August 30, 2019
A few weeks ago we sent out an announcement with information regarding the Demeter Board of Director (BOD) governance updates. Today we want to share more information with you regarding that process.
Anyone can be nominated. Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These Trade Committees are made up of stakeholders that stepped forward and have agreed to act as nominating committees for the Demeter BOD representing the various certification scopes within the U.S.: Farms, Dairies, Vintners, Commercial Packaged Goods. More information will be published on the Demeter website www.demeter-usa.org
Once names are compiled, the trade committees will select 3 names to go on the ballot for each open seat. A ballot will be sent to all certified operations at the end of September to vote for one name for each open seat. This gives you about a month to send in your nominations. Only certified operations can vote. Each operation will have one vote per open seat.
The current By-Laws of the Demeter Association do not have provisions for a direct vote of the members for electing the BOD. Rather than changing the By-Laws in haste, the BOD has decided to ratify the vote of the members to facilitate the installation of new BOD members. The vote to ratify will occur at the BOD meeting following the member vote. If there is a tie, the current BOD has the final selection.
11 seats total 5 commodities, 3 appointed, 3 at large.
If you have any questions please contact Felicity Baxter 541-929-7148 ext. 208
Demeter Board of Directors
Rudy Marchesi, Paul Reidl, Dr. Thimmaiah, Greg Fleishman, Victoria Byrnes, Zach Wolf