What is WMOwners, Inc. ?
WMOwners,Inc. is a registered not-for-profit corporation that operates solely in support of its mission statement. More informally, we are a group of volunteer owners who love to vacation, and in particular love our WorldMark memberships.WMOwners, Inc. is operated “By Owners, For Owners." Our volunteers do not receive any form of compensation for their volunteer efforts.
What is the organization’s mission?
WMOwners Inc. was founded By Owners, For Owners. Our mission is to:
Support Owner Advocacy
Encourage Open communication
How did it start ?
In 2004, a small group of owners bound together by a common interest set out to develop a true WorldMark website created “By owners, for owners”. In spite of never having enough time to do all they wanted, they nonetheless created wmowners.com and it has slowly developed into what you see today. Over time, volunteers have come and gone. Some tasks have been abandoned in favor of others, and mistakes have been made along with many successes. All who have been involved have given their best to the task. As a result, owners are becoming more knowledgeable, friendships are blossoming, and the ability to enjoy our club is expanding.
How is the organization run?
Volunteer owners work both behind the scenes and out in the public eye to continually develop and improve the website and keep it true to its founding principles. It is all provided free of charge, staffed entirely of unpaid volunteer owners just like you and me.
The corporate structure consists of a five member Boardof Directors which is accountable for managing the organization according to the By Laws. The officers of the organization are the President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary. These three officers often serve concurrently as members of the Board of Directors. Like all the other volunteers, officers and the Board of Directors are not compensated; they volunteer their labors on your behalf.
Each Board member sponsors one of the following focus areas: technology, education, owner advocacy, legal/financial & community/communications. Each of these focus areas is broken down into committees with chairpersons who are responsible for leading each area. The technology committee manages content, such as the resort pages and ownership utilization. The owner advocacy committee works on WorldMark, The Club elections, proxy drives, developer and management firm watchdog issues, etc. The legal/financial committee manages fund raising, budget preparation, tax filings, etc. The community/communications committee provides moderators for the Forum and is responsible for Forum related contests and communications, etc. Each committee includes volunteer owner members who help with the variety of tasks required to run the organization.
Committees drive all the activities and improvements on the wmowners.com website. The WM Owners, Inc. Board of Directors oversees the activities of the committees and manages/approves the budget for the organization.
Funds are raised by voluntary contributions. The funds are used for maintenance and improvements to the wmowners.com website, owner contact and communications, promotional and marketing collateral, and expenses as may be necessary to support selected candidates for WorldMark, The Club Board of Directors elections, such as expenses associated with the collection and voting of proxies.
The organization maintains a register of active volunteers, some of whom are designated as voting members. The voting members select the Board of Directors and enact changes to the bylaws as needed in lieu of a voting structure that includes all registered users. The voting members perform volunteer tasks necessary for the operation of the corporation and website and often take a leadership role in the organization. Membership as a voting member is by nomination and election by the existing voting members. Currently there are approximately 20 voting members.We hope you enjoy your WorldMark ownership as much as all of our volunteers do. The best way to improve that ownership experience is to participate in your WorldMark community and to assist in determining its direction. We hope you will consider contributing to WMOwners, Inc., and helping to spread the word about wmowners.com so that we can reach out to all of our 230,000+ fellow WorldMark owners.