HOA hopes to inform, engage residents

Sheryl Warmbold, Tellico Village HomeOwners Association vice president of social planning, goes through upcoming activities for homeowners during a Sept. 14 social.

The Tellico Village HomeOwners Association wants to keep residents engaged and informed through monthly socials.

HOA resumed in-person socials in April at the Toqua Pavilion, which was met with a welcome response. A virtual social was held in March, but HOA Vice President of Communications and Marketing George Curran said turnout was lower.

Socials have “evolved” in 2021 from prior years, with more of a focus on fun for homeowners, Ken Litke, HOA president, said.

“We realized that it is more important to socialize than to take up a lot of time talking to a captive audience,” Curran said in an email correspondence. “Our socials were structured for signing up for upcoming events and socializing, followed by an update from the HOA president and a speaker. Because of the long period in which we did not have socials, the method for signing up for an event switched to online through the TellicoLife event calendar. This allows more time to socialize, which has led to recapping of new activities, music, food, beverages and much-needed interaction.

“Social events now range from ‘Flotilla’ boat rides, golf scrambles, dining out opportunities, football tailgating, an end of summer dance, line dancing at Cotton Eyed Joe’s, Dollywood’s Pirate Voyage, Knoxville Brass at NPAC, trivia night, Singo (Musical Bingo), Keeneland Horse Racing and Tour and a Cades Cove hayride,” he added. “We are very aware of the pressure on people caused by the delta variant outbreaks we are witnessing and we are monitoring it closely. We will make adjustments to these and any future events that are necessary to keep our members safe.”

Litke said an emphasis is on making socials fun.

“That’s why we have live entertainment every meeting,” he said, emphasizing a “Yacht Rock” theme night social in August. “We’re trying to get more things like that, more fun stuff. We’ve enhanced the amount of stuff we give away each meeting. We’re trying to put the fun back into it, the social side of it, because the signup side of it it’s still there, learning about it, but it’s not the signing up like it used to be.

“We’re different from the New Villagers, but they’ve gone to online, too. They have more reason to get together because they’re meeting people for the first time, they’re making friends and all of that,” he added. “Most people in the HOA probably have a set of friends already, so it’s to see old friends, it’s to have an afternoon with a drink, nice setting, hear some good music, hear about what’s coming up, hear from good speakers about what’s coming up. We’re trying to have something informational, not a long meeting, a short meeting, but something informational that they can take with them.”

About 90 Villagers gathered Sept. 14 at the Toqua Pavilion to socialize and get caught up on activities.

The turnout was lower than the typical crowd of about 200. August’s “Yacht Rock” attracted 224, Litke said.

“I think the last meeting with the Yacht Rock was really good because we had a lot of people come,” Litke said. “The feeling about COVID was pretty good, feeling good about that, and I think we turned the corner and had a lot of people there. People are concerned again. I don’t blame them, so attendance is down. I’m not surprised that we have less people.”

Coming up

As part of the September social, HOA welcomed the Tellico Village Woodworkers Club to talk about projects and a Tellico Village Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee representative to inform about an upcoming online survey set to open Monday and end Oct. 31. Links to the survey will be on www.tellicovillagepoa.org or www.tellicolife.org.

“The 2018 Long-Range Planning survey has been accepted by the POA board as a guideline for their budget planning for the future,” Curran said. “Since 2018, there have been many changes in the makeup of the community and their wants and expectations. The 2021 survey will allow Long-Range Planning to include the opinions of these people and take into account the change in demographics we are seeing, so it is important that HOA supports the effort and encourage residents to complete it.”

A POA board candidate forum is set for 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Community Church at Tellico Village. Four candidates will be vying for two open seats.

“That’s an opportunity for anybody — it’s an open Village meeting — to hear from them why they’re running, answer questions,” Litke said.

For more information about upcoming activities, visit www.hoa tellicovillage.com/.