March 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm #10757Gary SeldonParticipant
(Here’s an email I sent to the Board and some Committees.)
I very much appreciate Leah Penniman’s Annual Meeting (AM) presentation and hope see it again in order to more fully perceive her deep and challenging points!
And thanks to everyone for all your efforts to hold our first zooming AM.
Did we meet quorum for our AM yesterday? … If so, how?
Quoting from one of the many communications to FCC members I received:
“REMEMBER: We need to meet quorum for our meeting! At least 230 members must be in attendance.”
I think we had many less than 230 zooming to attendance, so it seems clear to me that quorum wasn’t met.
?? Perhaps I’m missing something, please explain, thank you.
I understand that not achieving quorum leaves us in a difficult situation now, but I think calling it otherwise would be worse.
ps For reference, the email I mention is below. For member access, I’m also posting to our website’s Member Forum.
From: Franklin Community Co-op <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Annual Meeting Link, Reminder, and Agenda
Date: March 5, 2021 at 11:59:35 AM EST
To: Gary Seldon <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Franklin Community Co-op <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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The Annual Meeting is this Sunday, March 7th, at 2PM. Please register by 1:45 PM– the meeting starts promptly at 2!
Please find the zoom link below, on the front page of your member mailing, or, in the Member Forum on our website, in the ‘From the Board’ section, as noted previously.
REMEMBER: We need to meet quorum for our meeting! At least 230 members must be in attendance. Please join us! In addition to the business portion of the meeting, we will be offering door prizes to attendees, and hosting an introduction and keynote screening from Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm.
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You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.March 9, 2021 at 11:41 pm #10815George TouloumtzisParticipant
Wanted to share here the Board perspective on the Annual Meeting and the quorum issue Gary raises:
“Thank you very much to all who attended the Annual Meeting and voted in the election! Despite the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID and the necessity of holding our first ever virtual Annual Meeting, we were still able to hold a successful and productive meeting. Attendance increased from last year, we had a fine slate of Board candidates, and Leah Penniman’s keynote presentation was very exciting and inspiring!
Those of you who attended the meeting may have noticed that our attendance numbers fell short of our quorum target. While that is the case, we nevertheless had a very robust voting process, with nearly 340 Member-owners participating. In past years, when all votes were counted towards quorum, this would have well exceeded the number required, and with the passage of this year’s Bylaw amendments lowering the quorum requirement, this will not be an issue going forward. Based on the robust voter turnout, the fact that all candidates and bylaw amendments received overwhelming majorities, and relying upon previously obtained legal advice, the Board of Directors is confident in the integrity of our process and the validity of the voting results. We therefore welcome our new Directors and will proceed to implement the Bylaw amendments approved by the Membership.
Thank you again for your participation in our Annual Meeting and election, and we look forward to continuing to serve the Members of Franklin Community Co-op.
FCC Board of Directors”
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