First of all I would like to say what a privilege it is to live in this wonderful community and to be elected your new president. I am deeply honoured that the MWHA has put their faith in me. I started on the Board as an Associate four years ago. Then I moved to Director, became VP last year and now I am starting a three-year term as the President.
I have lived in Markland Wood for 13 years and have really enjoyed getting to know this unique community. This summer I have experienced how wonderful the people in our community truly are while I spent a great deal of time walking through our neighbourhood trying to train my new standard poodle puppy, Athena. Most of the time she walks and trains me!! I had the opportunity to talk to so many dog owners and dog lovers. I want to thank them all for being so friendly and kind to my puppy and for offering me some sage advice on how to survive puppyhood!! It certainly is a full time job!!
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on October 29 at the Markland Wood Golf Club. There were two presentations that evening that were very informative. The first discussed insurance concerns with respect to water damage to your home. The second highlighted basement flooding protection. The presenters explained how a backwater valve and a sump pump help protect your home against flooding. They offered very practical and useful advice!
The new slate of Directors/Officers for the 2014-2015 year were affirmed that evening. I would like to thank Don Beggs for taking on the role of interim VP. Bri Lucas is joining us as our new Secretary. Michele Maher is staying on as Treasurer. And last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Anna Schaefer who now becomes the Past President and the Editor of the Marklander. Anna has done a superb job as President for the past three years and I want to sincerely thank her for her dedication and commitment to our Association and to our community. Well done Anna!
You will find the full list of MWHA Directors and Associates on this page. Thank you to all of them for offering their time, talent and expertise to help make our community be a better place.
On October 24th we held our 2014 Social “The Markland Mash” featuring the music of “Markland Express” and Paul Flanagan, our neighbourhood DJ. They kept everyone “rocking” the entire night! What a great evening of fun, dancing and of course prizes! There were many imaginative and creative costumes including Batman and Cat Woman and the entire cast of “Grease” including Sandy and the Pink Ladies!! Thanks to our Social Committee who organized this event: Donna O’Brien-Sokic, Michele Maher and Cathy O’Toole.
We are continuing to collect our membership dues of $20.00. One of our Directors or Associates will be knocking on your door or they may have already visited you. Hopefully your dues have been collected. If however you haven’t had the opportunity to pay at the door, you may cut out the section on page 8 and mail it in or visit our website, http://www.marklandwood.org/ and use PayPal. We would appreciate all dues to be in by November 30th. We thank you for your support again this year.
The cover of the Marklander this month honours Remembrance Day. As I reflect upon the tragic circumstances of the past few weeks, I feel compelled to express my gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces, both past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we may live in a free and democratic society. Lest we forget.
With warm regards,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association