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|From: Zpaiss (Zpaissaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 11:03:19 -0500|
Dear David, You wrote: "Why is RMCA seemingly so eager to sacrifice itself for a continental organization? Doesn't the success of cohousing in Colorado speak for the usefulness of a regional organization such as we're trying to will into being in California?" Your question is an excellent one. The question was raised by myself and other members of our board about five months ago. The goal of RMCA was to assist the creation of CoHousing in the Rocky Mountain Region. Now some six years later with a declining membership we asked ourselves if we have fulfilled our purpose. There are certainly tasks which are very helpful to coordinate on a local and regional basis. Local contact, regional inserts to a national publication, staffing at local events, and education of local political, financial and community groups. CoHousing ultimately happens on a VERY local scale. But there also seems to be a growing cry for help, we feel, better served by a continental organization. In a recent posting from Rob Sandelin he suggested topics such as, coordinated media campaigns, central information clearing house, repository for documents and coordination of emerging projects as logical roles for a continental organization to address. In some ways the RMCA may have already outgrown its regional scope. For example, we have after much effort, obtained a 501 (c)(3) and now find a lack of time and energy among our Board to take advantage of it. By enlarging our organization into a continental scope, we feel the chances of using the new status are greatly enhansed. It is our plan to structure the organization to include local/regional chapters so that the work of the RMCA (and other chapters around North America) will continue into the future. See you in Seattle. Zev
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