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People's Food Co-op wouldn't exist if people didn't want it to. The Co-op came about because people wanted better, healthful and locally sourced food, a more fair food system, and a place to truly connect with folks in their community. And those folks actively participated in the work of the Co-op and made their dream of that place a reality. Especially at a time when the Co-op is honing in on a direction and a plan for the future, we need passionate and qualified folks to help steer this ship.
This year, we’re electing one new member of the Elections Committee and three new Board Directors. But first we need candidates to fill those vacancies! We’re asking you, our Member-Owners, to step up and make an investment in this place and our vision for it.
If you have the interest and commitment to run for the Board or the Elections Committee, check out all of the information below or grab a nomination packet in the store. If you have any questions, you can always email the Elections Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Elections Process
- Read this information below to see if you are interested in running for the Board.
- Go to the Candidate Orientation on Sunday, April 15th from 4:30-6:30 pm to ask questions, hear from some current Board members, and have a conversation about the vision of our co-op.
- Fill out the application below and submit it by April 28th.
- After you submit your application, the Elections Committee will interview you and put together a candidate profile for the summer Grassroots newsletter. They will also help you answer any questions you have throughout the elections process.
- Attend the Board meeting on May 22nd to find out what Board meetings are all about and have your photo taken.
- Meet your fellow Member-Owners at the Meet the Candidate events on Saturday June 23rd at 2:30 pm.
- Get out the vote! Encourage other Member-Owners to cast their ballots online or by submitting a paper ballot by Saturday, July 14th!
- Attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 14th to present your candidate statement, meet lots of Member-Owners, and hear more about the Co-op. The Annual Meeting is also the last day to vote!
- Are you on the Board?! You’ll hear within a week of the Annual Meeting.
About the Board of Directors
These are exciting times at the Co-op, particularly for the Board of Directors. As the Board hones its vision for the future and supports the Collective Management in creating a long-term plan for our business and community, representing the Member-Ownership is extremely important and at times pretty challenging. The work that the Board of Directors is doing now will have incredible impact on how the Co-op grows and adapts to a changing world and marketplace. It’s important that Board members be able to work together to ask tough questions and think innovatively about the future of the Co-op.
People’s Food Co-op is a democratic business, owned and democratically governed by our Member-Owners. People’s Board of Directors is comprised of co-op Member-Owners who are elected to represent the Member-Ownership. The Board ensures that the Co-op’s Ends and operations support a vital, thriving co-op that meets the needs and vision of People’s Member-Owners and our larger community in the long term.
On behalf of the Member-Ownership, to set the mission of the Co-op as well as limitations for the Collective Management through effective governance and leadership
Board Directors are volunteers for a term of three years and commit to working a minimum of 12 hours per month.
To thank them for their efforts and involvement, People’s offers Directors 15% off all their purchases at the Co-op and caters Board meetings with healthful, organic dinners. Directors also gain skills through training and experience that support their professional and personal development.
- Attend monthly Board Meetings
- Attend at least 1 Member engagement event each quarter
- Attend the Annual Meeting and other meetings of owners
- Attend and participate in at least 2 retreats (2 days each) and 1 workshop (for directors in their first year)
- Attend and participate in at least 1 staff/Board social per year
- Participate as needed in Board Committees
- Check emails at least once a week
- Actively participate in Board work
- Communicate openly and respectfully with other Board members, staff, Member-Owners, and others
- Support & further develop Ends Statements & other policies to reflect the needs of the Member- Ownership
- Ensure financial solvency & integrity of the co-op by reviewing monitoring reports
- Support the mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives of the co-op
- Support the agreements of the Board of Directors
- Perform tasks conveyed by the Board of Directors
- Keep informed on the affairs of the co-op and be prepared to discuss issues before the Board
- Evaluate Collective Management’s performance based on monitoring reports and external audits
- Learn about the natural foods industry and cooperative/democratic organizations.
- Learn about and practice Policy Governance
Connection To Member-Owners
- Consider at all times Member-Owners input in decision making
- Keep Member-Owners informed about the affairs of the cooperative
- Board Director Qualifications
- Current Member-Owner of the Cooperative
- Commitment to the Seven Cooperative Principles and our Ends
- Understanding the respective roles and authority of the Board and staff
- Basic computer skills, including email and word processing
- Ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description
- Strategic Thinking: Capacity to think outside the box and think about the long-term. Experience running a strategic planning process, creating visions.
