Monday (July 22, 2019): GHI/Greenbelt City Council Work Session

Set your reminders and plan to attend this important work session between the GHI Board of Directors and the Greenbelt City Council regarding a host of topics, including:

  • WSSC’s Proposal to Replace Water Supply and Sewer Pipes for GHI’s Masonry Units
  • P.G. County Zoning Re-write/Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCOZ) Zone
  • Proposed Widening of BW Parkway/I-495 Beltway
  • Playground Improvements

You can download the agenda packet here or see the list of meeting agendas on the Council’s website.

NOTE 1: The meeting will be held in the GHI Board Room, not the City Council Chambers.

NOTE 2: Visitor seating will be limited due to the number of meeting participants so be sure to arrive early. And maybe bring a seat cushion.

What? GHI/Greenbelt City Council Work Session

When? Monday, July 22, 2019.

Time? 8 p.m.

Where? GHI Board Room, 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Why? GHI and the City of Greenbelt have many areas of overlapping interest so this is an opportunity for GHI’s new and longtime members to learn more about this complex relationship and track progress on important issues.

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!

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”

Comment by March 29, 2019: Protect GHI’s Institutional Knowledge

Please take a moment to read and submit your comments on the draft record retention policy to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop by March 29, 2019. What follows below are vital points for your consideration that were raised in conversation with a thoughtful, well-informed GHI neighbor.

Why this Matters?

The GHI Board of Directors is considering a draft policy that identifies routine categories of records generated in the course of routine business. However, there remains a number of records that have not been evaluated and categorized — unless the Board takes action through the policy, these records may be destroyed after five years without first being evaluated for their importance to the co-op’s institutional knowledge. Continue reading “Comment by March 29, 2019: Protect GHI’s Institutional Knowledge”

Know Before You Go: 10 Tips for Making the Most of GHI’s Annual Membership Meeting (May 9, 2019)

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If you love policy, process, debate, people-watching, and Robert’s Rules of Order, May 9, 2019 will be the most interesting date on GHI’s calendar.

The Annual Membership Meeting is more than a bylaws requirement — it is perhaps our best opportunity to participate in direct democracy because you vote on matters that determine how our cooperative will be governed.

You also decide who will conduct GHI’s business … and who will provide the necessary oversight. The Annual Meeting is a big deal.

However, there are some aspects of the meeting that might quash your love for all things governance if you aren’t prepared. Here are some “lessons learned” gleaned from members with years of Annual Meeting experience (and great stories). Continue reading “Know Before You Go: 10 Tips for Making the Most of GHI’s Annual Membership Meeting (May 9, 2019)”