|Membership Application||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac Thomson (machappyvalley.com)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 11:11:13 -0600|
Like many other groups, our membership is self selecting. We feel, however, that it essential for prospective members to fully consider their decision to live in cohousing since it's such a major lifestyle change (maybe like getting married). To help people in their decision process and to give us assurance that they've given careful consideration, we're planning to require prospective members to do some preparation. I've copied below our proposed Membership Application and Associate Member Questionnaire. I'd love to get your feedback on them and I also thought that they might be beneficial to other groups at our stage of development. Have any of your groups used anything similar to these? I was also wondering what kinds of difficulties or problems do new cohousing residents encounter that aren't usually anticipated? We're not trying to discourage prospective members, but we want everyone to go in with their eyes open to the extent possible. *-*-* Membership Application *-*-* INTRODUCTION The Membership Application is intended to ensure that you have fully studied and considered the prospect of living in San Juan Cohousing. The application is in no way intended to be a screening test for membership (with the possible exception of the financial pre-qualification). We feel that if people fully understand and consider what it is they are getting into, they are the ones best qualified to determine if they will be good members of the community and if the community will be good for them. This form serves as a checklist which you fill in as you complete the various requirements. One Membership Application is completed per household and then submitted to the Membership Committee. The Membership Application must be completed and reviewed before you will be considered a Member. PARTICIPATION 1) Each adult in the household must attend 3 SJC functions (social or business). 2) Each adult in the household must have served on a committee for at least one month. STUDY & CONSIDERATION 1) Each adult in the household must have read the COHOUSING book. 2) Each adult in the household must have read the SJC Book of Agreements. 3) Household must complete the Associate Member Questionnaire. 4) All of the adults in the household must meet with the Membership Committee to discuss membership. FINANCIAL 1) Household must receive financial pre-qualification from a Durango lending institution for a mortgage of at least $125,000. If you intend to build your home yourself, you must qualify for at least $90,000 and the lender must approve you to receive a construction loan. 2) Household must invest $6000 in the San Juan Development Corporation. The invested money is at risk, but will be credited against your eventual lot purchase. Read the SJC Development Corporation Investment Information for full details. DECLARATION OF AGREEMENT 1) Each adult in the household must read the following declaration and sign below. I have thoroughly familiarized myself with the San Juan Cohousing Book of Agreements. I understand that in the future it may be appropriate to modify some of the Agreements, by at this time I fully endorse them and agree to abide by them. MORE STUFF TO DO 1) Each household is required within one month of becoming a Member to prepare a page for the SJC Photo Album. Proforma sheets are available from the Membership Committee or youre welcome to improvise. *-*-* Associate Member Questionnaire *-*-* INTRODUCTION The purpose of this questionnaire is to help you discover and consider some issues relevant to living in community. By having a better understanding of these issues, you will hopefully be better able to decide if living in San Juan Cohousing is right for you and youll be better prepared to live in community. Since membership is completely self selecting, the answers you give will have no bearing on your being invited to become a member. Its your decision. The questionnaire will be used as a basis for your discussion with the Membership Committee so submit it to the committee early enough for them to review it before your meeting. It will also be a way for other Members to get to know you better. This questionnaire can be completed collaboratively as a household, completed by each member of the household, or some combination thereof. Please use extra paper if you need it for your responses. QUESTIONS 1) What experiences have you had in community settings? 2) How were those experiences for you? 3) What are your fears or concerns about living in SJC? 4) What are you most looking forward to about SJC? What do you want to get out of living there? 5) What do you have to offer SJC? Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing Mac [at] HappyValley.com Durango, Colorado "Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise." - Samuel Lover --Sent from HappyValley FirstClass BBS 904.246.9255
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