Seward Co-op’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine elected co-op owners who serve the co-op for three-year terms. The board typically meets 9-10 times a year on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 p.m. Co-op owners are welcome to observe; your advance RSVP is politely requested.
The next monthly board meeting is virtual and will be held Tuesday, July 27. To indicate your intention to attend, please email email@example.com prior to July 27. This will allow us to provide you the virtual meeting link.
Results of the 2020 board of directors election are available here.
Seward Co-op’s board uses Policy Governance, a detailed and comprehensive method that structures and organizes their work. This type of governance uses policies to guide the General Manager (GM) to progress towards stated goals (Ends) of the co-op while staying within established boundaries. Through reports from the General Manager, external reports, and the board’s internal monitoring, policies and goals are evaluated and updated regularly. The policies and Ends Statement serve as a guide for the General Manager and establish guidelines for the board’s evaluation of the GM’s performance.
Using Policy Governance helps ensure that the board does not involve itself in any areas of co-op operations, while ensuring that the business runs optimally. Through the Ends Statement, the board establishes the vision and goals that co-op management is to pursue and achieve. The GM decides how to achieve these Ends and presents the board with documentation showing that they have achieved them. The board then reviews the presented information, determining if the Ends have been met.
In addition to managing the General Manager through Policy Governance, the co-op’s board also embarks on study to garner a greater understanding of food co-ops and related industry issues, including exploration of the Food Bill and the politics behind it. Currently, the board is building an understanding of the cooperative business model and its place in our economy as a means to better guide the vision of Seward Co-op.
At Seward Co-op, one of the nine seats on the board is reserved for the Designated Employee Director. Additionally, the co-op’s articles and bylaws allow up to two seats to be filled by current employees. This means employees may also choose to run for an at-large seat. Currently one employee is a director on Seward Co-op’s board.
Attend Our Board Meetings
The board typically meets 9-10 times a year on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 p.m. The next monthly board meeting is virtual and will be held Tuesday, July 27. The meeting will include a 10-minute Co-op Owners Comment Period. The board of directors planned this in response to community members’ requests to address the board. Individual time allotment is dependent on number of owners who wish to speak. Agenda is available here. To indicate your intention to attend and/or participate in the Co-op Owners Comment Period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to July 27.
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Connect with our Board of Directors
The co-op’s board of directors appreciates hearing from you! They are available to answer questions and provide information about co-op governance. Please email email@example.com