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This is one of the few conferences that I attend annually where I wear more than one or two hats. At most conferences I’m an attendee and frequently I’m a presenter. However, at this conference I also wear the hat of National Board Member, professional (cohousing architect – aka “expert”), and cohouser (member of a forming cohousing group). While it is not uncommon to have these other identities at other conferences, they are not repeatedly highlighted throughout those conferences in the same way.
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The Cohousing Association of the U.S. (Coho/US) has added four wonderful new board members in recent months, but a similar number will be retiring at the end of the year. Since we would like to expand the board from its current nine members, we are continuing to look for new board members. Our geographic representation has improved and the retiring members won’t hurt it much, so we now welcome applications from anywhere! Someone with a strong IT background would be particularly valuable.
You can find the application and the board member expectations in Microsoft Word format here: http://www.cohousing.org/docs/board_application.doc. If interested, please send a completed application to davidentin [at] comcast [dot] net and ludlummeg [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you for your interest.
You are invited to join us June 17-19, 2011 in our nation’s capital for the Annual Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US). We have an exciting program planned with something for everyone in the place to raise awareness of cohousing among national thought leaders and policymakers.
At our annual conferences, cohousing residents connect, learn and share their experiences, cohousing seekers get help and support in finding or creating the neighborhood they yearn for, and the curious get all of their questions about cohousing answered by those farther along in the process, and by experienced professionals. We fully expect that every attendee at the conference will walk away inspired, energized, excited and full of new useful information and ideas.
I've just returned home from the National Conference in Seattle this weekend. I want to express my deep appreciation for the incredible effort it took to put this event on, the inspirational presence and talks by Jan, Mark and Robert, the great presentations, volunteers, and participants. And much, much more! I'm exhausted and exhilarated. Let's use our energy to further the movement.
The IRS recently required that I specify how my time (and cost) as the Coho/US Executive Director is split across our four "businesses" - Association Management, Conferences, Tours, and Online. I do lots of things and wear many Coho/US hats - some of them are hard to put into a particular "business" as they so often overlap. Some donors (both communities and individuals) want to better understand how their donations are used - something that I lead, under the guidance of the Board of Directors. I thought some of the readers out there in "Cohousing.org land" might be interested in some specifics about what I'm up to on a day-to-day basis.
Well, we did it! Unfortunately, its a good news and bad news kind of thing!
First, the Good News
The inaugural issue of Cohousing Now! was released on the same day that Barack Obama became President Obama*. The first issue was entirely hand-built, basically flat HTML that was carefully crafted on the cohousing website and then turned into email for the issue.
Now, the Bad News
During the broadcast our ISP's Server had severe memory problems... the email broadcast had display problems for some of our thousands of readers. Instead of black, orange, and blue text on a white background, they received black and blue text on a very dark background... we received lots of very nice emails telling us about this - or asking about the display problem... how disappointing to have this come up!
THE GRANT WINNERS!
The Cohousing Association of the U.S. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Community Improvement Grant competition (see Grant Competition Announcement). Eight great proposals were submitted, and the decision wasn't easy! Heartwood Cohousing Community in Bayfield, Colorado will receive $2,000 to plan, design, and construct a root cellar to preserve community and locally-grown produce; and Bear Grass Village in Ashland, Oregon will receive $500 to support their project to optimize parent-child and child-child dynamics. In combination, these two projects explore how to implement physical as well as social improvements in cohousing.