2017 Board Election - Call for Candidates

2017 BOARD ELECTION

Why should you consider running for the Board? Because you know how important Open Harvest is to you, your family, and friends.

TIMELINE

STEP 1: APPLY
Pick up an application at the store, online or from the Board Chair and submit by February 18th.

STEP 2: INTERVIEW
Complete interview with the Election Committee between February 19th - 25th.

STEP 3: APPROVE
Slate of candidates approved by the Board of Directors at the March 1st Board Meeting.

STEP 4: ELECT
Board of Director election held in the store from April 16th - April 30th.

STEP 5: INSTALL
New Board members installed at the monthly Board meeting June 7th.


A CALL FOR CANDIDATES

by Brandé Payne & Barbara DiBernard, Open Harvest Board Members

Open Harvest Cooperative is not owned by a corporation; we, the Member-Owners, are its owners. Each spring we show our commitment and responsibility to the Co-op and its values by electing Directors to the Board. As we discussed at our recent Annual Meeting, it is important for Member-Owners to be engaged in the ongoing well-being of the co-op. Being on the Board of Directors is one of the ways to be an engaged Member-Owner.

Why should you consider running for the Board? Because you know how important Open Harvest is to you, your family and friends; because you believe in supporting local farmers and producers; because you want to support a more sustainable way of living; because you believe in the values and principles that guide the Co-op. The International Cooperative Alliance states, “Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.” Open Harvest operates on these values, and it is meaningful and energizing to work together on something we all believe in. We encourage you to consider running for the Board and joining this group of dedicated Member-Owners.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 8 or 8:30 p.m. We also have a retreat in early spring and may schedule other meetings and training sessions as needed. Board members are expected to prepare for and attend all meetings and be an active part of the governing process.

The Board provides general supervision of the Co-op, including hiring the General Manager. We use Policy Governance as our guide in this work. Policy Governance focuses on the Ends, or overall goals, of the store. The General Manager can determine the means to get to those ends. Board decisions are by consensus, which means that all concerns must be addressed before those decisions are approved. Board meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend a board meeting to witness this process. More information about how the Board operates can be found in the Board Policy Register at http://www.openharvest.coop/co-op-documents/.

TERM OF SERVICE AND ELIGIBILITY

Each Director is elected for a three-year term by the Member-Owners of Open Harvest Co-op Grocery. Bylaws state the Board candidates must be current Member-Owners of Open Harvest and that staff members of Open Harvest are not eligible to run. Directors receive a five percent store discount for their service.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates can obtain applications at the Co-op, on the Open Harvest website and by contacting the Election Chair (see info below). Applications must be submitted by February 18, 2017. Candidates must also complete an interview with the Election Committee, which will be scheduled between February 19 and 25. The purpose of the interview is to establish that candidates are aware of Board duties and responsibilities and committed to observing the Board Code of Conduct, as described in the Policy Register. The interview also allows for the candidates to ask any questions they have about the Board. All candidates who complete the application and interview by the deadline will be on the slate of candidates to be approved by the full Board at the March 1, 2017 Board meeting. The election will be held from April 16-30, 2017. New Board members will be installed at the monthly Board meeting on June 7, 2017.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Interested candidates may contact Elections Chair at board@openharvest.coop for more information and an application packet.