Board Training for 2019-2020 GHI Board of Directors

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.

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WAGS and Greenbelt Animal Shelter’s Kitten Shower (June 16, 2019, Noon-4 PM)

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.

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Upcoming City of Greenbelt Dog Park Work Session (May 29, 2019)

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).

https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/…/Map_of_Pr…

It is really important that interested residents show up at this work session and show their support for this project.

Pet Expo Block Party on Saturday, June 1, 2019

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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?

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Save The Date (April 23, 2019): Public Workshop on Widening I-495 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

What?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) are holding Public Workshops at Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the widening of I-495 and I-270.

When?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, first session starts at 6:30 PM, second session starts at 8:30 PM.

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