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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Co-op is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors who are elected by, and from the Owners. The Board's role is to represent the Owners, to create and implement a vision for the Co-op and policies that guide movement toward that vision.

Directors are elected for three-year terms each March at the Annual Meeting. Potential Director candidates are encouraged to show their interest at any time throughout the year by attending a meeting and/or contacting any of the current Board Members. Board directorship is an excellent way to participate in a dynamic and effective process that is helping to support a successful cooperative venture.

If you are interested, or know someone who would benefit the Co-op by serving, please download the application packet here or pick one up at the Co-op.

Board Members contribute an average of ten to twelve hours per month, including attendance at a monthly Board Meeting, held on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 in the Community Room upstairs at the Co-op.

Contact the Board (PDF)

POLICY GOVERNANCE
The Keweenaw Co-op Board uses the Policy Governance® system developed by John Carver. Policy Governance allows the Board to focus on the future and the Co-op's impact on the world.

Many co-ops have over a decade of history with the Policy Governance® system. Cooperative Grocer offers several articles with testimonials about its effectiveness, insights as to its use and, of course, a cautionary tale or two.

If you haven't attended a meeting recently, you will probably be surprised by what you find the next time you do. A typical Board Meeting these days begins a week prior to the meeting when the Board receives preparatory meeting materials on areas of Governance and performance the Board is scheduled to monitor for that particular month. The meeting itself focuses on four main areas: General Manager Performance, Board Self–Evaluation, Ends Policies and Governance Process.


GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS

General Documents

Annual Reports

 
 

Meeting Minutes

Keweenaw Cooperative owners can find the minutes from recent Board of Directors meetings at the register in the co-op.

 
 
 
             
       
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