Submitted by Rebecca Tell, member worker
On November 30 at the Special Membership Meeting, we will be voting on who should be on the Board. Two seats vacated by resignations will be filled (one currently empty, one temporarily occupied by appointee John Serio) and there will be a vote on whether each existing Board member should be removed, and what candidates will replace them if so.
That’s a lot of people to evaluate: all the existing Board members and enough candidates to fill all the seats.
For new candidates, statements are required and will be posted on the Honest Weight website, where you can also find an application form if you’d like to run. (Note: A number of candidates have agreed to run whose statements are not yet posted, so don’t panic if you only see a couple statements online so far!) The deadline to submit the application is 11/25 at 5pm, but completing it sooner is highly recommended. There will be Meet the Candidates events at the coop on Saturday 11/21 from 11am to 1pm and on Sunday 11/29 from 1-3pm, and one at St. Sophia Church on 11/30 at 4:30pm, immediately before the Special Membership Meeting.
And then there is the question of how we evaluate the merits of the folks who are currently on the Board. There have been many “Ask the Board” sessions, regular Board meetings, and several messages from the Board collectively sent out by email in the Inside Scoop. We have been told that the next Inside Scoop will include direct responses to the charges against them in the members’ petition. So we’ll have that information to work with.
But in all of those contexts, Board members have been expected to speak in their official capacity and representing the Board. Those channels have not allowed any opportunity for an individual Board member to communicate to the Members how he or she personally relates to recent events, or how he or she could imagine acting as part of a new Board with a new mandate from the Members. I would like to hear this, from any Board member who would like to share it. So I’m issuing an open invitation: please submit a post here on this site! It would help us a great deal to figure out whether we could count on you as part of a good, revised team going forward.