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MARCH 17, 2011

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 17, 2011 in the Rendezvous Room by the Association Attorney, Robert Kaye.

INTRODUCTION OF ELECTION COMMITTEE - The Secretary introduced the Election Committee: Carole Rigney, Chairperson, Charles Ghayad and Nancy Seltzer.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS - There were no new residents present.

MINUTES OF 2010 MEMBERS MEETING - Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2010 Members’ Meeting. The motion was seconded by Dott Nicholson-Brown and unanimously approved.

OPEN DISCUSSION - Prior to the open discussion, the Secretary was asked to read portions of rules sent to all owners on November 23, 2009 regarding unit owner participation at Board and Committee Meeting.

Prior to the open discussion, the Secretary reminded the unit owners that they would be permitted to speak once for two minutes or less after stating their name and unit numbers.

The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as: character generator use, open mailboxes, affect of recent document amendment, status of unit 1508, John Sala letter, lobby decorations, and beach renourishment.

The meeting was recessed at 7:30 p.m. until the completion of the election results.

The meeting was resumed at approximately 8:30 p.m. for the tellers’ report of the election results.

REPORT OF ANNUAL ELECTION - Carole Rigney, Chairperson of the Election Committee, presented the following report, which was read by Attorney Kaye:

  • Number of ballots received: 160
  • Number of valid ballots: 134
  • Number of Disregarded (Invalid) Ballots: 26

The official results of the elections held for the four positions on the Board of Directors on March 17, 2011 are as follows:

  • Iris Anastasi – 93;
  • Eileen R. Bendis – 85;
  • Stephen Collins – 59;
  • Dee Lanzillo – 61;
  • Catherine E. Lenz – 78;
  • Dott Nicholson-Brown – 55 and
  • Anthony Viceroy – 22.

These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the election committee: Carole Rigney, Chairperson, Charles Ghayad and Nancy Seltzer. The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board.

The committee was thanked for the excellent job they performed as members of the Election Committee.

A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz and seconded by Iris Anastasi to accept the tellers’ report; the motion was unanimously approved.

Adjournment - Eric Berkowitz moved that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

The Members’ Meeting was closed at 8:40 p.m.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
TREASURER BILL
TENNENBAUM
After the Annual Members’ Meeting at 7:00 p.m. was recessed at 7:30 p.m., the regular meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the Rendezvous Room of The Regency Tower by the Association Attorney, Robert Kaye.

Roll Call - The roll call showed the following Board Members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Stephen Collins, Dee Lanzillo, Fern McBride, Dott Nicholson-Brown and Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone).

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
A motion was made by Dott Nicholson-Brown to approve the minutes of the meetings of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on December 16, 2010, March 1, 2011 (10:45 a.m.), March 1, 2011 (11:00 a.m.) and March 4, 2011. Eric Berkowitz seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of March 17, 2011. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)

We currently have 1 delinquent account with the attorney, 2 foreclosures and one owner paying a reduced amount to avoid foreclosure.

A motion was made by Fern McBride to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Stephen Collins, unanimously approved.

Dott Nicholson-Brown reported the following:

  • Unit 1401: Negotiations are in progress for the sale of unit 1401. Two parties are interested and we expect this to be finalized some time in May.

  • Unit 306: Final judgment of foreclosure will result in a sale to occur on March 29, 2011. You can go on line and bid if you wish, although please keep in mind that you cannot own two units at one time.

  • Unit 1508: We have title of this unit. Anyone can purchase this unit, with the knowledge that the bank could come in with a claim at any time.

Iris Anastasi made a statement that she was not informed prior to this meeting that our Attorney and a Police Office would be present.

Committee Reports - President Dee Lanzillo then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read the Committee Reports.

New Business - President Dee Lanzillo then called for New Business (Election of Officers). Click Here to read New Business.

Announcements

  • Christine Rome requested that all unit owners be reminded to donate non-perishable items to the Food Drive.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Iris Anastasi and seconded by Catherine Lenz to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2011

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
ERIC - ARC HISTORY
I am delighted to announce that there are no construction projects on the horizon. As long as President Dee Lanzillo and Building Manager Dott Nicholson-Brown pursue their aggressive attention to maintenance, this should continue for several years.

A few issues surfaced with regard to Architectural Review in the past months. In one Architectural Review application, a resident indicated that she and her husband wanted to personally renovate their unit. Her spouse is a licensed general contractor in another state and she has design experience. As the project entails plumbing and electrical elements, they cannot perform all the work. Since electrical and plumbing permits are required and they can only be obtained by plumbers and electricians licensed in Florida, they had to hire these specialty contractors prior to proceeding.

