Cecilio Berndsen says: I never got so many support expressions
Since I learned that members of the Board have secretly prepared a meeting to oust me from the Vice President Board seat I never heard so many support and solidarity manifestations. They will say that this is just an a mere reorganization but is an action filled with hate and revenge. It is not healthy. It is not nice. It is a sample of arrogance and disdain from serious work and real will to contribute.
Residents call me on the phone, approach me in the hallways, send emails, make Facebook comments. It is really an expression of friendship and communal integration. I am moved and I am grateful. It warms my heart.
Thank you so much. I was surprised and pleased that so many cared for my labor of love. Inside or outside the Board, Vice-President or not I promise to continue to work for a better Aquarius – our home, our place – within my time and abilities limitations but with vigor and dedication.
Thank you, again, Aquarius community. You are great!
Small sample of the messages received:
What makes community a good place to live?
– feeling that we have a right to belong and feel welcome;
– sense that we have some say in the community issues that affect us and that our perspectives are appreciated and respected;
– notion that the community has numerous opportunities for both individual and social fulfillment including basic needs, recreation, and social interaction.
Members of the board must show leadership and example of the professional and courteous behavior to all members of the Association, including their colleagues, and do not allow their personal emotions and feelings to affect their judgment.
Cecilio, we all appreciate your invaluable contribution, and hope that you will continue your hard work on behalf of all of us.
With kind regards, Arkady Chase, PH5N
From my perspective you are a true asset on the board and too the Aquarius. How can we stop the board action?
Steve Koslow, 704 N
Dear Cecilio, we really appreciate all the work you are doing toward the Aquarius bldg. and always keeping us aware on all current events. We all know it is a very hard job and you are doing it with a smile. God bless you and big thanks for everything.
Your friends John and Nadine
John Youssef 1105 N
Pamela Ippolito 1103 and 1104 N
HOW DARE WE ..THE ASSOCIATION..WHO GAVE ” OUR TRUST.”.BE TREATED SO POORLY BY HYPOCRITES …WITH THEIR OWN AGENDAS. WHERE AS ..VICTOR AND JUDY SPEND MORE TIME AWAY AND OUT OF TOWN..LEAVING THE PHYSICAL ISSUES ON A DAILY .. TO CECILIO. .LINDA AND BUCK..YES WE ARE A RETIRED COMMUNITY AND YES WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HUGE RENOVATION .. .WITH HORRID NOISE DAILY …FOR THESE PEOPLE .TO BE AWAY FROM HERE THEN ..TO TREAT YOU , CECILIO..SO POORLY..AFTER ALL OF THE HOURS SPENT AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY ..IN TIME ,EFFORT , SOMETIMES PHYSICAL EXHAUSTIVE ENERGY LOOKING INTO ISSUES TO BETTER UPDATE AND OR FIX ‘ ‘OUR HOME” ….IT REALLY SADDENS ME .. BECAUSE IT ONLY SHOWS.. ONCE AGAIN ,THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE OF THE BOD ARE ”NOT.” HAPPY WITH RULES OF FLA. STATE .. TAKE A LOOK AROUND AT WHAT IS BEING DONE ……COMMITTEES HELP GET WORK DONE.. THE BLOG CECILIO IS DOING KEEPS US INFORMED ..THANKS BUNCHES AND CAMERAS HELP KEEP US SAFE……….
Pamela Ippolito 1103 and 1104 N
Cecilio – I am distraught at this news. You have made an enormous contribution and truly changed the nature of communication and community at the Aquarius. Especially because our mom has not been well for the past two years and unable to keep up with all the changes your ability to
- consistently kept everyone up to date with the very complicated construction schedule and issues
- sent out helpful information such as quotes for the impact windows
- always been available to answer questions in a helpful manner
Has been invaluable to myself and my family.
Because I myself serve on my own Coop board in NY, and my brothers manage many coops and work hand in hand with boards and their officers, I understand how different personalities and approaches can cause friction when people work closely together. Especially when there are many problems to solve.
However, in all board service one must separate personality differences from the value different board members contribute as well as the intrinsic value of diversity of opinion.
How do we as residents who see great value on your contributions, help you remain in your seat?
I have worked alongside educated and trust worthy gentleman. There are ups downs. We disagree at times. We discuss issues and work together to find a way to make the issue work. It is called Flexibility and Cecílio has just that.
I have found his agenda to be the good for Aquarius. It is not my way or the highway!!! AS SOME ON THE BOD MAY HAVE IT. We pay too much money to not be ahead of this. Come on people…
You all have a wonderful resume. What happened to the working together? Part may be some BOD people, who are not here all the time. Are they just jealous of seeing the amount of work that Cecílio gets accomplished?
Kudos Cecílio for all you do. Please stay the course. We need you.
Thank you and Yvana
Pamela Ippolito 1103 and 1104 N (second message)
Cecilio, I am supporting you 100%. You are our voice and eyes especially for the owners who are not full time residents. BOD got their agenda trough because of You and your work. Blogs are great!!! All our BOD are people in retirement. Enjoy the life! Our BOD are not employee who must attend work every day. It voluntary NOT PAID position.
Larida Vdovets, Apt 203N
Please say this is not true over something so insignificant. We love you, Cecilio and do not want you removed from the board.
Roni Komie 1803 S
We have big respect to CECILIO DIVERSIFIED CONTRIBUTION TO THE BOARD AND SUPPORT HIM IN HIS EXISTENCE IN THE BOARD. ZOYA@SAM SCHMUTER
Zoya and Sam Schmuter, 1101 N
Caramba! What is this? We are together with you 100%
Aldo Pires. 505 N
Very unfortunate. Keep Cecilio VP!
George Ottoni, 2014 N
Sorry to hear that. Although I may not always agree with you, I thought you were doing a good job and providing valuable service with your blog….
You must have stepped on on someone shoes there… So who really “runs” the Board at Aquarius?
Even more disturbing, are you statements about possible breaches of contract and non-competitive contract awards, and Board non-responsiveness to these. You probably were out-voted on these issues.
Hope you kept a record of these, as it might come handy.
Good luck tonight, whatever happens.
Val Boyarsky, 201 N
Cecilio, your feeling is understandable. Your contribution to the community is invaluable. It is very unfortunate and strange that the same five Board members being elected the third year in a row cannot work in unison. What position does the Board offer to you now? Do they want you to be a Treasurer, knowing of what you are capable of?
Remember that you are elected by the community and you stay on the Board and continue being an expert in everything you do.