Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors

Prairie Food Co-op will be holding its First Annual Meeting of Owners in June. This letter serves as an open call for Board of Director nominations, as we will be electing our first official board of directors at our Meeting of Owners in June.

Prairie Food Owners interested in running for the Board may do so by seeking a nomination by April 15, 2014 via:

  1. Nomination by Current Board of Directors, or
  2. Nomination by Committee, or
  3. Nomination by Petition.

To be a qualified Board member:

  • Nominee must be a Prairie Food Owner in good standing.
  • Nominee must not have any conflict of interest with Prairie Food Co-op.
  • Elected Board members serve a term of one, two, or three years. Candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be given the longest terms. Board members are limited to three consecutive terms.

Democratic-Member-Control Currently, the interim Board of Directors meets bi-monthly (1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00-9:00 pm) at Villa Park or Elmhurst Public library. There is an expectation that Board Members will reasonably attend all meetings.

The Board uses shared online management tools and Directors must therefore have access to the internet and e-mail. In addition to bi-monthly Board meetings, Directors are also expected to be present at Owner meetings and some Outreach events. The Board of Directors’ duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing the operations and finances of Prairie Food Co-op, establishing policies to govern operational decisions, overseeing the feasibility study, preparing for an Owner Loan campaign, and assuring that the purpose and mission of Prairie Food co-op are properly carried out.

As interim Board members can attest, this is not an easy job and it involves a serious commitment of time. However, it is very rewarding–and it will give you the opportunity to influence decisions that will determine Prairie Food’s direction and make our first store a reality. Though there is quite a bit of work involved, Board members will also tell you it’s really exciting to take such an active role in the process of starting a co-op in our community.

Interested? Below you will find more information on the 3 different ways you can seek nomination.

Nomination by Current Board or Committee:

Submit Board Nomination form, including a jpeg photograph of yourself.

Nomination by petition:

Print and submit the Nomination Petition signed by at least 25 current Owners in good standing. Completed petitions should be mailed to Prairie Food at P.O. Box 83 Lombard, IL 60148.

Contact the Board of Directors with questions at Nomination forms and petitions must be submitted to Prairie Food at P.O. Box 83 Lombard, IL 60148 by April 15, 2014.

If possible, we recommend that you attend a Board meeting before the Annual Meeting in June. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Occasionally, meetings must be cancelled — and, if there are confidential topics being discussed, a portion of the meeting may be limited to Board members only, so please send us an email with the date you would like to attend.

Thank you so much for your investment in Prairie Food Co-op! We are honored that you have chosen to become a founding owner and help us lead the way in opening our very own community-owned grocery store!


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