Each year the CAI-Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) attends a Legislative Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, California.  During this time, in addition to speaking to legislators and learning about pending laws, CLAC members come together to recognize the outstanding volunteer efforts of individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service to CLAC.  There were eight nominees from chapters throughout California and CLAC members selected Christina Baine DeJardin as the recipient of the CLAC Volunteer of the Year award for 2014.

“I am both surprised and humbled to be the recipient of the 2014 CLAC Volunteer of the Year award. The entire CAI Coachella Valley Chapter really came together to make CLAC a priority.  There are so many members of the Chapter who brought this goal to fruition and I look at this as an honor that does not belong to me, but belongs to the Chapter,” said Christina Baine DeJardin, Partner at Peters & Freedman, L.L.P.

According to CLAC, the nominees considered for CLAC Volunteer of the Year award exhibited the following accomplishments: Embracing and promoting the “Buck A Door” Program, presenting the CLAC Moment at chapter events, encouraging member participation in fundraising events, creating new CLAC Fundraising events and improving on already existing fundraising events. Additional accomplishments included initiating chapter LSC’s (Legislative Support Committees), complete with creating Committee Charters, organizing consistent meeting schedules and encouraging chapter members to participate in the committees.

The California Legislative Action Committee is a volunteer committee of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) consisting of homeowners and professionals serving homeowners associations.  It is the largest advocacy organization in America dedicated to monitoring legislation, educating elected state lawmakers, and protecting the interests of those living in homeowners associations in California and Nationwide. For more on CLAC and CAI please visit www.caiclac.com