Educational Opportunities


Call for Presentations

Each year, Washington State Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) provides area community association business leaders and managers with quality education and training.

We offer a broad range of programming hosted by industry experts to help keep participants up-to-date on the latest legislative activity, management trends, industry best practices, hot topics and subjects of special interest. Course attendees gain insight and knowledge to help them take their careers and communities to the next level, while gaining valuable credits toward earning and maintaining industry certifications and designations.

If you are interested, we want you to be a part of our education initiatives, giving your peers the knowledge and skills they need to be better board members, managers and industry professionals.

Why submit a proposal?

  • Share your skills, experiences and vision with association board members, community managers and industry professionals.
  • Increase your visibility and gain recognition and distinction within the community association industry.
  • Exchange information and ideas with other industry leaders.
  • Participate in a unique forum that brings community association professionals, service providers and homeowners together.
  • Play a part in improving community association living and promote the professionalism of those serving community associations.

Accepting Proposals Now!

We are accepting proposals for consideration in planning some of WSCAI’s upcoming educational offerings. Interested parties should complete the attached forms and return them to Michelle Leary, Executive Director, at michelle.leary@wscai.org. “Session Information” for each proposed instructor must be provided and each proposed instructor must sign the “Guidelines for Instructors” form.

Proposals are due as specified.

March 20 - Chapter Luncheon
Submission Due: Fri, Feb 9, 2018

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
Event: Chapter Luncheon
Target Audience: Board Members, Managers & Business Partners
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (40-45 minutes)
Location: Marriott, Redmond Town Center
Chapter Luncheon Topic: Hoarders
Format: Panel (Attorney, additional Business Partner & Manager)

April 7 – Law Day – Tacoma
Submission Due: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Event:
Law Day – Tacoma
Target Audience: Board Members/Homeowners & Managers
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; multiple 1-hour sessions
Location: Tacoma Convention Center
Format: Must include an attorney


Law Day Topic 1: Collections Basics

All community associations have fees (assessments) that must be paid to the association for operations, maintenance and reserve funding. What happens when an Association has a Homeowner who doesn’t contribute his or hers share? What actions can the Association take to collect past due assessments from delinquent homeowners? The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What is collectible?
  • Different stages of collections (pre-turnover, pre-litigation, lawsuits, post-judgment recovery).
  • The difference in collections for HOA vs Condos, is there any?
  • Basic information about foreclosures (judicial and non-judicial).
  • How does bankruptcy impact collections?
Law Day Topic 2: Fair Housing Issues:

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. State and local laws cover additional groups, such as marital status and sexual orientation. It is important for directors and managers to have at least a basic understanding of how these laws apply to condominium and homeowner associations, and what they should do if they receive a request under the FHA or similar laws. The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What types of actions are prohibited?
  • What are requests for accommodations or modifications, how should we handle them, and when should we grant them?
  • Can we ask for proof of a disability, or require payment of application fees?
  • Is a companion lizard even a thing?
Law Day Topic 3: Board of Director Roles and Functions, including Board Dictators and How to Dethrone Them:

So, you were either appointed, nominated, elected, talked-into, or possibly duped into serving as a board member for your Association. Now what do you do?!? And what about that Director that bullies the rest of the Board? How do you deal with them? The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What is an Association and what is the Board’s role within it?
  • Board vs. Committee Action/Decisions
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of a Board member?
  • Difference between Directors vs. Officers
  • How to deal with Board bullies, including removal of Directors
Law Day Topic 4: Drafting and Enforcing Rules and Regulations

Association Boards are tasked with adopting and enforcing the Association’s rules in order to preserve and protect the property values and quality of life for the communities they serve. The committee is requesting proposals relating to understanding, interpreting, adopting and enforcing rules and regulations.

Topics should include:

  • Adopting and amending rules
    • Owner participation
    • Rules committees
  • Reasonable fines and fine schedules
  • Enforcement and enforcement tools
    • Notice
    • Fines
    • Legal Actions
    • Suspension of voting privileges
    • Right of Entry
  • Tenant enforcement
  • Collection policies
  • “Hot-button” issues such as noise, pets, smoking, parking and towing
  • Hearings
  • Alternative enforcement methods
    • When to call the authorities
Law Day Topic 5: Bylaws

Although the most common focus on governing documents is on Declarations and Rules and Regulations, Bylaws are often overlooked as the critical guidance for the organization and operation of the Board of Directors and the association. Proposals should walk participants through the common provisions of Bylaws and the most common issues, including:

