How Does Someone Get on the Board of Directors?
The Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative (SNFC) is a consumer-owned cooperative that is controlled democratically by its members through their elected Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for ensuring the long-range security and viability of the Co-op, and for making decisions in the best interests of the membership as a whole. The Board is also legally accountable for the actions of the corporation. As such, service on the Board is the most responsible position that a Co-op member can assume.
Who is eligible to serve?
Minimum eligibility rules are specified in the SNFC Bylaws (section 8.01). In general, a candidate for the Board must have been a member-member for at least 6 months as of election day, and may not be a member of the household or immediate family of a continuing Board Director. In addition, a maximum of one SNFC employee may serve at any given time.
How do I get started?
If you are interested in serving on the Board, a good place to start is to talk to a member of the current Board to find out more about serving on the Board, how to prepare yourself for this responsibility, and how to proceed if you feel you are ready and willing. The chair of the Board Candidate Development and Nominating (BCDN) Committee would be the best person to talk to, but any director can assist you in getting started. Elections occur each fall (August/September). Members interested in the upcoming election should contact the BCDN Committee by May at the latest, but committee members are looking for interested people year-round. The BCDN Committee prepares a Board Candidate Packet each year, which is generally available at the Customer Service Desk in early March. This Packet includes the election schedule, information about Board responsibilities, and the details regarding steps to take if you are interested in running. Information about the Candidate Packet and the general election process also appears in the Co-op Reporter beginning about March.
What are the procedures to get nominated?
The SNFC Bylaws (section 9.02) provide three ways that a member-member may be nominated for the Board of Directors.
Nomination by the Board Candidate Development and Nominating Committee (if you are interested in this option, contact the Committee before May). Nomination/second from the floor at the June Quarterly Member Meeting (provided there is a quorum of 100 or more member-members present). Nomination by submittal of a petition signed by other eligible members.
Consult the Board Candidate Packet and the Bylaws for further instructions on the nomination process.
For More Information
For more information on running for the board, see the board candidate packet and contact the Chair of the Board Candidate Development and Nominating Committee or any Board member.