Dear Homeowners and Residents,

As my term on the HOA Board nears its end, I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you what a privilege it has been to serve this community.  It has been a journey to be sure, and I never imagined that my fellow Board members would ask me to step up to the President position when the immediate past president, Michelle Lamberton, resigned her position nor could I have imagined how different my term would be as a result of COVID.

Nonetheless, I have seen the resiliency and the commitment of our HOA Board and entire community to adapt and work toward ensuring that Raspberry Falls is one of the best in Loudoun County.  And, we have accomplished a lot!  With cost savings from the pool closure as a result of COVID and close management of contracts by Cardinal Management and the Board Treasurer, we have been able to realize savings that have allowed us to update the two primary amenities in our community–the tennis courts and the pool house–both of which were in need of significant repair.
Also, I’m pleased that the Board was able to maintain its normal schedule of 5 regular meetings this past year even in light of the pandemic.  In addition, the Board conducted 4 Special Meetings via ZOOM, to cover issues as follows:

  • June 8 – Pool Closure Discussion (due to COVID19)
  • June 30 – Tennis Court Refurbishment (due to unplanned deterioration of surface)
  • October 13 – Pool House Remodel Discussion
  • October 28 – Pool House Remodel Decision 

Homeowners were invited to attend these meetings, with announcements sent via email and management team mailing invitations out via USPS.  I am proud of this record of transparency and diligence by our Board.

This year also brought unprecedented flooding that damaged landscaping and fencing throughout the neighborhood.  I quickly learned the challenges of working through bureaucracy at VDOT to hold them accountable for cleaning up the areas for which they were responsible in order to reduce the costs to the HOA for restoration.
There are also other “smaller” accomplishments this year that may not be apparent to many.  Our gazebos and fencing are being repaired and re-painted.  We are also working with Cardinal Management to streamline the interface between residents, the Board, and management through a new “customer-focused” website that will launch early next year.  And finally, we passed our 2021 budget that includes updating the reserve study.

I am grateful to my fellow Board members for the many hours they commit as volunteers, and I want to thank the staff at Cardinal Management–Byron McCauley and Kathi Sherman–for being there to answer questions and help residents address issues that arise.  Mostly, though, I want to thank you for allowing me to serve.  I hope to see many of you at the November 30th annual meeting (virtually, of course, which is another twist this year brought).  As required by our documents, we will be electing a new member of the community to the HOA Board!

Elaine Borakove, President
Raspberry Falls HOA Board of Directors