The Butte Food Co-Op is governed by a working Board of Directors, who are democratically-elected by fellow member-owners. The Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Co-Op’s development and aims to ensure long-term sustainability and viability of the Co-Op.
The Butte Food Co-Op is currently governed by a working Board of Directors made up of seven, democratically-elected, member-owners who serve the Co-Op. The Butte Food Co-Op Board of Directors is still considered to be a working board, meaning that it oversees not only governance of the Co-Op, but the business development and member-owner outreach (and everything else in between!) and is responsible for ensuring overall organizational performance of the Co-Op on behalf of all member-owners.
The Butte Food Co-Op board meets bi-weekly. Board meetings are open to member-owners. If you would like to attend a bi-weekly board meeting, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to put you on the agenda.
Agendas and minutes for board meetings are available upon request. Please email us at: email@example.com.
The next Board election will take place in October 2023. Board elections for the Butte Food Co-Op Board of Directors occur on an annual basis. The number of open seats varies by year. All member-owners in good standing (meaning dues paid and member-owner agreements signed) are eligible to run for the board.
The Butte Food Co-Op Board of Directors is still considered to be a working board, meaning that it oversees not only governance of the Co-Op, but the business development and member-owner outreach (and everything else in between).
Because we have not yet hired a general manager, the Board’s responsibilities are more than just basic oversight and occasional meetings. Board members are actively developing, growing, and raising funds for a cooperative grocery store here in Butte. Time commitments may vary from as little as four to as much as fourteen hours (or more, depending on what the board is working on) per month.
Watch the “Butte Food Co-Op Board Information Session” meeting. This is required to complete you application to run for the board. Runtime is 11 minutes.
Click the button below to watch and learn the basics about running for the board.
Board candidates must be member-owners in good standing (meaning dues paid and member-owner agreements signed) without a substantial conflict of interest resulting from an affiliation with any enterprise that is in competition with the Co-op. These are further specified in the Butte Food Co-Op Bylaws (see "Bylaws" - Section II and III)
(See "Board Policies and Processes") This is very important as it outlines expected time commitment and responsibilities of the Board.
(See "Board Policies and Processes").
Review the FAQs (See "Board FAQs).
Fill out and submit the application in full (See "Board Application"). This includes submitting a bio that will be used on the website and ballot. Applicants should also submit a picture via the application or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To attend a board meeting in September or October. This is to help candidates understand how the Board operates.
to attend the annual fall member-owner meeting on October 20, 2022 @ 6PM. They will be given two minutes to share with the member-ownership their interest in serving on the Board.
Applications will be accepted until midnight on September 15th (hard copies must be requested via email and received via mail by September 15th). Applications to the election ballot will be reviewed by the Governance Committee. The overall timeline for the election process is below: