Elections Committee: Allene Swienckowski. Email at alleneswienckowski [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Governance Committee Chairperson: Kevin Birdsey. Email at kbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
HCCF Advisory Committee: Tom Battles. Email at tombattles [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Member Linkage Committee: TBD
Note: Co-op members are welcome to attend board committee meetings and encouraged to share their thoughts with committee chairs on topics of interest to them.
The time and location of board committee meetings will be posted 48 hours in advance. We look forward to seeing you!
Board Meeting Recap - March 26, 2020
The Co-op’s Board of Directors held its March board meeting via conference call on March 26, 2020. Eleven board members were present, along with four members of the Leadership Team and four of the six candidates running for election to the board in April.
After passing the consent agenda and the required approvals agenda, and with no member input from the Co-op members present on the call, the board moved into a discussion of the upcoming Annual Meeting and Candidate Forum to be held, remotely, on April 4, 2020. Details, including the agreed-upon agenda and avenues for member participation in the meeting, can be found on the Co-op website. Election Committee Chair Allene Swienckowski is finalizing the details of the candidate forum that will follow the Annual Meeting.
Interim General Manager Paul Guidone and his Leadership Team received high praise from all of the board members for the team’s response to the daily challenges presented by COVID-19. Through constant innovation, and with obvious concern for the safety of employees, shoppers, and the community as a whole, they continue to go above and beyond to meet the needs of those the Co-op serves.
Recognizing Paul’s commitment to his position as Interim GM and the trust that he has engendered among employees and the public in these difficult times, a motion was made to suspend current efforts to search for a new General Manager until July 2020, at which time the Board will evaluate whether to move forward.
Monitoring reports on the Co-op’s financial performance in 2019 and the Ends policy were reviewed and accepted, and a quick update on pandemic planning was given by Paul Guidone. Paul’s daily COVID-19 updates to all employees are also shared with the Board by email.
Board Vice President Liz Blum moved that the Board commend General Manager Ed Fox for outstanding leadership, and for putting the Co-op on a strong financial footing to face the current challenges presented by COVID-19. This was Ed’s last monthly board meeting, as he will be leaving the Co-op’s employ in early April, after the Annual Meeting. The Board unanimously applauded him for his service.
After a few updates on the General Manager Report found in the board packet, the Board went into Executive Session to choose the recipient of the Allen and Nan King Award, and all non-board participants left the call. The meeting was adjourned upon closure of the Executive Session.
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