  • Association meetings
    • Notice (including electronic notice)
    • Quorum
    • Proxies
    • Voting and voting rights
    • Budget ratification
    • Elections
    • Difference between directors and officers
    • Director removal
  • Board Meetings
    • Notice
    • Quorum
    • Attendance
    • Action without meetings
    • Officer removal
  • Amendment process
  • Limitations on Board amendments
  • Conflicts with the Declaration
Law Day Topic 6: Water Leaks and How to Handle Them

Every Association is faced with water leaks from time to time, whether from a broken pipe, a leaky roof, or a guest who fell asleep in the bathtub. The committee seeks proposals for a session that addresses what to do, where to find guidance in the governing documents, and how to allocate responsibility for damage and repair costs.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the Association’s role
    • Common Declaration provisions
    • Statutory obligations
  • Responding to leaks
    • Mitigating damage
    • Repairs
    • Right of Entry
  • Insurance claims
    • Association insurance
    • Homeowner insurance
  • Allocating responsibility
    • Declaration provisions
    • Damage and misconduct
    • Uninsured losses
  • Avoiding risk
    • High-risk components
    • Inspections
Law Day Topic 7: Problematic Occupancies and Tools for Dealing with Them

Among the more challenging situations for a community Association is the “problematic occupancy” – an occupant that causes extreme disruption and interference through illegal activity, destruction of property, disregard for other owners, manifestations of mental health problems, and other similar behaviors. The Committee seeks proposals on this topic. The subjects to be addressed should include:

Identifying problematic occupancies:

  • Disruptive and disorderly occupants
  • Any difference between owners and tenants?
  • Drug manufacturing and sale
  • Prostitution and human trafficking5
  • Other prohibited business activity in residential-only communities
  • Mental health disorders
  • Proving the violations
  • Sources of proof
  • Amount of proof required to take action

Remedies/tools for addressing problematic occupancies:

  • Covenant and rule enforcement by HOA without court action
    • Imposition of fines
    • Withdrawal of right to use common elements
  • Law enforcement response
  • Social services response
  • Civil court action
    • Covenant enforcement
    • Abate nuisance
    • Enjoin trespass
    • Damages
    • Recovery of fees and expenses
Law Day Topic 8: Boundary Disputes, Adverse Possession, Plats, Trees & View Protection

Boundary disputes are becoming more frequent, not only in homeowner associations but also in the condominium context. With rotating board membership, it is not uncommon for thorny boundary and neighbor issues to be tabled year after year, without resolution. The passage of time without resolution can expose an association to adverse possession claims and also create ripe conditions for recriminations within the community against prior board members that failed to act. The Committee seeks proposals discussing this topic. A related subject is plats, trees and view protection. Plats establish internal and external boundaries for communities and the marks and notes on plats can profoundly impact the rights and obligations of lot owners. Yet home purchasers are often completely ignorant of this controlling legal instrument. When a dispute arises over trees or views, the plat may be the dispositive legal document. The Committee seeks a proposal to introduce attendees to the basics of plats, including:

  • What is a plat and what function does it serve
  • Plat greenbelts and open space designations (including RCW 36.70A.165)
  • View preservation: no implied right to view easement, must be express
  • Standing to enforce plat conditions and restrictions
April 21 – Law Day – Lynnwood
Submission Due: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Event:
Law Day – Lynnwood
Target Audience: Board Members/Homeowners & Managers
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; multiple 1-hour sessions
Location: Lynnwood Convention Center
Format: Must include an attorney


Law Day Topic 1: Collections Basics

All community associations have fees (assessments) that must be paid to the association for operations, maintenance and reserve funding. What happens when an Association has a Homeowner who doesn’t contribute his or hers share? What actions can the Association take to collect past due assessments from delinquent homeowners? The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What is collectible?
  • Different stages of collections (pre-turnover, pre-litigation, lawsuits, post-judgment recovery).
  • The difference in collections for HOA vs Condos, is there any?
  • Basic information about foreclosures (judicial and non-judicial).
  • How does bankruptcy impact collections?
Law Day Topic 2: Fair Housing Issues:

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. State and local laws cover additional groups, such as marital status and sexual orientation. It is important for directors and managers to have at least a basic understanding of how these laws apply to condominium and homeowner associations, and what they should do if they receive a request under the FHA or similar laws. The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What types of actions are prohibited?
  • What are requests for accommodations or modifications, how should we handle them, and when should we grant them?
  • Can we ask for proof of a disability, or require payment of application fees?
  • Is a companion lizard even a thing?
Law Day Topic 3: Board of Director Roles and Functions, including Board Dictators and How to Dethrone Them:

