RE: proxies
From: Eileen McCourt (
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 15:19:01 -0600 (MDT)
In our case, that is exactly what it means.  I like this because it is a
deliberate delegation of authority to the group.  Most people have given a
standing proxy for any meeting they do not attend, with the caveat that it
can be withdrawn at any time for a specific issue or for a period of time, I
changed my mind, or whatever reason.

The proxies are written, and posted to our yahoo groups list service.  It is
the recorder's job to establish quorum at the beginning of each meeting. I
don't know how much of a role the proxies play in establishing quorum,
because we typically have strong attendance at our twice-monthly business
meetings.  Proxies have been required a few times, but mostly when the group
was smaller.


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-----Original Message-----
From: cohousing-l-admin [at]
[mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]On Behalf Of pattymara [at]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2001 10:16 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: Re: [C-L]_proxies

Now this is a new concept to me.  Establishing quorum by proxy.  Hmmm.
Does this mean that someone can not attend a meeting but send a proxy
(written?  verbal?) that essentially means "Go ahead without me, I I
trust the group to make decisions"?

Patty Mara
Tierra Nueva, Cen CA Coast

On Sat, 2 Jun 2001 21:49:42 -0700 "Eileen McCourt"
<emccourt [at]> writes:
> We don't use proxies to decide issues, because we also use consensus,
> so
> only those who are present at a meeting can make decisions.  There
> is no
> voting, with or without a proxy. We use proxies to determine quorum
> only.
> --eileen
> Eileen McCourt
> Oak Creek Commons
> Cohousing in Paso Robles, CA
> emccourt [at]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cohousing-l-admin [at]
> [mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]On Behalf Of Lynn Nadeau
> Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 4:01 PM
> To: cohousing L
> Subject: [C-L]_proxies
> At RoseWind, proxies can neither satisfy quorum nor block. The only
> time
> they are relevant is in the theoretical case that we use our
> fallback
> voting system.
> Why? Because we operate by consensus, and only by being physically
> present can one have the opportunity to evolve and synthesize based
> on
> the unfolding "group mind". This does not mean that one cannot have
> input: on any significant issue there are multiple ways to give
> input to
> the relevant committee, in fact they solicit it via email,
> discussion
> circles, and generally letting people know what's in the works and
> whom
> to contact. This also makes the official discussion of the issue at
> a
> business meeting happen more efficiently. But we still see that we
> can,
> as a group, productively "take it from there" and refine and evolve
> in
> the final discussion at the meeting.
> An absentee may even occasionally send a written comment to the
> meeting,
> asking a friend, or the secretary, to read it to the group, as part
> of
> the input to discussion.
> A room full of "proxies" aren't going to come up with anything
> creative!
> Lynn Nadeau
> Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing
> Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature)
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