by Megan Christiansen, WSGC Board Treasurer
At the Board’s first meeting of the 2005-06 fiscal year on October 10th, we took a number of actions to establish the framework for our work during the next year.
First of all, we welcomed new Board members Deb Shapiro and Dan Frost, and congratulated continuing members Buck Rhyme and Steve Silverberg for their successful elections.
Board members were appointed to four standing committees: Finance, Personnel, Owner Relations (formerly Member Relations), and Policy Governance; and to the ad hoc By-law Revisions Committee.
Several of these committees seek additional members from the owners at large. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please pick up an application at the customer service desk. Serving on a committee generally involves six or eight meetings throughout the year, and is a great opportunity to both contribute to, and learn more about, your Co-op.
The Board elected new officers, who also comprise the Executive Committee. Renee Lauber expressed the desire to pass the torch to a new President, having ably served a number of years in that capacity, and will instead serve as vice president during the next year. Doug Johnson succeeds her as our new President, and Buck Rhyme as Secretary. I’ll continue as Treasurer in 2005-06.
Our final piece of organizational business was to establish the annual calendar of meetings. This included designating Thursday, August 10, 2006 for the Annual Membership Meeting, so mark your calendars and start the good weather karma going for that night!
The final order of business at the October meeting was a short Board training session on the topic of finance, lead by yours truly, the Board’s Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. This topic was identified as a training need at the Board’s annual planning retreat last February. With new members joining the Board and the annual audit scheduled to take place next month, the timing was good for a discussion about basic accounting principles and the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to you, our Co-op’s fellow owners. We went over the components of the balance sheet and income statement, and how they interrelate. At the end of a long meeting, I was pleased to find groundless my misgivings about tackling a topic that is considered dry in some circles. Insightful questions were asked, and ideas were generated for future training sessions to continue our growth as a Board.