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On the Security Scene

On the Security Scene Courtesy of Landings SecurityThu, 08/04/2022 - 3:42pm No Trespass Order On July 31, Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) and Security responded to a resident’s home regarding an unwanted visit by another resident and allegation...


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Sustainable Skidaway Task Force Seeks Volunteers

Sustainable Skidaway Task Force Seeks VolunteersBy Dylan TillEnvironmental ManagerMon, 04/04/2022 - 9:21am The Landings is an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community; the first such community in all of Georgia! The community received this...

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Streets in The Landings

Streets in The LandingsCourtesy of 50th Anniversary CommitteeMon, 03/28/2022 - 4:51pm Want to know how your street came to be named? Visit our 50th Anniversary webpage to learn more about the history of the community, upcoming events, and more.

Did You Know These Facts about THE OHCF?

Did You Know These Facts about THE OHCF?

Courtesy of The One Hundred Children’s Foundation (THE OHCF)

Did You Know:  New members are welcomed, and anyone can join The OHCF by signing up at our website?

Did You Know:  Annual dues ($100) assist with an activity/$150 (no participation required) and fund minimal operating expenses and the three programs listed below?

  • Safe Sleep Baby Bundles provides new baby supplies for at-need mothers at their first well-baby visit.
  • Comfort Pillows are sewn and given to hospitalized pediatric patients. Children prop up legs or arms for IV infusions, or some just like to hold them. To date, more than 1,000 Comfort Pillows have been delivered!
  • Books are purchased for reading initiatives at children’s nonprofits.

Did You Know:  The OHCF collects and distributes new and gently used books to hospitals and local children’s organizations?

Did You Know:  100% of donations and funds raised are given to area nonprofits through our Grants Award program?

Did you Know:  The OHCF awarded more than $100,000 to eight worthy nonprofits in 2022, including those listed below?

  • Ronald McDonald House purchased the Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart for pediatrics at Memorial’s Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital. Members make “rounds” to pediatric patients and their families, offering complimentary snacks, toiletries, reading materials, toys & crafts.
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler received a grant to purchase a GE Panda Warmer for babies in the NICU.
  • 1,100 children in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System benefited from a grant for Savannah Music Festival’s “Musical Explorers” education program.

Did You Know:  Members volunteer at St. Joseph’s/Candler and Memorial Health hospitals, holding babies in the NICU, reading to children, or helping family members whose children are in the hospital?

The OHCF ‘s mission is to promote the health, education, and well-being of children through the financial support of child-focused outreach programs in the Coastal Empire of GA and Low Country of SC.

Please consider a membership or donation in support of the children!



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L.O.V.E. Seeks More Mentors

L.O.V.E. Seeks More MentorsCourtesy of L.O.V.E.Mon, 08/01/2022 – 9:16amThis school year, Local Outreach Volunteer Educators (L.O.V.E.) is returning to in-school mentoring to give one-on-one attention to elementary students who are struggling in class. …

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Budget Box: Annual Budget Process

Budget Box: Annual Budget Process

By Karl Stephens – karls@landings.org
General Manager/COO

The annual budget for The Landings Association is approved in December by the Board of Directors for the upcoming fiscal year beginning January 1. The groundwork for an approved budget begins months in advance and is currently underway for the 2023 budget. This process is inclusive of TLA staff consisting of department directors and other staff, as well as “Budget Liaisons” with industry-specific backgrounds who serve on the Finance Committee to heighten fiscal responsibility.

The first part of the budget process begins with the review of the Capital Asset Management Plan (CAMP). Staff (and consultants, including a Professional Reserve Analyst) review useful lives and estimated costs for the assets under their purview and make necessary changes each year. The Professional Reserve Analyst provides added guidance on current and future inflationary projections to capture the total cost of replacing each component. The CAMP provides the basis for funding the Capital Reserve Fund, which increases in importance as our community surpasses the 50-year mark this year.

While the CAMP review process is underway, operating budgets are thoroughly reviewed by Department Directors along with the General Manager and Finance staff. There are many factors that are vetted during the budget review process. Programs and services are evaluated based on cost/benefit, obligation, need, and/or expectations.

Part of the budgetary review includes appointing Budget Liaisons. These Budget Liaisons are members of the Finance Committee, appointed by the Treasurer to work with individual departments during the budget

process. Department Directors meet with their assigned Budget Liaisons to review each line item in their annual operating budget and Capital Asset Management Plan. At the conclusion of the department budget process, each Budget Liaison will present the budget information for their respective department to the Finance Committee.

Reviewing budgets at a department level is only one part of the budget process. The Reserves Subcommittee is also heavily involved in the budget process. Members are appointed by the Treasurer and are members of the Finance Committee. This subcommittee looks at cash flow documents that are produced as a result of the proposed operating budgets and capital asset plans to evaluate available cash for not only one year but also for an additional five years, for a short-term view, as well as a total 25-year term, for a long-term view. The minimum level of the Reserve Fund under the Threshold Funding Plan (as adopted by Board of Directors) is 30% of the current cost of replacement/maintenance of the CAMP over a specified term.

Following months of reviews, edits, and deletions, based on committee and Board input, the annual budget is presented and voted on by the Finance Committee and Board of Directors at its December meetings. Budgets are voted and approved for one operating year (January – December). You can view the budget online at www.landings.org/resources > Governing Documents. If you would like to learn more about The Landings Association’s Budget Process, please join us on October 17, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the administration building conference room (600 Landings Way South), for our first Budget Workshop of the year.

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