Benefits of Membership
- Meet fellow volunteers and enjoy the camaraderie of people with similar interests
- Continued opportunity to learn about your community
- Meet curators and historians
- Society Newsletter and other mailings
- Training materials, articles on history and teaching tips
- Advance notice of Society programs
- Society sponsored lectures and programs
- Annual appreciation holiday Party
Join the Pequannock Township Historic Society
Using our secure online server Join the Pequannock Township Historic Society
Click HERE to read the Pequannock Township Historical Society Bylaws, adopted May 20, 2015.
All new members are encouraged to read and become familiar with the Bylaws.
How We Operate: Consensus
The Principles of Consensus Decision Making
Consensus decision making is a process used by groups seeking to generate widespread levels of participation and agreement. There are variations among different groups regarding the degree of agreement necessary to finalize a group decision. The process of group deliberation, however, has many common elements that are definitive of consensus decision making. These include:
- Inclusive: As many stakeholders as possible are involved in group discussions.
- Participatory: All participants are allowed a chance to contribute to the discussion.
- Collaborative: The group constructs proposals with input from all interested group members. Any individual authorship of a proposal is subsumed as the group modifies it to include the concerns of all group members.
- Agreement Seeking: The goal is to generate as much agreement as possible. Regardless of how much agreement is required to finalize a decision, a group using a consensus process makes a concerted attempt to reach full agreement.
- Cooperative: Participants are encouraged to keep the good of the whole group in mind. Each individual’s preferences should be voiced so that the group can incorporate all concerns into an emerging proposal. Individual preferences should not, however, obstructively impede the progress of the group.
Members are encouraged to read more about Consensus Building from the MIT-Harvard’s publication “A Short Guide to Consensus Building” for Groups, Organizations and Ad Hoc Assemblies that Want to Operate By Consensus.
For further information please review the Facilitator Tool Kit A Guide for Helping Groups Get Results, published by University of Wisconsin office of Quality Improvement.