Do you have questions about the candidates who are running for congress? If so, the next SaddleBrooke Republican Club meeting is the one for you! The June general meeting of the SaddleBrooke Republican Club will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at HOA 2 Mountain View Ballroom. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will feature the Candidates running for the US Congress for Congressional District One. At the meeting, each candidate will be given about 10 minutes to make remarks about themselves and their candidacy. Then, the candidates will be asked to respond to questions submitted by members and guests in attendance at the meeting.
Contact Terry Marchione, at email@example.com for information about becoming a member or, to learn more about our club, visit our website, www.saddlebrooke-republican-club.org/ . Nonmembers are welcome to attend this meeting but are encouraged to make a $5 contribution to be used by the club to support local Republican candidates in the next general election.
Update, May 12 2018: The 30 day comment period has passed and we are waiting for the HOA 2 Board to issue its final version of the proposed rules. When that final version has been announced, your SBRC Board will have a statement regarding the Club’s response.
Most of you have seen the proposal from the Fitness, Wellness and Recreation Committee to the HOA2 Board of Directors to govern the clubs / organizations that wish to use HOA2 facilities. This proposal could have a very large impact on your SaddleBrooke Republican Club. If you have not yet seen it, the three forms that comprise the proposal can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.
There is a 30 day comment period in effect before the HOA2 Board will take action on the proposal. Your Republican Club wishes to call your attention to a few concerns we have with the proposal and hope that if you agree, you will provide your comments to the Board. Those of you who reside in HOA2 can comment on the HOA2 website, member.sbhoa2.org. Others should mail your comments to the HOA2 Board, 38735 S. Mountain View Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85739 or drop them by the office at that address.
The following are your Club’s concerns:
1. The 2018 Clubs Information Form requires the SBRC to “attach a club roster with members’ names and contact information.” SBRC has always jealously guarded its membership roster and the Club’s By-Laws prohibit unauthorized use of the membership roster by anyone. The Republican Club is political in nature. We believe that gives it a different status than an art or sports club. The Members’ Roster is and should remain private.
2. The same form requires the SBRC to disclose the approximate balance of its funds. Financial matters of the club have no bearing on the use of the facilities and invade the privacy rights of an organization. SBRC does not believe the balance of its funds is anyone’s business but the Clubs. This requirement should be dropped.
3. In order to be a Registered Club and be able to use HOA2 facilities (other than by paying full market value rent for the room and having no priority for room usage) SBRC is being required to remove all nonresident members from its membership rolls. While SBRC is trying to work around this problem, the Club objects to this requirement, especially after nonresident members have been allowed in virtually all SaddleBrooke clubs for 10 years or longer.
4. The proposal leaves questions unanswered. The “Tiers for Registered HOA2 Clubs / Organizations and Facilities Use” sets forth various Tiers under which clubs may fall. It appears SBRC will fall under Tier 2, rather than Tier 1, because it allows nonresidents to attend its meetings. Thus the Club will no longer use the room for free. Instead, it will be required to pay resident level rates for the room use. The proposal states that the rental will be based on the number of members and the space size. SBRC would like a better explanation of how the number of members affects the amount of rent. Likewise, why doesn’t the use of food and beverage services by the Club and by its members immediately following the meeting have some impact on the rent?
5. Another question not answered is whether a club can switch between Tiers throughout the year. If SBRC has one meeting when no outside attendee or nonresident attends, is rent waived for that meeting? Likewise, if a Tier 1 club has an outside attendee or nonresident attend one club meeting, does it pay rent for that meeting or lose its status for the whole year?
6. SBRC is concerned with the final provision of the “Rules in Common” contained in the “Tiers for Registered HOA2 Clubs / Organizations and Facilities Use”, which states that violation of the facilities use policy will result in a two month suspension of a club’s right to use HOA2 facilities or a period determined by the HOA board. SBRC wants to know who the “policeman” is looking for violations. What are that “policeman’s powers and are there limitations on that power? What if the violation is unintentional? Do violations require intent? Does the club have a right to appeal? What is to prevent either favoritism or punitive action in determining penalties? When the policy leaves so many unanswered questions about how guests, speakers, and the speaker’s guests are to be treated, leaving penalty determination open ended is unacceptable.
As many of you are already aware, since the separation from Robson, the new Directors of HOA2 have been analyzing many areas of the HOA’s operations. Among the more visible areas being analyzed is that of the use of the HOA’s facilities. The Board of Directors of HOA2 has received a recommendation from one of its subcommittees concerning facilities usage by members, clubs and organizations. We anticipate that the HOA2 Board will accept and adopt the proposal, subject to a comment period.
We want to assure you that the leadership of SBRC has been actively monitoring this matter and have been involved, as appropriate. We have met with HOA2 Board members. We have had a representative at all the subcommittee meetings, offering suggestions and making comments when possible. We believe that SBRC can not only continue to operate, but will be able to thrive under the proposed facility usage rules.
When the HOA2 Board issues and distributes the new policy, we encourage you to review it. If you then have questions about how SBRC will be affected by the new facility usage rules, please feel free to contact either Patricia Tarner or Paul Herr so we can help explain what we see as the practical effects.
Patricia Tarner, President
Paul Herr, Vice President
Wayne Larroque, Member