SHOA MEMBERSHIP IS VOLUNTARY
Membership in the Somerset Homeowners’ Association has always beenvoluntary.Originally, households that opted to become SHOA members were requiredto pay annual dues inorder to remain in good standingand were subject to protective covenants establishing land use restrictions, makingprovisions for property and lake maintenance, and restrictingnon-residential use of properties, etc.
In the late 1990’s these covenants expired. However, properties initially bound by the covenants remain so, even after a change of ownership. Residents are of course strongly encouraged to join or maintain their voluntary SHOA membership and to adhere to the community standards outlined in the original covenants.
SHOA membership gives you the right tovote on any issues affectingthe community, to participate in all members-only social activities, and is a prerequisite for membership in the Somerset Swim and Tennis Club. Membership in SHOA is also a demonstration of your commitment to and support of your community.
Throughout the year, Somerset residents are encouraged to make use of and participate in all of the programs offered by the SHOA board and supported by other active residents.
These include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Rental of the Somerset Clubhouse for private family and social functions.
- Annual celebrations like the Easter Egg Hunt, Cinco de Mayo/Derby Day Evening, the Fourth of July fireworks display, the Halloween parade and dinner, etc.
- Social programs like the annual progressive dinner, a virtual wine-tasting event, taking part in pool parties including (but not limited to!) chili-cook-offs and cornball tournaments, and school start and end parties
- Tennis round-robin tournaments.
- The Somerset Book Club.
- The Sharks Swim team
SHOA membership property- not homeownership- based. If a family purchases a home that is in active. SHOA membership status, the new owners assume the SHOA membership for the duration of the purchase year. They would maintain their membership by paying the SHOA membership dues in subsequent years. If the newly-purchased property is not an SHOA member, or if the prior owner has allowed membership to lapse, our by-laws state that the new owner must, in order to become an SHOA member, pay a $1,000 membership initiation fee plus the current annual dues.the board understands that thisfee may be difficult for new owners
and is open to discussing a payment plan. Members are invited to the annual SHOA Membership Meeting, usually scheduled for the second week in November. Although all resident sare invited to attend, only active, paid membersof the current year are permitted to vote on issuespresented for a membership decision.
Each year, the SHOA membership,at the annual meeting, decides on the dues for the coming year (January 1-December 31). Annual SHOA dues must be paid by January 31 of the new membership year. Failure to pay the dues in a timely manner can result in the property falling out of status and becoming subject to the above reinstatement fee. Residents wishing to be swim/tennis members must be SHOA members.Swim/tennis membership dues can be paid at any time during the year, as long as SHOA membership is current.
Duescan be paid online via credit card, subject to a 3%service charge.Dues can also be paid by check, made out to SHOA and delivered to theSHOA mailbox at 3417 Turtle Cove Court (at entrance to the Clubhouse.)