April 2014 Newsletter

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Professional Directory of Members that provide valuable services to housing cooperatives.

Professional Directory

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New Orleans

May 18 - 21 2014

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Two Poydras Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
TEL: 1-504-584-3959

This immersive environment allows attendees and
speakers from vastly different fields to cross-fertilize
and draw inspiration from unlikely places

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Certified Cooperative Director (CCD)

The Certified Cooperative Director (CCD) is the only recognized designation
and certification specializing in cooperative Board Members.

The (CCD) course is a course that covers everything from the history of Cooperatives, Corporate Law, to Ethics in the Board Room.  Additional topics covered will be budgets, audits, financial components, marketing and managing of your Cooperative.  This list is only a piece of this comprehensive program which the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives has endorsed.  Each individual who completes the course and passes the test will be given a certification of completion

The next Certified classes will be held at our conference

CCM– May 17 & 18, 2014
CCD~ May 17 & 18, 2014


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Coming to Indianapolis, Indiana……..

                              Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives presents:

Certified Cooperative Maintenance Manager (CCMM) Class
          This class will benefit your maintenance staff & office managers
                             When: Saturday, July 19th, 2014
8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m.

                             Where: Three Fountains West Inc.
5630 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46254

  Cost: $175.00 Per Person


                                   Mail names and fees of everyone that will attend the class to:
MAHC Office
37140 Goddard
 Romulus, Michigan 48174


William (Bill) Magee left us on January 22, 2014.  Bill was an individual that worked endless for many causes.  He served and worked for those causes that touched him with an ability to bring people together and catch the passion.

Bill Magee was a member of the Noble Square Cooperative for 44 years (one of the first).  He believed in the Cooperative Housing Model and served on the Board of Directors at Noble Square for over 25 years, holding various positions and working through years of improvements and changes.

Bill served on the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives since 1982 and was President since 1990.  His leadership and passion for Affordable Cooperative Housing and the Education and Preservation of that housing was and is a driving force for this organization.  He will be sorely missed by all that have had the privilege to set at the table with him.

As well, Bill served for years on the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, bringing concerns and ideas to that organization as well as his leadership and parliamentary knowledge to their members.

Bill has been a part of the Citizens for Action in Chicago, IL for several years and worked within the political arena of the state of Illinois and City of Chicago. Bill also served his country in the Army.

Lastly, Bill enjoyed life and found pleasure every day and he always “ Danced like nobody was watching!”

He will be missed by many and remembered by many more!

Training near you

The Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives is pleased to offer the Certified training locally for you.

MAHC continues to delicate itself to ongoing education for the Board of Directors and its members. The MAHC Board of Directors and staff have responded to overwhelming requests for new, improved, and extensive training for Board of Directors and their staff. 

We hope you will take the opportunity to come and further your education within your role of Cooperative housing.


Re-certification classes on-line

Is it time for your re-certification classes for the CCD, CCM, CCMM. or you did not get enough classes at the conference. MAHC now offers re-certification classes on line to help you get your 6 hours re-certification need. Just contact the MAHC office at
734-955-9516 with your email address, pay your $25 re-certification fee and let them know what class you want.

the classes offered is -
Knowing Your Documents, Fair Housing, Coop Law Primer, Cooperative Safety Class, Managing Human Resources and Parliamentary Procedures.

Cooperative Housing Handbook

The director knows that things in a cooperative don't "just happen". He/She knows that conducting a cooperative's business may involved up to a million dollars a year, and several times that in total assets. It involves the lives of hundreds of people who live there, and many others whose earnings depend on the cooperative.

So where do we start? What do we do?


Tips to Help Prevent Misappropriation of Cooperative Monies

As a housing cooperative, often many individuals forget that it is also a corporation subject to various legal fiduciary and accounting principles.  Over time, human nature begins to take precedence over these principles creating too many opportunities for the less scrupulous to take advantage of the corporate accounts.  The results of failures to properly govern and watch over those we entrust with the corporate accounts are devastating.  Simple key undertakings however, will tighten the ship and make it less enticing for someone to take financial advantage over your cooperative.  This article is not intended to be an exhaustive list of financial safeguards, rather, it is a guide to help you first, prevent misappropriation of funds and second, identify items that out of the ordinary.

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