eHop Mission Statement
eHop’s mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement.
Membership is currently free and the only requirements are that you subscribe to our email list and you are resident of Hopkinton. Membership entitles you to vote at our Annual Meeting on the new slate of Board Members. Members are welcome (but not required) to attend board meetings, serve on a committee or run for a board position. To become a member click the following link, supply your full name and Hopkinton street address and check the box for “eHop Member.” If you are not sure if you’d like to become a member yet, check the box for “Email Subscription Only.” You can change your subscription or unsubscribe at any time.
Board Meetings and Minutes
Board Meeting dates are posted to the eHop online calendar. Click here to view the Calendar to see Board Meeting dates. All members are welcome to attend, please contact Nanda Barker-Hook with any questions about meeting dates, times and locations.
Once approved, Board Meeting Minutes are posted to our website. Click here to view Board Meeting Minutes.
Introduction and Background
Over the past twenty years, mechanisms for supporting public school and town budgets have decentralized, shifting more and more decision making to the general public. With Proposition 2 1/2, passed in 1980, towns can raise property taxes no more than 2 1/2% without the approval of the voters. This means that an active, informed public, involved in resource decision-making, is more important than ever before.
Recognizing that it is impossible for every citizen to become fully informed on every issue, eHop (formerly Educate Hopkinton) was created in 2007 to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information – easily accessible – to help Hopkinton voters understand town and school budget-related issues and make informed choices.
In June 2011, eHop applied for 501(c)(4) status with the IRS. In October 2012 eHop officially received our approval letter from the IRS determining that we are an exempt 501(c)(4) organization.
- eHop should stay in front of the issues, providing guidance and advice to elected boards and commissions about potential overrides or other resource issues.
- It is critical that eHop maintain a reputation of professionalism and accuracy in all information and activities.
- To be an effective organization, eHop must remain fluid and dynamic, able to respond to issues and needs quickly.
- eHop will maintain the basic structures necessary for effective override or other voter campaigns-e.g. database, website, preparation of literature and data.
- eHop will support and advise override campaigns for town and school building and budget-related issues as appropriate.
- An ideal Board of Directors includes people with a variety of skills, affiliations, and knowledge. Skills include; strategic planning, marketing, database management, website development, technical writing, public relations writing, volunteer coordination, finance/ bookkeeping and more. Affiliations include HPTA Board Members, former Ballot Question Committee chairs, and more. Knowledge includes school administration, school curriculum, politics, law, and more.
- Expediency is important to the effectiveness of eHop; when possible decisions and positions will be adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors. When issues of expediency outweigh the needs for full participation, the decision maker will make every effort to consult with the Board by email.
Originally adopted at the eHop Board Meeting on July 13, 2011, the by-laws were last amended at our July 29, 2013 Annual Meeting.
Educate Hopkinton By-Laws (Amended 6/29/13)