Become a board member

Thank you for your interest in becoming a director on the Granite City Grocery Board!  We are looking forward to getting to know about you and why you want to serve on the Board.  We have created a process to help you get to know more about being a Board member and to help us get to know you. 

STEP 1: Learn more about the Board and its system of governing. 

This packet is designed to provide you with basic information regarding the Board’s work and system of governance. If you would like additional information related to the Board’s work, you are encouraged to contact any of our current Board members listed on Granite City Grocery’s website (see link below). Learning more about the Granite City Grocery Board will help you decide what level of commitment is necessary, and whether this will be a productive and rewarding experience for you. 

Materials available for Step 1: 

Background information on Granite City Grocery and the Board are available on Granite City Grocery’s website through our website:

You can also get more information about cooperatives and boards through these websites:

STEP 2: Complete and submit the application and nomination form.

APPLICATION FOR NOMINATION

The Board will need to know more about you and your skills, and how your skills would enhance your ability to be an effective director. The deadline for applying is May 22, 2020. Board members will review your application.  Prospective nominees should attend at Board Meetings on Google Meet.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

Eligibility

Per Bylaws 4.2:

To be qualified as a director a person shall be a bona fide member of a household that has been an owner for at least six months prior to the commencement of the election of directors, shall not be an employee of the Co-op, and shall not, on the basis of a reasonable belief supported by evidence, have a personal agenda with respect to the Co-op, or have an antagonism against the Co-op, or have an overriding conflict of interest with the Co-op, or otherwise be disinclined to act in the best interests of the Co-op.

Expectations of Directors

  1. Directors are expected to attend regularly scheduled board meetings.
  2. Directors are expected to come prepared to board meetings by reviewing sent reports, and/or preparing and sending reports as necessary.
  3. Directors are expected to exercise open communication with other board members, shareholders, and volunteers.
  4. Directors are expected to commit to the process that the board chooses to develop our co-op.
  5. Directors are expected to serve on a committee or as an officer of the board.
  6. Directors are expected to commit to a minimum of 15 hours a month.

The time commitment as a Board member ranges from 15-25 hours per month and includes monthly meetings, committee work, emailing, and other activities. The term of a Director lasts 2 years (expires Annual Meeting 2022).

APPLICATION PROCESS AND BOARD ELECTION TIMELINE                           

Friday, May 1
APPLICATION PACKAGE ONLINE AND EMAILED TO THOSE INTERESTED.  
Due date for the packages to be returned is 5/22/20.

Tuesday, May 14
MEETING OF THE BOARD
Nominees are encouraged to attend the board meeting at 6pm.  Nominees will get a chance to introduce themselves, and the board will ask questions regarding their nomination.  This board meeting will be held on Google Meet until we are able to resume our in person meetings.

Wednesday, May 22
DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES TO SUBMIT PACKAGE
Applications must be completed and emailed to info@granitecitygrocery.coop by May 22.

BOARD NOTIFIES CANDIDATES BY PHONE/EMAIL THAT THEIR APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED, AND THEY ARE ON THE BALLOT.

Wednesday, May 27 - Virtual Annual Meeting
In lieu of a public meeting we will upload presentations from the President and the Treasurer.  We will host one, or a series, of online question and answer sessions to allow our owners to the opportunity to speak with our directors.  Details for these events will be published to our Annual Meeting page as we identify the technology that will allow us to host these meetings.

Wednesday, June 3
MAIL THE BALLOTS
This year we will be unable to organize a large public meeting.  All ballots will be mailed/emailed to our owners.

Wednesday, June 24 - Polls Close

  • Last day of voting.
  • Ad hoc Elections Committee counts the votes.
  • Results are announced on our website.

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