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”

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.

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

Work Session Between GHI Board of Directors and Prince George’s County Council Members

questions answers signage

Work Session Attendees and Purpose of the Work Session

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the GHI Board of Directors hosted a work session with the Honorable Todd Turner, Chair, Prince George’s County Council and our District 4 Representative, the Honorable Mel Franklin, At-Large County Council Member, and the Honorable Calvin Hawkins, At-large County Council Member.  Greenbelt City Council Member Colin Byrd and City of Greenbelt Department of Community and Planning Director Terry Hruby attended the work session.  Two members of the GHI Audit Committee and several GHI members also attended.  The purpose of the work session was to introduce GHI to these County Council Members and to discuss issues of mutual interest.

GHI Board President Steve Skolnik used this meeting to share information with the County Council Members about GHI, to provide a brief history of GHI, and to provide an overview of the GHI Homes Improvements Program (HIP).  In discussing HIP, he emphasized that the $25 million dollar project would not require GHI to obtain loans as GHI’s replacement reserves program has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the project.

Continue reading “Work Session Between GHI Board of Directors and Prince George’s County Council Members”

Zoning, Pipes,Yard Beautification, and Bicycles Discussed at the January 17, 2019 GHI Board Meeting

brass-brick-wall-environment-675987

The January 17, 2019 GHI Board meeting not only had a very full agenda, but included several items that could potentially have long-lasting effects on the cooperative.  These items include:

  • Member comments on the GHI Zoning Task Force’s (ZTF) proposed Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone (NCOZ),
  • A  discussion of next steps for the replacement or relining of  water supply and waste pipes for masonry and frame homes,
  • A review of the 2018 Community Beautification Program (CBP) and the GHI Yard Solutions Task Force recommendations for the 2019 CBP, and
  • The GHI Bicycle Committee’s  recommendation for a change to GHI parking rules to accommodate bicycles.

Please note that there were other agenda items addressed during the GHI Board meeting which are not discussed in this article.  Continue reading “Zoning, Pipes,Yard Beautification, and Bicycles Discussed at the January 17, 2019 GHI Board Meeting”

Notes from the September 20, 2018 GHI Board Meeting

pexels-youngpeoplemeeting

Note: The following is a summary of key issues discussed at the GHI Board Meeting on September 20, 2018.  This summary is followed by a brief discussion of some of the other items on the agenda.

Key items discussed at the Board meeting included:

  • Proposed GHI Bylaw Amendments, and
  • Review of the Communications Committee’s Report

Proposed GHI Bylaws Amendments

The Board of Directors voted 6 to 2 to send two proposed bylaw amendments to the membership for a 30-day comment period prior to submitting the amendments to the membership for a vote at the next annual membership meeting.  Board members voting in favor of this action were Skolnik, Brodd, Hess, James, Watkins, and Seely, with Holland and Jones voting against.  Kapfer was excused. Continue reading “Notes from the September 20, 2018 GHI Board Meeting”

Notes from the August 16, 2018 GHI Board Meeting

hands-people-woman-meeting

Note: The following is a summary of key issues discussed at the GHI Board Meeting on August 16, 2018. This summary is followed by a brief discussion of some of the other items on the agenda.

Key items discussed at the Board meeting included:

  • Review of the ARC’s Proposed “Forever Homes” Flyer;
  • Finance Committee’s Recommendations re: GHI’s Replacement Reserves Plan;
  • Board Consideration of the 2017-18 Audit Committee’ s Recommendation; and
  • Review of the Updated Strategic and 12-Month Action Plan Reports.

Review of the ARC’s Proposed “Forever Homes” Flyer

Lola Skolnik, Chair of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) attended the meeting to discuss a new project to encourage members to view their homes as Forever Homes.  The idea behind the project is to encourage members to make changes to their homes that allow them to live in one home through changing life stages. To help publicize this effort, the committee developed a flyer asking members to share what they have done to their homes to accommodate their changing needs. Continue reading “Notes from the August 16, 2018 GHI Board Meeting”