|Re: [C-L]_ Associate Members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dave and Diane (daveanddeeverizon.net)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 18:12:32 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi all, At JP Cohousing in Boston we required members to go through the clearness process before they were eligible to become full members. If they went through the clearness process and did not follow through with becoming a full member any other new person was able to pull ahead of them. As a "buddy" to several potential full members I warned them about this. We needed people to support the project and buy houses and we could not afford to allow people the luxury of sitting on the fence for prolonged periods of time. Everyone reacts differently to this kind of situation. Some people take the plunge and put their money on a unit, and others pull back altogether. We did not have time limit on how long you could be an associate member, although we did discuss it. Also, if you went through clearness and there was no unit you wanted at that time, you could put down $2000 and go on the waiting list. But you still had to go through the clearness process again if a unit became available and it was more than 60 days since your last clearness meeting. This was designed to prevent the situation you describe, in which someone joined and then vaporized. Cohousing is a very fast-paced process and you need people to be up-to-date on the latest design changes and membership decisions. In order to pull together a clearness committee, you needed to have your buddy tell others in the group that you were ready to go through Clearness. The buddy would then need to find two people, one from the business committee, and one from any other committee, to be in on the clearness meeting. The purpose of the business committee person was to ask the member some tough financial questions to make sure they knew what they were doing and could afford the unit they wanted to put a down payment on. The process only failed once, to my knowledge, when we did not follow our own procedure and make sure the business person was there. A member managed to get through clearness without being clear if they could afford the unit they wanted. That was not a good situation. In that case, it was decided by the person who got their finances in order first. If a person disappeared for a long time it became very hard for the buddy to pull together a clearness committee. Bear in mind, being on a clearness panel was a lot of work, and people were not willing to do this for people they had no knowledge of. So for us, the problem more or less sorted itself out by the fact that involved people were able to get people to be on their clearness panels, and inactive people were not. Toward the end, you will have a lot of people in a frenzy desperately trying to bug you to get clearness meetings and rush their checks in to you so they can beat out the other people for that last spot. As a former marketing director, I have to say, this is not altogether a bad position to be in! Just make sure that everyone gets equal notification of meetings and give everyone was much opportunity to get involved as possible. We had counted both general meetings and social events as "involvement." If you have a web site make sure you post prominently on the front page each week how many units are left. We welcomed new members over the listserv so that everyone would know that a new member had joined the group. Good luck and let us know how you do! --Diane Simpson JP Cohousing, Boston = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = On Wednesday, September 14, 2005, at 06:16 AM, Judy Hecht wrote:
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 13:42:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Judy Hecht <judhee [at] yahoo.com> Subject: [C-L]_ Associate Members Some people, for one reason or another, finances or life-decisions for example, stay on the associate member waiting list for a prolonged period of time. As new associate members apply and move into membership, the associate members on the list are contacted to let them know that someone will move ahead of them in the line-up of unit selection. They have the opportunity at that time to become full members before the new person. So far this has not been a problem but as we near the last few units we anticipate that it could be, especially if a really involved new person was bumped by someone who had just had their name on the list for a long time. How have other groups handled this? Is there a limit for how long someone can stay on the list? Are there involvement requirements for people on the list? Judy Hecht CoHo Cohousing
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