Re: quorum
From: Jim Rebman (
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 12:39:44 -0700 (MST)

Have you considered the use of proxies for people who are out of town?
Maybe with some limit on the number of proxies per meeting so as to
keep everybody from opting out when they really have no just cause to
do so?  Just an idea.

-- Jim

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynn Nadeau" <welcome [at]>
To: "cohousing L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 8:05 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ quorum

> This is about quorum, the legal minimum number for making a binding
> decision. We are undecided about whether or not to reduce the
> for quorum.
> At RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend, a long-built community, some
> the decision making is delegated to committees, and many sorts of
> decisions don't require a quorum. Except important decisions which
> defined as "Class One." This would be matters like policy, change in
> governing documents, approval of the annual budget. These require
> presence in person of someone from 51% of our households, thus 13 of
> Maybe 6 meetings a year have this need.
> Our business meetings are one Saturday morning a month. Our process
> is fairly smooth and those who attend meetings are generally
positive in
> their evaluation of the experience.
> And yet, when there is a decision requiring a quorum, our
> team has ended up twisting arms and calling in favors, to get 13
> households to show up. They are sick of this and want us to reduce
> quorum requirement.
> Why don't people come? Five households are unavailable for various
> reasons, like not being on site. Still that leaves 19 households on
> from whom the 13 attenders could come.
> My fear is that if we reduce our quorum, we are reducing our
> and making greater participation even less likely. We don't want a
> downward spiral in participation! There is enough diversity in our
> that not every group of 10 people, for example, would be
> The alternative is raising voluntary meeting attendance, but that's
> easier said than done. Our membership is highly involved in dozens
> "outside" projects of all sorts, and also includes people who
> both for pleasure and for work. Any ideas?
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