So, you were either appointed, nominated, elected, talked-into, or possibly duped into serving as a board member for your Association. Now what do you do?!? And what about that Director that bullies the rest of the Board? How do you deal with them? The committee requests presentations that discuss and answer the following types of questions:

  • What is an Association and what is the Board’s role within it?
  • Board vs. Committee Action/Decisions
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of a Board member?
  • Difference between Directors vs. Officers
  • How to deal with Board bullies, including removal of Directors
Law Day Topic 4: Drafting and Enforcing Rules and Regulations

Association Boards are tasked with adopting and enforcing the Association’s rules in order to preserve and protect the property values and quality of life for the communities they serve. The committee is requesting proposals relating to understanding, interpreting, adopting and enforcing rules and regulations.

Topics should include:

  • Adopting and amending rules
    • Owner participation
    • Rules committees
  • Reasonable fines and fine schedules
  • Enforcement and enforcement tools
    • Notice
    • Fines
    • Legal Actions
    • Suspension of voting privileges
    • Right of Entry
  • Tenant enforcement
  • Collection policies
  • “Hot-button” issues such as noise, pets, smoking, parking and towing
  • Hearings
  • Alternative enforcement methods
    • When to call the authorities
Law Day Topic 5: Bylaws

Although the most common focus on governing documents is on Declarations and Rules and Regulations, Bylaws are often overlooked as the critical guidance for the organization and operation of the Board of Directors and the association. Proposals should walk participants through the common provisions of Bylaws and the most common issues, including:

  • Association meetings
    • Notice (including electronic notice)
    • Quorum
    • Proxies
    • Voting and voting rights
    • Budget ratification
    • Elections
    • Difference between directors and officers
    • Director removal
  • Board Meetings
    • Notice
    • Quorum
    • Attendance
    • Action without meetings
    • Officer removal
  • Amendment process
  • Limitations on Board amendments
  • Conflicts with the Declaration
Law Day Topic 6: Water Leaks and How to Handle Them

Every Association is faced with water leaks from time to time, whether from a broken pipe, a leaky roof, or a guest who fell asleep in the bathtub. The committee seeks proposals for a session that addresses what to do, where to find guidance in the governing documents, and how to allocate responsibility for damage and repair costs.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the Association’s role
    • Common Declaration provisions
    • Statutory obligations
  • Responding to leaks
    • Mitigating damage
    • Repairs
    • Right of Entry
  • Insurance claims
    • Association insurance
    • Homeowner insurance
  • Allocating responsibility
    • Declaration provisions
    • Damage and misconduct
    • Uninsured losses
  • Avoiding risk
    • High-risk components
    • Inspections
Law Day Topic 7: Problematic Occupancies and Tools for Dealing with Them

Among the more challenging situations for a community Association is the “problematic occupancy” – an occupant that causes extreme disruption and interference through illegal activity, destruction of property, disregard for other owners, manifestations of mental health problems, and other similar behaviors. The Committee seeks proposals on this topic. The subjects to be addressed should include:

Identifying problematic occupancies:

  • Disruptive and disorderly occupants
  • Any difference between owners and tenants?
  • Drug manufacturing and sale
  • Prostitution and human trafficking5
  • Other prohibited business activity in residential-only communities
  • Mental health disorders
  • Proving the violations
  • Sources of proof
  • Amount of proof required to take action

Remedies/tools for addressing problematic occupancies:

  • Covenant and rule enforcement by HOA without court action
    • Imposition of fines
    • Withdrawal of right to use common elements
  • Law enforcement response
  • Social services response
  • Civil court action
    • Covenant enforcement
    • Abate nuisance
    • Enjoin trespass
    • Damages
    • Recovery of fees and expenses
Law Day Topic 8: Boundary Disputes, Adverse Possession, Plats, Trees & View Protection

Boundary disputes are becoming more frequent, not only in homeowner associations but also in the condominium context. With rotating board membership, it is not uncommon for thorny boundary and neighbor issues to be tabled year after year, without resolution. The passage of time without resolution can expose an association to adverse possession claims and also create ripe conditions for recriminations within the community against prior board members that failed to act. The Committee seeks proposals discussing this topic. A related subject is plats, trees and view protection. Plats establish internal and external boundaries for communities and the marks and notes on plats can profoundly impact the rights and obligations of lot owners. Yet home purchasers are often completely ignorant of this controlling legal instrument. When a dispute arises over trees or views, the plat may be the dispositive legal document. The Committee seeks a proposal to introduce attendees to the basics of plats, including:

