Re: Policy on Cancelling Meetings
From: lilbert (
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 10:52:06 -0700 (MST)
I would need more information on this before I'm sure my reply makes sense.
Why are meetings being cancelled on short notice? Lack of a quorum? Lack of

We decide when meetings are going to be at general meetings and nowhere
else. People are expected to either know what's going on or trust the rest
of the group to handle the decision. I don't think we've ever cancelled a
meeting for lack of attendance, but agendas have been changed at the last
minute because we didn't have a quorum. If you are canceling meetings, you
shouldn't be. If there are not enough people, you're either having too many
meetings or your process needs work.

I would be furious if a meeting I planned on attending were cancelled. Even
if everyone finds out ahead of time, people plan whole weekends around
meetings. It's not fair to cancel. IMO, email, phone and bulletin board
would all be insufficient.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: Becky Schaller <bschaller [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Policy on Cancelling Meetings
>Date: Sat, Dec 16, 2000, 8:05 AM

> One of the issues are community is looking at right now is developing a
> policy on cancelling meetings.  This is the result of a meeting being
> recently cancelled which almost everyone, if not everyone, thought was
> inappropriately done.
> Questions we are looking at are, How far in advance should this decision be
> made?  How do we make sure that everyone is notified that the decision is
> being considered?  Not everyone reads their email every day.  Email,
> Face-to-face, Notice on bulletin board, Phone Calls??  Does everyone who
> responds have to agree that it's ok to change the meeting?  Do a few people
> then consider all the information they have and then report the decision
> back to the group?  Is a policy on this subject really desirable?
> So I'm asking for input about what kind of policies about cancelling
> meetings other groups have adopted.
> As our community changes from being a scattered community to a gathered
> community, I'm finding the resources of this listserve immensely helpful.
> Becky Schaller
> Sonora Cohousing
> Tucson, Arizona
> Where our units are all sold, almost everyone has moved in, and construction
> is in the almost final stages.

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