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Re: GSBN: Is it time?

Kol haK'vod, Bill!

Great idea, but how do us ex-patriots and non-Americans gain from things 
like better insurance rates and mortgage accessibility etc..?  Could 
some of the fund be directed toward international efforts like getting 
Harald Wedig to Turkey (or bringing Demet Irkli to New Mexico?)  I am 
trying to round up money for that effort and am a bit stuck as I have no 
non-profit to funnel the money through.  Does anyone have a npo bank 
account we can use?

Tsfat, Israel

> Hi GSBN folks,
> There's something that's been mulling around in my mind lately, and I think
> the time might be right.
> We've collectively spent a lot of time building, changing building codes,
> teaching others, etc etc.  Now many SB homes have been built all over the
> world - over 50 right here in the Austin area, and I know other areas that
> have good numbers too.
> Is it time to form an International Straw Bale Homeowners Association?
> Collective clout can have effects on things like
>         The mortgage industry's acceptance
>         Building officials/codes
>         The insurance industry
>         Research
>         Public awareness
>         etc
> Potential advantages to the homeowner:
>         a communication vehicle regarding mortgages and insurance issues/rates
>         ...(help me out here.  it's late and the brain's getting tired)
> A modest fee ($50/year?) from even half the existing SB homeowners would
> probably amount to a pretty decent amount of money.  Of course you wouldn't
> have to be an owner at present to be a member - you could be a future
> homeowner.  We'd want to be able to list enough benefits for the homeowners
> to be motivated to kick in their hard earned bucks.
> Presently the domain name strawbalehomeowners.org is available.  It costs
> $70 to grab it.  We'll be happy to host it here, of course.  We'll need
> someone to be the official contact address/phone etc, to collect the dues,
> keep the records, etc.
> I think GSBN could act as the advisory board.
> Lots of other technical details to work out, but first, what does everyone
> here think of the idea?
> BC