The Story of this Website. Why These Pages
On Friday, October 17, 2003, at about 4:30, on my way home from work
I drove to 33 Argos, the house of the Marina Hills Association
President, Mrs. Jane Dry.
Mrs. Dry's husband opened the door. I introduced myself: "Hi,
my name is Hans, I am a homeowner in Marina Hills. I have some concerns
that I would like to share with Mrs. Dry." "THIS IS AGAINST
THE RULES, YOU CAN'T BE HERE", a voice shouted from the second
story. This voice was from Mrs. Jane Dry.
I am not easily discouraged, so I continued, addressing the voice in
the second story from the outside of the house: "You say I can't
be here, but I am here now. And I have some concerns about Marina Hills.
And I would like to share these concerns with you and explain them
to you." Mrs. Dry replied: "Hans you CANNOT come to the house
of a Board Member. There are procedures and this is not one of them.
You have to leave."
Still not discouraged I tried to offer alternatives: "Mrs. Dry,
if it is a bad time right now, I can come back another time. Please
give a time of your convenience. The concerns, that I want to tell
you about are shared by a number of homeowners..."
"STOP", Mr. Dry interrupted, attempting to support his wife. "There
are parliamentary rules and regulations that need to be followed.
Listen to my wife." Mrs. Jane Dry then stated: "Hans, if you have
concerns, put them in writing, so we can address them."
"But you do NOT answer the letters", I protested referring to an
earlier letter of mine that had gone unanswered.
"You also have the opportunity to speak at the Board Meeting. If you
want we give you the microphone for three minutes and you can
state your concerns. BUT NOW YOU HAVE TO LEAVE!"
That was the end off the conversation. Mr. Dry closed the door
in my face. I left.
I had naively assumed that Mrs. Dry as a Board Member and President
of the Association would actually be interested to learn what
is going on. My experience is that Mrs. Jane Dry does not care.
does not know how to be a President or Board Member of a homeowner
In my eyes it is not as important to know all the parliamentary
rules and regulation, as it is to understand the mood of the
homeowners, to listen to their concerns, to get involved in a
learn about the issues in the community. An open door policy
would be good
and very appropriate for this day and age.
A good leader is defined by the way he/she connect with his/her
troops, and by the wisdom of his/her words. Hitting that
little hammer on
the table at the board meetings has nothing to do with leadership.
So I went home and contemplated whether I should be discouraged.
Mrs. Jane Dry had stated that I should put my concerns in writing.
not such a bad idea after all, if I can do it in such a way
that my writing is actually read by more than one person. So I came
the idea of putting my letters on a website. I concluded to
The real boost and the final decision to go ahead with the website
came three days later when I received a "Cease and Desist" Letter
from the Mr. Tinnelly. The letter forbids me to talk to any Board member
in person. The letter threatens a restraining order if I don't comply.
This is an excerpt from yet another letter sent to me by the
This is very funny and hilarious. It looks like
Mr. Tinnelly doesn't understand democracy either. Why do our present
Board Members vounteer for these positions, if they don't want to take
the responsibility that comes with these positions?
Since then I have started this website, I have put a number of concerns
in letters. As of today, December 10, 2003, none of the Board members
have contacted me, either in writing or by phone, to answer any question
in my letters. Mr. Tinnelly has answered one letter, but most letters
go unanswered. But I know that my letters are read by many homeowners,
because of the many encouraging emails that I get from my good neighbors
in Marina Hills.