About our Board of Directors

Our board of directors are co-op owners passionate about Seward Community Co-op and the cooperative business model. Our directors bring a wealth of varied backgrounds and skills to the board.

Board Role and Duties

The board of directors exists to establish and articulate the vision for the future of the co-op. In addition, other key roles of the board are to hire and oversee the general manager, monitor the performance of the co-op relative to its Ends Statement, and ensure continuity of excellence in governance.

  • Attend monthly board meetings.
  • Attend annual board retreat and board training sessions, including at least one day-long session per year.
  • Prepare for board meetings by reviewing policies and analyzing reports.
  • Serve on committees of the board as needed.
  • Maintain familiarity with the co-op’s governance procedures and policies, critical issues, and vision for the future.
  • Act prudently in making decisions on behalf of the co-op.
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of serving on the board.
  • Serve as an ambassador to other co-op owners and our community.

Eligibility

Candidates must be an owner of Seward Co-op.

In 2020, all potential candidates were required to attend an online board meeting and candidate info session to be eligible to run in the election. Board meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month, calling to order at 6:15 p.m. Prior to the May, June and July meetings, the board held a candidate information session beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Become a Candidate

Upon attending a board meeting, interested candidates learn more information on candidacy, receive documents with details about the expectations of candidates and obtain a candidate application. All interested candidates needed to submit application materials including a form, essay and questionnaire by Friday, July 31.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the Aug. 25 and Sept. 29 board meetings as well, in addition to an online–candidate forum on Oct. 6. The 2020 election will occur in October.