General Membership

The OM General Membership (GM) stems out of the GA’s during the Occupy start up period. The GM is the governing body of the organization. Anyone who finds their values and vision lines up with OM’s Mission, Vision, and values can be a member of Occupy Madison. To learn more, see our Membership Form . Under no circumstance will sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, handicap/disability, marital status, source of income, arrest record, conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, political beliefs, familial status, student status, domestic partnership status, receipt of assistance, unemployment or status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, or economic status be a consideration in membershipping decisions.

 

Current GM Meeting Notes:

OM General Membership Meeting Minutes 12 22 19

Mission:  To join together to create a more humane world and sustainable world, one tiny idea at a time.

Vision: A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to create a participatory, nonhierarchical, democratic community where people with or without safe, stable housing can live and/or work to relieve poverty and promote dignity, safety, stewardship and sustainability.

In attendance:  Marty, Allen, Barb, Russ, Brenda, Gene, Chris, Amanda

Russ called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm

  1. REPORTS
  • Presidents’ Report- Brenda (Luca was not present)
  • Treasurers Report- Called Board Meeting to Order 6:12-6:23pm
  • Secretary – Amanda needs to type up 11/24 meeting minutes

**WORKGROUP REPORTS

Resident Report: It’s difficult when someone is trying to plan something and then another person comes and tries to take over.

OM Grow—3rd Week Jan. = normal start time

FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR WILL BE 5PM ON JAN 12 2020

OM Store- Meeting MONDAY Dec 23 at Noon.

OM Build- Shop Managers OFF TUE and THUR for next 2 weeks

  1. ACTION PLAN WORK GROUPS

Communications and Outreach- Gene will be updating the Website the 24th or 25th

Phase 2- Talking about the 26th of January

  1. STRATEGIC PLAN FOLLOW UP – OUTREACH/COMMUNICATION AND WEBSITE

4.1 Fundraising and Grantwriting

Need to do outreach to finds people interested in the above.

School of Human Ecology- Allen looked over grants they did, but they were missing financials

? Can we use the info this year?

Problem – if (starting point- Finance) isn’t done then, its hard to tell where to go

Note: Sometimes it’s WHO you know, to help get grants

*Barb = willing to reach out to school of Human Ecology

Fundraising—  2 ways (Events and Traditional)

Events 1. Plant Sale 2. Holiday Sale

Traditional-

City=5 million dollars to spend.

Opens in Feb- granted in April. We will know by May

Brenda will be the point person for the City Grant

? Should we have a project group? Residents, to decide what projects we want accomplished.

Barb had a friend at the Community Foundation that she’ll meet with.

Another good idea is the EVJUE foundation.

Grantwriting will be reported back on next meeting, Fundraising will be talked about at Retreat

  1. OLD BUSINESS
  • Board meeting elections

Russ wants to continue

Barb Resigns from Board.

Leslie is not present.

Gene Motions to elect Russ, Leslie and Marty to the Board. Brenda seconded. Unanimously approved.

We Re-called the Board Meeting to order 7:18-7:21pm

  • Membership Review

We went over the lists and Brenda is going to email Amanda instructions on how to use the Google Goups.

THERE IS GOING TO BE A Doodle AFTER THE HOLIDAYS FOR A FEBRARUY RETREAT

  1. NEW BUSINESS

We decided that the group sets the agenda for the next meetings

Board Governance/Etc….

4th Sunday of every month = Board meeting

All Secretary has to do is read and reviewed Treasuerers report

IN FUTURE – Marty will send treasurers report to  BOARD before the meetings

FOR NEXT AGENDA- Potential bylaw and operational rule changes.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Jan 12 – Volunteers

Jan 26 – Phase 2

We adjourned at 7:50pm

Minutes submitted by Amanda

 

Agenda for next General Membership Meeting (January 12, 2020):

OM General Membership Meeting Agenda – Template

Mission:  To join together to create a more humane world and sustainable world, one tiny idea at a time.

Vision: A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to create a participatory, nonhierarchical, democratic community where people with or without safe, stable housing can live and/or work to relieve poverty and promote dignity, safety, stewardship and sustainability.

  1. Getting Started – 10 minutes 

1.1. Call the meeting to order – Vice President (Russ) 1.2. Welcome, Ice breaker or check in – Vice President (Russ)

1.2.1. AGENDA NOTE: This is where we all go around and either check-in and say how we are doing, or we answer a question designed to get to know each other better (it can be silly, it can be serious, it can be timely. Example: What is your favorite place to go in Madison?)

1.3. Approval of the minutes of the prior membership meeting – Secretary (Amanda)

1.4. Approval of the agenda – All, facilitated by Vice President (Russ)

1.4.1.Change the order of items?

1.4.2.Adjust time limits

1.4.3.Set time limits for Old Business and New Business items

2. Reports – 45 – 55 Minutes (or less if possible!) 

2.1. Board Report – 5 minutes – Co-President (Luca or Brenda)

2.2. Officer Reports – 10 minutes (extend 10 minutes if financial report)
2.2.1.Co-President – Luca or Brenda
2.2.2.Vice President – Russ
2.2.3.Treasurer – Marty
2.2.3.1. Monthly financial statements presented 2nd meeting of the month 2.2.4.Secretary – Amanda

2.3. Workgroup Reports/Budget Groups – 20 minutes
2.3.1.Residents – rotating reporters (Alphabetically – Chris, Gene, Russ, Sofia)
2.3.2.OM Grow – ?
2.3.3.OM Beg – ?
2.3.4.Beautification – Residents
2.3.5.OM Store – ? 2.3.6.OM Build – Rob Bloch

3. General review and updates of the Action Plan (see reverse side) – 10 minutes – Brenda
3.1. Group Reports
3.1.1.Outreach/Communications & Website
3.1.2.Phase 2
3.1.3.Conflict resolution – Luca
3.1.4.Environmental Sustainability – Leslie & Chris
3.1.5.Grantwriting
3.1.6.Volunteer Coordination
3.2. Changes or other updates to the plan?

4. Strategic Plan Follow Up
4.1. Fundraising/Grantwriting

5. Old Business (group sets time limits)
5.1.
5.2.
5.3.

6. New Business (group sets time limits)
6.1.
6.1.1.
6.1.2.

7. Requests for Future Agenda Items
7.1. Board
7.2. General Membership
7.2.1.Jan 12 – Volunteers
7.2.2.Jan 26 – Phase 2

8. Announcements