keep rates lower than neighborhood gyms or conventional
fitness facilities, which is one of the many reasons that
more than half of Association residents are health club
The quality and variety of the equipment, the low cost
membership, and the convenience of not having to go far
to work-out are some of the reasons 720’s health club is
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by providing the health club membership to potential resi-
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CAI’s Professional Designations
by KRISTEN P. BURTON
f you are drowning in com- associations. To become a
munity association acronyms, CMCA, a candidate must
here’s a guide to help you successfully complete a 16-hour
sort through the jumble. course and pass the National
Generally, a CAI designation indi- Managers Continuing must adhere
cates that an individual has met to the CMCA standards of
certain educational requirements Professional Conduct and obtain
through CAI. It may also indicate continuing education credits to
minimum years of experience. remain certified. Continuing
This can be very helpful informa- education credits can be obtained
tion in choosing a professional in by completing 16 hours of course-
your Association. work every two years; self-study
work and qualified teaching or
You may already know that there writing may also satisfy this
is no state regulation for association managers in Illinois. requirement.
That is why it is important to know the background and
education of your association manager. CAI AMS - Association Management Specialist
Designations help to take the guesswork out of looking
for qualified managers - the designations can be verified Administered by the Community Associations Institute.
immediately on CAI - National’s website (www.caion- The AMS designation is the second tier of the pyramid of
line.org - look for the Professional Designations link). professionalism for community association managers. It
builds upon the CMCA’s fundamental knowledge with
CAI offers designations to reserve study professionals and requirements for added education and verified experience
insurance professionals as well. Professionals who hold in the field. To become an AMS designee, a candidate
CAI designations show a commitment to the industry and must earn and maintain the CMCA certification, success-
ultimately, to the clients they serve. They have volun- fully complete 16 hours of course work in CAI’s
teered to educate themselves about their professions and Professional Management Development Program and
the community association industry. demonstrate two years of professional management expe-
rience. An Association Management Specialist must
Use this guide when looking for industry professionals in maintain a professional level of membership in CAI, com-
your organization, and “Buy CAI!” ply with the CAI Professional Code of Ethics and fulfill
continuing education requirements by completing 24
What Do They Mean? hours of advanced-level courses every three years.
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGERS PCAM - Professional Community Association Manager
CMCA - Certified Manager of Community Associations Administered by the Community Associations Institute.
The Professional Community Association Manager desig-
Administered by the National Board of Certification for nation is the pinnacle of professional achievement for
Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM). NBC- managers with advanced-level skills and experience.
CAM has developed the only national certification pro- About 1,000 managers nationwide have earned this top-
gram to recognize those individuals who have demonstrat- level distinction. A PCAM designee must earn and main-
ed the fundamental knowledge to manage community tain the CMCA certification, successfully complete the
Professional Management Development Program and
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have at least five years of professional management expe-
rience. After satisfying other participation and service RESERVE STUDY PROFESSIONALS
requirements, the PCAM designee must successfully com-
plete a challenging case study analyzing a subject com- RS - Reserve Specialist
munity association. A PCAM designee must comply with
the CAI Professional Code of Ethics and complete a com- Administered by the Community Associations Institute.
bination of advanced-level continuing education and serv- The prerequisites for the RS designation include the
ice requirements every three years. preparation of 50 reserve studies within the last three
years; a bachelor’s degree in construction management,
AAMC - Accredited Association Management Company architecture or engineering (or equivalent experience and
education); and professional-level CAI Membership in
Administered by the Community Associations Institute. good standing. RS designees must adhere to CAI’s
An Accredited Association Management Company has Professional Reserve Specialist Code of Ethics.
met the highest standards for management companies set
by CAI. To earn the accreditation, companies must meet INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS
financial management and reporting requirements for
client associations’ bank accounts, reserve funds, budgets CIRMS - Community Insurance
and expenditures and maintain fidelity, liability and work- & Risk Management Specialist
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three years of experience managing client community Administered by the Community Associations Institute.
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qualifying managers must hold a PCAM, AMS, CMCA or level of competency within the risk management profes-
CPM credential. AAMC-accredited companies must sion. CIRMS designees must have five years experience
commit to continuing education for all management staff in the community association insurance field and be of
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2005 Board Member Checklist
by KIM MERRIGAN, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Vanguard Community Management
he last quarter of 2004 brings dar will insure that your routine
with it our usual time for repetitive business is handled on
reflection and change. Most schedule and the Community
people stop to reflect on their Association is running smoothly. If
habits of the past and resolve to you have a computer, you probably
move forward in the New Year with a have access to a calendar program.
