Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members

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On August 6, 2020, the GHI Board of Directors returned to their discussion of the member’s request that audiovisual recordings of meetings be made available to members.  This was originally placed on the agenda for the July 9, 2020 meeting (read more here).  The decision of the Board was that the General Manager would request a legal opinion from GHI legal counsel.  This discussion was brought back to the Board after the legal opinion was obtained. Continue reading “Board Meeting, August 6, 2020: Member’s Request for Audiovisual Recordings of Meetings to Be Made Available to Members”

Attend Thursday, April 16th Board Meeting Virtually

As Covid-19 continues to to change how we do things, the GHI Board of Directors is no exception.  GHI’s operations continue despite the pandemic, so the Board of Directors has provided members with the opportunity to attend the GHI Board meeting by joining a Zoom meeting. The information you require to join the meeting is provided in the electronic GHI Newsletter that subscribed members should have received in their email on Monday, April 13, 2020. For members who are not subscribed to the e-News newsletter, call Member Services for the information. Be sure that you are given the Zoom meeting number and the meeting password.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Buildings Committee Recommendation re: Regulation of Pest Control Noise Emitting Devices,
  • Sustainability Sub-Committee Recommendation re: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Adjacent to the Administration Building,
  • Proposed Asbestos Operating and Management Plan for GHI,
  • Update re: Solar PVES for the Administration Building,
  • Postponement of the Annual Membership Meeting Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and
  • Should GHI Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), enacted as part of the CARES Act?

 

 

It’s That Time of Year Again

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It’s that time of year again: The GHI Annual Meeting is just around the corner.  On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:30pm, the Annual Meeting will commence.  Elections for the GHI Board of Directors and Audit Committee will take place during the annual meeting, as well as the presentation of member agenda items.  Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:

  • Tuesday, March 10: The Nominations and Elections (N&E) Committee makes their first announcement of candidates
  • Thursday, April 9: Members may propose an agenda item by petition to Secretary Ed James or GHI office
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm: Candidates’ Forum in the City Council Room, Greenbelt Municipal Building
  • Thursday, April 30 by 5:00pm: Candidates must submit consent forms (found here) to GHI office or N&E Committee member
  • Thursday, May 5: Final deadline for candidates to submit nominations by written petition
  • Thursday, May 7 at 12:00pm – Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Members may pick up applications for absentee ballots at GHI office
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm: Deadline to submit applications for absentee ballots
  • Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm: GHI Annual Meeting at the Community Center Gym; read about Roberts’ Rules of Order here.
  • Thursday, May 14 after meeting and Friday, May 15 from 7:00-10:00am & 5:00-8:00pm: Polls open
  • Friday, May 15: Election results announced

For complete information, see the GHI Elections page and the Candidates’ Packet.

Highlights of the First GHI Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Introduction

The first meeting of the Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The new Task Force is co-chaired by Tom Adams and Amy Odegaard. Stephen Holland and Montrese Hamilton are co-secretaries.

Backgrounds of the Members of the Task Force

Tom Adams is retired and has extensive experience as a non-profit transition and succession consultant. He has lived in GHI for 6 years. Amy Odegaard has experience as a project manager for various government agencies. Frank DeBernardo has fifteen years of experience working with a national non-profit and has participated in succession planning projects. Tim Murray currently advises a foundation on fundraising and has prior experience consulting with non-profits. Montrese Hamilton has experience as an HR generalist and recruiter, HR librarian, and book publishing specialist.

 

GHI Board Treasurer Chuck Hess is also a member of the Task Force. The Board liaison for the Task Force is Stephen Holland. Maesha McNeill is the Staff Liaison.

  Continue reading “Highlights of the First GHI Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019”

Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting: Tuesday, November 5

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On July 25, 2019, the GHI Board of Directors passed a motion to establish a task force to recommend a succession and emergency backup plan for the General Manager position.  This task force is scheduled to have their first meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30pm at the GHI Administration Building.

Why this Matters:
  • The General Manager position is essential to the proper functioning of a healthy cooperative.
  • While the Board of Directors has the authority under the GHI Bylaws to:
“Appoint, assign the duties of, and determine the salary of a general manager, who shall assume administrative control of the business of the Corporation” (see Article V, Section 4 on p. 10 of the bylaws);

The Membership, at membership meetings, has the responsibility under the GHI Bylaws for:

“determining policies of the Corporation” and for “exercising final authority on all matters vitally affecting the Corporation” (see Article IV, Section 9 on p. 8 of the by-laws)
The GHI Bylaws may be found here.

Continue reading “Succession Planning and Emergency Backup Planning Task Force Meeting: Tuesday, November 5”

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.

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!

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”