Interested in Running For The Board?

September 9, 2023

September 9, 2023

Interested in Running For The Board?

If you are interested in serving on the board, please fill out the online board member application and we will be in touch. Read >

Serving on the BFC Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who are passionate about using their professional and personal skill sets to advance the co-op’s development.

Directors are active ambassadors for the co-op, and are fully engaged in the governance and work needed to build a cooperatively-owned grocery store in Bethlehem!

The coming year will be a pivotal one for our co-op, in that we intend to open the doors to our brick-and-mortar store at 250 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem in early 2024.

As we get closer to the grand opening, our board will continue the transition from a ‘working’ group of volunteers managing the tasks of a start-up food co-op, to a ‘governance’ board.  The team will work in partnership with our General Manager, Eric Shamis, who has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations and meeting the organizational goals established by the board.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please fill out the online board member application and we will be in touch. For more information about the five steps in play and the timeline read more below.  If you would like to connect with a current board member to get a better idea of commitments and responsibilities, drop us a note at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we’ll set that up for you.

To be a qualified candidate, the following criteria are needed:
(Note:  If you are unable to meet these criteria, please contact a current board member to further discuss your scenario.)

– Candidates must be a designated primary or household member, or the designated primary member of an organizational membership and in good standing (current on monthly installlment payments or paid in full).

– Candidates are encouraged to attend at least one of the following meetings:

  • July 10 – MOVE Meeting
  • July 17 – Board meeting
  • July 24 – Board Information Meeting for interested candidates (see below)

– It is suggested that candidates volunteer at an outreach or community co-op event(s)

– It is a plus, but not required, that candidates possess board governance experience

Helpful and Needed Information:

Term Length

Board member terms run for three years. The terms are staggered so only three directors come up for election each year; there are nine board members.

The new term begins at our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 2, 2023.

Current Board Members
Carol Ritter – Chair (2021 – 2024)*
Heather Terrible – Vice Chair (2022 – 2025)*
Deb Fritz – Secretary (2021 – 2024)*
Domenic Breininger – Treasurer (2020 – 2023)
Justin Beaver (2022 – 2025)
Kathy Fox (2022 – 2025)*
Cindy Glick (2020 – 2023)
Tony Marinho (2020 – 2023)
Todd Mertz (2021 – 2024)
*serving second and last term

Time Commitment

Board members should expect to spend on average 5-10 hours per month on various board-related work. A constant is the 3+ hours you will invest in the monthly board meeting and executive session.  In addition there are other activities, like committee participation and events, that require time and effort.  Please familiarize yourself with the Board Member Responsibilities.

Communication

Communication is essential for sharing information and supporting the work of other board members and volunteers in between meetings. Board members should be accessible to other Board members, committee members and the general membership. Many board materials are provided and worked on electronically, therefore board members should have access to a reliable, up-to-date computer and internet service.

Duties and Responsibilities

The work of a board member requires time, energy and effort.  Your commitment to all three of these is essential to the needs of the co-op. For a more thorough idea of the purpose and responsibilities of the board, see the Board Member Responsibilities.

STEPS AND TIMELINE

STEP ONE – Complete and Submit an Application

Applications are being accepted now for board candidates. Please complete this online application which is due by Monday, July 31, 2023.

At the time you submit your application, we also ask that you send these items to info@bethlehemfood.coop:

– send a head shot (portrait or candid photo of yourself); if you do not have one please contact us at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we can help you with that

– send your resume (your personal contact information will be removed)

We are also going to arrange for a professional videographer to film a short video of each candidate; the same questions will be asked of each person. This will ensure consistency among the videos.

Please note: The answers you provide for the application questions,  your photo, the video, and your resume will be shared with co-op members. This same information will be made public when it is posted on our Bethlehem Food Co-Op website.

STEP TWO – Learn More about the Board

Interested candidates are invited and encouraged to attend an information session with the current board members. At this time you can learn more about the board and its responsibiltiies, and how it functions. This will be held on Monday, July 24 from 6-8 p.m. at NCC’s Fowler Center (511 E. 3rd St.) in room 114.

You can also email us at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we’ll connect you with a current board member who can answer any questions you have.

STEP THREE – Voting Period Begins

  1. The applicants for the board positions’ names and the answers to their application questions will be shared with the BFC membership via email on Wednesday, August 16. This same information will also be posted on our website, bethlehemfood.coop.
  2. Electronic ballots will be sent to the primary member of each household and organizational member on Friday, September 1. Members who do not vote will be prompted at least two times before voting closes on Monday, October 2.  There will be NO in-person voting at the Annual Meeting.

STEP FOUR – Election Results are Announced
The election results will be announced on Monday, October 2 at the co-op’s Annual Meeting which will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Details about that event TBA.

STEP FIVE – First Board Meeting and Officer Elections
The first meeting of the newly-elected board will be held on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. (location TBD). At this time in executive session, the nine member board votes for the four officer positions (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) for the 2023-2024 term.

Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

Serving on the BFC Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who are passionate about using their professional and personal skill sets to advance the co-op’s development.

Directors are active ambassadors for the co-op, and are fully engaged in the governance and work needed to build a cooperatively-owned grocery store in Bethlehem!

The coming year will be a pivotal one for our co-op, in that we intend to open the doors to our brick-and-mortar store at 250 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem in early 2024.

As we get closer to the grand opening, our board will continue the transition from a ‘working’ group of volunteers managing the tasks of a start-up food co-op, to a ‘governance’ board.  The team will work in partnership with our General Manager, Eric Shamis, who has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations and meeting the organizational goals established by the board.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please fill out the online board member application and we will be in touch. For more information about the five steps in play and the timeline read more below.  If you would like to connect with a current board member to get a better idea of commitments and responsibilities, drop us a note at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we’ll set that up for you.

To be a qualified candidate, the following criteria are needed:
(Note:  If you are unable to meet these criteria, please contact a current board member to further discuss your scenario.)

– Candidates must be a designated primary or household member, or the designated primary member of an organizational membership and in good standing (current on monthly installlment payments or paid in full).

– Candidates are encouraged to attend at least one of the following meetings:

  • July 10 – MOVE Meeting
  • July 17 – Board meeting
  • July 24 – Board Information Meeting for interested candidates (see below)

– It is suggested that candidates volunteer at an outreach or community co-op event(s)

– It is a plus, but not required, that candidates possess board governance experience

Helpful and Needed Information:

Term Length

Board member terms run for three years. The terms are staggered so only three directors come up for election each year; there are nine board members.

The new term begins at our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 2, 2023.

Current Board Members
Carol Ritter – Chair (2021 – 2024)*
Heather Terrible – Vice Chair (2022 – 2025)*
Deb Fritz – Secretary (2021 – 2024)*
Domenic Breininger – Treasurer (2020 – 2023)
Justin Beaver (2022 – 2025)
Kathy Fox (2022 – 2025)*
Cindy Glick (2020 – 2023)
Tony Marinho (2020 – 2023)
Todd Mertz (2021 – 2024)
*serving second and last term

Time Commitment

Board members should expect to spend on average 5-10 hours per month on various board-related work. A constant is the 3+ hours you will invest in the monthly board meeting and executive session.  In addition there are other activities, like committee participation and events, that require time and effort.  Please familiarize yourself with the Board Member Responsibilities.

Communication

Communication is essential for sharing information and supporting the work of other board members and volunteers in between meetings. Board members should be accessible to other Board members, committee members and the general membership. Many board materials are provided and worked on electronically, therefore board members should have access to a reliable, up-to-date computer and internet service.

Duties and Responsibilities

The work of a board member requires time, energy and effort.  Your commitment to all three of these is essential to the needs of the co-op. For a more thorough idea of the purpose and responsibilities of the board, see the Board Member Responsibilities.

STEPS AND TIMELINE

STEP ONE – Complete and Submit an Application

Applications are being accepted now for board candidates. Please complete this online application which is due by Monday, July 31, 2023.

At the time you submit your application, we also ask that you send these items to info@bethlehemfood.coop:

– send a head shot (portrait or candid photo of yourself); if you do not have one please contact us at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we can help you with that

– send your resume (your personal contact information will be removed)

We are also going to arrange for a professional videographer to film a short video of each candidate; the same questions will be asked of each person. This will ensure consistency among the videos.

Please note: The answers you provide for the application questions,  your photo, the video, and your resume will be shared with co-op members. This same information will be made public when it is posted on our Bethlehem Food Co-Op website.

STEP TWO – Learn More about the Board

Interested candidates are invited and encouraged to attend an information session with the current board members. At this time you can learn more about the board and its responsibiltiies, and how it functions. This will be held on Monday, July 24 from 6-8 p.m. at NCC’s Fowler Center (511 E. 3rd St.) in room 114.

You can also email us at info@bethlehemfood.coop and we’ll connect you with a current board member who can answer any questions you have.

STEP THREE – Voting Period Begins

  1. The applicants for the board positions’ names and the answers to their application questions will be shared with the BFC membership via email on Wednesday, August 16. This same information will also be posted on our website, bethlehemfood.coop.
  2. Electronic ballots will be sent to the primary member of each household and organizational member on Friday, September 1. Members who do not vote will be prompted at least two times before voting closes on Monday, October 2.  There will be NO in-person voting at the Annual Meeting.

STEP FOUR – Election Results are Announced
The election results will be announced on Monday, October 2 at the co-op’s Annual Meeting which will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Details about that event TBA.

STEP FIVE – First Board Meeting and Officer Elections
The first meeting of the newly-elected board will be held on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. (location TBD). At this time in executive session, the nine member board votes for the four officer positions (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) for the 2023-2024 term.

Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

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