  • What is a plat and what function does it serve
  • Plat greenbelts and open space designations (including RCW 36.70A.165)
  • View preservation: no implied right to view easement, must be express
  • Standing to enforce plat conditions and restrictions
May 15 - Chapter Luncheon
Submission Due: Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 
Event: Chapter Luncheon
Target Audience: Board Members, Managers & Business Partners
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (40-45 minutes)
Location: Marriott, Redmond Town Center
Chapter Luncheon Topic: The Cost of Going Green
Format: Panel

June 7 – Made for Managers Day
Submission Due: Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Event: Made for Managers Day
Theme: Inquire! Acquire! Inspire! (Programming submissions should keep this theme in mind as title and content for sessions are developed.)
Target Audience: Managers (varying levels of experience)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (multiple 90-minute sessions)
Location: Lynnwood Convention Center


Seeking:
  • Moderate- to advanced-level programming that engages participants, and is relevant to their day-to-day work.
  • Cutting-edge topics in management practice, new concepts and ideas, best practices that work to enhance industry professionalism.
  • Application programming providing managers tools they can apply and implement immediately.
Submissions should:
  • Be developed for a 90-minute session including Q&A.
  • Include the working title for the session being developed.
  • Indicate if a single presenter, panel or other delivery mechanism.
  • Include three benefits for the participants to take with them upon attending the session
  • Reflect a higher-level content being requested through this RFP given the nature and expectations of the target audience.
Note:
  • Submissions become the property of WSCAI and the MFMD Committee.
  • MFMD Committee has final determination in programming selections for the event
  • All selected presenters will be obligated to attend a MFMD meeting to discuss logistics, topics and delivery expectations.
  • All Power Point presentations for the selected participants shall be due no later than 4.13.18.
Suggested/Potential Topics:
  • Is there such a thing as “work-life” balance?
  • The Power of Persuasion – Influencing others to do what is needed
  • How to Deal with the high maintenance client
  • Future trends impacting association management
  • Just what is professionalism?
  • Working with the high-rise building

*These are suggested topics. Bring on your best for consideration*

Toolbox Sessions:

The toolbox sessions were well attended. We are seeking new subject content for 2018. If you have interest in a compact, focused 60-minute toolbox session, please send those along as well!

Interested in Presenting?

If interested in being considered as a presenter at one or more of the opportunities, submit the following (plus specific additional requests) by the given deadline(s) to michelle.leary@wscai.org:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. State which topic(s) you’re submitting for
  3. Proposed program title
  4. 150-200 word descriptive paragraph for marketing
  5. Basic outline
  6. Brief (75-100 word) bio
  7. High resolution headshot
  8. Sign and return the Educational Seminar Guidelines for Instructors (click on image to download)
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Attorneys:

Law Offices of James L. Strichartz
206-388-0600
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Pody & McDonald, PLLC
206-467-1559
podymcdonaldLaw.com

Rafel Law Group PLLC
206-838-2660
rafellawgroup.com

Banking & Financial Services

Alliance Association Bank
Craig Huntington: 888-734-4567
Judy Nordstrom: 296-327-0496
allianceassocationbank.com

Popular Association Banking
510-406-3198
associationbankers.com

Construction:

Charter Construction
206-382-1900
chartercon.com

Ruff Construction
425-487-0702
ruffconstruction.com

Insurance:

Community Association Underwriters (CAU)
Amy Clements, ARM, CIRMS:
267-747-7170
Dianna Kaspar, CIC, CIRMS:
267-747-7181
cauinsure.com

Farmers/Galluzzo Insurance Agency
John Galluzzo
425-226-9239
farmersagent.com/jgalluzzo

HUB International Northwest
425-489-4500
hubnw.com

Management Companies:

The Copeland Group, LLC, AAMC
206-388-0180
copelandgrp.com

Yalnes, Inc.
Seattle: 206-708-7777
Tacoma: 253-358-2000
yalnes.com

Reserve Studies:

Association Reserves
Jim Talaga, RS
253-661-5437

Roofing:

Malarkey Roofing Products
503-283-1191
malarkeyroofing.com