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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. Outpost's Board of Directors. From left...
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Confessions of a Board Member

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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. By Your Board on May 13, 2013

 

I have been an Outpost Board Member since November of 2012 and would like to share some insights since walking into that board room six months ago.
 
But first let me step back a little. Last year when I was mulling over sending in nomination papers it occurred to me that perhaps being a board member was something I may not be qualified for. Looking back I was right to feel hesitant but wrong in my qualification assumption. It all comes down to a few things I have either learned or verified over the past half year.
 
Until this past year I knew Outpost was doing something right but to see it in action validated my decision to jump in. As a board member I have seen how much integrity Outpost has in all aspects of running a business and being part of a community. I have seen how much thought goes into challenges our co-op faces and recognition to those who helped us get to where we are today. And my fears of not being qualified have ended; I have seen how much support and guidance is given to all nine board members by Outpost employees, and management.
 
By witnessing these things I have come to realize that anyone who loves the good food movement, enjoys working with others, likes to learn new things, and has workplace experience can be a great board member. And just as important, there is value to the diversity of backgrounds and professional skills we bring to the table. 
 
Outpost’s success has been accomplished through growth (yes, growth is good) and we need the next generation of board members to be a part of that. Every year our ownership elects three board members and in order for us to keep things going strong we need people like you to think strongly about signing up to learn more.
 
Board candidates must be an Outpost Owner, have no conflicts of interest or felonies, and attend at least one of the next two board meetings before the end of June 2013. Once elected, board member expectations include a commitment of three years, about ten hours of time per month, attendance at monthly meetings, and a willingness to learn about things such as financial statements. Other requirements are contained within the candidate application packet.
 
Even if you feel hesitant to become a board member you will have a support network that is eager to guide and answer every question. So go ahead, get moving, and go to the Website and fill out a candidate application. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call the Board voice mail at 414-431-3377 extension 221.
 
Sincerely,
Doug Spencer, Board Member/Nominations Committee

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