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 20, 2018. 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 29, 2018. 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 2018.

  • 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 – early October (date TBD)

  • First Board meeting on October 17, 2018

  • Board Orientation Session – late October (date TBD)

 

Good Food Needs Good Leadership!

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(Pictured: 2014-15 Board of Directors)

The 2018 VFC Board Election occurs early September through early October.

VFC Board seat terms are three years. In the 2018 election, there are two 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


Download Board Candidate Packet 

Hello Prospective Board Candidate,

On behalf of the Viroqua Food Cooperative’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. The three major opportunities to be met in the coming years include:

  • Integrating the new facility with its expanded offerings into the community.
  • Overseeing the fiscal health of the Co-op as we complete the facility construction phase and move into restoring our positive financial position.
  • Continuing our mission of excellent performance in meeting the needs of the membership.

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 29th. The application process requires that you turn in your statement of interest, including answering the brief questionnaire on the back of this packet, by June 29th. Ballots are then distributed, and the vote concludes after 30-days at the Annual Owners Meeting, which generally takes place 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

 

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