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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”

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Member Spotlight Series: Episode 2

Our new Member Spotlight series debuts with videos focusing on those who are active in Members United.  Learn more about who we are and our backgrounds as members in GHI. Future videos will feature interviews with other members of GHI and the Greenbelt community.  

Missed Episode 1?  Watch it on our YouTube channel here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to get notified when future videos are released.

Interested in becoming more active with Members United or being featured in a future video?  Reach out to us at wearemembersunited@gmail.com to find out how you can become more involved.

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”

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?

 

 

In This Time of Covid-19

In this time of Covid-19, a female comedian sheltering-in-place in NYC admits that she has become infatuated and obsessed with Governor Cuomo, and eagerly awaits his daily news conferences.  A tv co-host shares her virtual social life these days, recounting cocktail parties, movie-watching parties, and virtual celebrations of key life events. My friends recount how much they are enjoying Facetime and Zoom with their grandchildren and other loved ones. Even my canceled SAGE exercise classes have been reborn on Zoom much to my delight. Although I could have done without the experience of being Zoom bombed.

For those who have not heard of the practice of Zoom bombing, it’s when uninvited people decide to crash your Zoom meeting and download pornographic and/or racist images and/or make sexual or racist comments. In the case of my Yoga class, we got hit with all of the above during our closing meditation! Before you give up on Zoom, there are things the host can do to prevent this from happening.  

Continue reading “In This Time of Covid-19”

GHI Board to Hold Meeting via Conference Call

GHI has announced on their Facebook page that tonight’s Board of Directors Meeting (March 19, 2020) will be held via conference call.  Read the post below for more information (Credit: Greenbelt Homes Facebook page).

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Link for conference call: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/536171877

Credit: Greenbelt Homes Facebook page

It’s That Time of Year Again

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It’s that time of year again: The GHI Annual Meeting is just around the corner.  On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:30pm, the Annual Meeting will commence.  Elections for the GHI Board of Directors and Audit Committee will take place during the annual meeting, as well as the presentation of member agenda items.  Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:

  • Tuesday, March 10: The Nominations and Elections (N&E) Committee makes their first announcement of candidates
  • Thursday, April 9: Members may propose an agenda item by petition to Secretary Ed James or GHI office
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm: Candidates’ Forum in the City Council Room, Greenbelt Municipal Building
  • Thursday, April 30 by 5:00pm: Candidates must submit consent forms (found here) to GHI office or N&E Committee member
  • Thursday, May 5: Final deadline for candidates to submit nominations by written petition
  • Thursday, May 7 at 12:00pm – Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Members may pick up applications for absentee ballots at GHI office
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Deadline to submit applications for absentee ballots
  • Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm: GHI Annual Meeting at the Community Center Gym; read about Roberts’ Rules of Order here.
  • Thursday, May 14 after meeting and Friday, May 15 from 7:00-10:00am & 5:00-8:00pm: Polls open
  • Friday, May 15: Election results announced

For complete information, see the GHI Elections page and the Candidates’ Packet.

In Memoriam: GHI Tree Stump Rings Dated

It seems to me that over the last few years, GHI has been forced to remove more larger trees than usual in close proximity to my North End home. A beautiful, large tree in the common area just outside of my garden side yard was one of these larger trees. I am a little sad every time I look out and notice its stump after more than 20 years of watching it grow and mature.

As I was walking my dogs one day, I observed tree removal workmen struggling to remove pieces of what must have been a large tree to a nearby truck. I did not arrive in time to see the tree before they cut it down and removed its limbs.  The circumference of the these tree sections was large enough to make me curious about how large a stump remained, especially as I saw prodigious amounts of sawdust left near the inner walkway. Some workers were still clearing up brush and smaller pieces of wood, and I had to keep moving, so I decided to find the stump another day.

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2nd International Co-operative Principle: Democratic Member Control

Introduction

The second international co-operative principle is democratic member control:

“Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.”*

Since the earliest days of the co-operative movement, democratic member control has been a defining characteristic of co-operatives. From the founding of the first co-operatives, democratic member control applied to all members of the co-operative, which was a very radical idea in the mid-nineteenth century. Even more impressive, this principle applied to women as well.

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