The Waldo Way Private Membership Association
I/We, __________________________________, for membership fee paid in hand, do hereby apply for membership in The Waldo Way, PMA, a fraternal organization. With the signing of this membership, I/we accept the offer made to become a member of The Waldo Way, PMA and have read and agree with the following Declaration of Purpose from Article I of Waldo Way, PMA’s Articles of Association:
This Association of members hereby declares that our main objective is to maintain and improve the civil rights, constitutional guarantees, and political freedom for every member and citizen of the United States of America. We believe and affirm that the Constitution of the United States is one of the best documents ever created by man, and the signers of the Declaration of Independence did so out of love for their country.
We believe that God and the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees our members free speech, petition, assembly, right to contract, and the right to gather together for the lawful purpose of advising and helping one another in assertion of our rights under the Federal and State Constitutions and Statutes. We strive to maintain and improve the civil rights, constitutional guarantees, freedom of choice in education, healthcare, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, and a variety of quality foods.
It is hereby declared that we are exercising our right, our “freedom of association” as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and equivalent provisions of the various state constitutions. This means that our Association activities are restricted to the private domain only.
We declare the basic right of all of our members to select spokespersons from our number who could be expected to give wisest counsel and advice concerning the need for high quality production of food, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical products and to select from our number those members who are the most skilled to assist and facilitate the actual performance and delivery of services and products. In addition, we proclaim the freedom to choose and perform for ourselves the types of foods, services and products that we think best for achieving and maintaining optimal wellness. Further, we proclaim and reserve the right to include health options that include, but are not limited to, cutting edge modalities, products and therapies.
Mission: The Waldo Way, PMA strives for greater availability of products and services and to provide education to its members.
Our association understands that health and wellness has many dimensions and strives everyday to provide quality food products, complementary and alternative therapies including the rights of Christian beliefs. The Waldo Way, PMA also provides its members with workshops, special events, tours, consultations, cooking classes, health coaching, and other training toward the advancement of wholistic (mind, body, spirit) wellness. A symbiotic relationship exists between the services and the products that are offered by the Association.
I have freely chosen to change my legal status from a public consumer to a private member of the Association. Therefore, I accept all personal responsibilities for my own actions of consuming and/or participating in the Association, releasing the Association of all liability for doing so. I agree to hold the Trustee’s, staff, other work members and the Association harmless from any unintentional liabilities for the results of their actions, except for harm that results from instances of a clear and present danger of substantive evil as determined by the Association, as stated and defined by the United States Supreme Court.
The Trustees and members have chosen NaRisa Y. Waldo and Trenton A. Montgomery as the persons best qualified to provide services to the members of the Association and entrust them to select other qualified members to assist them in carrying out particular services for its members.
I understand that the Association is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it is outside the jurisdiction and authority of Federal and State Agencies and Authorities concerning any and all complaints or grievances against the Association, any Trustee(s), members or other staff persons. All rights of complaints and grievances will be waived by the member for the benefit of the Association and its members. I fully understand that I am consuming “raw” food products. The member waives HIPAA privacy rights and complaint processes.
As a Waldo Way, PMA member, I understand that the PMA has a Member Cost Sharing Policy, and that if I am to receive products from the PMA’s livestock, then I am obligated to remit to the PMA at the time of receipt my Cost Share for such product. I also understand that the Trustees may from time to time assess a transaction fee or an annual or periodic membership fee; additional assessments may be made at any time for services or benefits rendered. Honorary memberships may be offered and recognized. Additionally, The Board of Trustees reserves the right to waive dues for guests of Trustees and/or its members.
I agree to join the Association, a Private Membership Association under common law, whose members seek to help each other achieve better health through spiritual, mental and physical well-being.
THE WALDO WAY, PMA
Member Cost Sharing Policy
Effective August 23, 2019, and pursuant to authority granted by the Articles of
Association of The Waldo Way, PMA, a private membership organization, Co-Trustee, NaRisa Y. Waldo, and Co-Trustee, Trenton A. Montgomery, hereby adopt the following Member Cost Sharing Policy and amend the Articles of Association accordingly.
