Members United hosted our first ever livestream on April 17, 2019 to review the results of our livestream survey. In case you missed it, you can still view it here on our YouTube channel. You can view the survey for complete results.
The survey was completed by 77 members. Here are a few highlights of what they said (percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number):
- 23% have never attended a meeting of the Board of Directors and 24% have never attended any other GHI meetings (such as annual meetings, special membership meetings, etc.).
- 90% believe that it benefits the co-op when they attend meetings, however only 65% believe that it benefits them when they attend meetings.
- 71% would like to engage more in Board meetings than they currently do.
- Some major reasons that would encourage members to attend meetings more than they currently do include: if the agenda was made more clear to members, if members felt the agenda items applied more to them, if the meetings were shorter in duration, and if the meetings were more accessible (physical accessibility and ability to hear Board members more clearly).
- 96% say that technology is an important part of their everyday lives.
- 79% say they would be more likely to engage in Board meetings if they were livestreamed.
- 87% believe that livestreaming is relevant to GHI and its members, and they also believe it is a way to engage members more fully in the Board meeting process.
- 83% think that livestreaming is a safe and secure option to engage GHI members in Board meetings.
- Only 39% say they are knowledgeable about livestreaming and its security features; however, 52% would like to learn more about livestream options and security features.
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.
Continue reading “Board Training for 2019-2020 GHI Board of Directors”
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).
It is really important that interested residents show up at this work session and show their support for this project.
In 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”
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
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!
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:
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”
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!