- Policy Governance: Experience with governance concepts, practices and specifically Policy Governance
- Natural food and retail industry: Knows the trends, opportunities and challenges of the retail industry, specifically the natural food segment.
- Experience with co-ops: Experience with organizations run as cooperative
- Board experience: Knowledge of the qualities of effective boards
- Legal knowledge: Ability to read and understand legal language, concepts, bylaws, and other legal materials.
- Financial acumen: Understanding of financial benchmarks/documents
- Community representation: Experience representing a community through engagement
- Social justice experience: Understands systems of oppression
- Communication skills: Ability to write articles, public speaking, and other communication with the membership
- Collective-based operations: Experience with organizations run as collectives
If you want to run for the Board but you don't want to go through the process outlined here, there is an alternate route available! You can get on the ballot by creating a petition and getting it signed by at least 25 active Member-Owners of People's Food Co-op. The petition must be submitted by April 28th, 2018. If using this option, you will not necessarily be featured in the newsletter or other in-store promotional materials.
About the Elections Committee
If you love the Co-op and are looking for ways to be more involved, the Elections Committee might be a great fit for you! Think of the Elections Committee as stewards of the Board of Directors: they help find and recruit Member-Owners who might make great directors, manage the elections process, and communicate with Member-Owners about elections. The role this committee plays is vitally important for a healthy democracy.
This year, we’ll be electing one Member-Owner to the Elections Committee for a two-year term. If you are passionate about our community, food systems, deep democracy and serving your community, please consider running!
People’s is a democratic business, owned and democratically-governed by our Member-Owners. People’s Board of Directors is comprised of Co-op Member-Owners who are elected to represent the Member-Ownership. The Board ensures that the Co-op’s Ends and operations support a vital, thriving co-op that meets the needs and vision of People’s Member-Owners and our larger community in the long term.
The Elections Committee seeks out candidates for a robust, diverse, and qualified Board of Directors and coordinates the annual elections process.
Terms are two years long. The Elections Committee will meet at least once per quarter but will need to meet much more frequently during the elections season (February through July). In the fall, Elections Committee members dedicate around 5 hours per month on committee tasks, where in the spring and summer you may be expected to commit between 10 and 20 hours per month.
Besides playing an active role in ensuring that our democratic process is strong and that the Board represents the diverse values and perspectives of the People’s membership, Member-Owners serving on the Elections Committee will receive a year-round 10% discount at the register. Committee members also gain valuable experience that may be relevant for their professional and personal development.
- Attend Elections Committee meetings
- Arrive on time to all scheduled Committee meetings
- Participate in at least one Co-op event per quarter
- Attend and participate in at least one Board meeting per year
- Check email at least once per week
- Fulfill any rotating duties, such as tabling or meeting coordination
- Attend and participate in the Annual Membership Meeting and other meetings of Member-Owners
- Current Member-Owner of People’s Food Co-op
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to fulfill the duties in the job description
- Willingness and ability to learn the requirements of the job and adapt as needed
- Commitment to People’s Ends, particularly to furthering social justice work
- Interest in and commitment to People’s democratic structure
- Interest or experience in writing for print and digital platforms
- Ease in public speaking and facilitating large groups
- Experience working with Boards
- Experience with community outreach and organizing
- Experience putting on events
- Knowledge about or interest in co-ops and policy governance
The People's Cooperative Community Fund
In 2007, People’s started the People’s Cooperative Community Fund (PCCF) through the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF). People’s contributes 1% of our net profits after taxes to the TPCF, which then loans that money to budding cooperatives and nonprofit organizations. Those loans accumulate interest, and each year we look to our Member-Owners to help us pass that money on to a local organization doing important work in our community.
If you know about a cool nonprofit doing work that aligns with our Ends, use the form below to nominate them to receive $1000! Member-Owners will vote on the nominated organizations during the elections in June and July, and the organization with the most votes will receive $1000.
Fill out the form attached below or return the one that came in your issue of Grassroots to the Co-op (you can drop it off or mail it attn: Sofie!).