Wow, things are happening faster than ever at Haverhill Matters! Here is what you need to know.
Board of Directors
The initial Board of Directors is in the process of formation. Four interim directors have been seated so far: Mike LaBonte, John Cuneo, John Hamel, and Kathy Kaczor. The directors must comply with the Haverhill Matters bylaws. Their first tasks are:
- Regular Meetings - The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30. If you would like to receive meeting notices please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Incorporation - The board has been working with the office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State, but state law requires that seven directors sign the incorporation application. The search continues for for three to five new interim directors. Please email email@example.com if you would like to know more about serving on the board.
- Financial - The board must establish the bank accounts that will be needed to recieve funding from the issuance of founding membership shares. This will be needed soon enough; with 70 current founding members we hope to soon reach the threshold of 100 founding members to begin calling in the founding member pledges. No account can be established until legal incorporation has been completed.
- Nominating Committee - At least one director and three other volunteers must be selected for a committee to nominate candidates for the permanent board of directors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be able to help.
- Annual Meeting - The first annual meeting of the membership will be conducted by the board in the spring of 2016. All members in good standing will have the opportunity to elect directors and possibly vote on other ballot issues. This will be an exciting event for Haverhill Matters, promising to be informative and interactive.
- Hiring - Following the traditional procedure for cooperatives, the first employee of Haverhill Matters will be an organizer who will recruit new members and handle administrative matters. Journalism operations will begin later when the editor is hired.
The Organizing Committee has been meeting since January of 2012 and continues to handle all co-op organizing. The time has come to expand this group, so its meetings are now being promoted on the Haverhill Matters Facebook page and through wider email distribution. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM, just ahead of the board of directors meetings and in the same place.
This is where the most help is needed. We need to find the 30 more people who are able to make the founding member pledge, thus enabling all founding members to purchase their shares and get Haverhill Matters launched.
Before journalism operations can begin, the board of directors and organizing committee will also start the community calendar project. Haverhill will have one of the best event calendars around. The goal is to make it easy to know every event of every kind taking place in Haverhill, as large as a festival or as small as a yard sale.
You Can Help
Only a few of the many ways people can help are mentioned here. Starting a co-op is like a barn raising - it takes a little effort each from hundreds of people. Working together, the co-op members can bring respectful, responsible, accountable and trustworthy journalism to the entire communuity. This kind of information and civic engagement can transform a community into an amazing place to live, work, learn and play.
Email email@example.com to find your role in bringing this new, sustainable form of local journalism, the first local online news cooperative in the United States, to Haverhill. You may find people you know on the current list of founding members of Haverhill Matters. If you are able to join them in a one-time $250 pledge to pay later (once there are 100 of us) for a Founding Member share, you can find out how to do so here.