have never been to The Homestead, we highly recommend the experience.  It was great networking with colleagues on the Old Course, at the pool, or over dinner at Sam Snead’s Tavern or the 1776 Grille.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fabulous breakfast buffet.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law – Williamsburg, Virginia

Susan Tarley

Susan chairs the firm's common interest community (HOAs and Condos) practice area. She was admitted into the College of Community Association Attorneys (“CCAL”). Susan is one of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide to be admitted to CCAL, for distinguishing herself through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law.

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