Happy New Year everyone! This is my inaugural "Notes from the ABI Chair" posting. Look for more Notes from me, ABI Board Members and Arden community leaders, featuring reports, useful tips and reflections.
If you would like to see a particular topic addressed in a future Note, contact email@example.com
— Scott Stose, ABI Chair
ABI 2020 Shareholder Meeting Announced
ABI Shareholders will gather Monday, January 27th at 7 pm at Arden Town Hall for the Annual Shareholders Meeting where the 2020 ABI budget will be submitted for approval. If you cannot attend, cast your vote(s) by proxy. If you don't have shares or would like to purchase additional shares (more shares = more voting power), use the ABI Shares Order Form. Log in to the website for access. If you don't have a login, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ABI 2020 Open House Announced
Due to popular demand, Open House for ABI Registration, Beach Passes, Permits and Dues Payments will be held Saturday, February 15th from 9 am to 1 pm at Arden Town Hall. If you want help with your 2020 Order Form, or want to pay your dues in person, be sure to join us.
Bring the exact amount of cash needed or a personal check for payment as we will not have an internet connection needed to process credit card payments. Property Owner Dues is $32 per lot, per year. Renter Dues is $25 per year. Vehicle Permits are $10 each. Ramp Permits are $75 for one permit and $100 for two permits. Dinghy Dock Permits are $10 each. If you've incurred any late fees or are behind with dues payments, be prepared to settle.
Be prepared to show proof of residency for any household member who needs a Beach Pass and is 19 years of age or older. Bring a copy of your current vehicle registration for each Vehicle Permit. Bring a copy of your boat and/or trailer registrations for Ramp Permits. Provide proof of ownership or bring a photo of your dinghy for Dinghy Permits. Visit ABI's Policies Page for more information.
To add the Open House date to your calendar, find the event listing on the Arden Calendar. Click to access the event page, then click "Add to my calendar."
2020 Date Set for Annual Spring Cleanup
Mark your calendar; the 2020 Spring Cleanup will be Saturday, April 25th from 9am to 12pm or until projects are completed. The Cleanup is posted on the website Community Calendar which links to a corresponding event page where you will find more information and can register to volunteer. Alternatively, you can just show up on the big day. Registrants will receive reminders and updates. Your registration helps organizers rally and plan projects. Many Arden residents schedule their time and vacations around this day. Afterward, ABI will host a cookout for Cleanup Volunteers. We hope to see you there. I look forward to Spring Cleanup each year because it's fun!
ABI Launches New Website Features
Keeping with the Arden website mission to engage all community members and create more interactive experiences, ABI launched several new website features in December. We are pleased to announce online ABI Shares Purchasing as well as ABI Shares Record that shows the number of shares connected to each Arden property address. Be sure to check out the new Neighborhood Services Directory for listings from over 70 Arden residents offering a variety of useful services. For a complete list of new website features, visit Notes From the Arden Website Manager. Log in to the website for access.
Arden's 2019 Fundraiser for New Website Ends Soon
A reminder that ABI's 2019 Fundraiser for support of our new Arden website comes to an end this year. Our Arden website, now a year old, has proven to be popular and successful beyond our expectations. Dues payments are up. There are fewer collections to be made. We've experienced more community involvement and much more website interaction. You have a few more days to donate and help ABI reach our goal of $5,000. As of today, December 28th, $4,720 has been donated. Only $280 more to go! We hope to surpass this goal during these next few days. Show your appreciation for all of the expense, time and effort that the ABI Board, developers, and community volunteers have put into our terrific website. If anyone finds a better community website in Maryland, we want to know about it. We bring you the best and strive to be better.
Thank you, Andrew Huppert!
On behalf of the ABI Board of Directors and the entire Arden community, I would like to thank Andrew Huppert for his many years of volunteerism and dedication to the betterment and well-being of our beloved Arden on the Severn. Andrew took on the gigantic task of managing the Arden NewsBuoy for the past fifteen years. He did an amazing job of corralling writers, advertisers, and volunteers. Andrew has published the last issue of the "paper" NewsBuoy and passed the rein to Lisette Mulé, who will debut the new digital NewsBuoy in January 2020.
Additionally, Andrew built and managed the old Arden website. When it came time to transfer content to our new Arden website, Andrew gave his full support and assistance. He is a pleasure to work with.
Arden has many great volunteers; Andrew is one of the most selfless and generous. His work and legacy shine brightly. Thank you, Andrew. You're a champ.
— Scott Stose - Arden Beaches Inc Chair email@example.com