Here is how it works:

Charleston residents live in a non-profit entity called Charlestown Community Inc.(CCI) and there is help in determining our present and our future. Charlestown’s Board of Directors are charged with maintaining Charlestown’s financial well-being and assuring the long-term viability of the community.

This group of qualified professionals recently added two new members, who bring valuable talents. Joanne L. Martin, a Cybersecurity Specialist, among many other impressive qualities, and Laura Ellison, a Healthcare Financial Specialist with much experience in helping to maintain and expand not-for-profit health systems. You can read more about them in the July and August issues of The Sunburst.

Board discussions may be on the following:
• Decide where to invest excess cash from operations and entrance deposits
• Budget for future Charlestown expenditures
• Deliberate with Erickson Living on what Erickson is planning for Charlestown
and arbitrate what is best for the community
• Recruit replacement board members, when necessary

The Board members do not publicly discuss what they are doing for the community, as their deliberations need to be confidential so that all viewpoints can be considered during the decision-making process. However, residents can review board meeting minutes.

Erickson Living is the management entity that the Board of Directors has contracted to handle Charlestown’s day-to-day business. Simply put, the pictures you see on the elevator each day are the Erickson Living Management Team and all other workers and staff are Charlestown employees hired by Erickson Living to assist the daily needs of the community.

Charlie Eichenlaub
Member, Resident Council Communications Committee