2020 Elections

Nominations are closed. Voting runs October 19 - November 10.

Learn about the candidates.

Then, VOTE here!

WHO WE ARE

The Board of Representatives is a group of nine diverse, member-owners, elected by their fellow member-owners to govern the organization on behalf of all member-owners. The Board is responsible for ensuring the well-being, perpetuity and financial success of TPSS Co-op in accordance with the Bylaws and philosophy of the organization.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY ON THE CO-OP BOARD

The Co-op is a space for all of us with the mission of access to healthful food at the center.  For the Co-op to be truly representative of all its member-owners, employees, shoppers, and the community within which it sits, all must have a seat at the governance table.  Our work as board members is centered in making real the concept of diversity, equity, and inclusion so that our vision and decisions reflect what is best, not only for the Co-op, but for all its stakeholders.

BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES Under a system known as Policy Governance, the boards role is to:

  • Set strategic direction for the Co-op: We do this by developing and overseeing policies that guide the Co-op in providing healthy food, in a manner that is sustainable, fair, equitable and serves the community.
  • Evaluate the performance of the General Manager: We monitor the GM’s performance through policies that grant the GM flexibility to be creative in running the store while ensuring that the Board receives all information necessary to execute our duties.
  • Ensure that the assets of the Co-op are protected: We assess and oversee issues in member and community service and finance. Activities include updating the Co-op’s by-laws, approving contracts not delegated to the GM, and conducting an annual meeting for all member-owners.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • Board members must be member-owners of TPSS Co-op in good standing.
  • Co-op employees who are member-owners are eligible to run. If elected, a Co-op employee will be representing the membership at large, not the staff of the Co-op.
  • A Board member may not have a conflict of interest resulting from an affiliation with any enterprise that is in competition with the Co-op.
  • Once elected, each Board member must sign a confidentiality agreement and disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Board members must be able to attend monthly meetings and contribute to the work of Board committees. Often a time commitment of ten hours or more per month is needed. Board members are also expected to be familiar with the by-laws and policies of the Co-op.
  • Co-op employees who are member-owners are eligible to run. If elected, a Co-op employee will be representing the membership at large, not the staff of the Co-op.

2020 ELECTION DATES

  • October 15, 9 pm - Deadline for submitting Board Application Forms
  • October 17 2-3:45 pm - Annual Membership Meeting and ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum
  • October 19 - November 10 - Board Election Voting

BENEFITS

Board Representatives will receive a monthly stipend in the form of a TPSS gift card in the amounts specified in Appendix A of the Bylaws:

  • $75 for Board Representatives not serving as officers
  • $100 for Board Representatives serving as an officer other than President
  • $125 for the Board Representative serving as President

Such stipends are considered taxable income. Board Representatives must complete a W-9 and will receive a 1099 from TPSS for tax reporting. The Board commits itself and its representatives to ethical and businesslike conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Representatives.

OTHER PERKS

You will gain financial literacy, strategic thinking, management experience and business acumen. Joining the Board is an excellent opportunity to learn and practice good leadership and governance, serve your community and to help steer the future of our co-operative.