Deck Lamp
Deck Lamp
In a second issue, a resident who decided to renovate his home submitted his review plans on Monday. Although the plans were reviewed by Wednesday, he was upset with the association for making him wait those few days. He had apparently made appointments with his contractor to begin construction immediately in order to accommodate his return flight north. Our association policy for reviewing an application requires a 48-hour turnover time. In an emergency, we will attempt to review the plans within 24 hours. However, a unit owner’s impatience is not an emergency. Similarly we won’t expedite the review to accommodate arbitrary changes to a member’s travel plans or their entertainment schedule while in Florida. If you have an emergency, please explain your situation to the office. We will try our best to accommodate you.

Click to Fischer Electric web site In late February, two high intensity lamps on the north parking deck were reported as malfunctioning. Since the fixtures are far too high for our maintenance personnel to safely examine, we ordered a bucket truck from Fisher Electric. Upon his arrival, we asked the technician to test the fixtures prior to performing any work. Fortunately, the problems were with the two bulbs, not the expensive fixtures. Once the bulbs were replaced, both lamps resumed operating properly.

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Beautification Landscaping
Stephen Collins

  • Stephen Collins
    Stephen Collins
    Beautification: Recent installations in the Lobby area consists of two benches, a leaning mirror, a chest of drawers with lamp and new accessories items.

  • Landscaping: Landscaping planted new impatiens along the front sidewalk of the building and the service area parking entrance to garage.

    Mark has been doing a great job in keeping our building well trimmed.

 

Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo has been EXTREMELY BUSY!
DEE LANZILLO
The north fire doors have been inspected by several contractors. Their findings were that some of the doors on the upper floors had less damage than the lower floors and did not require the contractor to repair them. Our maintenance department has begun to repair the upper floor doors.

The following repairs or replacements have been made to our property:

  1. Replaced flood lights to Regency Tower sign.

  2. Repaired all sprinklers and timers.

  3. Scraped and repainted overhead piping beginning at the game room to pool pump room.

  4. Repaired loose pipe from pool heaters.

  5. Replaced building pipe for apartment #110 shower drain.

We have had some problems with stains on some of the hallway carpeting., Marc was able to rent a shampoo machine and with the help of Rocky and Nesly, carpeting on all floors was checked and cleaned. Our maintenance department has been busy with work orders, repairs and all other problems that have come up in the course of their work day.

Our guys are doing a great job in keeping up the cleanliness of our building, pool area, exercise room, driveways and receiving areas as well as preventive maintenance on all of our equipment.

Many, many thanks to our fantastic crew: Tommy, Marc, Rocky and Nesly!

 

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
SECURITY CHIEF CARLOS PEREIRA
(Carlos Pereira, read by the Secretary)

I would like to start my report expressing my gratitude and an honor to be able to work for this building and especially for this Board of Directors who always help me in various situations, guiding and centering me to do well on my aim to make this building the most secure building in the Galt.

This board leadership is “bar none” the pivotal point for all. In name of all employees, we hope you have a year full of health and prosperity with God’s permission in 2011.

Security Manual Every month we hold our monthly Security meetings where we discuss all unusual situations which occurred since the last month’s meeting and go over situations based in our Safety and Security books, handbooks and manuals.

Rules I will do my best to keep a stable Security and Safety Department with guards following the Association Rules and Regulations to better treat all residents and their guests.

Security Manual As always, we are accepting any criticisms and suggestions that anyone may have. Please forward them to the Board of Directors and they, if approved, will give them to us for immediate implementation.

The spring break is here now and our attention to the minimum details is a must. Therefore, your cooperation is always welcome.

Carlos on the Job! Safety Note: Owners and their guests are allowed to eat and drink on the upper patio deck and lower patio (BBQ area). GLASS or BREAKABLE materials are not allowed. No FOOD or GLASS is allowed on the pool deck.

 

Social Committee
Nancy Seltzer

Nancy Seltzer
NANCY SELTZER
(Report read by the Secretary)

Valentine's Day Champagne Brunch
VALENTINE'S DAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
The Social Committee is proud to report that over 80 people attended the Valentine’s Day Brunch which was held on Sunday, February 13 in the Rendezvous Room. While sipping Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s attendees socialized in the Rendezvous Room and on the adjoining patio. Louis Urban, a professional chef, prepared the food and made omelets to order. The feedback from the attendees was very positive. Photos were taken by Barry Seltzer and provided to Eric Berkowitz. We are expecting that they will be posted on the Regency Tower website soon.

The Social Committee planned a “Spring Fling” cocktail party for Sunday, March 20 – the first day of spring. However, due to the low response from residents, this event has been canceled.

Wine Tasting The next event is planned for April 30, 2011. The Social Committee will be hosting either a Cocktail Party on April 30 or a Wine Tasting event. Details are still being worked out.

Wine Tasting The Committee is pleased to announce that they have a volunteer to oversee the Monday Night Football Club. Barry Seltzer will be overseeing this new activity. Beginning with the NFL Football Season, if there is a NFL football season, participants will be invited to join Barry in the Game Room. Snacks, soda and beer will be provided by the Social Committee.

