Elections

Officer Elections and Board Leadership

It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made …[leader]… should on no account be allowed to do the job. - Douglas Adams, 1952-2001 The question who ought [...]

Streamline Nominations and Elections Process to Ensure Future Governance

As food co-ops add locations and post sales well into the multi-millions, it is critical that these important community assets are well-governed.  Because the stakes are higher than ever, food co-ops need people with strong leadership skills to serve on boards. Today’s boards are grappling with how to go about [...]

Ensuring Meaningful Elections

By Thane Joyal 175 November-December 2014 Within a consumer cooperative, the purpose of electing the board of directors from among the owners is to democratically control the co-op. All fiduciary responsibility for the cooperative rests with the board of directors. Consequently, everything that happens because of the cooperative happens because of [...]

Great Idea: Get a Head Start on the Nominations Process

  The nominations committee of the Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Va. has been meeting since January to get a head start on the board nominations process. In addition to finding excellent candidates and improving the voting process, the co-op also wants to ensure it has contested elections. “Each [...]

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Planning for Board Officer Elections

  Talking about board leadership and officer positions a few months before a new board is seated can be an important strategic conversation for a board. Board members who do take on an officer position might be positioned to understand their roles and more prepared to handle them. At Whole [...]

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Perpetuating a Strong Board

A director should be equally as concerned with the future of the governance of their co-op as they are with the issues of the present day.  Recruitment and orientation of new directors is the role of all board members, all year long. This Online Recorded Workshop gives thorough walk-through of [...]