Get 1 year of free community web site hosting from Community123.com!
Friday, December 03, 2021











HOATalk is a free service of Community123.com:

Easy to use website tools to help your board
Only members have access to all features.
Click here to join HOATalk for Free! Members click here to login and access all features.
Subject: How Prevalent are HOA Social Parties?
Prev Next
Please login to post a reply (click Member Login on the menu).
Author Messages
NpB
(Arizona)

Posts:488


11/05/2021 4:12 PM  
How prevalent are HOA social parties? By HOA social parties, I am referring to a formal or informal gathering of homeowners in the common area, wherein the HOA Board purchases food and non-alcoholic drinks and homeowners socialize?

Do these type of parties generally enhance or improve community spirit, relations, etc., or are they another excuse or way for gossipers to form cliques, cabals, etc.?

MichaelS56
(Minnesota)

Posts:300


11/05/2021 4:44 PM  
Our HOA Board supports social gatherings, however the Board does not designate any dollars to any of the events. One example, are the Christmas street light decorations that we hang around each street light, are all volunteered contributions. Our chili feed contest was an all volunteered effort, and so on.
HenryS7
(Arizona)

Posts:73


11/05/2021 5:52 PM  
Our association does this on occasion. For our association, we have a lot of kids, so we sponsor a booth at national night out and provide free popcorn. It is inexpensive and supports the police and fire departments.

We do Christmas lights in the winter. We have done Christmas light contests for best looking house in years past, but not last year.

We have done Easter egg hunts and Halloween house decorating contests, but those has gone by the wayside as the kids no longer are of the age for those activities.

All together we spend less than $500/year out of a $274,000 budget on social activities.
BenA2
(Texas)

Posts:1104


11/05/2021 6:19 PM  
We have 4 or 5 a year. I think they are very beneficial. Many of our board members and other volunteers got started coming to a social event.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:8720


11/05/2021 6:19 PM  
We have a Social Committee that does have a budget to hold social events. Such a budgeted committee is typical of the many high rise HOAs within 1/2 mile of us including across all three of our streets of our square block. We're two high rises of a total of 200+ units so not like most other HOAs here. We also have only a handful of children

What we do share with all HOAs, imo, is the goal to encourage residents to be good neighbors and to follow the rules. Our social events this year: Cinco de Mayo party, Summer Luau, & Oktoberfest all were poolside and drew close to 100 guests each.

When folks gather and "break bread," so to speak, bonds form, friendships emerge and an overall sense of camaraderie seems to prevail. The committee set up the party areas so that much mingling is encouraged and not much seating is provided. They serve hand-held food (vs. fork-needed eats). Residents feel a sense of belonging and companionship vs isolation; they want to contribute to the larger group and they also are more likely to follow the rules of "their" group.

The only clique seems to be the Social Committee itself. but it is very busy during these parties tending bar, making sure buffet items stay in nice array, etc. There are maybe 8 members--just one male this year, but male spouses help with set up.

We'll have a Holiday Gala in early Dec. preceded by "Homes on Parade." We do have a lot of identical units and, at 20 years old, most units have been updated, some really recently & fabulously. Owners like to show them off and the rest of us really enjoy visiting them to get ideas for ourselves.

In a nutshell, social ctivites can foster senses of belonging and community, which benefit the HOA as a whole.
MaxB4
(California)

Posts:1594


11/05/2021 6:48 PM  
We held two adult only events a year and 8 movie nights during the summer, all held outside, and all funded by the HOA.

We had a huge attendance from the community and always well received. We've heard they haven't done anything since 2014.
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:10584


11/05/2021 7:23 PM  
We always did Halloween but NOT HOA funded. Just used the clubhouse facilities for a gathering party point for everyone.

I see nothing wrong and even encourage potluck get togethers. If you are worried about the "gossiping" aspect of it, then don't do anything worth gossiping about or gossip yourself. Gossip stops at the mouth but it gathers at the ears...

Former HOA President
BarbaraT1
(Texas)

Posts:588


11/05/2021 8:31 PM  
The association I manage has several: a large one every quarter and smaller ones throughout the year. There are many positives - owners who feel invested in and connected to their community are, in my experience, more likely to take care of their lots and generally be good neighbors. It's easy to let your dog poop on a stranger's driveway, harder to do when that driveway is Bob, the nice guy you met at the BBQ.

The way to avoid cliques is to offer a variety of events. Don't make everything for little kids, have activities for teens, adults, people with pets...that way it's not the same families every time.
MaxB4
(California)

Posts:1594


11/05/2021 8:36 PM  
Posted By BarbaraT1 on 11/05/2021 8:31 PM
The association I manage has several: a large one every quarter and smaller ones throughout the year. There are many positives - owners who feel invested in and connected to their community are, in my experience, more likely to take care of their lots and generally be good neighbors. It's easy to let your dog poop on a stranger's driveway, harder to do when that driveway is Bob, the nice guy you met at the BBQ.

The way to avoid cliques is to offer a variety of events. Don't make everything for little kids, have activities for teens, adults, people with pets...that way it's not the same families every time.



