One Way to Serve

This is the time of year when your Co-op Board of Directors starts looking towards the Fall and preparing for the election of three new board members. Active participation of member-owners is vital to our co-op’s success and future growth. Serving on the board is one way to contribute.

Board Members Kathy Burke & Anton Elbers signing kids up for the Co-op Explorers at the 2017 Earth Day Festival

Our Nominating Committee is working to find qualified candidates with an interest in serving as directors. If you feel dedicated to the co-op, its member-owners and the co-op’s mission, we would love to hear from you.

Our board consists of nine members, each serving a three year term. Elections are held in the fall, culminating at our Annual Meeting in October.

New this year will be an informal Candidate Info Session between 6:30 & 8pm on June 12 to give an overview of what being a board member looks like. If you have any interest in running for the board (this year or in the future) please come and find out what it’s all about. We will be giving a short presentation and answering any questions that people have about the election process, director responsibilities and expectations. You do not have to be a candidate to attend – this is a meeting designed to give information and stir enthusiasm – and there will be refreshments.

If you personally are not interested in running, then maybe you know a member-owner who would be an asset to our board? Please email your recommendations to us at [email protected].

Below is an outline of the board election process. There are three seats open. Applications are due August 1, 2017.

Three step process to becoming a board candidate:

1. Read through and understand the application process. For an application: attend the Candidate Information Session or can be requested by emailing [email protected].

2. Complete the following actions:
– Attend a Candidate Info Session or meet with a member of the Nominating Committee
– Attend a board meeting on June 19 or July 17 at 4:45 in the Hannah Grimes Center

3. Complete an application. Submit via email ([email protected]) or in person to Mary Doane or Kathy Burke of the nominating committee. Arrangements can be made through the e-mail address above.

Your 2017 Board of Directors. From L to R (back row): Mary Doane, Kathy Burke, Susan Ashworth, Lisa Mahar, Carolyn Crane, (front row), Bob Oberlander, Jay Smeltz, Katie Sutherland, Anton Elbers




Important Dates for Board Elections:

Candidate Information Session – June 12 , 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Hannah Grimes Center.

Board Meetings – prospective candidates must attend one meeting before September. Meetings are held at the Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., 4:45 to 6:45 pm. The June board meeting is the 19th and the July meeting is on the 17th.

Application Deadline – August 1, 2017

Voting – Begins in September (ballots go out with our Annual Report) and ends at the annual meeting on October 27. Annual Meeting – Friday, October 27 at the Courtyard Marriott on Railroad Street in Keene.
If you have any questions or need more information but cannot attend our June 12 session, feel free to contact the board at [email protected].

Active member-owners are key to our success. We hope to see you on June 12th!