Whereas the PMA owns the rights to certain milk producing livestock;
Whereas the PMA incurs direct and indirect costs in the management and maintenance of its livestock;
Whereas the PMA incurs direct and indirect costs in the processing of the livestock’s milk;
Whereas the PMA members wish to implement a system by which their mutual costs are shared among the members in a fair and equitable manner, and in a process that connects the personal benefit that a member receives from the livestock’s production to the cost incurred by the PMA for the production of the member’s benefit.
Now Therefore, the PMA hereby adopts the following Cost Sharing Policy.
1. The PMA shall waive the assessment of an actual membership fee and Article III Section 2 shall be amended accordingly.
2. At the point in time in which a member receives farm product from the PMA’s livestock, including but not limited to milk, or milk products (i.e. cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.) or beef, then such member shall remit to the PMA an allocated share of the PMA’s cost incurred by the PMA.
3. The Cost Share Allocation shall be reset periodically at the discretion of the Trustees to account for changes in the PMA’s direct and indirect cost incurred. The Trustees shall develop a calculation formula on a rolling adjusted average basis to provide for a consistent method for determining the daily Cost Share without volatile adjustments. The Cost Share Allocation shall endeavor to account for all direct and indirect costs incurred by the PMA.
4. The Cost Share Allocation shall be available for members review and posted on the PMA website and in print at the PMA office or distribution locations.
The Waldo Way (TWW) a share cost operation located in Mineola and Lindale Texas.
See TWW member contract under the tab “who we are” and then drop down box “Waldo Way Farm Share”. Each time you check out at our store locations or online you must sign the member contract by checking the “I agree to member farm share costs”.
Other share programs like TWW in the state of Texas:
Soggy Bottom Farm in Belton, Texas
Able Oaks Ranch in Rusk, Texas
Goatlilicious, LLC in New Braunfels, Texas
Flower Mound Share Farm
Urban Hobby Farmer in Coppell, Texas
Bo-tex Brown Swiss Dairy in Waxahachie, Texas
Buying Clubs in Houston, Texas
Calico Fresh Market in Conroe, Texas
Miracle Farm in Santa Fe, Texas
Edens Lilly Goat Dairy Mercedes/Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Guardian Farms in Huntsville, Texas
Linda’s Raw Milk in Cleveland, Texas
Crystal Creek Farms in Lorena, Texas
Greenock Farms in Kerri, Texas
Triple S Dairy in Waco, Texas
Summerland Acres in Nacogdoches, Texas
Homestead Hippies in Amarillo, Texas
Flying G Farm in Chester, Texas
Keno Farms in Florence, Texas
According to realmilk.com there are no laws in Texas regarding share programs for raw milk and raw milk products. What does this mean?
How Share Programs Work
The consumer purchases a share in a milk cow, goat or dairy herd. The farmer and the consumer enter into a contract whereby the farmer feeds and boards the animal and provides the labor to milk the animal and store the consumer’s milk. Such contracts are legal and valid, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. The consumer does not buy milk from the farmer. Rather, they pay the farmer for the service of keeping the cow or goat and his labor for milking and processing the milk into value added products such as butter, cream, cheese, etc. However, they may directly purchase other products from the farm, such as eggs, vegetables and meat.
Cow and goat-share programs protect the farmer from liability since the animal belongs to the consumer and the consumer is drinking the milk from their own animal.
Herdshares, also known as farmshares, cowshares, goatshares, etc., people buy shares of a milking animal or herd, and pay the farmer to care for the animals and milk them. As owners, the shareholders are entitled to the milk from their own animals. The farmer may deliver the milk directly to shareholders or a central drop point, or shareholders may pick it up at the farm. Shares are typically sold based on an expected milk volume. Members can buy the number of shares they need to ensure the milk supply they want.
Check out this website that gives you loads of information from a legal team who sets share programs up across the nation.
According to Sally Fallon-Morell: Cowshare agreements are not “illegal dairies” as some have called them. On the contrary, the practice of hiring farmers to keeps one’s livestock dates back hundreds of years in British law. There is even a special legal term for this arrangement, called an agistment. The keeper of the livestock is an agister. State governments may not like these arrangements, and may take steps to stop them in the name of public safety, but that does not make them illegal. As cow sharing farmer Kathryn Russell points out, the U.S. Constitution allows us to enter into contractual agreements and provides us with a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Public Safety.
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