Meet-the-Candidates Forum, May 11th @ 7 p.m. on Zoom

To learn more about the candidates running for a seat on the GHI Board of Directors, register for the Meet-the-Candidates Forum sponsored by the Center for Dynamic Community Governance.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

Contact aileen@dynamic-governance.org for the event link

All candidates (incumbents and newcomers) have been invited to participate.

How to Vote in GHI’s 2021 Elections

Prepare to Vote

GHI’s 2021 Annual Membership Meeting is almost here so get ready to vote!

As reported in the April 26, 2021 issue of GHI E-News, there are 7 candidates for only 5 open positions on the GHI Board of Directors so voting is crucial to our community’s future. You can vote even if you have only one favorite candidate.

Also, as of April 26th, there were just enough candidates to fill all 5 open positions for the Nominations & Elections Committee. The Audit Committee still needed one candidate to fill its 3 open positions.

I registered to attend the GHI Annual Membership Meeting and read the meeting packet to learn more about how to vote for this year’s slate of candidates. Below are excerpts from the packet that I found especially useful.

I hope this helps you successfully cast your ballot!

Continue reading “How to Vote in GHI’s 2021 Elections”

Member Comments Requested Regarding Minimum Yard Standards

During the September 3, 2020 GHI Board of Directors meeting, the Board proposed revisions to the minimum yard standards as written in Section III. Minimum Use and Maintenance Standards – Home and Yards B. Exterior. The proposed revisions can be seen here. This includes standards for outdoor storage of wood and building materials.

-Section III.B addresses the maintenance of unit exteriors, including fences and yards.
-Subsection B.10 has been removed and Subsections B.11-B.20 have been renumbered.
-Subsection B.10 addressed yard areas, specifically trash, debris, and noxious plants, such as poison ivy.
-The new section B.13 addresses English ivy and other creeping vegetation. A final sentence has been added, “Yard areas shall be free of noxious plants, such as poison ivy.”
-The new Subsection B.19 is a rewrite and reformatting of the old B.10.
-Subsection B.19 begins with the broader statement that exterior areas must be maintained in safe and orderly condition. This statement is broken down in further Subsections a-f. Members should review all of B.19 carefully.

The Board has requested member input regarding the proposed changes. Comments are due to the manager’s office by Thursday, October 8, 2020. You can submit your comments through email or postal mail to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop or Manager’s Office, GHI, 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Sign up for alerts when new articles are released, and check back at MembersUnited.net for more updates on the proposed changes.

Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members

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On August 6, 2020, the GHI Board of Directors returned to their discussion of the member’s request that audiovisual recordings of meetings be made available to members.  This was originally placed on the agenda for the July 9, 2020 meeting (read more here).  The decision of the Board was that the General Manager would request a legal opinion from GHI legal counsel.  This discussion was brought back to the Board after the legal opinion was obtained. Continue reading “Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members”

Opinion: My Thoughts on Attending a Virtual Board Meeting

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I attended the virtual Board of Directors meeting on July 9, 2020.  Since the stay-at-home order in March, the GHI Board of Directors has been holding their twice monthly meetings via Zoom.  As with in-person meetings, all GHI members are invited to attend the Open Session meetings.  I have attended in-person meetings in the past, but this was my first virtual meeting. I’ve compiled a list of positives from my experience and some suggestions I think would improve the meetings. Continue reading “Opinion: My Thoughts on Attending a Virtual Board Meeting”

Request for Audiovisual Recordings to Be Made Available to Members

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At the July 9, 2020 GHI Board of Directors meeting, the request for audiovisual recordings of Board meetings to be made available to members was discussed.  Currently, the virtual Zoom meetings are recorded but deleted after the minutes are taken.  This is also the same practice for the audio recordings of in-person Board meetings, which is done at the advice of GHI legal counsel.

After a brief discussion and some questions, it was proposed that General Manager Eldon Ralph discuss this further with GHI legal counsel as a first step.  The proposal passed, and the General Manager will move forward with this discussion.

Members United has explored this topic in the past with a member survey.  Click here to read the results and here to watch the live stream results.  Check back on MembersUnited.net for further updates on this topic.

This Week’s Board Meeting: Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Board Meetings to be Made Available to Members

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Of note for the July 9, 2020 Board of Directors meeting is an agenda item previously explored by Members United: that audiovisual recordings of the Board of Directors meetings be made available to members.  Since the stay-at-home order began in March, Board meetings have become virtual; Zoom meetings have been made available for Board members and GHI members alike.  The quick action to do this by GHI allowed our cooperative and Board to remain up and running, while providing members with a virtual platform to be involved while staying in their homes. Continue reading “This Week’s Board Meeting: Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Board Meetings to be Made Available to Members”

What to Do With Your Dog During Covid-19

Online Resources to Enrich Your Dogs’ Lives during Covid-19.

How You Can Enrich Your Dog’s Life During a Time of Self-Isolation

Dog parents may be wondering what they can do during Covid-19 to enrich their dogs’ lives besides walking them. The good news is that many dog-related activities and training classes have moved online. If you have been thinking about taking your dog to a training class, now is a great time to do it. Not only will it give you an activity to occupy your dog, but it also presents you and your dog with a real bonding opportunity.  The age of your dog doesn’t matter, as long as your dog is in good physical shape. (I recently completed a Basic Manners class with my active 10-year old Jack Russell Terrier.)  Taking a training class online with your dog also supports small, local dog training businesses during this economic crisis. Continue reading “What to Do With Your Dog During Covid-19”

Thinking About Running in the 2020 GHI Election?

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The GHI Nominations and Elections Committee is still accepting candidates for the 2020 GHI Elections.  Members can run for Board of Directors, Audit Committee, or Nominations and Elections Committee.  The following positions are available:

  • Board of Directors: 4 positions with 2 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)
  • Audit Committee: 3 positions with 3 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)
  • Nominations and Elections Committee: 5 positions with 4 current candidates (as of 4/13/2020)

The May 14, 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed; this means that the deadlines for candidacy applications have also been postponed.  Applications will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting (rescheduled date TBD).  See the GHI website for more information and to get the candidate’s packet: https://www.ghi.coop/content/ghi-elections.

Attend Thursday, April 16th Board Meeting Virtually

As Covid-19 continues to to change how we do things, the GHI Board of Directors is no exception.  GHI’s operations continue despite the pandemic, so the Board of Directors has provided members with the opportunity to attend the GHI Board meeting by joining a Zoom meeting. The information you require to join the meeting is provided in the electronic GHI Newsletter that subscribed members should have received in their email on Monday, April 13, 2020. For members who are not subscribed to the e-News newsletter, call Member Services for the information. Be sure that you are given the Zoom meeting number and the meeting password.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Buildings Committee Recommendation re: Regulation of Pest Control Noise Emitting Devices,
  • Sustainability Sub-Committee Recommendation re: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Adjacent to the Administration Building,
  • Proposed Asbestos Operating and Management Plan for GHI,
  • Update re: Solar PVES for the Administration Building,
  • Postponement of the Annual Membership Meeting Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and
  • Should GHI Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), enacted as part of the CARES Act?