Re: anyone using web-based reservation system - guest suite reservations
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:12:40 -0700 (PDT)
Oooo, fun!

     - cat

Catya Belfer   -
Technical Director   -
Cohousing in MA -

On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM, Stephan Sylvan <stephan.sylvan [at]>

> Hi Jerry, Molly, Patricia, Sharon, and Susan,
> Thank you for your very thoughtful responses to my question about guest
> room reservations systems.
> It really is interesting how the discussions around guest rooms seem to be
> so similar across cohousing communities scattered all over the country.
> Charge a fee or not? Make it voluntary or not?  Who pays? Who cleans? What
> if someone doesn't clean? How to furnish? What if someone uses the guest
> rooms far more frequently than everyone else? How to handle the money?
> It would be nice if there were a full-time paid Coho US staff person who
> could visit any and all cohousing communities when they are in the middle
> of a big debate/discussion on a common cohousing issue. That Coho US person
> could get up before the discussion begins and inform everyone that (1) your
> community is not the first to deal with this issue, (2) here are the major
> concerns that many cohousing communities have raised on this topic, (3)
> here's the list of objectives many cohousing communities seem to be trying
> to meet with their policies on this issue, (4) here's how many have
> addressed the major concerns and met the objectives, and (5) if you'd like
> any of these approaches to use even as a starting draft, send me an email
> and I will send you their policy document(s).
> I know this is a pipe dream because this would cost a serious amount of
> money unless that Coho US person could be "piped" in via Skype or something
> to our meetings when and where they happen. Even then, Coho US probably
> doesn't have the resources.
> Stephan
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