Many associations elect all 3, 5 or 7 directors for one year terms. If a high percentage of directors in any one year are new, the incumbents start with a significant advantage when it comes to the association’s business and the way it is conducted. Phrases such as “that’s the way we have always done it” are bandied about and the incumbents continue to rule the roost. This uneven playing field may be an anathema to new members who may feel stifled by the incumbents. Having staggered terms allows for new members to work with existing members knowing that their two years term includes a period on getting the feet under the desk, before flexing muscles. Having two year terms allows members to gracefully get up to speed knowing that about half the board’s membership is familiar with the procedures and the issues facing the board. In their second year, they will be the teacher to the new crop of first timers. Of course some boards retain the same directors for several years with both members willing to serve and members willing to let them.