By Tom Kelley
Member, Resident Advisory Council
Every year in the month of February the annual election is held for membership on the Resident Advisory Council or perhaps as it is known as the RAC. The member serves for a two-year term and may be renewed for another two-year term if the candidate consents.
This year’s RAC has been very busy. We held “Listening Sessions” in all the neighborhoods to hear from you where Riderwood can make your experience even better. We also conducted a Town Hall to share with you how decisions are made either by the local administration or by the corporate headquarters. The RAC also made the voting process easier for you, beginning this year you will no longer have to vote only in your local neighborhood, but now you can vote at any one of the voting polls.
This year there are five openings on the Council, and we have a great slate of candidates to choose from for these positions. The present Council makes one request of you: Please Vote!
The following are the important dates and events for this year’s RAC election:
• Absentee ballots will be available starting January 15. Absentee ballots must be returned by February 5.
• RAC Meet the Candidate Interviews will air on Riderwood TV on January 15 and February 4.
• Meet the Candidates week will take place from January 28 through February 1.
• Voting will take place in Arbor Ridge on February 5.
• Voting in Independent Living will take place on February 6 from 10:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. in Town Center and 3:30 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. in all community buildings.
Financial Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Riderwood budget developed? How were residents’ concerns addressed in the formulation of the 2019 budget?
Riderwood’s budget is developed in partnership with residents, staff, and the Board of Directors. The goal of the budget is to sustain operations, maintain affordability, and provide for the overall service delivery as promised in the Resident Care Agreements. Resident involvement and voiced concerns are communicated through monthly meetings with management, resident meetings with the Board Community Relations Committee, and a formal budget request list that is carefully examined by the Board of Directors.
On December 7, the Board of Directors and Riderwood management gave an overview of the 2019 budget. The recording is available for viewing on http://www.riderwoodtv.com.