MAHC Training Available Now Locally
From our President
We know it is a difficult time for cooperatives and many were looking forward and need the classes from the conference. We are starting up a series of classes as over the internet starting on May 30 with New Board Members and continuing each month.
Evaluating your Cooperative Board Class Now July 18
Free online webinar classes
Directors owe it to themselves and their members to review co-op by-laws and agreements as often as necessary to be sure they understand them. Though the documents do not necessarily address themselves to every question that might arise, they do spell out the rights of the board and the membership. Patience and careful study of the articles of incorporation, by-laws, regulatory, occupancy, and subscription agreements give the board a clear understanding of what it can and cannot legally do. The co-op’s reading matter– they do contain a fair amount of “legalese”– but their wording is relatively straightforward, and they hold a great deal of important information. If, despite its efforts, the board does not feel secure in its understanding of every aspect of the documents, it can and should ask for help from its co-op attorney. The board must understand these documents, for they are the basis of its authority
The board is a group of people who are elected by the co-operative’s members, to carry out strategic management and to take a lead in the direction of the co-operative business. This means they are responsible for the long-term direction and guidance of the co-operative. Directors of co-operatives are required to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence.
The best board meetings leave us focused and energized: the goal of the meeting is clear; our team is motivated; and the process is smooth, and there are well defined outcomes. Not-so-great meetings, on the other hand, drain energy, and lower morale because of the perceived waste of time. We’ve pulled together tips and resources to help you set the stage for meetings that are strategic, outcome-oriented, and productive for all.
Click on class description to go to web page with more detailed info for the webinar.
On the portal to cooperative housing information web page I have over 250 books, fliers and information on cooperatives for free, I went on the web for 2 weeks searching and downloaded all of stuff that was available and put it in one location on MAHC web site.
Local Classes this Fall
In the late fall early spring when it is safe we are going have our MAHC Board Members reach out to the states and work with the cooperatives to teach a selection of local classes. These will be small classes taught by MAHC Board Members or state vice presidents living in the area. The classes may include
New Board Members,
Knowing Your documents,
Cooperative Committee Charges,
Effective Board Meetings, etc.
This selection represents a limited number of topics taken from our core class list, which will be expanded in the coming year.
The classes will be offered at no charge to the co-ops. We are all working our way through some difficult times. MAHC is a nonprofit with the specific mission of providing cooperative education and advocating for cooperative housing. The MAHC Annual Conferences have long been the cooperative housing educational events of the year.
We cannot allow the cancellation of the Denver conference to create a two-year long delay in the education of the cooperative membership.
Some of the classes we are working on
Long Range Planning,
News letter for newbies