Re: Question about using addendums
From: Chris Terbrueggen (
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:39:07 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the input. I appreciate your experience. It sounds like it would
be best to phrase the additional operational suggestions as "implementation
guidelines" instead of using the term addendums. Addendums look like they
are contractual and they could cause legal conflict between groups and
residents. Thanks, Chris

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 12:16 AM Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at]>

> Greeting, we are working on writing several policies for Linden Cohousing,
> formerly CohoMadison. We are using addendums to write operational
> suggestions for the committee that will be in charge of implementing the
> policy or the addendum clarifies specific ideas in the policy that are
> complicated.
> "An addendum is something added to a previously existing written document
> – usually a contract
> <>.
> Typically, it is either a more detailed explanation of something already
> noted in a contract or a proposed change to the contract. The word
> addendum, or the plural addenda, is derived from the Latin word *addere*,
> which means “must be added.”
> I would like some feedback on using addendums.  Here are my questions.  Do
> you think addendums are helpful when clarifying cohousing policies before
> they are approved? After the policy is approved, does your governance
> bylaws explain how policies are amended compared to addendums?  Or, does
> the committee, who has the responsibility of implementing the policy,  have
> free rain to alter the addendum?
> Thanks, Chris Terbrueggen
> Linden Cohousing

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