The Co-op’s Board of Directors seated five new members in February. We have been working hard over the past few months to acclimate to our roles and carry out our governance responsibilities which include oversight of the general manager, financial oversight of the Co-op, engagement with members, board perpetuation and elections, and creating a long-term vision for the Co-op.
Several board members participated in the member drive in July. The opportunity to talk with scores of shoppers was energizing. Staff worked hard to organize the member drive, which resulted in 83 new members joining the Co-op between July 15-23.
Many members, old or new, may not know there is an election process that takes place every year. Three seats are up for election each year, with each seat serving a three-year term. One of the benefits of membership is the opportunity to participate in the democratic process and vote in the board elections. Membership entitles you to one vote per membership. We strongly encourage members to cast their vote.
There are several additional work streams underway that the board is actively involved in. These include oversight of our annual audit, discussing ways to measure and communicate how we achieve our Ends, and planning and preparing for the publication of an annual report.
We look forward to keeping in touch and communicating about our progress in the months ahead.