Missed it this last Monday; love to say i was out doing really important stuff but alas, simply slept in. I was delighted to get the email link that afternoon showing the meeting. Filled the popcorn bowl and settled in to see just what i had missed. First off, i saw something i had never seen in the 15 years of going to/watching meetings. There were only 5 board members present. Never, ever saw such a poor turnout by the board. I get it, stuff happens. When I was on the board, it was expected you would in fact have be there unless you had a damned good reason. The democrats were out in force and were looking at a motion that will be voted on this month. I know what the current language says, but i cannot get my head around what the change is they are voting on. Sometimes in their rewrite clarity of intent is missing in action. And when questioned, i never did hear an answer. I did enjoy Ben Roloff's comments regarding the Life Long Learning Club. He covered the history most are clueless about in Sun City and left himself room to appear before the Long Range Planning committee to move them towards understanding what is happening in other communities. We are way behind what most others do on the cerebral side of the ledger. Finally, i was disappointed in how the president bit back at one of the residents who raised the topic addressed here on this site. Being protective of board members is admirable, but when there is reason for broaching a topic that is pretty clear, pretending it is not an issue is silly. Said board member had been to one board meeting this year, and not sure how many of the member/exchanges he has missed (clearly most of them, if not all of them). And it should be noted he missed the annual membership meeting. And they know exactly how many of his chairman and co chair meetings he has attended. It was an anomaly, to be down to 5 board members, but when you are consistently down 1, it just gets that much easier to end up in the position they found themselves in. And if missing has no downside, does it become the norm? I'm as compassionate as the next guy, but if you run for the board, get your butt in the chair. Delighted we are now showing these meetings on line, because it gives us the chance to keep up with what we missed.