Amen!
PatJ1
(North Carolina)

Posts:290


11/06/2021 9:14 AM  
We have had a few. Movie nights, B-B-Ques, pool parties, National Night Out events. Our City offers Neighborhood Grants and encourages neighborhood activities to fulfill volunteer pledged hours.

We are not doing them anymore. The turnout just did not warrant the time and expense to offer them. We are not a very social community.


Board members are volunteers. Many have no idea what they're doing. Educate them. Don't beat them up.
JohnC46
(South Carolina)

Posts:11659


11/06/2021 9:29 AM  
We tired a bring-a-dish a few years ago and it died. We have done nothing since and have no plans to do anything.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:8720


11/08/2021 6:28 PM  
Here's something that works well for us. We didn't used to limit attendees to social functions to resident sonly. so some would bring friends. And THEY would just hang together. since the parties became so popular, the Social Committee decided to limit attendees to residents only for both space and cost reasons. A nice side effect is that there's more mingling among residents than previously.
SarahV4
(California)

Posts:13


11/08/2021 9:02 PM  
Our HOA (SFHs) hosts a single modest event a year, no social committee.

There is a small handful of people who expect the HOA to act as a social club, but that really just isn't the function of our HOA. In fact, looking at our docs and such, it could be argued our HOA isn't even authorized to spend HOA funds on pure social events. It's just not in the scope of what the HOA is supposed to do.

Many streets / blocks in the HOA do smaller gatherings hosted by individual members (happy hours and such). There are also informal social groups that do informal gatherings at the park, like weekly dog days or family days or whatever. Sometimes people bring food/beverage. It is really nice, but there is no reason you need an HOA to organize this kind of thing, or pay for it.
BillH10
(Texas)

Posts:783


11/09/2021 8:21 AM  
The HOA in which we reside is an anomaly in terms of social events.

First, the events are not sponsored by the HOA, nor are they funded by the association, except certain events such as National Night Out may have an allocation.

We have lived here 11 years, they were initiated when the first owners moved into the association when it was developed in the late 90s. About 50% of the original owners still reside here, over 70% of us are Medicare/Social Security age. There are 105 homes, some of which are adjacent to a golf course. Average selling price has been in the mid-six figures, it is now moving toward the 800's for homes which range from 2700 to 4000 square feet.

The HOA involvement is the members of the Welcome Committee, which is an HOA activity, describe the social activities when meeting with new owners, as part of the introduction/orientation to the association and the area. The social activities are part of the 'leave behind' materials, and the 'Village Communicator' includes the schedule of events in her weekly or as needed e-mail messages.

So, we have:

-Dine Around the first Saturday evening of each month except July, October, and sometimes June. The Dine Around Committee (not an HOA committee) takes care of the admin, arranges for hosts. The host typically provides a main dish or heavier munchies, everyone else brings what they wish, with some coordination by the committee so 20 people do not bring cookies.

-Lunch Bunch once monthly when those ladies who wish to do so select a restaurant in the area and meet for lunch

-Bunco once monthly

-A bridge group

-A book group

-A committee, which is an HOA committee, which provides support when there is a death, serious medical care need, and the like.

Depending on the event, attendance is 30% to 60% of the homes in the Association, the participation is higher when we have National Night Out or one of the Dine Around events takes place in one of the two parks as a picnic. Due to the Texas heat in August, our city holds National Night Out in October.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:8720


11/09/2021 9:13 AM  
Sarah & BillD show some really nice ways for residents to mingle, which benefits everyone. Good ideas.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:8720


11/10/2021 5:17 PM  
Another good reason to have get togethers bo mater who organizes is for board members to meet non-directors. In many HOAs, it seems, owners really don't know who their board members are.

At our social even,ts we directors purposely do not all hang together, but wader & mingle out and get to know our neighbors. We try to welcome new residents too.
Please login to post a reply (click Member Login on the menu).
Forums > Homeowner Association > HOA Discussions > How Prevalent are HOA Social Parties?



Only members have access to all features.
Click here to join HOATalk for Free! Members click here to login and access all features.







General Legal Notice:  The content of forum messages are from the posting member and have not been reviewed nor endorsed by HOATalk.com.  Messages posted by HOATalk or other members are for informational purposes only, are not legal or professional advice and do not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.  HOATalk is not a licensed attorney, CPA, tax advisor, financial advisor or any other licensed professional.  HOATalk accepts ads from sponsors but does not verify sponsor qualifications nor endorse/guarantee any sponsor's product or service.
Legal Notice For Messages Posted by Sponsoring Attorneys: This message has been prepared by the sponsoring attorney for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Readers of HOATalk.com should not act on this information without seeking professional counsel. Please do not send any sponsoring attorney confidential information unless you speak with the sponsoring attorney or an attorney from the sponsoring attorney’s firm and get authorization to send that information to them. If you wish to initiate possible representation, please contact an attorney in the firm of the sponsoring attorney. Sponsoring attorneys that post messages here are licensed to practice law in a specific state or states as indicated in their message signature or sponsor’s profile page. (NOTE: A ‘sponsoring attorney’ is an attorney that is a HOATalk.com official sponsor and is identified as such in the posted message or on our sponsor page.)

Copyright HOA Talk.com, A Service of Community123 LLC ( Homeowners Association Discussions )   Terms Of Use  Privacy Statement