Common Space Maintenance

20180515_174529In 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”

Are You Voting on Thursday or Friday?

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.

Reminder (May 9, 2019): GHI Annual Membership Meeting

Be sure to attend the 2019 GHI Annual Membership meeting!

When? Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Time? Check-in @ 7 p.m. Meeting @ 7:30 p.m.

Where? Greenbelt Community Center Gym, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Why?

Use your vote to decide any motion(s) put to the membership.

Select among candidates the Board of Directions, Audit Committee, and Nominations + Elections Committee.

Learn about results from the Member Outreach Committee survey of members which received over 500 responses.

Listen as the Long-Range Planning Committee presents data gathered during its work and describes the process guiding the next steps.

Get ready to sign up after the Woodlands Committee presents the new Common Area Caretaker Program.

See you at the meeting!

Roberts Rules of Order: When A Member Can Interrupt A Speaker

 

An earlier Members United post discussed attending the GHI Annual Meeting on May 9, 2019.  The post mentioned that the meeting will be run using Roberts Rules of Order and noted that a parliamentarian, who is an expert in Roberts Rules of Order, will also be at the meeting.  Finally, a link (see below) to more information about Roberts Rules of Order was also provided:

https://www.boardeffect.com/blog/roberts-rules-of-order-cheat-sheet/

In this post, we will take a closer look at some of the motions that members can make by  interrupting a speaker, rather than having to wait to be recognized.  These motions do not require a second, nor are they debatable.  In some cases, the Chair of the meeting decides what action is taken next.  For a Point of Inquiry, the inquiry is answered.  In other situations, a majority or two-thirds vote decides what happens.  A brief discussion of each of these procedures follows.

Continue reading “Roberts Rules of Order: When A Member Can Interrupt A Speaker”

Prince George’s County’s Third Pet Waste Management Summit

Did you know that just one (1) dog can produce 248 pounds of dog waste a year?  If you multiply that number by 151,000, the number of registered dogs in Prince George’s County,  you are talking about 37,448,000 pounds of dog waste per year.

About 60% of dog waste is picked up.  The remaining 40% translates into more than 40,000 pounds of poop left on the ground each day in Prince George’s County.  In other words, more than 40,000 pounds of untreated raw sewage daily.  What do you do to encourage people who do not pick up pet waste, to do so?

Continue reading “Prince George’s County’s Third Pet Waste Management Summit”

Proxy Voting and the 2019 GHI Annual Membership Meeting

You probably know that GHI’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting is almost here! Do you know how to make sure that your vote is counted if you cannot attend the meeting?

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019. Check-in begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbelt Community Center Gym (15 Crescent Road).

If no member in your household (a person listed on your Mutual Ownership Contract) can attend the Annual Meeting, you can give your proxy to another GHI member who will attend. That member can register your vote on business matters and elections conducted during the meeting.

Get a proxy form at the GHI management office by Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Proxy forms must be submitted by one of two deadlines:

May 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to the GHI management office or

May 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to GHI Board Secretary Ed James (56-D Crescent Road).

Absentee ballots are another way to participate in elections if you cannot attend the Annual Meeting but they DO NOT record your vote for/against motions.

For example, at the 2018 meeting, members were asked to vote on a motion to protect GHI woodlands. You could NOT register your vote unless you were physically in the room or submitted the paperwork to give your proxy to another member who was in the room.

Why pass up a chance to use your voice?

See you at the meeting!

Save the Date (Tuesday, April 30, 2019): GHI Candidates’ Forum

NOTE: This post was updated to clarify that forum broadcasts are handled through the City of Greenbelt’s cable station, not GATe. My apologies for the error!

What?
It’s time for GHI’s 2019 Candidates’ Forum!  Listen to and ask questions of the candidates running for positions on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

When?
Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Time?
7:30 p.m. Continue reading “Save the Date (Tuesday, April 30, 2019): GHI Candidates’ Forum”