No Provisionsal Members – unobserved paradise?
After you have been accepted at Twin Oaks and you make your way thru the waiting list you arrive and become a provisional member. Provisionals have almost all the rights of full members (tho they dont have the medical and dental coverage the full members have) and at the end of their 6 month provisional period they have a poll. In the 14 years i have been here, we have dozens of these polls, only two people have gotten rejected at their provisional to full member poll. One was a charming gal from Portugal who was claiming she was working 70 hours a week in the hammocks shop and no one had seen her there. The other was a depressed German guy, whose lover had died and who was hoping to marry here to be able to stay in the country and with us. Otherwise, we have been regularly embracing of anyone who has been accepted becoming a full member. Full members have the functional equivalent of tenure.
During my time here we have always had some number of provisional members a year ago we had at one point 18 people at a new member dinner. Next month we will have none.
No provisional members means we have not let a new person in for the last half year. We have had a number of former members return. In the short term this is problematic, but if it persists it could become one.
In a typical month we loose 1 to 2 members, but we have had very few typical months of these types in the last half year. Perhaps the place has become paradise while we were not paying attention.