Run For Our Board 2020, Part 1: What To Know Before You Sign On

Lisa Hogan, Chair, Weavers Way Leadership Committee

On June 1, 2020 four experienced members will leave the Weavers Way Board of Directors and four new members will begin their three-year terms. Voting in our annual spring election cycle will take place throughout April. 

Current issues of import to the Board include the Co-op’s financial strength, maximizing the potential of our discounting structure, increasing staff wages, developing the diversity and involvement of our membership, our role in the community, financing of our farms, opportunities to reach those with fewer food dollars, and plastics reduction. At our monthly meetings, (which are held the first Tuesday of the month), we focus on the operations and success of our three stores and do strategic planning for our future. Additional meetings and phone conferences may be called as needed to address timely opportunities for the Co-op. 

The Board requires a generous time commitment from board directors, since much of our work is done in small groups that supplement the meetings. We are looking for candidates who will use their talents, interests and knowledge of our community to represent the membership. Those who understand and respect group process serve us well. As part of your service, you’ll receive education and training in board procedures.

If you are interested in serving, we require you to attend at least one Board meeting prior to running. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for December 5, January 7, and February 4. We suggest you look at minutes from our meetings on the Co-op’s website to become familiar with our work. 

Information sessions for candidates will be held on January 21 in Mt. Airy, January 22 in Chestnut Hill, and January 30 in Ambler. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.; specific locations for the sessions will be announced closer to the dates. Candidates must submit a ballot nomination by February 28 with a written statement and a photo. They will also take part in a video interview in early March. 

Being on the Weavers Way Board is rewarding and greatly appreciated by the membership. As Board members we have the opportunity to share and spread the word about the cooperative model of business. There is no monetary compensation for Board services. 

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