Our Proposal – Why We’re Starting a Membership Program

One of the most challenging aspects of learning about climate change and peak oil is that we often begin the learning journey on our own. Without a community of people committed to the same journey of learning and action, we can easily get overwhelmed, burnt out, and depressed when we contemplate the challenges ahead. Online networks and reading resources can help, but there is no substitute for real-world friendships and partnerships.

Transition KW has been working since 2012 to build a network of individuals and organizations engaged in understanding how climate change and peak oil will affect our region, here, now, and in the years ahead. We don’t have all the answers, but we have the resources and the motivation to work for meaningful change here in our home community, where our actions can have the biggest impact. Our independent, volunteer-led Working Groups are engaged in a balance of practical projects, inner reflection, and political engagement.

As we move toward official non-profit status in 2015, we’re inviting our friends and partners to consider formal membership with Transition KW. Thus far our funding has come from small one-time grants and the pockets of committed members. Going forward, we’d like to be able to project our message farther and connect more people with groups and resources working together toward Transition-related goals. With a $20 membership payment in 2015 and $10 in subsequent years, we can more reliably pay for simple things like booth fees at outdoor festivals, website hosting, and printing costs for brochures and take-home resources. Registered members will be able to vote in our monthly Core Group meetings and Annual General Meeting (held in February). We are not an organization with extravagant business goals- it’s mostly about the people power! And we’d appreciate your help drawing more people into this movement.

Our plan for 2015 is to build on our networking and organizational strengths by hosting more face-to-face gatherings with those interested in Transition. In addition to our monthly Core Group business meeting, we’d like to host monthly Information Nights at the Queen Street Commons, where those new to Transition can get to know us and start a conversation about where they could see themselves fitting in. Membership is not a requirement for getting involved—anyone can volunteer with our Working Groups free of charge.

Also new for 2015 is the launch of Transition KW Resource Groups. These are optional small groups (4-6 people) for Transition KW members interested in sharing skills, discussing issues and ideas, and supporting each other on the learning journey. Resource Groups are meant to be independent of Working Groups and focused only on supporting each other – no action within the community or sharing stories with the Core Group is required. We will match up interested members with others looking for the same type of group experience and with similar schedule availability.

As always, where Transition KW goes from here is largely dependent on its members. If you’re inspired by what Transition has accomplished so far and would like to be part of shaping the direction Transition KW takes from here, leave us a comment here, or consider registering as a formal member and casting your vote this year at our Annual General Meeting, to be held on February 7 at Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes from 10:30am to 2pm (with time for potluck!). We’d love to see you there.

Love,

TransitionKW

P.S. Documents that will be voted on at our AGM include constitution and bylaws, which you can access with those links. If you have difficulty accessing the documents, please let us know. RSVP for the AGM here.

About Sylvie Spraakman

Environmental engineer, environmental activist, and community volunteer. Loves KW!
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