Members United hosted our first ever livestream on April 17, 2019 to review the results of our livestream survey. In case you missed it, you can still view it here on our YouTube channel. You can view the survey for complete results.
The survey was completed by 77 members. Here are a few highlights of what they said (percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number):
- 23% have never attended a meeting of the Board of Directors and 24% have never attended any other GHI meetings (such as annual meetings, special membership meetings, etc.).
- 90% believe that it benefits the co-op when they attend meetings, however only 65% believe that it benefits them when they attend meetings.
- 71% would like to engage more in Board meetings than they currently do.
- Some major reasons that would encourage members to attend meetings more than they currently do include: if the agenda was made more clear to members, if members felt the agenda items applied more to them, if the meetings were shorter in duration, and if the meetings were more accessible (physical accessibility and ability to hear Board members more clearly).
- 96% say that technology is an important part of their everyday lives.
- 79% say they would be more likely to engage in Board meetings if they were livestreamed.
- 87% believe that livestreaming is relevant to GHI and its members, and they also believe it is a way to engage members more fully in the Board meeting process.
- 83% think that livestreaming is a safe and secure option to engage GHI members in Board meetings.
- Only 39% say they are knowledgeable about livestreaming and its security features; however, 52% would like to learn more about livestream options and security features.
We were part of the 2017 HIP cohort for our frame home. After our experience and listening to those of other members, I have compiled a list of Tips for HIP. Please join in the chat to share additional tips and suggestions.
We selected only one optional improvement – covering and sealing our trash door which was already sealed by a previous owner, but the unusable door remained. With a comparison of winter 2016-2017 versus winter 2017-2018, our house maintained 8 degrees warmer (we only use 3 of our 5 baseboard heaters) while our electricity bill averaged plus or minus $15 from the previous winter. With a bill that was relatively the same, our house was warmer and we were significantly more comfortable. Continue reading “Tips for HIP”
On Monday, June 10, 2019, Mr. Joseph Douglas, an attorney with the firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, conducted a training for the 2019-2020 GHI Board of Directors. Mr. Douglas has more than 30 years of experience working with condominiums, housing cooperatives and planned communities in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The topics that were covered included:
- Board Member Responsibilities,
- Effective Board Meetings and Operations,
- Fiduciary Duties of the Board, Committees and the Manager,
- Reviewing and Amending Governance Documents, and
- General Questions and Answers.
Continue reading “Board Training for 2019-2020 GHI Board of Directors”
The Well-Wishers for the Animals in the Greenbelt Shelter (WAGS) and the Greenbelt Animal Shelter are hosting a Kitten Shower at the New Deal Cafe (113 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD) on Sunday, June 16, 2019, 12-4 p.m. Shelter kittens will be the focus of the event which benefits WAGS.
WAGS is a friends organization of the Greenbelt Animal Shelter and a 501(c)(3) organization. The money raised through fundraisers is used by WAGS to pay for shelter animals’ medical expenses and to enrich the shelter environment. For example, WAGS provided the funds and the volunteers to add wooden cubes to the cat rooms so shelter cats would have areas to hide in when they wanted privacy. The cats love them and use them all the time.
Continue reading “WAGS and Greenbelt Animal Shelter’s Kitten Shower (June 16, 2019, Noon-4 PM)”
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:OO PM in Room 201 at the Community Center (15 Crescent Road), there will be a City Council Work Session on the possibility of building a Dog Park in Old Greenbelt. At the last Dog Park work session, which took place in 2018, the City Council decided that the following sites would be under consideration: Greenbelt Lake Dam, Northway, and Valley Stream Park.
The work session agenda and meeting packet were added to the City of Greenbelt calendar on May 24th. The agenda includes a link to a map of the proposed sites (with their dimensions) that includes two new sites: open area off Lakecrest Drive (between lake and forebay), and Indian Creek off Branchville Road (Greenbelt Station).
It is really important that interested residents show up at this work session and show their support for this project.
The Pet Expo Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM on Hanover Drive near the Greenbelt Dog Park (7200 Hanover Parkway).
Once you turn onto Hanover Drive from Hanover Parkway, you will be directed into the parking lot across from the Greenbelt Dog Park. The rest of Hanover Drive will be blocked off and filled with tables and booths representing animal-related organizations and businesses.
The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County will be providing rabies and distemper shots ($10 each), and microchipping for $25. There will be pet assessments, give-aways, games, food, snow cones and more. The City of Hyattsville Police K-9 unit will provide a demo. The Greenbelt Community Animal Response Team and the Greenbelt Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will be there to provide comfort stations for you and your pets. If you don’t already have an emergency plan, including “go bags” for your family and pets, CERT will have materials available to help get you started.
Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Caution: the weather can make this event very hot for your dogs. Be sure to monitor them so they do not become overheated. Bring water with you for your dog and make sure your dog doesn’t burn its paws on the asphalt. BTW, these are good tips for any summer event.
In the last several years, the way that GHI’s Maintenance Department manages common spaces has changed significantly from when we first moved to the neighborhood twelve years ago. At that time, common areas were actively managed by staff. Now, many common areas have been overtaken by invasives. These areas have not been weeded or maintained for several years. Similarly, there are woody patches of common area near the inner pathway that have been overrun with noxious weeds– poison ivy– for several years, despite members who have called attention to the areas. Continue reading “Common Space Maintenance”
GHI elections are here! When will you cast your ballot?
On Thursday, May 9, 2019
DURING the Annual Meeting, the Nominations & Elections Committee candidates are selected by voice vote.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER the Annual Meeting goes into recess, members begin voting for the Board of Directors and Audit Committee candidates.
The Annual Meeting will be held in the Greenbelt Community Center Gym, 15 Crescent Road. Check-in @ 7 p.m. Meeting @ 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, May 10, 2019
IN THE MORNING (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) voting resumes for the Board of Directors and Audit Committee at the GHI Administration Building.
IN THE EVENING (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) voting continues for the Board of Directors and Audit Committee at the GHI Administration Building.
The GHI Administration Building is located at One Hamilton Place.