Joining the Dinner Co-op
Who can become a member
Do you eat? Can you boil eggs? Do you live in Pittsburgh?
If you answered yes to all three questions, you qualify. (As a general rule,
more than about 20-25 minutes drive from Squirrel Hill is getting too far.)
For those not in Pittsburgh: I am maintaining a
geographically-organized list of
people who are interested in starting a co-op in their area.
Take a good look at the General
Introduction before you send me mail... it'll tell you things like how we
do billing and what to expect in a meal. The
FAQ will tell you how to post a meal, how to send in bills and so forth.
How to become a member
If the co-op looks like something you'd be interested in
AND YOU'RE IN PITTSBURGH,
mail if you would like to be added.
A typical message might look like:
To: k h a i g h +@cs.cmu.edu
Subject: Dinner Co-op Membership
I've looked through your co-op home-page & it looks
really cool! I'd like to join up temporarily & see if
it's really something that suits me. Please add me to
your menu-mailing list, and I'll get back to you in a
month or so about whether I want to join permanently.
On becoming a member
Our general policy is that we take new people on a provisional basis. They
join on a trial basis and do not cook for a month. This time gives
them a chance to get to know the members, and for members to get to know them.
At the end of this time, if
they want to be a part of the coop, they become full members. The tone of the
coop is pretty relaxed- there is very little policing. If someone lapses by
not cooking for a while, we gently ask them if they still want to
participate. Occasionally, if someone hasn't posted a meal announcement, they
will get mail from another automated program that will look like mail from me
asking them if there was some problem with the Remind program.
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