It’s time for you to get involved at the People’s!
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 figuring out what’s up for the Co-op, representing the Member-Ownership is extremely important and at times pretty challenging. The work the Board of Directors is doing now will have an 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.
If you love the Co-op but the Board isn’t for you, the Member Engagement Committee might be a great fit! Think of the Member Engagement Committee as the link between the Board of Directors and the rest of the Member-Ownership: planning and hosting events, running the elections, and creating new programs that connect and serve our diverse community.This year, we’ll be electing two Member-Owner to the Member Engagement Committee: one for a one-year term and another for a two-year term.
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 eight Member-Owners and one staff member who are elected to represent the Member-Ownership. The Member Engagement Committee is a sub-committee of the Board and includes two Board members, two Collective Managers, and three Member-Owners.
This page aims to tell you more about the Board of Directors, the Member Engagement Committee, and their responsibilities. It also contains information about the elections process, including dates and events that you need to get on your calendar if you decide to run. If you have any questions or want to talk with someone about these roles, don’t hesitate to contact the Elections Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Elections Process
Read the information below to see if you are interested in running for the Board of Directors or the Member Engagement Committee.
If you have questions about running for the Member Engagement Committee, attend a Board meeting on January 22nd or February 26th at 5:30 pm and talk to Jenna, the Board Secretary! If you can’t attend those meetings, email email@example.com to arrange another.
Fill out the enclosed application and submit it to Sofie at the Co-op by 10 pm on February 28th.
After you submit your application, the Elections Committee will interview you and put together a candidate profile for the website and other elections materials. They will also help you answer any questions you have throughout the elections process.
Attend the Board meeting on March 26th to find out what Board meetings are all about and have your photo taken.
Attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 25th to present your candidate statement, meet lots of Member-Owners, and hear more about the Co-op.
Get out the vote! Encourage other Member-Owners to cast their ballots online or by submitting a paper ballot by Saturday, June 8th!
Meet your fellow Member-Owners at the Voting Party on Saturday, June 8th From 7-9 pm. You’ll need to be there at 6:30.
Are you on the Member Engagement Committee?! You’ll hear by June 15th.
About the Board of Directors
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 one member engagement event each quarter
Attend the Annual Meeting and other meetings of owners
Attend and participate in at least two retreats (two days each) and one workshop (for directors in their first year)
Attend and participate in at least one 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
What does the Board of Directors do?
Support and develop the Ends Statement and other policies to reflect the needs of the Member-Ownership
Ensure financial solvency and 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 organizations
Learn about and practice Policy Governance
Consider at all times Member-Owners input in decision making
Keep Member-Owners informed about the affairs of the cooperative
Current Member-Owner of People’s Food Co-op
Commitment to the Seven Cooperative Principles and our Ends
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 market.
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: Understands financial benchmarks and documents.
Community representation: Experience representing a community through engagement.
Social justice experience: Understands systems of oppression.
Communication skills: Ability to write articles, speak in front of groups, 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 February 28th, 2019. If using this option, you will not necessarily be featured in the newsletter or other in-store promotional materials.
About the Member Engagement Committee
The Member Engagement Committee helps to ensure that the Board of Directors maintains a healthy relationship with the Co-op’s Member-Owners through special events, the elections process, and other programming for Member-Owners and the People’s community.
Terms are two years long. The Member Engagement Committee will meet at least once per quarter but will need to meet much more frequently during the elections season (February through July). Member Engagement Committee members dedicate between five and twenty hours per month to their work, depending on the time of year and if they are on any subcommittees (like the Elections Committee).
Besides playing an active role in ensuring Member-Owners feel connected to the Board (and visa versa) and the Board represents the diverse values and perspectives of the People’s membership, Member-Owners serving on the Member Engagement Committee will receive a year-round 10% discount at the register. Committee members also gain valuable experience that may be relevant to their professional and personal development.
What do Member Engagement Committee members do?
Attend Member Engagement Committee meetings
Arrive on time to all scheduled Committee meetings
Participate in at least one Co-op event per quarter
Attend 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
Other Relevant Skills
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!).