E Pluribus Unum–Part two of a series

epluribusunum4The Latin epithet “E Pluribus Unum” has been used on our coinage since the Revolutionary War.  The basic interpretation is “Out of many, one”.  The traditionally understood meaning of the phrase was that out of many states (or colonies) emerges a single nation. However, in recent years its meaning has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation—illustrating the concept of the “melting pot”.

The phrase is appropriate for any group of people that amalgamates into a separate body guided by a common set of principles.  It is singularly appropriate for us here in River Oaks Trace as we have bound ourselves by a compact pursuant to certain standards of habitation and preservation.  This compact is embodied by our Master Deed, Covenants, and By-laws.  When a person buys a home in the Trace, he/she agrees to be bound by these articles of governance.

By becoming a member in the Association, a homeowner agrees to give up his/her property rights to a large degree in deference to what are termed the “Common elements” in the Master Deed.  In exchange, the Association assumes the care and liability for the Common Elements.  The purpose of having a housing association in the first place is so that the pooled resources of all are dedicated to the care of each member as needed and the community as warranted.

The Association is not a trivial concept, but is an explicit reality–that is, we are legally bound together as a functioning corporation and must abide by the governing documents.  We cannot act as independent homeowners, but must act within the regulatory constraints of the Association, guided by the purview of the Board of Directors whose job it is to administer the governing documents…mm