DATE: Wednesday, October 23 TIME: 6:00 p.m. LOCATION: Co-op Resource Center, Conference Room A,
224 Holiday Dr., White River Junction, Vt. OCTOBER BOARD PACKET DOWNLOAD: Available HERE
Board Meeting Recap—August 28, 2019
The Co-op’s board of directors met at 6 p.m. on August 28, 2019, at the Co-op Resource Center in White River Junction. After passing its consent agenda, the meeting began with election of board member Emmanuel Ajavon as secretary for the board, filling the vacancy left by board member Jessica Giordani’s need to step down from the position. The floor was then opened to member comments, of which there were none. Monitoring of EL 5 – Employee Experience and EL 6 – Compensation and Benefits then took place. Board members noted the completeness of the General Manager’s report and found the GM to be in compliance with the expectations of the board in these two employee-related areas.
Benoit Roisin, chairman of the Ends Committee created at the July meeting, asked for board input on the committee’s membership, which was instructed to include board members, Co-op members, and employees. A suggestion to modify the language of the motion that created the Ends Committee was not acted upon, as the board felt the original motion was the one witnessed by interested Co-op members in attendance at the July meeting and should stand as approved. The committee’s charter is currently passing through the Governance Committee for review and will be up for approval at the September board meeting. In the meantime, the Ends Committee is expected to continue with its work.
Committee charters for the Bylaws Committee and Election Committee were approved. The Bylaws Committee will work with the Co-op’s legal counsel to ensure that any potential revisions are consistent with current legislation and the Co-op’s Certificate of Organization.
Minor modifications to board policies regarding board recruitment for continuity and two policies addressing planning and member/shopper experience were approved. A proposal by board member Ann Shriver Sargent regarding the timing of policy monitoring was tabled and will be brought back in September. The Governance Action Plan was updated, with review results of four policies to be put on the agenda in September.
The board received the General Manager’s monthly update on operations. In September, the board will host the CEO of National Co+op Grocers (NCG), C.E. Pugh, and all board members were asked to submit topics of interest to them for C.E. to address at the September meeting.
The board meeting adjourned around 8:30 p.m.
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