The Marion County chapter of the Oregon Community Rights Network operates under the guidance of a steering committee. The committee strives for consensus decisions. When consensus fails, the committee may decide to proceed with a decision by way of 2/3 majority, and has set quorum at 50% of all committee members.
Members of the steering committee have equal opportunity to participate in chapter decision-framing (e.g., agenda creation) and decision-making processes. A member of the steering committee may propose a vote on an agenda item at any time. Vote will occur pending a second from another committee member. Discussion shall continue or table when lacking a second, or when lacking consensus and 2/3 majority.
The steering committee selects a chairperson who remains responsible for managing all meeting preparation and facilitation tasks. Tasks include draft agenda preparation, meeting announcements and reminders, maintaining the Chapter mailing lists, provide group facilitation, time keeping and note taking. The chairperson may appoint a backup and delegate any responsibilities as needed. Current chair: Caiti Roberts
Guests or Associate Members may become steering committee members by completing the following checklist. Chapters may decide to give a pending member voting rights on the condition that the pending member completes outstanding tasks in the below checklist within a specified timeframe.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP CHECKLIST
- Sign the Declaration of Community Rights to pledge support for the inherent rights of nature, natural communities and natural persons in both principle and practice.
- Complete Democracy School or equivalent training within six months. This includes, but is not limited to, watching the online version, available at: http://www.celdf.org/democracy-school-on-line. The steering committee may recommend or approve other equivalent trainings.
- Be an Associate Member (see below) OR attend at least two chapter meetings as a guest
- Commit to attending at least ~2/3 of all chapter meetings (18 of 24 annual meetings), and to giving advance notice wherever possible when unable to attend (via phone or email).
- Participate in peer training for chapter members to become spokepersons of community rights: demonstrate an ability to explain and advocate for community rights by responding in real-time to standard frequently asked questions (FAQs) posed by other chapter members. The agenda for each chapter meeting allocates time for this process.
Individuals and organizations who support and advise the Chapter but who cannot commit to the Steering Committee may opt to become non-voting Associate Members by completing #1-3, above, and may become full Steering Committee members by completing the remaining items on the checklist (above).
Associate Members may participate in all steering committee discussions (including proposing agenda items), excepting the voting process. The steering committee shall announce and solicit advisory input from Associate Members on all major decisions before final discussion and vote.
The Steering Committee must review this document at least once annually to make adjustments as necessary to benefit the mission of the Chapter. Examples include setting a maximum size for the Steering Committee, modifying committee positions or adjusting quorum.