“new” positive approach, hence all Start by noting items that can be
the New Year’s resolutions most of us incorporated for your Community
tend not to keep. This is mainly due Association’s calendar. Be sure to
to the fact that we did not organize include contract expiration dates,
our thoughts and follow-through automatic renewals, and termination
with a plan of action. Easier said dates and details. Below is a sample
than done, right? list:
A Community Association can • Aerator installation/removal dates
resolve to move forward in a more • Annual Fire Inspection date
positive manner as well, simply by • Annual Meeting - mailing dates,
making organization of the routine items, especially when the open positions
Community Association’s business, Board of Directors and Property • Annual Report - filing date
routine. The plan and follow- Manager’s attention may be directed • Auditor Contract - (Tax Returns
through are simple: create a calendar toward large-scale seasonal projects.
of events and review it every month. Review/Audit)
• Awning installation/removal dates
One of the best organizational tools
Much of the business that is con- • Back flow prevention - testing date
available to a Board of Directors or a
ducted by a Community Association Property Manager is a Calendar of • Balance sheets - year end,
is repetitive; organization of this Events. Initially it takes some time delivered to homeowners
repetitive business is key to keeping to set up, as some research will be • Banking - dates to check for
track of all that is going on and required, but once it’s completed, a investment opportunities as
allows for follow-through of these simple monthly check of the calen- CD’s expire
• Bidding process dates for contracts
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• Pool - open/close dates
• Pool - phone service turn-on/turn-off dates
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When Colorful Leaves Are Not
Exactly Pretty:Tree Diseases
by JAYSON DeGEETER - Autumn Tree Care Experts, Inc.
t is time to take a careful look more resistant to the disease -
at your trees. decline slowly, losing a few limbs
During the past month, the
leaves of many trees in the landscape Both red and white oak species
have taken on bright hues and fallen exhibit similar symptoms of this vas-
to the ground en masse. It is antici- cular disease. As the name suggests,
pated that the trees affected will the most notable symptom of oak
remain bare well into 2005. What’s wilt is the “wilted” appearance
happening? adopted by leaves on infected
branches: leaves seem water-soaked
Fortunately, this is autumn and your and turn yellow or brown with a dis-
trees are merely moving into their tinct line between dead and living
winter dormancy. There are times, tissue. Defoliation soon follows. In
however, when a tree’s foliage falls addition, red oak species form fungal
and the result is a moment of exas- spore mats that protrude from
perated horror rather than breathtak- beneath the bark and emit a ferment-
ing splendor. This is the moment ing odor that attracts insects. While
when you realize that the prize speci- white oak species do not develop
men at the front of your property is fungal spore mats, white oak sap-
suffering from a tree disease. wood does develop streaking beneath
the bark as a result of the fungus.
There are countless diseases that are
capable of attacking trees in Illinois. Regardless of the particular oak
Now, as leaves begin to fall (in that species, the oak wilt fungus travels
breathtaking splendor sort of way) from one tree to another via root
two diseases in particular - oak wilt grafts between diseased and healthy
and Dutch elm disease - deserve trees. Sap-feeding and bark-feeding
your close attention. The winter beetles are also capable of spreading
months ahead provide the perfect fungal spores among oak trees,
opportunity to initiate proactive although this method is less com-
pruning programs that will help pre- mon.
vent the spread of these notorious
diseases. Dutch Elm Disease
So what do you need to know? Dutch elm disease is considered to
Read on. be one of the most devastating shade
tree diseases ever. It is caused by the
Oak Wilt fungus Ophiostoma ulmi; an aggres-
sive, lethal fungus that attacks all
Oak wilt, caused by the fungus species of native elm trees.
Ceratocystis fagacearum, is lethal to
all oak species. The rate of decline Dutch elm disease attacks the tree’s
varies according to species: an vascular system - therefore its symp-
infected red or pin oak will die toms are very similar to oak wilt.
quickly (usually within 4-6 weeks), The first noticeable symptom of
while white and bur oaks - which are Dutch elm disease is when the leaves
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on one or more branches turn yellow, wilt, and fall from tree’s canopy is touching the canopy of another oak or elm
the tree. As the infection progresses, the wood beneath tree, it is safe to assume that the trees share a few root
the bark becomes discolored. The rate of decline varies grafts. Insects, on the other hand, are a bit more pre-
based on a number of factors, such as the precise species dictable.
of elm, the time of infection, climactic conditions, and the
tree’s vitality. An infected elm tree may decline and die When trying to prevent an infestation of bark feeding bee-
through the course of a single season or the process may tles, the key is to avoid making your tree an easy target.
take two or more years. Many people do not realize that fresh pruning wounds are
a welcome mat to bark-feeding beetles. Therefore, oak
Unfortunately, most infected elm trees cannot be saved. and elm trees should only be pruned during the winter
Like oak wilt, Dutch elm disease is spread by root grafts months while bark-feeding beetles are inactive. If it is
or insect vectors. Elm trees can often be found in urban essential to prune your oak or elm tree during the growing
settings lining streets in grand alleés - this trend is one of season, be certain to use a pruning paint specifically for-
the elm tree’s fatal faults. Such plantings are laced with mulated for use on trees.
root grafts and serve as a feeding ground for generations
of elm bark beetles - providing a veritable playground for Symptoms... Spread... Got It.
the Dutch elm disease fungus.
