|Re: Associate members of completed communities?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 09:02:37 -0700 (PDT)|
So far, we've not published any details on the program electronically outside the community. As some might recall from my previous posts, there are complications around making private documents public. When/if we are ready to distribute an edited version electronically, we'll post it on both the Songaia website and the Cohousing Website. Sorry for a less than satisfying response... Craig P.S. My neighbor, Fred Lanphear, has now written a few chapters of a book on Songaia. Since I don't think he has covered the Associate program yet, I'm cc-ing him to help make sure it does get included. I see our Associate Program as core to Songaia's future. On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 7:38 AM, Catya Belfer-Shevett <catya [at] homeport.org>wrote: > Craig, would you be willing to send me the breakdown of rights and > responsibilities (and costs) for each level? > > - cat (with my community hat on, though if we want it on > cohousing.org i can put that hat on too :) > > > Craig Ragland wrote: > >> Rick, we should talk about this in our next phone meeting after your >> vacation... >> >> Like many Forming Groups, Songaia used an Associate structure as a step >> toward full membership - but we then shut this down after all our units >> were >> sold back in 2000. >> >> We recently revitalized our Associate program and now have 4 levels; 1. >> Friends, 2. Familiars, 3. Proximals, and 4. Residents (people who rent on >> the Songaia property). Each level has varying rights, responsibilities, >> and >> costs. The folks who created this program are into structure, systems, and >> careful definition of detail. >> >> Why did we do this years after construction? Because of the level of >> interest from neighbors and our frequent visitors in the area - and the >> need >> for everybody at Songaia to feel good about their frequent sharing of our >> resources, that we needed more definition. Since getting it defined it all >> a >> few months ago, we're now up to about 10 participants in all four levels - >> although one dropped out of the process (see below). >> >> It is turning out to be a HUGE influx of new resources into the community >> - >> new gardeners, dishes at potlucks, participation in creating more fun, as >> well as help with other projects. >> >> Unexpectedly, it is also great marketing. For when a Songaia home came up >> for sale recently, all 8 of the prospective buyers were Members, >> Associates >> or in the process of becoming Associates. The unit sold in about 10 days. >> We >> never dealt with any uninformed prospective buyers - and everyone who >> considered the purchase was already in meaningful relationships with our >> community. This does mean, however, that one of our prospective Associates >> dropped out of the process and, as of today, is Songaia's newest member. >> >> Without this program, we would have put the home availability out to the >> Songaia Announcement list - which now has several hundred "subscribers" - >> you too can subscribe by just going to the Songaia Home page: >> >> http://www.songaia.com >> >> and entering your name and email address into the two fields at the bottom >> of the page. This is a super-low volume list (about 4-8 mails/year). More >> info on it appears there - I also strongly advise every cohousing group >> (whether built or forming) to create easy ways (like this) for people to >> sign up for your announcement lists. Most are just curious, but some may >> be >> your future neighbors. >> >> Craig >> >> On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 10:32 AM, Rick Mockler < >> rmockler [at] cohousingpartners.com> wrote: >> >> >>> I am curious about the experience of "associate members" - people who >>> live >>> outside the community but who have a special relationship, and who >>> participate in some meals and activities. >>> >>> We are developing a cohousing project in Grass Valley, CA (located in the >>> foothills above Sacramento), which has extra land which we plan to sell >>> as >>> eight single family lots, across the road from the cohousing community. >>> We >>> have received inquiries from people who would like to build homes on the >>> lots and participate to some extent in the community. >>> >>> We'd welcome any information on arrangements for "associates." What >>> expectations do you have of them, how much they pay in dues, how they get >>> along with the rest of the community, etc. >>> >>> Thanks for any feedback! >>> >>> Rick Mockler >>> CoHousing Partners >>> Davis, CA >>> >>> _________________________________________________________________ >>> Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: >>> http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ >>> >>> >>> >>> >> >> > -- > Catya Belfer-Shevett ~ webmaster, www.cohousing.org > www.catya.org ~ Cohousing in MA! www.mosaic-commons.org > -- Craig Ragland Coho/US executive director http://www.cohousing.org craig [at] cohousing.org Please try email first, include your phone number (w/time zone) - or give me a call: 425-487-3550 (Pacific)... communicate!
- Re: Associate members of completed communities?, (continued)
- Re: Associate members of completed communities? Catya Belfer-Shevett, July 31 2008
- Re: Associate members of completed communities? Larry Miller, July 31 2008
Re: Associate members of completed communities? Craig Ragland, July 31 2008
- Re: Associate members of completed communities? Catya Belfer-Shevett, August 1 2008
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