Re: Meeting quorum questions
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 11:03:03 -0700 (PDT)
Thankfully, our bylaws, though in need of updating in other respects, essentially say that whoever shows up at a business meeting constitute a quorum.

Any actual quorum requirement only penalizes those who cared enough about an issue to do the work on it beforehand and bring a proposal, and those who care enough to attend the meeting. Issues that many members see as important draw a good crowd; issues that are non-controversial and/or that don't seem to be critical (but for some reason the plenary has to approve them) draw just a few. It's a self-regulating system.

   Muriel Kranowski
   Shadowlake Village Cohousing
   Blacksburg, VA

At 08:36 AM 6/19/2009, you wrote:

A neighbor at adjacent Pathways Cohousing called me to inquire about quorum requirements for their meetings, which are one over half the member households. However, they are having difficulty achieving a quorum at meetings where business decisions need to be made. I told her that our community had recently lowered our quorum from 14 (exactly half of the 28 households) to 10 to ease obtaining a quorum at meetings. She pointed out the problem is a quorum requirement is listed in the by-laws, which are often incorporated into mortgage documents, as required by lending institutions. To make a change would in turn therefore require amending all mortgages in the cohousing community, a difficult and perhaps expensive task. She asked me to put this question up on the cohousing listserv to ask for comments and suggestions on this matter and how other communities deal with difficulties in achieving a quorum or lowering the quorum for business meetings. Thank you. David Entin, !
Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton, MA.
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