Board of Directors
Welcome to Outpost!
As directors and Outpost owners, we are all very different but what we all have in common is a love for Outpost and a strong desire to reach out to all of our ownership. We hope to see you in the stores, at our events, and online; your feedback and opinions help drive this ship called Outpost, as you are the owners. Enjoy your website! — Nancy Ettenheim, director
Meet Your Board of Directors
Your Board of Directors steers the path of Outpost toward the future. Each October, Outpost has their board elections. This is where the true power of co-op ownership comes into play. Unlike corporations, co-op board elections are democratically run - owners all have an equal vote. So, no one entity or person can control a board election outcome based on the level of shares they own. Pretty cool, eh? We think so.
What does the Outpost board do?
SEE FOR YOURSELF
The best way to understand what the board does at the co-op is to attend a board meeting and see for yourself. If you can’t make a meeting, then read on.
CREATES CO-OP POLICIES
The board’s primary role is to oversee the direction of the co-op through Outpost’s general manager, which it does through the creation of board policies. Outpost employees, as directed by Outpost’s General Manager, manage day-to-day operations, like stocking, cooking, ordering, marketing, product selecting and administrative duties.
ENVISIONS & EVALUATES
The board conducts its ongoing work at monthly board meetings. At these meetings the board monitors policy compliance, understands the co-op’s finances, plans activities to engage owners, discusses the future and evaluates their work. The board also approves all borrowing of money and pledging of any of the co-ops assets as security for the money borrowed.
What is a cooperative?
A co-op is a member-owned and governed business that operates for the benefit of its members according to these internationally recognized principles:
1. We are open to everyone
2. We are locally owned and democratically controlled
3. Our owners benefit by their patronage
4. We are independent
5. We educate and inform
6. We cooperate and support other co-ops
7. We desire to see our community thrive
Who is the board?
The board is made up of nine owners just like you, your friends and your neighbors, who represent the interests of all co-op owners. They serve the co-op with a great passion for the influence they can have on the health, diversity and sustainability of our community.
From left to right: Vice President Kathleen Osowski,Treasurer Peter Hammond, Lori Fredrich, David Lee, Suzanne Garr, President Will Kort, Secretary Tracy Merges, Nancy Ettenheim and Douglas Spencer.
Approved Board Minutes: May, 2012