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Did You Get Your Ballot?

By now you should have received your August 13, 2022 Special General Meeting Recall Election Ballot.  If  not, call UniLect to request a replacement ballot.

If you did not receive your ballot, call UniLect’s Ballot Request Call Center, toll-free, at 1-866-466-6455, as soon as possible, to request a Duplicate Ballot.

You will need to let operators know you are with SVCA and provide further identifying information. Operators are standing by and available 24/7 throughout the balloting period.

Replacement ballots ARE NOT available through the Administration Office.


Sudden Valley Special Election Volunteers Needed

Election volunteers are needed to assist with the Special General Election of the Sudden Valley Community Association on February 7 & 8.

Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, ballot preparation and counting on Friday, February 7, from 1:00-5:00 pm and on Saturday, February 8 from approximately 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please consider volunteering just a few hours for this important event, especially on Friday. 

If you are available to volunteer on either or both days, contact Marlene Harlan at mkharlan@msn.com or by text/phone at 360-223-4102. Thank you for your help and support.

Marlene Harlan Master Counter


Two Important Dates

Two Important Dates – Fred Haslam, Chair, N&E Committee

Now that we have turned the corner to 2020, I wish to advise/remind the community of two important near-term dates:

Thursday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. (Dance Barn) – A Special Board Meeting has been scheduled for the Board to interview applicants and select the candidate to fill the vacant Board position.

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. (Dance Barn) – A Special General Meeting has been scheduled regarding the vote on the petitions to recall five Board members: Paula Birchler, Mike D’Angelo, Andrew Entrikin, Leslie McRoberts, and Whitney Pearce.

Please plan to attend these meetings. Thank you.

Major Typo in September’s Sudden Valley Views

Unfortunately, the date of the Special General Meeting in the headline of the Sudden Valley Views is incorrect. All Association Meetings are held on Saturdays in the Dance Barn. Thus, the date of the upcoming Special General Meeting (SGM) is September 21 at 1 PM in the Dance Barn.

All ballots have been mailed, so if you have not yet received a ballot, be sure to check in with Administration to receive a replacement ballot.

Letter from SVCA President

[This letter was reviewed and approved by our attorney for accuracy]

At the Thursday, July 25th Board of Directors Meeting, members submitted a petition to the President of the Board for the purpose of asking the membership to vote on an amendment to the Bylaws.  This amendment seeks to impose caps on annual increases in dues and assessments as well as special assessments.

Per SVCA Bylaws Article II Section 2, a petition signed by 10% of the membership compels the Association to call an SGM.  The signatures with the submitted petition were vetted by staff.  Of the 725 submitted signatures, 65 were disqualified, leaving 660 valid signatures which is greater than the required minimum number.  A Special General Meeting (SGM) has been scheduled for Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the Dance Barn.

Prior to receipt of the petition, the Board sought the opinion of our attorney as to the legality of the proposed bylaw amendment in light of recent amendments to the Washington Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA”).  Our attorney stated, “This legislation [ESB 5334 amendment toWUCIOA] supports the notion that the Board has the power to adopt a budget and associated level of assessments that it deems to be in the best interests of the community association.  It strengthens the argument that the petition for bylaw amendment is invalid.  However, there is yet no case law to confirm my assessment.   This remains a matter ultimately to be determined by a court.” 

Therefore, members should be aware that if this measure passes, it may ultimately be found to be invalid, potentially resulting in significant legal costs to the Association and its membership. 

Leslie McRoberts

President, Sudden Valley Board of Directors