PCC Board of Trustees report, January 2016

This article was originally published in January 2016

Board meeting report

At its November meeting the board reviewed the 2016 budget and business plan. After a thorough discussion of the assumptions that drove management’s planning, the board approved the budget and business plan.

The Member Relations committee shared highlights of the new format for the 2016 annual business meeting. April 23 was approved as the kickoff of the governance cycle, with voting beginning on that date and continuing through May 23. The ballot count will take place on May 26.

The Finance committee reported on its positive review of the third quarter and the Board Development committee reported on its work on board education. The Bylaws Task Force updated the board on its progress. (See Bylaws update.)

There was no board meeting in December. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be January 26. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. and member comment period is at 6 p.m. Comments are limited to three minutes unless a longer presentation is approved in advance by the chair. Please email board@pccmarkets.com if you are planning to make comments. This helps in agenda planning.

Bylaws update

The board continues its work on updating PCC’s bylaws. In addition to extensive board and staff review, one or more member focus groups will contribute to the process. Our partners at the nationally recognized Cooperative Development Services are providing guidance regarding current and best practices in cooperative governance. We have expert legal advice as well.

We are grateful to the many people who are helping us with this important project. PCC currently has more than 58,000 members, and that number is growing all the time as more customers choose to support the cooperative business model and values. Our governance practices need to support this movement and strengthen PCC’s ability to succeed in the coming decades.

We will continue to update you on this project in this column and on our website. We invite any member questions regarding the bylaws review to be sent to board@pccmarkets.com.

2016 board slate

Members of the 2015-2016 nominating committee

Members of the 2015-2016 nominating committee at their December meeting: Seated (l-r): Jason Filippini, Carol Binder; Standing (l-r): Mary Simon (committee chair), Leanne Skooglund Hofford.

The nominating committee was scheduled to interview board applicants in early January. Following interviews and reference checks, the committee will present a slate of candidates to the membership.

Get to know your trustees

Julianne Lamsek

Julianne Lamsek: Third term (second year). Term ends in 2017. Not eligible for re-nomination due to term limits. Lamsek is current board chair and chairs the CEO Evaluation committee.

Since becoming a PCC board trustee in 2008, I have supported the health of our co-op through listening and learning, thinking strategically, and collaborating with the board and management to ensure PCC’s continued success.

As the technology director at KCTS 9, I plan and execute strategic use of technology to advance business operations. I have a demonstrated background in leadership, analytical thinking and creative problem solving — skills I’ve utilized as a PCC trustee.

As a consumer, environmental advocate and cook, I seek food that is safe, nutritious and sustainably produced. I believe access to quality local food is essential to sustaining healthy communities. Being a Seattle native, lifelong PCC shopper and former PCC Cooks volunteer, I value PCC’s leadership in supporting our community and environment through education, advocacy and farmland preservation.

I am committed to devoting my expertise and experience to PCC.

Lamsek is a cook, bicycle commuter, climber and community volunteer. Greenlake and Fremont shopper.

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