Presidents Message


To all our Darby Residents, I wish you a healthy and happy year.  I hope as a community we can come together and be a very cohesive neighborhood that works together and always thinks first “how will this affect my neighbor as well as me.”

We have some areas that we must give our attention to this year and for them to be solved it will require all of us working together as we “look at the big picture.”  First our list is to resolve our parking problem.  We have too many vehicles and not everyone using their designated space! Visitors who are invited to a Resident’s function in the clubhouse cannot find a parking space!  Is this the way we want to treat visitors to Darby?  We have a new committee that has begun working on this project, so please be understanding and work with us.

We still have some drainage problems and we will attempt to correct one or two per year.  As we know “clay does not drain well.”  Lets us keep our landscape pristine.  We have a new landscape project underway out on our bank on Darby Drive.  This one will take time and will not be completed in one planting season.

Then there are always unexpected components of our buildings that demand urgent repairs or replacements.  The ultimate goal of all these projects is to keep our complex as one of the most beautiful in Whatcom County and thus insure the value of our individual properties.

Our Events and Grounds committees worked very hard and were very successful last year. We are adding two new committees this year – the Parking and Resident Communication Committees. All four of these committees welcome new Residents to join them and share in the fun of planning and helping to achieve the results for everyone.  If you would like to help out, please call me or speak to one of the committee members.

As President of the Board of Directors, I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you this year.

Thelma Darling, President
Darby Estates Condominium Owners Association

President’s Message

Kat Carroll and I returned to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting to finish out our

Elected Terms.  You, the owners, elected three new members, Rebecca McLean, Andre Avondstondt (who since has resigned for personal reasons) and Anthony (Tony) Whitechurch.  Andre has now been replaced by Patty Clifton to finish out the year.  Other good news is thirty units sold during 2018 and we now have one hundred sixty-two owner family occupied units.

Our biggest project for 2019 will be working with our attorney to implement the needed areas of the new condo law that went into effect July 1, 2018 (WUCIOA).  The FHA Certificate is up for renewal for mortgage lending and we need to pass a rental cap to help insure you as owners, when you want to sell, can get reasonable financing.  Also we will continue to work toward a fully funded Reserve Fund according to the new law.

We will be moving forward to complete some much needed repairs to the gutters, sidewalks, decks, the south pond, and cleaning out, finishing the trim work, painting and installing blinds on the windows in the Building 506, (known as the maintenance building).  There will be other new projects that will come up.  Our Grounds Committee will continue working to maintain our planters at the entrances of each building as well as our “lavender garden” in the upper courtyard. All of this is in following our mission statement to keep you safe, take care of our properties, and protect your property values.

We are developing an Events Committee to help “build an active community” here in Darby Estates with activities such as garage sales put on with the 506 Building Committee, bingo parties, workshops, speakers on subjects that affect us all and an annual BBQ for all our residents.  We are open to new volunteers and new ideas.

Thelma Darling, President

Darby Estates Condominium Owners Association

President’s Message

Greetings Darby Estates Residents,

It has been an eventful year but we are finally nearing the end of our 2018 projects. This year we focused on reviewing policies, contracts, and processes while gathering information on the condition of our common elements. While some projects needed to be completed immediately for safety, cost savings, or compliance reasons, other projects will be planned into the 2019 budget or as future reserve items. We are pleased with the productive year and look forward to meeting with all of the Association Members at the Annual General Meeting on November 19th at 6 PM in the Community Center.

All the best,
Caleb Clapp
2018 DECOA President