Policy Example: Waiting List

  1. WAITING LIST
    1. HOW TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST Approved 11/17/95, with authority to Membership Committee to rearrange the order of steps as they see fit. Here are the steps you must complete in order to be put on the waiting list (the first four steps do not need to be sequential):
      1. ORIENTATION
        1. Meet with a member of the Membership Committee to ask your questions and to go over the basic agreements and dynamics of the community.
      2. GET TO KNOW YOU MEETING
        1. Announce at the opening circle of a dinner at the Common House (but not your first dinner) that you will be available for a “Get to Know You Meeting” after dinner. This meeting is informal, may be attended by one to five or more people, and may last from 15 to 45 minutes. The purpose is for community people to get to know you.
      3. ATTEND AT LEAST ONE ENTIRE GENERAL MEETING -
        1. Attending: a meeting is a good way to get to know how we work together. And since we make decisions by consensus, and it is important to us that you understand what that means and feels like. At this meeting: you should formally announce your intent to get on the waiting list.
      4. PROVIDE FINANCIAL INFORMATION
        1. You don’t have to know for certain that you can afford to buy a house here in order to get on the waiting list. We ask you to fill out a form and talk with a community member. We want to make sure you understand the basic finances of buying into our community. And, since a waiting list is important to us, we like to have a sense of who is likely to be able to afford to buy which houses.
      5. TALK WITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT COMMITTEE
        1. Community Support Committee will talk with you about our consensus decision making process, Other Meetings, and other aspects of the running of the community not covered by the Membership Committee.
      6. ACCEPTANCE INTO THE WAITING LIST
        1. Post a written request for acceptance into the waiting list on the agenda (on the bulletin board) for a General Meeting after you have completed the above steps. If any community member has concerns about your potential membership they are supposed to talk directly with you, and/or talk with the Membership Committee. They are supposed to try to work out with you any concerns before the General Meeting. Acceptance is formally noted at the General Meeting, and your name is added to the waiting list.
      7. PAY APPROPRIATE FEE
        1. To keep current on the waiting list we ask you to pay a $20 annual fee (payable to Cherry Hill Condominium Association) to cover costs such as copying and mailing and to fill out a new financial form each year. That way we know that you are actively interested, and you get several mailings a year that may include our calendar, updates on changes in the waiting list and changes in membership policies, and any other information that may be of interest.
    2. WAITING LIST POLICY (6/28/97)
      1. People who are applying to be on the Waiting List should send a dated letter stating their wishes before they come to announce their intentions at a General Meeting. They can stay then for the meeting.
      2. People who are applying to be on the Waiting List may come to announce their intentions at the beginning of an Community Dialogue but may not stay for the Community Dialogue.
      3. People who are on the Waiting List are welcome to come to an Community Dialogue after they have been to a General Meeting.
      4. If two applicants attend the same General or Community Dialogue to declare that they have gone through all the steps to qualify to be on the Waiting List the one with the earlier dated letter of intent (see 14.2.1) will take precedent on the Waiting List.

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