Re: associate members
From: Maggi (librarymaggigmail.com)
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 08:55:59 -0700 (PDT)
Liz - I hear that residents choose to be members. I can imagine that a
resident might choose for their teenager at college to be a member, for
example, and that the teenager would then have access to community
resources, be on the email list, have the option to participate in work,
etc. My question is about a resident who does not choose to be a member. Is
that an option? Or, what about someone who says they will, but does not
attend any meetings, sign up for work, or want to involve themselves in the
community? Are those individuals still considered to be members?

I apologize this is a deviation from the original subject line. To bring it
back to associate membership: what differences exist between an associate
member and a full member? Are renters also full members? Do you have any
units where there is no full-time resident living in the unit (absent
landlord, or landlord living in another unit)?

On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 11:27 AM Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at] gmail.com>
wrote:

> Diana, Mosaic does actually have an affiliate who is in a relationship
> with one of our members--they (the affiliate) live in Camelot (the
> other coho community on our land).
>
> Alan, that affiliate would be a member if the person who lives in our
> community were to say "[name] is in my household and is a member."
> Then they'd be a member. But they haven't said that, they've instead
> had them join as an affiliate. (Which required that a second household
> *also* be the sponsor.)
>
> Maggi, residents *choose* whether to be members. Each household says
> "these are the members that live in my house".
> For renters they may be considered part the of the home they live in,
> or they may be members as their own household--usually the landlord
> decides which way that goes.
> For people who live here part-time (college students, partners,
> parents, etc.) the person who lives here all the time says "these are
> the members in this household".
>
> But a renter could not choose to be an affiliate. Affiliates don't
> live here, people who choose to be members are "members" if they live
> here.
>
> To be clear this is much easier than it sounds.
>
> I do not believe we have a way to remove members? Maybe Diana is
> avoiding work even more than I am and could look that up.
>
> Liz
>
> On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 11:01 AM Maggi <librarymaggi [at] gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Diana, you say that residents are automatically considered to be members.
> > Are there any situations in your community where a resident would not be
> > considered to be a member, or could have their membership revoked?
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 10:41 AM Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at] 
> > gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > No, by definition, affiliates are non-residents.  Residents
> automatically
> > > get full membership.  Affiliate membership has limitations, like they
> can
> > > come to meetings and participate in discussion, but if something comes
> to a
> > > vote, they don't get to vote.
> > >
> > > Like Liz said, we do not try to decide who is a resident. That's up to
> the
> > > household. In fact, once a year we survey -- who do you consider part
> of
> > > your household for the purposes of membership? We don't consider it
> our job
> > > to verify or second guess. No one really cares -- you are who you say
> you
> > > are.
> > >
> > > As far as I know, we have never had the situation of a romantic
> > > relationship where the partner was an affiliate. Doesn't mean we
> wouldn't
> > > do it, but it just hasn't been a thing. We've had non-romantic family
> > > related memberships (moms are popular :D ), but I think, if memory
> serves,
> > > that those family members lived in Camelot, our "sister" community who
> > > shares our land, so that's a different situation.
> > >
> > > Diana
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 10:26 AM Alan O'Hashi <adoecos [at] yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > 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 resident.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Are your associate / affiliate membership categories tied to
> household
> > > > romantic relationship status (do personfriends ever join as
> associates /
> > > > affiliates to 'test drive' community life)
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Thx
> > > >
> > > > Alan O.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > *Alan O'Hashi **Get Up Off the Couch*
> > > > www.alanohashi.com
> > > > www.getupoffthecouch.com
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> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 01:52:42 AM MDT, Diana Carroll <
> > > > dianaecarroll [at] gmail.com> 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
> to.be
> > > > 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.
> > > > https://www.mosaic-commons.org/affiliates
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 10:25 PM Elizabeth Magill <
> pastorlizm [at] gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > 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
> > > > members.
> > > >
> > > > 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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