The French Broad Food Co-op Board of Directors is the body elected to represent the ownership, and hold ultimate legal responsibility for the operations and actions of the co-op. The board ensures sound management of the co-op, acts as trustees on behalf of the membership, and sets long-range goals and plans for the future.
What does the board NOT do?
The board does not make operating decisions for the store, choose products, nor do they supervise staff other than the general manager.
Board meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday upstairs from the store (in the Movement and Learning Center, MLC) from 5:30-8 pm. We are currently holding virtual meetings due to Covid-19.
While all owners are encouraged to attend meetings, interested applicants are especially encouraged to attend. All board meetings are located at 90 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.
One board term is three years.
The total monthly time commitment varies throughout the year depending upon committee assignments and intensity of board work. Generally, directors can anticipate putting in between 3-12 hours a month. Directors are expected to attend the annual meeting for owners and be present for at least nine monthly meetings per year, per term. They are also expected to spend 1-2 weekend days a year at the annual board retreat.
Currently, the committees are undergoing a revamp, therefore the only active committees are the Finance Committee and the Elections/Nominations Committee. Committees can be made up of owners-at-large, board members, and staff members. Each committee develops and recommends plans and policies that are passed to the board for approval.
Guided by the French Broad Food Co-op bylaws and consensus decision making practices, the members work together to build consensus.
Yes! All newly elected board members will receive training on consensus decision making, finance, organizational overview, and more.
We want to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you face any barriers to applying.
The board and staff will prepare the election materials for the October elections. Candidates will be notified within a week of elections closing and voting results will be posted in-store and online. Those elected will begin serving in November.
Yes! Each board applicant is invited to make a short statement to owners at the Annual Meeting on Oct. 28 (video is available if you cannot be there in person). Answers to the questions in the application will be publicly available to the ownership.
Board members receive a 20% discount on most store purchases.
Governing an organization effectively is a serious commitment, but if you care about the direction of the Co-op and want to get more involved, then becoming a board member may be for you!
Directors are expected to prepare for and actively participate in monthly board meetings, full-day cooperative board leadership training, and 1-2 half or full-day retreats (length and frequency depends on availability). While this may seem daunting, the board is a team, sharing responsibilities to make board work a manageable part of a director’s life. The monthly time commitment ranges from 3-12 hours. The board term is three years. Directors may not be elected to more than two consecutive terms.