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.
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”
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”
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.
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!
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”
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!