Re: Welcoming new members
From: Michael Barrett (
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:44:56 -0800 (PST)
For many people a significant benchmark in the path from first knowledge of cohousing to move-in has to be the point at which they pay a substantial lump sum of money to the nascent organization with little or no expectation that they can get the money back, in the short term, if they want or need it.
To me, making that payment represents commitment (and justifies a party).

Michael Barrett
Shadowlake Village in Blacksburg Virginia, where we are wondering if winter is over or or it hasn't yet arrived. The wiser money is on "not yet arrived".

----- Original Message ----- From: "Spencer Beard" <spencer [at]>
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Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:08 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ Welcoming new members


Our developing cohousing group is at a stage wherein a core group of 5
families has been working together for 1.5 years and we are ready to bring
in new neighbors. I was wondering what kind (if any) of welcoming ceremonies
other cohousing groups may use to mark a prospective member's decision to
actually join the community? At that point in the process, our new people
will have had a "buddy" family assigned and have attended a number of
meetings, both social and business.

But how do any of you mark the change in status from "interested" to

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