Allow me to start my introducing myself. My name is Sam Cohen and I’m a 30-year-old software consultant. My wife Brianne and I moved to Smoketree in June of 2015. We haven’t had kids yet but we plan on doing so soon after Brianne completes school to be a nurse practitioner. As such, we look at Smoketree as the place that we are going to begin our family.
As a new homeowner in Smoketree I received the Smoketree Gazette and the membership reminders in my mailbox. Brianne and I had a few conversations about whether we should join the Smoketree Community Association (SCA). As you know, membership is voluntary. Over the course of our conversations, we ultimately decided to join — and I eventually decided to serve on the board as Secretary. Let me share some of the reasons why with you:
- Property Value: Being involved with the SCA allows us to take part in decisions that will directly impact that value of our home. The SCA is looking to upgrade and renovate the pool, community building and playground, beautify the entrance and median strips, start a neighborhood watch program and ensuring proper care is taken of community and resident owned property.
- Correcting Issues: Resolving issues such as barking dogs and disputes between neighbors strengthens our community.
- Givers Gain: We can improve our community as a whole by assisting neighbors throughout the community. It could be supporting a local school by assisting with a fund raiser or helping an elderly neighbor with yardwork. The more we give, the more our community will grow and flourish.
- Express Yourself: Be creative while offering your opinion on solutions to day to day problems.
- (Last but not least) Fun: Engaging with the SCA allows us to hear about the great social events and clubs our community has to offer. In doing so we have met some great neighbors that we may not have otherwise met.
Our membership is low, about one in five eligible residents have decided to join. This low membership making it difficult for the SCA to achieve some of the goals we have set for ourselves, so please consider joining. Feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any more questions about the SCA.