Re: Need Suggestions for complying with bank guidelines to opening cohousing bank accounts etc
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 04:44:33 -0700 (PDT)
If you are already built community you would presumably have some kind of home owners association with appointed officers or trustees. If you are still forming it needn't be any different.

I don't see any negative impact on consensus and community by having different people take on different roles. I assumed the role of treasurer because I'm good with money. Other people took on different person, land search, design committee, secretary, childcare coordinator, etc. Some of the roles were reflected in the llc officer roles and some weren't but that didn't affect the consensus driven aspect of the coomunity.

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On Apr 11, 2010, at 4:38 PM, Leslye Janusz <leslyej [at]> wrote:

Our group, Auburn Ecohousing, in Auburn, CA is looking for help in how our group can comply with guidelines for opening a bank account, or a member
operated LLC.

We've had "officers" in the past, elected, or selected by the entire group, but that feels so antithetical to the concept of cohousing and consensus. However, banks want to know who the officers are for purposes of opening an account and who can sign on an account. In setting up a member operated LLC,
is it necessary to have "officers?"

What are other groups doing to show some official sort of structure or
leadership team that would satisfy banking intitutions?
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