Yesterday, October 29, 2014, was the nominations deadline for NASCO’s 2015 board election. As you probably know, this is the first year with a new election schedule involving nominations in the fall and voting in the winter. We originally set the October deadline in order to allow more time for cooperatives to discuss the candidates and vote before the winter holidays. However, many members were not expecting nominations to be so early, and did not have adequate time to discuss and nominate candidates.
In order to allow for more thoughtful nominations and more engagement from members in the election process, we have decided to extend the election timeline. The new timeline is:
Nominations due: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Ballots distributed: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Voting closes: Friday, January 30, 2015
Results announced: Monday, February 2, 2015
Spring board meeting: TBA in March 2015
We hope this will give many more people the opportunity to seek nominations, and that more cooperatives will be able to consider candidates for the board. The original nomination materials are here.
ICC Austin is hiring a Financial Administrator. View their listing. Deadline is August 22, 2014.
In July, NASCO staff continued to busily prepare for NASCO Institute; visited members in Massachusetts, Texas, and California; began planning member visits for the fall; presented at the Association of Cooperative Educators Institute; worked with groups preparing project submissions for NASCO Properties’ open Request for Proposals; trained Rek Kwawer, NASCO’s new Director of Operations; and attended a celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives at the United Nations.
The NASCO board is preparing for its September meeting and the November Annual General Meeting.
The USA Cooperative Youth Council (USACYC), has been working towards a more youthful and youth filled cooperative movement for the past few years, having been formally founded at the NCBA conference in 2012 as part of the International Year of the Co-op. Since then many conference calls, e-mails, and in person meetings at other coop/new economy conferences, have taken place. So this July it was a huge success to see a cohort of 26 youth and young adults brought together in Austin at the ACE Institute.