The Community Market Co-op Board of Elections Process 2017
For any questions about the Board of Directors, the election process or the application packet, please contact Tammie Quick, Board Co-chair, at 919-649-6204 or email@example.com.
The Community Market is a burgeoning start-up food co-op in Southern Wake County. This is an *exciting* time to be a part of The Community Market Board. You are encouraged to read this information and decide if you wish to become a candidate.
While Board service can be rewarding (and fun), it is also serious business. Members who are interested in running for the Board are strongly encouraged to take both their candidacy and, if elected, Board service seriously. Directors are expected to prepare for and actively participate in every monthly meeting, committee work between meetings, Annual Owners’ meeting, and occasional training sessions. The time commitment ranges from 15 – 25 hours per month and the term of a Director is 3 years.
Board candidates must:
- Be an active, full Owner of The Community Market in good standing at the time of application. Full Ownership means that the entire $150 investment has been paid in full at the time of application;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Agree to uphold the Articles of Incorporation and the By Laws of The Community Market;
- Agree that all Directors are elected to represent the ownerships as a whole and not the interest of a particular constituency;
- Understand and verify that he/she does not own, run or is employed in a business that is in direct competition with The Community Market.
Potential Board candidates should possess these qualifications:
- Are dedicated to cooperative principles and values and to the success of The Community Market.
- Understand the Board’s approach to governance and willingness to learn and embrace Policy Governance.
- Display discipline in participation through attendance, email and taking part in meetings, committee work and ongoing training.
- Ability to assertively join in the debates at Board-Level issues, with no reluctance to express dissent.
- Willingness to commit time to official external functions, such as membership campaigns and committee work.
- Willingness to stand behind policies of the Board regardless of personal stance taken prior to the vote.
- Understand the Board’s role in defining values, vision and long-term viability of The Community Market.
- Willingness to support The Community Market General Manager when she or he has acted in compliance with the Board policies.
Application Process and Board Election Timeline
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Director on The Community Market Board! We recommend that you follow these two steps to better acquaint you with the Board’s work and to understand the application process.
Step 1: Learn more about the Board and its system of governance.
The Application Packet is designed to provide you with basic information regarding the Board’s work. You may contact any of the current Board members listed on our Website if you have any questions. Learning more about The Community Market Board will help you decide what level of commitment is necessary, and whether this will be a productive and rewarding experience for you.
- Read through our website for background information on The Community Market and our current Board.
- You can also get more information about cooperatives and Boards through these websites:
CDS Consulting Coop, Board Leadership, and the Food Cooperative Initiative
Step 2: Complete and submit an Application and nomination form.
To help us learn more about you, your skills and how they enhance your ability to be an effective Director. The deadline for submitting an application is April 18, 2017. The Nominations Committee will review your application and forward it to The Community Market Board of Directors.
The goal of the Nominations Committee is to find multiple candidates to present to The Community Market Board. The Board will then determine the applicants that will appear on the ballot that Owners will vote on to fill the 3 open board seats. You will be notified on or before April 21, 2017 if your application was accepted by The Community Market Board of Directors.
Tentative Election Schedule – 2017
4/4/2017 – Call for nominations
4/18/2017 – Deadline for applications
4/19 – 4/26 – Candidates meet with the Board
4/27/2017 – Approval of Candidates (by Board)
4/30 – 5/20 – Candidate information and mail-in ballots to Member Owners
5/21 – 6/3 – Mail in Ballots accepted (postmark).
6/4/2017 – On Site Election at Annual Meeting
6/5 – 6/12 – Contact New Board Members
6/12 – 6/18 – Announce New Board Members to Coop Member Announce New Board
7/27/2017 -Install new board members at monthly meeting
Download 2017 Application Packet – Information, Application, Conflict of Interest Statement & Disclosure, and Code of Conduct Agreement.
I have a passion for fresh, local foods and would love to be a part of bringing that to the Fuquay-Varina community. My background and work experience has been centered around back end tasks of running a business – taxes, licenses, insurance, accounting, etc. I feel I would be a great resource for The Community Market and would love to be part of the adventure. My vision is to see the Market explode onto the Fuquay scene! I am very excited to bring fresh, local produce to the customers. It’s a win for the growers, as well as the town of Fuquay. I feel that my role in the achievement of that vision would be to navigate the red tape and, when operational, ensure we are in compliance with state tax and licenses.
As a former business owner, I believe I would bring a unique perspective to discussions, especially as the Co-op comes closer to brick and mortar reality. Also, in the 30+ years since I started working, I’ve accumulated over 25 years of customer service experience, 15 years of retail experience, and nearly seven years of working in restaurants/cafes/grocery stores; I believe all of that may give me valuable insight as we work to get the Co-op off the ground. I’d like to see a vibrant community market supported by local vendors selling to members and non-members from a convenient, centrally located brick and mortar location. I’d love it if that location could serve people in our downtown area without access to public transportation who live in a sort of food desert. I continue to share about the Co-op with people and try to get them excited about it. I will also continue to help in Member drives and with photography. I hope by being on the Board I can play a more active part in all of the above and more.
I currently serve on the board and have served on the board since 2014 as a member at large and in the past year as Secretary. Previously, I have served on the Belk Teen Board for Hudson Belks of the triangle area (Secretary – 01-02). I have been very active in the local community – in the FV Arts Council, Downtown Revitalization Association, Get Active Fuquay (which I created), and more. I am passionate about and committed to the vision of the coop. I have enjoyed being on the board these past 3 years and have learned much about what it takes to bring a coop to our town. I envision a bustling market where the town does their shopping, dining and socializing; an anchor that brings other shops to the area so that everyone thrives, a hub where events happen and the community meets its neighbors. As a young mom and native, I feel I am a great spokesperson to other young families looking for healthy, local options. I am eager to commit another 3 years to working towards that vision.
I have served on the Board since The Community Market was incorporated. Most of those years, I served as Treasurer. What excites me most about having a local food co-op is the accessibility to healthy, local, organic and Fair Trade products. It will also put money back into our community and save me money by not having to travel into Raleigh or Cary! I love being a part of the start-up effort, which is my way of individually giving back to my community. Additionally, the co-op and the Board has become an extension of my community and a way that I stay connected to that community. I look forward to working and serving another 3 years and helping make the co-op a reality.