Re: specifying the location of business meetings
From: S. Kashdan (
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2018 23:34:26 -0800 (PST)
Hi Muriel and all,

At Jackson Place Cohousing we don't have any specific rule about where team 
meetings are to be held. They can be held in individual homes or in our 
common house livingroom or dining room, depending on what works for the 
members of the team. All such meetings are marked on our community calendar 
and announced in advance on our internal e-mail list, so anyone who is not a 
participating member of the team but nevertheless interested is able to 
attend as long as the schedule works for that person. They are usually held 
on weekday evenings. But, if the members of the team agree to schedule them 
at other times, that can and does happen.

By convention our monthly coordinating committee meetings and our monthly 
community business meetings are held in our common house dining room on 
Sunday afternoons. There is no real set rule about it, but people have come 
to expect it that way.

Our coordinating committee usually meets two weeks before the monthly 
community business meeting and asks team leaders to attend and report on 
their team's progress and also takes care of coordinating the various teams. 
The coordinating committee also helps people to prepare presentations of 
various topics for the community business meetings and decides on the 
specific schedules for each community business meeting. No actual community 
decisions are made at the coordinating committee meetings except the 
scheduling of topics for the community business meeting.

The times and places for the coordinating committee meetings and the 
community business meetings are also posted on our community calendar and 
announced in advance on our internal e-mail.  Everyone is welcome to attend 
both meetings. But, most people only attend the community business meetings 
on a regular basis. The coordinating committee meetings usually have 
something like 10 to 12 attendees. The community business meetings have 
something like 20 to 40 adults attending.

Meeting minutes of teams are reviewed by participants and corrected when 
necessary before general circulation. Meeting minutes of both the 
coordinating committee and the community business meeting are circulated in 
draft form for a week, so they can be reviewed by all participants for 
accuracy before being finalized.

Finalized meeting minutes of teams, the coordinating committee and the 
community business meetings are all posted on our internal e-mail list so 
that everyone can keep up with what is happening as much as they want to.

I hope this helps a little.


Sylvie Kashdan
Community Outreach Liaison
Jackson Place Cohousing
800 Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA 98144
info [at] 

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