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Board Candidate Info

Link to the candidate application is found at bottom of this page.

The Frederick County Consumer Cooperative, Inc. (FCCC), doing business as the Common Market, is seeking Board of Directors candidates who are dedicated to the Cooperative and its mission and who will contribute to the task of governance.

The Board of Directors operates using the model of Policy Governance, which emphasizes strategic direction of the Cooperative, Owner linkage, and evaluating management performance. The Board is accountable to the Owners of the Co-op; the General Manager is accountable to the Board.

Responsibilities:

Fiduciary:

  • Protection and enhancement of Owners’ assets
  • Perpetuation of the FCCC

Oversight:

  • Monitor and evaluate the General Manager as the Board’s sole employee
  • Performance monitored via Policy Governance

Planning:

  • Determine overall Ends of the Cooperative
  • Engage in ongoing long-term planning for future directions

To Owners:

  • Representation
  • Information

Note that Directors are not managers and have no direct duties, rights, or privileges in the operations of the Common Market.

Board Structure:

As stated in the FCCC bylaws, the Board consists of nine Directors. The election of Directors is announced at the FCCC Annual Ownership Meeting (OwnerFest). Each Director’s term is three years, with one third of the Directors elected each year due to staggered terms.

Eligibility:

FCCC bylaws require that a candidate for the Board of Directors must be a Common Market Owner in good standing. (“In good standing” is defined as being current in his/her equity share payments and have no outstanding debt to the FCCC.)

Duties:

  • Attend monthly Board meetings, typically the fourth Thursday of the month, from 6-9 p.m. November through January, meetings usually occur the second Thursday.
  • Attend our Annual Meeting (OwnerFest) (date TBA) and the annual Board retreat on November 6th & 7th. Additional training seminars with Cooperative Development Services are available throughout the year, with several possible dates and locations available, as well as online sessions.
  • Prepare for monthly meetings by studying financial reports, completing monitoring surveys, reviewing information from the General Manager, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Serve in the Board capacity by participation in committees, events, and attending regional co-op meetings and other meetings/events as appropriate and as needed.
  • Work towards achieving the goals of our Multi-Year Strategic plan, which seeks to expand our Co-op’s success and to develop partnerships with local vendors and other co-ops.

Compensation:

Directors receive a base monthly stipend of $100. Board officers’ stipends are modestly increased.

Demonstration of Interest:

As a prospective candidate, you are asked to do the following:

Required actions:

As a prospective candidate, you are required to :

  • Attend a virtual Board meeting – Thursday, May 27th, June 24th, and/or July 22nd from 6-9 p.m.
  • Attend a virtual Informational Session – Monday, June 21st from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m and/or Wednesday, June 30th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and/or Tuesday, July 6th from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • If elected, commit to attending Annual Meeting – Date TBA
  • If elected, commit to attending the Board Retreat on November 6th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & November 7th 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You may also speak with one or more Directors personally. To arrange to speak with a current Director, email board@commonmarket.coop.

Filing Your Application:

Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021. The application may be filled out online or downloaded and emailed to board@commonmarket.coop. If you are having trouble, please contact Owner Services at ownerservices@commonmarket.coop.

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