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Part 2 -- Membership

Open membership

(Rule 5) Membership in EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative is open in a non-discriminatory manner to individuals that can use the services of EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative and are willing and able to accept the responsibilities of membership.

Membership requirements

(Rule 6)

  1. Members agree to abide by the EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative membership agreement in effect at the time of application and as amended from time to time by special resolution.
  2. Members in good standing who subscribe to a certain minimum number of investment shares have habitation rights at the ecovillage.
  3. Habitation rights specifically excludes unrestricted housing development rights. All developments by a member, including, but not limited to, structures, resource utilization, and waste processing will be in accordance with EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative development planning in effect at the time of proposed development, with exceptions only via special resolution.

Application for membership

(Rule 7) An individual who wishes to become a member must submit to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative a written membership application in the form provided by EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative for that purpose, and payment for the minimum number of membership shares required under #Minimum share requirement (Rule 9) for membership in EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative.

Age qualification

(Rule 8) To be eligible for membership in EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative, an individual must be at least 16 years of age.

Minimum share requirement

(Rule 9) Each member must, as a condition of membership, subscribe to exactly one membership share.

(Rule 10) Each member must, as a condition of habitation in the village, subscribe to a specific number of investment shares that will change from time to time, based on total capitalization and total resident membership, as set by the directors.

Approval of application

(Rule 11) Application for membership is approved, refused, or postponed via special resolution according to the rules of #Voting (Part 12) as defined herein.

Effective date of membership

(Rule 12) Membership is effective on the day that the membership application is approved under #Approval_of_application (Rule 11).

Withdrawal from membership

(Rule 13) A member may withdraw from membership in EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative by giving written notice to the directors of the member's intention to withdraw. In such a case, the EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative shall redeem the member share at par value.

Effective date of withdrawal

(Rule 14) The membership of a member ceases on the date the member has complied with the requirements of #Withdrawal from membership (Rule 13).

Notice of death or bankruptcy of individual member

(Rule 15) Subject to #Procedure on death of a member (Rule 33)(2), notice to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative of the death or bankruptcy of an individual member has the same effect as a notice of intention to withdraw, and #Withdrawal from membership (Rule 13), #Effective date of withdrawal (Rule 12), #Effect of termination, withdrawal or other cessation of membership (Rule 18) and #Sale and voting of redeemed shares (Rule 38) apply with the necessary changes, so far as applicable.

Grounds for termination of membership

(Rule 16) EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative may terminate the membership of a member in accordance with The Cooperative Association Act if

  1. the member has engaged in conduct detrimental to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative,
  2. the member has not paid money due by the member to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative within a reasonable time after receiving written notice to do so from EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative,
  3. in the opinion of the directors, based on reasonable grounds, the member
    1. has breached a material condition of an agreement with EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative, and
    2. has not rectified the breach within a reasonable time after receiving written notice to do so from EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative.

Appeal of termination of membership

(Rule 17) The right of appeal of a person whose membership in EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative is terminated for a reason set out in #Grounds for termination of membership (Rule 16) (1) to (3) is governed by The Cooperative Association Act. During the appeal process, the member continues to be a member of EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative, unless the members at the general meeting to which the appeal is brought confirm the termination of membership according to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative's consensus decision making process.

Effect of termination, withdrawal or other cessation of membership

(Rule 18)

  1. When a member withdraws from membership or a membership is terminated or ceases for any reason, all rights and privileges attached to membership cease except the right to require EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative to redeem, in accordance with #Sale and voting of redeemed shares (Rule 38) or #Redemption of shares on withdrawal of membership (Rule 39), whichever is applicable, the member's membership shares and investment shares.
  2. The cessation of membership does not release the former member from any debt or obligation owed to EcoReality Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative unless the instrument of debt or obligation states otherwise.

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