What’s Happening (from page 1)
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Shop April, 2006
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ELFCO's Search for a General Manager
The posting for an ELFCO General Manager in this newsletter also appears
on the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN) website and in the
Kate Dennison March/April issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine (mailed to food co-ops on
Dave Finet March 1, 2006). The ad has also been posted on the ELFCO Riseup and
Joshua Froehlich Yahoo lists and is also on the bulletin board at ELFCO. We will post in local
Holly Gist newspapers and are exploring a few other venues as well.
The Board has finalized the job description. We are using "Hiring a General
Manager: a Toolbox for Boards of Directors of Natural Food Cooperatives,"
Michelle Jaramillo by Carolee Colter to guide us in this process. We are consulting with Peg
Brad Leap Nolan of Cooperative Development Services (CDS) on the process for hiring.
Andy LeVoir CDS is a nonprofit organization created and governed by the cooperative
Mike McCurdy community of the upper Midwest for the purpose of developing cooperative
Liz O’Brien businesses in all sectors of the economy. See: http://www.cdsus.coop/
Allison Singer Membership of the "Advisory Committee to the Board for Hiring a General
Marilyn Manager" (the Advisory Committee) consists of Kriss Ostrom (Chair, ELFCO
Janet Weinstein Board), Darren Meahl (ELFCO Board member) and Marilyn (ELFCO Staff).
Jack Laurent (General Manager of the Grain Train Co-op in Petoskey) is an
advisor (non-voting member). The Advisory Committee will review
ELFCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS applications and recommend candidates to the full ELFCO Board of
Directors. As specified in the ELFCO Bylaws, the Board as a whole decide
MargaBeth Cibulka - Treasurer whom to hire; the Advisory Committee only advises the Board.
Mark Gillen - Secretary
I’Khala -- Darren Meahl
Kriss Ostrom - Chair
Vacancy (for paid ELFCO staff)
YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION IS IN PROCESS NOW
Please vote in the ELFCO Board member election (which ends April 23)!
Due to several resignations from the ELFCO Board of Directors since the April 2005 election, six of the seven board
positions are up for election (instead of the usual three or four). Why? Our bylaws specify that members appointed to
fill positions vacated by resignation serve only until the next annual election.
Six ELFCO members are running for five positions open to any ELFCO member. (MargaBeth Cibulka was elected to a
two-year term in April 2005 and remains in her position, so hers is the member seat not open this year.) Only ELFCO
paid staff members are eligible for the remaining Board vacancy, the staff Board seat.
Voting began in the store on April 9 and will continue in the store until 2:00 pm, April 23. The ballot box will then be
taken to the annual General Membership Meeting (Okemos Public Library, 4/23, 2:30pm) and voting will continue
there for 45 minutes (as specified by our Bylaws). Votes will be counted and Board members announced before the
end of the meeting.
-- Mark Gillen and Kriss Ostrom