Meeting Support & Chairing

Use An Neutral Chair For Your Meeting

GHCHF can provide an experienced neutral chairperson for a co-op’s members meetings or meetings of directors where an impartial chairperson is needed. This includes difficult meetings and special meetings. This service is available upon request from the co-op’s board of directors.

When to Use a Neutral Chair for Your Meeting

A neutral chair may be helpful when:

  • There is no one available from within the co-op who can act or will be seen as a neutral chair for a discussion on a major agenda item.
  • The Board believes that the meeting agenda requires an experience level of chairing that is not available in the co-op for the meeting.
  • The meeting has been requisitioned by members and an agenda item on the requisition relates to a disagreement with the Board or individual directors.

How to request a neutral chair for your meeting

  • First, check your co-ops by-laws and rules of order for any requirements for using an outside meeting chair.
  • A request for a neutral chair should be the result of a decision made by the co-op’s Board of Directors.

  • The request is submitted by an authorized representative of the co-op.

    *Required Fields

    *Type of Meeting

    *Format of Meeting

    *Will there be elections for directors?

    Please make every attempt to book your neutral chair at least two weeks before the meeting date.

    Our Fee Structure

    Each GHCHF member co-op receives three free neutral chair services per year with their paid membership dues. Subsequent neutral chair requests are billed at $200.00 for a regular meeting and $300.00 for a difficult meeting (removal of directors or eviction appeal).