Calumet Stewardship Initiative

Become a Member Organization

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:52pm -- master

CSI invites interested public agencies, research and educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and other groups with programs in education, research, or a focus on environmental and cultural revitalization in the Calumet region to apply for membership. There are no membership fees for belonging to CSI.

There are two levels of membership: 1) General Member, which entails consistent participation in CSI planning, leadership, and programmatic activities, and 2) Partner in Support, which requires less regular engagement in CSI activities and affords less involvement in decision making than General Membership. Partners in support do participate in select activities to promote, participate in, and support CSI activities and goals. Details of these membership differences are outlined in the online application and the downloadable documents below.

Once you submit your application, the steering committee will take up your membership at its next scheduled meeting. Acceptance is by a simple majority vote, and once accepted, membership is complete upon signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Applicants will be kept informed of the progress of their application, including questions that may arise during the process. To learn more you can consult the CSI Policies and Procedures document. Or feel free to contact us.

Part I: Organization Information

Team descriptions:

Stewardship: The CSI Stewardship team focuses on land-based restoration efforts on open space parcels throughout the Calumet region. The team works strategically to train and recruit volunteers for long-term site management, hold regular stewardship workdays, and assess stewardship needs for the region.

Education: The CSI Education team works to increase the incorporation of environmental education into school curricula. The team coordinates the delivery and expansion of environmental education programs throughout the region and promotes special events throughout the Calumet region.

Mapping: The CSI Mapping team will serve as a resource group for the other CSI teams and help each team achieve its goals.

Outreach and Communications: The Outreach Team increases the visibility of CSI, CSI teams and partner programs.

Smart Growth: The CSI Smart Growth team works toward enhancing the long-term ecological, community, and economic sustainability of the Calumet region.

Organizational resources:

CSI Representatives from your organization:

Organizational interests

Part II: Membership Level Selection

The Calumet Stewardship Initiative facilitates collaboration among its member organizations and Calumet communities to improve environmental, economic, and natural resources in the Calumet region. As an organization, CSI does not take political positions.

Please mark the box next to the level of membership your organization is requesting and sign below.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

If accepted as a member of CSI, I hereby certify that my organization will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). We agree to be supportive of efforts to fulfill the mission of CSI and will work cooperatively with other members to reach those ends. Further, I or another organization member will actively participate on one or more CSI team and will commit to sending a representative of my organization to at least two general meetings per year.

General members are public agencies, research and education institutions, not-for-profit organizations and other groups with programs in education, research, or a focus on the environmental and cultural revitalization of the Calumet region, who will commit institutional resources to the fulfillment of the objectives of CSI. General Members are eligible to participate and vote in membership meetings, which advise on policies and strategies for CSI. They are expected to participate on CSI team(s), eligible for selection to the CSI Steering Committee, and able to propose projects for official endorsement from CSI.

CSI PARTNER IN SUPPORT

If accepted as a Partner in Support of CSI, I hereby certify that my organization will sign the MOU. We agree to support, publicize, and assist when feasible in projects to fulfill the mission and achieve the objectives of CSI. Further, I will encourage my staff or organization members to actively communicate with the CSI Steering Committee.

CSI Partners are public agencies, research and education institutions, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations and other groups with programs in education, research, or a focus on the environmental, economic, and cultural revitalization of the Calumet region, but are not in a position to commit major resources to the fulfillment of the objectives of CSI. Partners in Support should actively communicate with the Steering Committee and may submit items to the CSI newsletter. They are eligible to participate on CSI teams as team members. They are not eligible to participate as a team chair or steering committee member.

Part IV: Commitment Signature

By signing below, I certify that I have the authorization, or have obtained the proper level of executive endorsement, to commit my organization to the responsibilities of the requested level of membership.

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