Preventing Disease Transmission There is a lot to know when it comes to oak wilt and
Via Timely Pruning Dutch elm disease. Clearly - based on the mass of infor-
mation outlined above - a vigilant, educated public is the
As mentioned above, both of these diseases are easily best means of safeguarding our community’s trees.
spread by root grafts and insect vectors. Root grafts -
because they are underground - are a bit elusive. If your You’ve already made a good start of educating yourself
about these diseases by reading this article, but continue
to study. The information above is merely an introduction
to the nature of either disease. Countless volumes of
information are available through the University of
Illinois Extension Office, on the world wide web, or from
your local arborist.
Concerned community members should also take good
care of existing oaks and elms. Consider a plant health
care program that will ensure the vitality of your valued
trees. Of course, you should also be on guard for the
onset of symptoms of either disease. If you notice leaves
wilting, discoloring, and falling from oak or elm trees
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• Carol Metzen, CMCA, AMS - Management • Chuck McCrimmon - Dakota
American Property • Mike Rogan - Great Evans Restoration, Inc.
Management Impressions, Inc. • Chris Nyborg - Nyborg & Co.
• David Paisley, CMCA, AMS, • Cate Sullivan - CISA • James Schwantz - Acres Group
PCAM - Foster / Premier, Inc. • Jordan Shifrin - Kovitz Shifrin
• Barbara D. Wick, CIRMS - Nesbit
CARMIC, LLC • Andrea Sorgani - ALMA
• Kathy Valek - Allstate Insurance
- Kathy Valek Agency
• Chuck VanderVennet - Fosco,
VanderVennet & Fullett, P.C.
• Keith Weber - B.T. Lakeside
• Barbara D. Wick, CIRMS -
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FIVE STAR SERVICE
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How do you increase CAI-ILLINOIS 2005
your property values CALENDAR OF EVENTS
while saving money? ■ January 8, 2005
CAI-Illinois Annual Conference and Trade
CODER TAYLOR ASSOCIATES, INC. Show: A Winning Community!
• Helps you prepare for future maintenance expenses Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
by preparing a reserve study that lets you know when Location: Wyndham Itasca
repairs will be needed.
• Saves you money by designing proper specifications.
Cost: $55 CAI members, $75 Non-members
Through research and engineering, we assist you in (Exhibit Hall free all day!)
hiring qualified contractors and ensuring that their
performance is up to the association’s expectations. ■ February 19, 2005
• Helps you take a proactive approach in protecting The ABC’s of Community Associations
the value of your property from your pavement to Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
your roof tops.
Cost: $45 CAI members, $65 Non-members
■ March 3 -5, 2005
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■ March 29, 2005
Dealing with Disaster
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 CAI members, $45 Non-members
MOSS AND BLOOMBERG, LTD. ■ March 31 - April 1, 2005
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Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Both days)
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Specialized Delinquent Assessment Collections System CAI-National at (888) CAI-4321
Covenant & Rule Enforcement-Drafting ■ April 21, 2005
Construction & Developer Litigation Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 CAI members, $45 Non-members
Advising & Consultation with Association Boards
Please refer to the CAI - Illinois website for
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305 W. Briarcliff Road Telephone: (630) 759-0800 CAI - Illinois
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CSR Roofing Contractors, Inc. Receives
“Consumer Protection” and “Installation” Excellence Awards
WAYNE, NJ, O9/04 —
GAF Materials Corporation,
North America’s largest roofing
manufacturer, is pleased to announce
that CSR Roofing Contractors, Inc.
of Oak Park, IL, has received two
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by tens of thousands of roofing
The “GAF Consumer Protection
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CSR Roofing Contractors, Inc.’s
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Summit Management Specialists, Inc. better understand their roofing
options, and helping the consumer
Customized, Full-Service Property Management
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Serving the North and Northwestern Suburbs with over 28 Yrs. Experience
• Board Certified Managers Only 31 roofing companies nation-
• CPA/MBA on staff wide qualified for this sought-
• Accounting services for self-managed associations after Award!
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Let our professionals help guide your Board
The “GAF Installation Excellence
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847.918.0000 Fax 847.918.0002
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CAI Award Winners!
The Illinois Chapter of CAI is proud to honor
our volunteers for their outstanding work:
CAI-Illinois Olympus Award Winners
for November 2004:
The Olympus Award honors those Chapter
members that have had a profound influence
on the development of the Chapter.
Allan Goldberg - Arnstein & Lehr
Kathy Sicher - Harris Bank
Keith Weber - B. T. Lakeside Roofing
Rising Star Awards for 2004:
The Rising Star is awarded to newer committee
members who have proven to be an asset to
CAI-Illinois through their volunteerism.
Stacey Adams - Community Advantage
of Barrington Bank & Trust
Theresa Brick, PCAM - Property Specialists
Joel Davis - CISA
Mike Dobson - Director’s Choice
Ellen Henderson - CISA
Diana Larson, AMS, PCAM - Vanguard
Kim Merrigan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM -
Vanguard Community Management
Mike Rogan - Great Impressions
Shannon Schwarzwalder - Knuckles
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