On today’s episode of Ownership Matters, Mike checks in with ROC Association Board President Marjory Gilsrud from Madelia Mobile Village in Madelia, Minnesota. Marjory is fresh back from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she attended the ROC USA Board of Directors meeting, held some strategic planning meetings for the ROC Association, and made two visits to Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In those meetings, she advocated for infrastructure funding for Resident Owned Communities nationwide. We also talk about ways other ROC Members can get involved through two ROC Association committees.
Episode: Infrastructure, Policy, and ROC Association Updates with Board President Marjory Gilsrud
Welcome to the Ownership Matters podcast, where hosts Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard of ROC USA highlight the stories of people at the heart of the manufacturer housing and resident-ownership movements! In this episode, Mike welcomes guest Marjory Gilsrud, Board President of the ROC Association.
0:20 Today’s episode and guest introduced
Marjory Gilsrud is the ROC Association Board President. She is leading the Association through some new changes alongside her two other fellow ROC Association Directors. Marjory is also the Board President of Madelia Mobile Village in Madelia, Minnesota. She has been an active participant on the national level for quite some time. When she isn’t busy serving her own co-op and co-ops nationwide, she works as a DSP helping disabled and elderly people.
2:59 – What is the ROC Association?
Every ROC community out there is a part of the ROC Association. When it comes to voting, each community gets one vote so representation is equal regardless of the community size. Each of the three regions in the U.S. have one elected director who represents all of the communities in their region.
4:58 – Marjory shares how the directors are really putting pencils to paper
Their top goal is to inspire people to get involved and help others. Rather than fighting for the things they want, they are fighting for the things they want other people to experience.
8:27 – The Directors’ recent trip to Washington DC
The three elected ROC Association Directors attended board meetings and visited congressional offices to discuss the future of the Association. Marjory was also able to meet with staff of House of Representative members and told them that her community is in need of a tornado shelter. She recalls the huge success of their two trips to Capitol Hill at which each director shared the needs of their regions. The funding they advocated for could go a long way in bringing down the costs of infrastructure repairs for ROC Members.
15:43 – The need for ROC leaders to join the Association
Every first Wednesday of the month, ROC leaders host a “Better Together” call, during which they discuss topics of interest people have questions about and feature guest speakers. If a community has a problem, they are encouraged to bring it up to other leaders and hear their experiences and advice. It’s understandable that most people don’t yet feel comfortable speaking directly to politicians or large crowds. However, Marjory says, people are encouraged to help as much as they want to and any way they can.
19:05 – Expanding the Board of Directors
More than 50 new communities have joined the ROC Association since 2019, calling for the need for Board expansion to better serve the three regions. Marjory’s area as a director covers all the midwest, which is a lot for only one person. During the annual ROC Association meeting in June, they proposed the idea of adding to the Board of Directors. They received a favorable response and are in the process of putting together the details on that. It will require a vote soon which will go out to all communities. Marjory shares that she also plans to re-run for her position as Director in the upcoming election.
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