The Board of Directors election and Candidates Forum are here!
The Moscow Food Co-op invites the public to a Board candidates forum on Sunday, March 6, from 4-6 p.m., at the 1912 Center Great Room (412 East 3rd Street). This year there are four candidates seeking election to four open Board seats*. The social begins at 4 p.m. with free food and drinks followed by a Q&A session with the candidates. Children’s activities will be provided.
Online voting will be open from Saturday, March 5 until 6 p.m. PST Sunday, March 13 to Co-op owners in good standing. New owners must join by Saturday, March 12 to be eligible to vote in this year’s election. To access the 2016 Voter’s Guide, visit www.moscowfood.coop/boardelection.
To give our owners a choice in an uncontested election, owners can vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each candidate.
To be elected, a candidate must receive more ‘yes’ votes than ‘no’ votes. Then, because the open seats vary in their term duration, the two candidates who receive the most votes will each be elected to 3-year terms, the candidate who receives the third highest number of votes will be elected to a 2-year term, and the candidate with the fourth highest number of votes will serve a 1-year term. Your vote makes a difference.
Owners can vote online at any time during the election using any web-connected device. Beginning March 5th, ballots can be accessed at moscowfood.coop/evoting. Owners will be prompted to enter the first four letters of the ownership's last name and the customer number to access the electronic ballot. The customer number is the number found on the back of each ownership card and at the bottom of receipts. Owners also can access their electronic ballot during business hours at the Customer Service Desk voting kiosk computer.
Electronic voting is very helpful for those who aren't here for the election! However, if you still need an absentee ballot, it must be requested between February 15 - March 4. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and account number for a printed absentee ballot that will be embossed by the Co-op. Absentee ballots must be received by Saturday, March 12 in the designated elections PO Box listed on the ballot.
The Co-op Board of Directors is a group of seven community volunteers elected by Co-op owners. They are responsible for the Co-op’s financial health, making broad policy decisions, and overseeing the Co-op’s general manager through a system of policy governance.
*Article updated March 4, 2016 to reflect Derick Jiwan's withdrawal from the election and related voting changes. Jiwan withdrew due to time conflicts.
Board votes to take a year to explore bylaw changes
The February 9th meeting of the Board of Directors focused on the upcoming overhaul of the Co-op’s bylaws. Our current bylaws were ratified in 2010 and need to be updated for a variety of reasons, including preparing for a move to a two-store model.
Director Laurene Sorensen, a lawyer in her professional life, did us the favor of reviewing the current bylaws with an eye to fixing vs. redrafting them. At the meeting, she presented her recommendation to completely redraft the bylaws using a template and overhaul process developed by the CDS Consulting Coop, a co-op to which MFC belongs.
After some discussion and comments from attending owners, the Board decided not to push for a draft to be ready by this year's annual meeting, but to take a longer road that will allow for more owner input. The Board now intends the new bylaws to be ready for ratification by all members in 2017.
Co-op Board meetings are open to the public. They are held the second Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6 p.m., at the 1912 Center’s Fiske Room. The 1912 Center is located at 412 E 3rd Street in Moscow.