OFF & ON -
The Barter Faire, from its
inception, has been a great boon to this community! It is the
source from which has sprung, the Cultural Project community
center, the Community Consciousness Fund, much Co-op funding
and many other things. This writing is an attempt by Buffalo
Mazzetti to clarify the history of the Faire and its attendant
legal structure, Okanogan Highlands United Gathering (OHUG):
what it was, what it did and what happened to it.
OFF & ON
Through the years it became obvious
that as an organization, OHUG was in fact a
NOT-for-profit-organization which was formed and existed for the
betterment of our community. It also became evident that the
responsibilities of both maintaining the land and putting on an
annual faire were too great a burden on too few people. Every
year we not only maintained and improved the property, we also
donated too many non-profit organizations, needy families and
scholarship funds. So, in council, those folks who had continued
to envision, design and create the space for the Okanogan
Family Barter Faire, decided to create a 501 c4 non profit
corporation, called the "Okanogan Neighbors." As the Barter
Faire became the Okanogan Family Faire [OFF], those who took
care of the property became Okanogan Neighbors [ON]. Together we
figuratively, metaphorically and realistically became OFF and
On July 26, 2005, The Okanogan
Highlands United Gatherings Ltd. was dissolved and all assets
were transferred to the new ON. ON would take care of the land.
OFF would manage the Faire. Voting Members (Stockholders) of
O.N. have essentially the same requirements: they volunteer at
least 20 hours per year on the land or at the Barter Faire or
for the land improvement. There are considerations for
honorary memberships. A Board of Directors is selected by the
membership, and is elected at an annual membership meeting.
To make sure you are recognized as
a member, Fill in a membership form application available at the
Okanogan River Natural Food Coop, or come to the "Volunteer Bus"
during Faire time. Sign up as a 20 hour volunteer or take on a
Please sign in at the Bus or fill
out an application. This will insure that you receive notice of
meetings, votes and important decisions that govern our land and
the event. Keep an eye out in the Co-op for the next Okanogan
Neighbors meeting. Come participate. This is true democracy. The
Barter Faire and most of the world, is run by those who show up.
Be there now.
History of Our Faire