Re: associate members
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:26:09 -0700 (PDT)
Diana et al. - Thanks for your responses. Do Affilliates / Associates live in 
your community or do they live elsewhere and participate in your community?

I'm also interested in learning how a community decides that an occasional 
guest such as a boyfriend or girlfriend who stays overnight regularly becomes a 

Are your associate / affiliate membership categories tied to household romantic 
relationship status (do personfriends ever join as associates / affiliates to 
'test drive' community life)

Alan O.

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    On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 01:52:42 AM MDT, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll 
[at]> wrote:  
 Adding on to what Liz said about Mosaic’s affiliates. 
Alan asked how we decide when someone has crossed from visitor to affiliate. 
Our policy (after lots of discussion) is that an affiliate is proposed by two 
“sponsors”. So it’s an active decision by the potential affiliate and their 
sponsors. Also while that transition sometimes is as you describe— they hang 
around for awhile and then find they want more involved — in fact the 
majority of our affiliates are people who used to live here, and/or residents 
of our “sister” cohousing group with whom we share land. 
Here’s the actual policy.
On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 10:25 PM Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]> 

In terms of people who sometimes live in the community, it is up to
the owner to decide who is a member of their household. So if they say
someone is part of their household and are members then they are

For people who don't live here, we have a category called "affiliates"
for people who want to have the privileges and responsibilities of
membership. They pay 5% of our average dues (we have a sliding scale)
and help with work and with the fun.

We have called this thing associates, and then we changed it to friend
and now it is affiliate. Calling it a "friend" was a mistake, some
people thought that everyone who was their friend should be made
one---really, we want everyone to feel free to invite friends anytime.
Affiliate status costs money and has a [slight] commitment.

Liz at Mosaic commons, Berlin, MA.


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