Re: Meeting quorum questions
From: John Beutler (
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 11:26:12 -0700 (PDT)
At Liberty Village (Libertytow, MD) we have a proxy system whereby different folks "hold proxies" for others. We still have aminimum number of people required to be present, but we can meet the legal requirements this way.



At 07:36 AM 6/19/2009, David Entin 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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