|Common House events, fees, policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 10:32:43 -0700 (PDT)|
I got an inquiry from another group about this, and thought I'd send it to the list too, to add to the archives. Lynn Nadeau (who just had a fabulous Personal Social in our CH yesterday: a Croning Ceremony on the occasion of my 60th birthday!) RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend Washington Common House use policies, fees, etc. Besides RW community gatherings, like regularly-scheduled meals, and special social or educational events, or meetings, a member can use the CH for: Personal Socials: Example would be a birthday party, a potluck for the chorus you sing with Sponsored Events: (the majority of non-RW uses) Examples- meeting of an organization or group you are part of (Green Party, Audubon, Bicycling Club, Women's Circle) Also events which you are associated with (sponsor) such as a talk by a visiting workshop leader, a house concert, a slide show. We do not rent out to the general public: every event has a RW member sponsor who is responsible for being present from set up through clean up, for seeing the house rules are followed (shoes off, no alcohol to minors, or left behind in the CH, no incense, etc.), and for getting it on the calendar, signing a one-page contract of responsibility and info about how many, what, when, kitchen use or not, and for paying the fee. Fee: For RW events: no fee. Personal Social: $10. (I encourage a larger donation for really large events.) Sponsored Events: $1 per person, $10 minimum. We are still trying to get clear about "house concerts" - we have had some large events (60-80 people) to hear musicians perform, but there has been a lot of confusion about insurance. At one point we were told that any such event, if the insurance company heard about it, would invalidate ALL our insurance. Now we've been told (same company) that it's not a problem. Then there is the internal dialogue about use of the CH as a public amenity, ranging from "Why would we invite hordes of strangers to tromple through and dirty our bathrooms, compromise our privacy, etc?" to "Everyone in town should have access to it - it's selfish not to share it with anyone and everyone." Most opinion is in between: Yes, we have had some wonderful events, and it's a delight to have them right here and to offer this beautiful space to the community in such a way. AND we don't want an infinite number of them, need to pay attention to parking, noise, safe exit routes among lines of chairs, and so on. We're still evolving this. I think our insurer is called CAU - it seemed to the THE one for a Homeowners' Association. We'd be glad to learn of others. You asked about a "fee based class" for residents, like yoga: we only have one, yoga in fact. They give the teacher $5 each, I believe, and don't pay RW, as it's all members. (Furthermore it's a weekday morning when nothing else is ever scheduled.) Guest rooms is another question, but not relevant here, as we don't have overnight space in the CH. We have enough space, between us, in our homes, for guests, and a guest room in the CH had to be trimmed from the budget. Hope this is helpful to someone someday. Feel free to email me off-list, if you have any specific follow up questions. Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo)
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