Re: associate membership policies
From: Jim Snyder-Grant (
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:02:30 -0800 (PST)
Hi Martha (et al):

Here are links to our policies. These
outline our policies. We've used this form of them for at least 10 years.
They seem to work fine.

We make a distinction between those who live right near by, within walking
distance, who participate a lot (with very few limits) and pay a fairly
substantial fixed annual fee; and others who typically live farther away
and participate sometimes (with more limits), and pay less, and on a
sliding scale

We don't use liability waivers: I believe our generic liability policy
provides sufficient protection, and liability waivers aren't as protective
as people think (I can't bind my heirs from suing you for wrongful death
for example).


Jim Snyder-Grant
Home: 978 266-9409
Cell: 508 572-2985
18 Half Moon Hill
Acton MA 01720

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM, Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at]> 

> Does your community have an associate membership policy that’s been in
> effect for at least two or three years? In my community, we don't have such
> a policy yet, but would like to know what other communities have done to
> formalize welcoming relationships with neighbors as well as former owners
> and renters. Here are some questions we have:
> Do your associate members pay a one-time or annual fee per individual or
> family?
> If there is a fee, what does the fee entitle them to?
> Is there a screening process used for people wanting to become associate
> members?
> Can associate members participate in work parties, cooking, etc., and if
> so, do you have them sign a liability waiver?
> Are they welcome to attend your meetings, and if so, do they participate
> in discussion and decision-making?
> Have problems arisen with your policy or is it working well?
> Martha Wagner
> Portland, OR
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