Run for the VFC Board of Directors

[fa icon="plus-square"] Have you ever considered running for the VFC Board?

Our ownership is diverse and talented. We know that many of you are qualified and willing to serve. Serving on the VFC Board is a responsibility and an opportunity open to all VFC Owners in good standing*.

Within the cooperative structure, VFC Owners, Management, and the Board each have their own particular duties to perform. Guided by the mission statement and goals of the Co-op, the Board concentrates on strategic decision making, long-term planning, and on the business's financial soundness. An active, well-qualified board is essential to a healthy co-op.

*Good standing: membership must be paid in full and in applicant’s name, not the name of another member of your household.

[fa icon="plus-square"] What commitment is required?
  • A solid 3-year commitment to the VFC Board.
  • Familiarity with and adherence to VFC’s Bylaws and Board policies (training provided).
  • Preparation for and attendance at all monthly Board meetings (time commitment of approximately 6-10 hours per month).
  • Attendance at Board training sessions (1-2 weekends annually; overnight travel may be required).
  • Attendance at the Annual Owners Meeting every year, typically in October.
  • An ability to actively and regularly participate via email, including transmittal of potentially large attachment documents.
  • Active participation in the Board’s meetings, committee work, engagement events, training sessions and recruiting activities.
  • Ability to understand financial statements (training provided).
  • A genuine interest in cooperative issues and our community.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and work together with understanding, mutual support, and respect to make decisions that will enhance the viability of VFC.
  • An ability and willingness to keep information and materials confidential.
[fa icon="plus-square"] What are Board Candidacy qualifications?
  • You must be a VFC Owner in good standing*. 
    *Good standing: memb
    ership must be paid in full and in applicant’s name, not the name of another member of your household.

  • All potential applicants are required to attend at least one Board meeting in order to see how the Board conducts business. This can be any meeting before/by June 19, 2019. See the right side of this page for more information on Board meeting times and location.

  • Read and fill out the Prospective Board Member Guide and Code of Conduct, as well as the Board Application, by 5pm on Friday, June 28, 2019. These must be completed and submitted online. Please send it to Vice President Karen Mischel at mischelluv@gmail.com. However, if for some reason the electronic medium fails, you are free to cut and paste your application into any word processing or email format available to you. Communication for the nominations process is via email and it is your responsibility to regularly check your email during the nominations process.

  • You must commit to attend monthly meetings starting as soon as September 2019.

  • If accepted as a candidate, you will have your photo taken by a staff photographer and may be asked to participate in a short video interview, which will be available on the elections page of VFC’s website.

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years old as of June 29, 2018 and have no prior felony convictions (due to liquor license requirements in Vernon County).

If elected, you must attend the following:

  • Annual Owners Meeting – Date TBD

  • First Board meeting on TBD, 2019

  • Board Orientation Session – late October (date TBD)

Good Food Needs Good Leadership!

2019 VFC Board Election

VFC Board Members serve three year terms. In the 2019 election, there are three open seats. 
Election results are announced each year at the VFC Annual Owners Meeting. 

We are asking interested VFC Owners who are considering running for and serving on
the VFC Board of Directors to contact Karen Mischel via email at: mischelluv@gmail.com

 

 

Dear Prospective Board Candidate,

On behalf of the Viroqua Food Co+op’s Board of Directors, thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a Board Candidate. The VFC has experienced steady growth, positive financial success, and a continued impact on the community’s access to healthy, nutritious food. As our success continues, opportunities to improve present themselves. As a Board, we are charged with directing and guiding the Co-op’s path into the future.

The tasks ahead require committed, purposeful candidates to take on these challenges and seize the opportunities that are presented. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Fully integrate new offerings available to the community from the recent facility expansion
  • Maintain financial oversight and debt management
  • Explore long-term business strategies to leverage our unique offerings to the public

You are invited to meet the current members to get a sense of the valuable work done by the VFC Board of Directors. The Board welcomes you to any meeting before/by June 19th. The application
process requires that you turn in the entire application by June 28th, 2019. Pick up the entire folder with a full application in the Co-op today!.

Ballots are then distributed and the vote concludes after 30-days – at the Annual Owners Meeting usually scheduled during the second week of October.

Contact me or VFC Board Vice President Karen Mischel directly regarding your interest, your potential role and duties as a VFC Board Member, or the time line for this process.

 

Yours in Cooperation,

Michael Link
VFC Board President
mlink922@yahoo.com

Here's the Board Candidacy Informational Packet:

Download Board Candidate Packet

  Be sure to pick up the full application in the Co-op today!

 

 

Board Candidacy FAQ's

[fa icon="plus-square"] Are VFC Board Members compensated?
Per Bylaw Section IV, 4.9: Directors shall be compensated by a $100 per month VFC gift card. The President shall receive a $125 per month VFC gift card.
[fa icon="plus-square"] What are the three primary responsibilities?
  • To ensure sound management of the Co-op resources
  • To act as trustees on behalf of VFC Owners
  • To set long-range goals and to plan for the future
[fa icon="plus-square"] Important to know while on the Board...

The Directors who serve on our Board are the legal stewards of the Co-op. They are owners of VFC who are elected by the other owners to act on their behalf to fulfill the obligations that come with owning a business.

The Board provides leadership, vision and guidance for our Cooperative. It ensures that the needs of the owners are being met. The Board is primarily responsible for protecting co-op assets for the owners (fiduciary responsibility). Directors are expected to act in good faith and in the best interests of the Cooperative as a whole.

The Board is also obliged to respond to changes in the economic environment, the ownership base, and the financial status of the Cooperative. This means that policies that are in effect when you join the Co-op may be changed by actions of the Board.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Campaign rules...
  • Candidates may not solicit the support of any VFC Employee.

  • Candidates may not use the VFC website or VFC email system to campaign. Additionally, in order to protect our owners’ privacy, no candidate may obtain or use any VFC Owner database.

  • Candidates are encouraged to use their individual social media pages or accounts to campaign.

  • Candidates who accept campaign funding or in-kind support from other organizations may be violating the Board’s Conflict of Interest policies and must report that outside source to the Board president at the time of receipt. Unreported outside funding or in-kind support may be grounds for removal from the Board after election.

Ask VFC Board Vice President Karen Mischel if you have any further questions by emailing her at: mischelluv@gmail.com