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.

Latest General Membership Meeting Notes:

April 8, 2018
304 N Third Street
6:00 pm

Members: Shelly Spychalski, Gene Cox, Luca Clemente, Brenda Konkel, Russ Albers, Carol Weidel, Allen Barkoff, Sofia Martinez, Chris Derek
Guests: Joy Weyers, Jackson Foote

1. Meeting called to order
Russ called the meeting to order.

2. Officers Reports

a. Treasurer
Brenda reported a current cash balance of $80,000. Once the recent expenses of $5,000 are paid, $75,000 is the effective cash balance.

b. Secretary
Carol distributed copies of the minutes of February 11, 2018 GMM. Allen and Carol moved approval. The members approved the minutes with no objections.

3. Residents
Russ reported drinking, beer on site, profanity, disturbance of others. Perhaps the H should leave for a few days. Gene commented that this has been reported (within OMI) and nothing has been done.

Discussion followed on the effectiveness of H leaving for a few days. What would it change? While H’s behavior is not acceptable, he IS trying to secure housing, now that he has income. There are various housing programs with different agencies, and the shortest wait is about 6 months.

Russ formally proposed that H leave for 2 days.

Discussion followed on the outcome after 2 days. Will it solve anything? Could Luca or Brenda approach H and get information on where he has applied. OMI’s Conduct Policy says violations are the board’s responsibility.
The Board is responsible for monitoring this Conduct Policy. A meeting will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable day and time to address any alleged violations.

Luca’s proposal is that (1) we ask H to stop bringing alcohol in the Village, and (2) the board will make a formal decision, with his participation, at the April 22 board meeting. The members accepted this proposal by consensus.

Gene reported that the April 1 Residents Meeting was a good one.

4. Work Groups & Other Updates

a. Shop Managers
The shop managers and 2 residents met April 3. There was agreement that the purchasing power tools needs board approval. Otherwise, supplies for special orders can be run by a few shop managers for any objections.

A new raised be frame will be built in time for the plant sale.
The shop will get decluttered before May 5 (plant sale).

April 30 is a Madison College Volunteer recognition event. Allen thinks this is worth going to.

b. Grow
Sofia reported that the plants are growing like bean stalks (Everyone turned to admire the plants). They need to be transplanted into larger pots. Signs for the May 5 sale have been erected.

c. Greenhouse
The dirt will be delivered Friday morning. Weather permitting, Sunday, April 8, will be the day to concentrate our energy.

d. Bees
Brenda spoke to a bee keeper who recommends treating for mites. He might volunteer with green house construction.

e. Fundraising
The application for a table at the Northside Farmers Market has been approved. Food for the May 5 Sale was discussed, and who to ask for donations.
Fundraising groups next meets April 12 at 6

5. Phase II Planning
After we erect the greenhouse, we can sit down with Ed K work on new drawings for Phase II, based on our discussion on March 25 of how we want to use the space.

Perhaps we can do this after the GMM on May 13.

6. Mother’s Day Focus on Mom crafts
Mom-like gift of planters, with plants, would be ideal.

7. Projects that sell
There was a free-range discussion of small items for kids (small food, plates, etc.). Food grade finish is in the shop.

8. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 7:34 pm

recorded by Carol Weidel