Interested in running for the board of directors?
The first step is to attend one of our orientation sessions next summer during June - July. Directors from the nominations committee will explain the board’s work and get to know more about your interest in serving. RSVP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orientation schedule will be posted in June 2017.
2016's application deadline closed on August 1, 2016. The election ran from Sept. 15 to Nov. 13.
The Board is having amazing conversations right now about the future of Wheatsville, expanding the cooperative economy, and transforming society. Join the conversation! If your interest in piqued, there are a few things that you can do to explore whether Board work is for you:
Attend a Board Meeting
Board meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings will alternate locations and take place at the South Lamar Wheatsville meeting room in even months, and the Guadalupe Wheatsville meeting room in odd months. See announcements on the right side of the page for the next meeting date and information.
Join a Committee
The Board has many committees that are active at various times throughout the year. Committees are excellent for members interested in assisting the Board in their work as stewards of Wheatsville.
Nominations Committee (ongoing) This is an ongoing committee whose job it is to engage with potential candidates and guide them through the election process. We always welcome owners to participate to learn more about how this aspect of our democracy works. Contact the Nominations Committee Chair to get involved.
Fall Owner Gathering Committee (April - November) This annual Board-hosted event is part business meeting and part celebration of Wheatsville. Our members get to hear from the Board and our leadership about the co-op’s work throughout the year and enjoy cooperative camaraderie with friends. Contact the FOG Committee Chair to get volunteer for this team.
Audit and Review Committee (February - October) Each year, the board engages an independent firm to conduct a financial audit of the co-op. The Audit and Review Committee works on planning and preparing for our annual audit in late summer/early fall, and prepares the annual financial review for owners, presented at the Fall Owner Gathering. Serving on the Audit and Review Committee provides you a depth of understanding and an overall view of the financial and process practices of our co-op. Email the Audit and Review Committee Chair to learn more.
The 2017 Board of Directors
2010 - 2019
Jeni Findley Murphy
What is the Board of Directors and what does it do?
The Board of Directors is the governing body for the owners of Wheatsville. It is composed of nine people, all owners of Wheatsville, elected by owners. A maximum of two directors may also be employed by the cooperative, although all directors represent the ownership at large rather than any special subgroup. Terms for directors may range from one to three years as needed to ensure no more than three terms are scheduled to expire every year. The Board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of Wheatsville's owners.
This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies. As Will Rogers said “Even though you are on the right track - you will get run over if you just sit there.” The Board of Wheatsville should be strategic and visionary with its view toward the future of our cooperative, rather than focusing solely on the short-term. The current Board has been focusing on three big questions:
- How can Wheatsville benefit community?
- What is the significance of the cooperative economy?
- How can Wheatsville promote the transformation of society?
By devoting time to focus on the big-picture vision of Wheatsville, the board will ensure that we adequately position our organization for the maximum benefit of our owners, as well as anticipate trends and values which may have a critical impact on our relevance and survival.
The Board governs the organization and delegates all operational duties to one employee, the Chief Executive Grocer. We are involved in strategic planning, financial oversight, ownership linkage, and community outreach.
What does the Board of Directors NOT do?
The Board of Directors does not make decisions about, become involved with, or take part in any of the day-to-day activities or decisions regarding the operation of Wheatsville Co-op. The Board's sole official connection to the operations of the cooperative is through the Chief Executive Grocer.
Email the full board directly at boardemail at wheatsville.com.