Typically, bylaws are the stuff of dust. We – meaning everyone – tend not to pay attention to them and they gather dust on a shelf if printed or go unnoticed in our digital files. Not so for your Co-op Board of Directors. We take quite seriously the fact that our bylaws are the Board’s agreement with you, who are our shareholders, about how we will run this business. And this business is a different kind of business – we are a “Cooperative.” And that has special meaning. Check out the International Co-operative Alliance’s, . I found this very readable, instructive and inspiring.
Writing the September Food For Thought article by the end of the first week of August feels odd. I feel like summertime with all that means and involves is slipping away and soon it will be time for people to return from their holiday and for school to start. This summer seems to be going quickly.
“…community is the optimal condition for human fulfillment.” – Sidney Pobihushchy
“Success is a balance of life where we can meet our own expectations while at the same time achieving success in our commitments to others.”
As you may have noticed, the last two articles by board members have come from the Policy and By-law Committee, of which I am a member. So here comes another article addressing proposed bylaw changes to be addressed at the Annual Meeting.
I’m a big picture person. I like to see the whole picture before diving into the parts. And often, the nitty-gritty detail is well, too nitty-gritty. But here I am on the Policy and Bylaw Committee of the BFC Board of Directors. How in the world did that happen? Talk about nitty-gritty! But let’s back up.