2019 Annual Meeting Notice

Notice of the Innis Arden Club, Inc. Annual Meeting 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:30pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse

4:30p.m. Sign-in for proxy holders, 6:00 p.m. coffee hour and sign-in for Homeowners, 7:00 p.m. meeting (after quorum has been established) 

During the Annual Meeting, elections will be held to: 

  1. Elect a total of three Directors to the Board. 
  2. Ratify the election of the Activities Committee Chairperson (Maggie Taber) to the Board for a one-year term. 
  3. Approve the 2019 budget. (View it HERE)
  4. Approve annual dues of $735.00 (unchanged from 2018)

There are several ways that you can vote: 

  1. IN PERSON: During the Annual Meeting, submit ballot after signing in and nominations are taken from the floor. A ballot will be provided at the meeting. 2) BY PROXY: You may choose to have another person vote on your behalf. A proxy ballot is enclosed. Indicate your Innis Arden subdivision, block, lot (as reflected on your address label), proxy holder, and sign the ballot. Optionally, you may vote on ballot issues. Give your completed proxy to your proxy holder to bring to the annual meeting. Or, you may designate the Innis Arden Board of Directors to vote on your behalf. Again, you may vote on ballot issues.
  2. MAIL your completed proxy (download HERE) to:

    Innis Arden Club, Inc.
    P.O. Box 60038
    Richmond Beach, WA 98160 

  3. EMAIL: Homeowners for whom we have email addresses will be emailed a ballot (and instructions) after the first of the year. Please email communications@innisarden.org if you wish to add your email address to the list.

Note: If you cannot attend the meeting, please vote by proxy or email to help establish a quorum. (We cannot start the meeting until a quorum of 270 is established. Previously, the meeting has been delayed or rescheduled as volunteers called neighbors and scrambled for their proxy vote to establish a quorum).

Meeting Day–Sign-in and Pre-Meeting Dessert: 

All are invited to coffee and dessert sponsored by the Activities Committee, starting at 6 PM in the Clubhouse. 

  1. If you are voting IN PERSON, sign-in will be between 6-7 PM. Also, please have handy your Innis Arden subdivision, block and lot number (see the upper left corner of your address label) as this helps the tellers sign you in.
  2. If you are a PROXY holder, sign-in will be between 4:30-6 PM as a large number of proxy votes are anticipated and need to be processed in a timely manner. Between 6-7 PM, people voting in person will have priority over proxy holders.
  3. Ballots will not be cast until after the meeting begins and a quorum (270 voters in person or by proxy) has been established. 

Meeting Agenda 

  1. Approve the minutes from the January 17, 2018 Annual Meeting. 
  2. Take nominations from the floor 
  3. Candidates’ presentations followed by a question and answer period 
  4. Discussion of other ballot issues 
  5. Voting and the collection of ballots 
  6. Board Member Reports: President, Secretary, Vice President, Activities, Building and Remodels, Grounds, Clubhouse, Reserves, Treasurer 
  7. Community Comments 
  8. Announce Election Results 
  9. Adjourn 

Candidate Statements 


I have been honored to serve on the Innis Arden Board for the past three years and am running for a second term. 

For the past 29 years, Innis Arden has been our home where my husband and I have raised two children and have been active participants in the community. I have also served the greater community in many leadership roles including as Commissioner and Vice Chair on the Planning Commission for the City of Shoreline. 

Professionally I am an architect and have spent most of my career teaching in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Currently I work part-time for a design-build contractor and also continue to work as an artist.

For the past three years I have held the position of Building and Remodel Chair where I have used my skills and experience to assist our community with new construction and remodels, ensuring compliance with the neighborhood covenants. It has also been a pleasure to work with many neighbors assisting with what sometimes can be a complex process. With the intent of making the Building and Remodel process easier to navigate and to reflect current building practice, I have also facilitated updates to the B&R working documents, which are now adopted and in use. If reelected I plan to continue to work with the Board and the community in upholding our covenants in a fiscally responsible, transparent and collaborative manner.

I thank you for considering me to continue to serve as a member of the Innis Arden Board of Directors. 

Cynthia Esselman


I appreciate the opportunity to run for a seat on the Innis Arden Board of Directors.  

I am an 8-year resident of Innis Arden and a 15-year resident of Shoreline.  My wife and I have been married for 16 years and have two 12 year-old daughters. Professionally, I am a Senior Manager at The Boeing Company leading Factory Operations at the 737 Factory in Renton, WA.  

Over the past 3 years I have had the privilege to serve on the Innis Arden Board as its President.  In that capacity I have worked diligently with the other members of the Board to provide consistent leadership and unyielding support for the Covenants that govern our community.  Covenant compliance is an on-going effort that takes significant time and effort and I am particularly proud of the work this Board has done to uphold the protections for Sound and Mountain views.  Working as a team, the members of this Board have been able to settle numerous compliance matters through diligent effort and open and honest communication.  I have also worked closely with the Club’s legal team to successfully defended legal challenges to the Covenants.

During my tenure as President the teamwork of this Board has yielded many successes.  The efforts to provide greater transparency in the areas of Covenant compliance, the Building and Remodel process and the annual operating budget (including a generously funded asset reserve account) have significantly benefitted Innis Arden. 

That said, there is still work to be done for our community. The Board has recently begun the process for addressing the view preservation in the Natural Reserves.  We will also be working to establish a more consistent online presence and community communications. 

I look forward to working with the Board and the community to build on our successes and meet the challenges that will arise in the future.

Our community is special and deserves leadership from the Board of Directors that will ensure our neighborhood remains a strong and vibrant place to live.  Thank you for considering me for a position on the Innis Arden Board of Directors.


I have had the privilege of serving on the IA HOA Board for the past three years and have enjoyed being a greater part of the community. I have learned a considerable amount during my time assisting with grounds, secretary, legal affairs, and compliance matters. I hold high regard for my fellow board members and feel that we have some nice positive momentum at this point-in-time. Having grown up in IA and moving back with my own family in 2012, I have a longstanding appreciation for the beautiful neighborhood that we all live in. I look forward to serving another term on the board and would ask for your vote to do so. The two most significant contributions that I can offer our community are to work toward compliance of the IA covenants, particularly the sound and mountain view preservation guidelines, and to encourage respect among all parties as we navigate the sometimes thorny issues we deal with. Professionally, I am a forensic psychologist, maintain an independent practice in Seattle, and also hold a faculty appointment through the UW at Harborview. As such, I have experience managing complex and adversarial dynamics and conducting business with a high ethical standard. 

Thank you for considering me.


BJ Oneal