We are still looking for volunteers to head up the following activities: Bridge Club, Current Events, Bingo and a Book Club.

 

We Care Committee
Dott Nicholson-Brown

We Care Committee Member Dott Nicholson-Brown of Regency Tower Angel Squad
Dott Nicholson-Brown
Regency Tower "Angel Squad"

There were four people reported to Administration, two illnesses and two deaths.

Deaths

  • Kathi Robins (1601) - passed away in January; inquiry was made as to method of condolence.

  • Edmundo Barni (111) - passed away in February; mass card sent.

Illnesses

  • Phil Nadeau (407) - brother of Iris Anastasi, had surgery; received fruit basket.

  • Nick Coutoupis - long time security employee is ill; cards may be sent.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
ERIC PETER BERKOWITZ
SEE AROUND TOWN
The Regency Tower web site had 127,307 hits and 4,861 unique site visits (first timers) in January and 104,011 hits and 4,205 unique site visits in February. Countries other than the United States from which the most February hits were sourced are the Russian Federation, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Germany, Croatia, France, India, Monaco, Japan, Finland, United Kingdom, Mexico and Poland.

March 17, 2011 - The Officers are:

  • President Eileen Bendis

  • Vice President Eric P. Berkowitz
  • Secretary Fern McBride
  • Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum

Signatories on our bank accounts will be updated.

 

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EVENTS

MARCH 2011

Anotherfrom
the Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer
Nancy Lynn Seltzer
The December 4th "Happy Hour at the Tower" rocked! Naturally curious Regency Tower residents, having heard about the informal Lobby Party in September, made it their business to check out the Holiday Season second event. They weren't disappointed.

On February 13th, the Social Committee is hosting their 3rd Regency Tower wing ding. From 10:30 AM to 1 PM, the Rendezvous Room will become "Valentine's Day" central, as Nancy Seltzer's minions lay out the welcome mat to any and all of her Regency Tower neighbors. Participants in the Sunday morning Champagne Brunch will find themselves knee deep in Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers - perfect post-constitutional libations. In addition to the standard morning brunchfare of eggs, ham, bacon, bagels, etc, the Social Committee kidnapped a Brunch Chef to manage the Omelette Station. That's right - AN OMELETTE STATION! Of course, anyone impelled to bring their own bottle will be welcomed with open arms. There will be no charge to attend (and enjoy) but donations from those of you with a well developed sense of social equity are always appreciated.

WAITAMINUTE! Nancy lays out the Benjamins for these blowouts. At the December event, resident generosity almost reimbursed our gracious host for basic costs. If times are tough, we don't want a dime! Eat, drink and tie one on! However - if you are able - toss a few bucks her way. It would be wonderful if our contributions offset her expenses, don't you think?

The event will take place on Sunday, February 13th from 10:30 pm – 1 pm. Satisfaction is GUARANTEED!!!

So - come get some at the Sunday morning
(day before)
Champagne Brunch!

The Social Committee

Nancy Lynn Seltzer, (954) 290-3398
Committee Chair

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Since December, several additional posts were uploaded to the Regency Tower web site. On December 1, 2010, an article announcing the Social Committee’s 2nd “Happy Hour in the Tower” Lobby party on December 4th was posted along with a pictorial spread in the Photo Gallery of Committee Chair Nancy Lynn Seltzer’s initial Happy Hour event on September 3rd.

Board Meetings Minutes of the two December 16, 2010 Board Meetings were uploaded on December 24th. At the earlier Special Meeting, the vote totals supporting the membership’s decision to opt out of the sprinkler retrofit were preceded by a brief history of the issue. At the subsequent Regular Meeting, after releasing the voting summary for the membership’s decision to partially fund the reserves, the Board voted to approve the low-calorie budget created by Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum and thoroughly vetted during the November Budget presentation. Along with progress reports submitted by representatives from the association’s various committees, Dee Lanzillo’s President’s Report and Dott Nicholson-Brown’s Manager’s Update were posted on the web site. The meeting’s accompanying Notices and Reminders were also made available.

Board Meetings Finally, after posting a New Years Eve reminder to contribute to the Employees Holiday Fund before the early January second distribution, a New Years Eve reminder to contribute on February 13, 2011. In a response to a suggestion offered at a prior meeting, the New Residents page was brought current by adding move-ins from 2008, 2009, 2010 and this year. It was decided to limit postings to the past four years. With some assistance, we anticipate similar updates to our Employees Profile and Meet Your Neighbor pages. We are still waiting for some courageous volunteer to provide updated material for the late Helen Quinlan’s Poem and Joke page.

Board Meetings I received several emails asking how to find more information about events posted in the “Around Town” section on the Home Page each month. Each event headline is linked to more expansive reviews on the Notices and Reminders page. In turn, those reviews provide direct links to the event’s dedicated web page. Most of the events are free although some require modest fees for parking, refreshments, etc. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2011

Election of Officers