Re: Initial membership criteria, reentry
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:22:07 -0800 (PST)
Early in development we had a thing called "stepped back" which meant that you 
were still a member but didn't have to pay monthly dues and couldn't take part 
in consensus. Mostly when folk were stepped back they didn't attend anything, 
but some attended social events.

To come back you had to "get caught up" on any issues coming up for consensus. 
I don't remember if you had to pay for the back months.

During construction we had a household that had paid 20% of their home. When 
they left our deal said that you had to leave the money behind. So when they 
came back we said ok.
The second time they left and came back we grumbled.

The third time they had to meet with our finance team and promise not to leave 
They never did buy...and lost their investment. 

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill

On Feb 3, 2014, at 5:36 PM, johnrichmond50 <johnrichmond50 [at]> 

> Hello everyone , wondering how groups dealt in their forming days with 
> establishing criteria that new members must meet in order to join the group,  
> and what conditions were placed on allowing members who left the group back 
> in.
> Thanks
> John Richmond
> Richmond Cohousing (VA)
> Sent from my Galaxy S®III
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