|Board of Directors Report: We've Been Busy!|
By Beth Neher
Here it is, mid-year already, and I want to give you a snapshot of the Co-op’s Board of Directors’ activities so far this year. We’ve been busy, and there have been some changes we want to share with you. Here’s an update of what your Co-op board has been doing:
On a different topic, we are delighted to have found a new attorney, Heather Wright, to consult with us as needed on board-related questions or issues. Her name is Heather Wright, and she has deep roots and experience in the world of cooperatives. In addition, she teaches a human resources focused course in the management programs at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, so has a connection to Brattleboro. She attended the June board meeting so that all board members could meet and talk with her, and she could get to know us. We’re very pleased to have Heather to work with.
The Policies and Bylaws Committee has been working on changes and clarifications to policies we found unclear last year. So far the committee has proposed – and the board has voted to accept – changes to policies regarding board director attendance at meetings (QIV 3.6.3) and how the boardwill act in the event of a director leaving the board during their term (QIV 8.5). The committee proposed adding additional language regarding staff directors who leave the employment of the Co-op during their term.
The committee is currently discussing the part of the Code of Conduct that states whether employee directors will, or will not, attend or participate in discussions that determine the General Manager’s contract.
And the Policies and Bylaws Committee has recommended bylaw changes that you’ll see on the November ballot.
Strategic conversations are informal discussions focused on policy and planning. The purpose of the conversations is for the board to educate itself about what drives its policy decisions by gathering information, ideas and opinions, and engaging in open, thoughtful discussion. No decisions are made in the conversations, and the discussion is less structured; the point is to exchange ideas, build shared knowledge and develop (or deepen) a sense of teamwork.
In addition, five board members attended the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference, held this year in Western Massachusetts (Amherst). It was an opportunity for board members to meet and talk with fellow cooperators from across the country and to attend workshop sessions. Please ask board members for their impression of the event and the sessions they attended.
Shareholders are welcome and invited to attend our meetings. Please let the board administrator know if you’d like to come and stay for dinner with us. We welcome your participation. Really.
Finally and very importantly, please consider running for the board. We are excited about the ways we’re exploring, growing, and moving. We’re looking for shareholders to join us in this time of positive change.
BFC Board Meeting
The Board of Director will be tabling on Saturday, August 6th from 2-4pm
SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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