Membership Vote Needed -- Amendment to the By-laws

Member-Owners, if you did NOT receive an email with the proposed amendment to the by-laws and board election news, please let us know ASAP. We realize email addresses change and people move, so please make sure we have your updated contact information. 

Call SaraBeth at 812-343-3588 or

Email info@columbusmarket.coop

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Nearly every co-op begins with a small group of dedicated volunteers. Those volunteers comprise a group that is called by various names, depending on the co-op: Steering Committee, Working Board, Interim Board, to name a few. Every volunteer group knows that at some point, there will be a transition to an elected board. There are several ways to complete that task. This is a very common path for start-up food co-ops. 

The Columbus Food Co-op interim board began discussing elections on August 1, 2012. The interim board has continued discussing elections since then, while also soliciting input from Bloomingfoods and from CDS Consulting Co-op. 

On July 25, 2013, the interim board approved a motion to amend the by-laws so that elections for directors would take place each November, beginning in 2013. A message explaining the proposed by-law amendments and the election process went out on August 1. In order to become effective, the proposed amendment must be approved by the membership. 

The interim board chose a transition model that involves adding three elected board seats. Each year, three additional seats would be filled by elected board members, replacing interim directors. This model, suggested by Bloomingfoods and approved by the interim board—minimizes the potential disruption of wholesale turnover (which could be substantially disruptive during the current site selection phase). It includes a hybrid board (interim and elected directors) during the transition. 

In order to achieve this, the interim board proposed changes to the by-laws to accommodate the transition. In the spirit of democratic member control, Columbus Food Co-op member/owners must now vote on the proposed changes, which include authorizing interim directors to participate with elected members to carry out the business of the co-op. 

Please support your Columbus Food Co-op by voting on the proposed changes. Please support your interim board by voting to approve. 

Sincerely,

Kevin McCracken

Interim Board President

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