Re: Associate Membership
From: Ken Cameron-Bell (
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:54:04 -0800 (PST)
At Daybreak Cohousing we have Members, Associate members, and Friends of
Daybreak.  Members are residents and have full participatory and
decision-making rights and responsibilities. Associate members have
participatory rights and responsibilities, but are not decision-makers.
Members give approval for new associate members as they do for new members.
 Friends are those interested in Daybreak and are encouraged to participate
in special events and activities, but are not active on teams and decisions.

Ken Cameron-Bell
Daybreak Cohousing
Portland, Oregon

On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:34 AM, Douglas G. Larson <ddhle [at]>wrote:

> >I am chair of the Membership Committee at Rocky Hill Cohousing.  We would
> like to know how other communities handle Associate Members.  We are
> particularly interested in individuals or families who
> >live outside the cohousing community but would like to participate in it's
> life, and possibly decision making.  Do you charge a fee, do they come to
> regular meetings, are they voted in by the group,
> >do you have an application process, or recruitment strategy, benefits for
> both parties, etc.
> >In addition to these questions, we would like to know how you deal with
> resident Associate Members. We have several renters and also five
> households
> who are Associate Members by the fact that they
> >live on the road coming up to our community.  These five households do pay
> a monthly fee for the use of our Common House, and most of them and the
> renters participate as much as our regular members.  >However we have no
> clear-cut rule for their participation in our voting process.
> We have 3 levels of Associate membership at Songaia. In addition we have
> renters, who could be considered a 4th level.
> Our levels are
>  Level 1 - Friend - Pays a donation
>  Level 2 - Familiar - Pays $7.50 per month
>  Level 3 - Proximal Resident - Pays $15 per month
>  Renters - Pays $25 per month
> The level 3 associates are only people who live on adjacent property.
> Renters live on property.
> Each level has certain rights and responsibilities with level 1 having the
> least and renters having the most. The rights and responsibilities of each
> level are cumulative, with each higher level having all the rights of the
> levels below it. The details of these rights is too complex to include here
> but I will send you a copy offline if you wish to see it.
> Our current policy is about 3 years old now but we spent many hundreds of
> hours composing, revising and getting consensus on our Associate membership
> policy. I believe further revisions are in process now.
> I am not sure exactly how many associate members we have but I would
> estimate it at about 15 or so. Three of those are renters who live on
> property.
> Douglas G. Larson,
> Songaia Cohousing,
> Bothell, Washington
> The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate
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