Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino hosted the 50th anniversary conference of the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperative (MAHC) this past June. What was originally the Michigan Association, our organization has evolved to the Midwest, but in name only: we enjoy members from across the nation.
Known for providing exceptional educational opportunities, this year’s conference was widely regarded as better than ever. Blaine Honeycutt and I presented our Parliamentary Procedure class again. Blaine serves on the MAHC Board with me, and is President of his Board at Georgetown Cooperative. He and I are both involved with the National Associations of Parliamentarians, and enjoy doing this lively, interactive class together each year.
Joining me again this year, my partner Creighton Gallup and I taught our Cooperative Law class. We focused our attention on recent trends in Cooperatives throughout the country. Among the topics we covered were handling medical marijuana cases, accommodations of disabilities, prevention, detection and dealing with embezzlement of Cooperative monies, and costly errors caused by Management engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Participants have asked that the class be expanded to a full day to allow for more material to be presented, and I have committed to write my fourth primer on Cooperative Law to meet the demands for additional training. Creighton and I also agreed to providing on-site training for Boards, as well as holding regional one-day classes.
If you missed this year’s MAHC conference, make sure you plan ahead and save up for the 2014 conference. Details of that will be coming soon.
Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq.