This committee works on determining the co-op membership structure as well as the general governance structure for our cooperative. Check out some of our research:

Membership plans – other cooperative grocery stores

Notes from Brainstorming possible membership benefits

Some tasks of the Membership & Governance Committee:

  • Establish a board of directors that will act as trustees on behalf of the members, monitoring finances, making sure the co-op follows its bylaws, policies, and appropriate regulations.  This includes nominating a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer to organize and coordinate their work.
  • Ensure sound management of the co-op. The board is responsible for hiring and supervising supervising the co-op’s management.
  • Set long-range goals and plan for the co-op’s future.
  • Establish and implement a simple yet sustainable membership system, in compliance with local regulations and cooperative bylaws.