Each house holds a weekly house meeting, usually on Sunday evenings (or Mondays when a GA occurs). In these meetings, we hold votes to make decisions regarding house expenditures, events, passing or amending policies, and membershipping applicants. Every member gets one vote.
Each month, members from all three houses come together in a General Assembly (GA). This meeting is responsible for making all decisions relating to BCL-wide expenditures, events, budgets, policies, etc. Other co-op wide decisions are made in the meantime on our organization's online social workspace on Slack.
What's a co-op?
These groups work on a specific aspect of the co-op. Committees exist so that progress on co-op wide projects doesn't have to wait for General Assemblies (although some actions, such as spending co-op funds, cannot be taken without GA approval).
Each member is encouraged to participate in a committee. Each committee consists of members from multiple houses, which allows for inter-house collaboration and friendships. The committees each have a chairperson and meet once per month. Current BCL committees include:
Safety / Anti-Oppression Committee
As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, BCL is legally obligated to have a Board of Directors. Our board consists of some current co-op members, some past co-op members, and some Bloomington community members. This group doesn't have any decision-making power, but it does a significant amount of the legwork in ensuring that the organization is legally compliant and financially viable. Every member may attend the monthly board meetings.
BCL has three staffers: a Treasurer, a Membership Coordinator, and an Outreach Coordinator. Each staffer receives a monthly stipend for their work, $150 for the Treasurer, and $130 each for the Membership and Outreach Coordinators. Staffers are responsible for a number of specific tasks regarding their field. They collaborate with their relevant committee, and they attend board meetings.