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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – Our Team Is Growing!
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
•  MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: We're working for you
•  REPORT FROM THE BOARD: What happened in our August meetings 
•  MEET YOUR AT-LARGE TRUSTEES: Three terrific members join the Board
•  CALL FOR A MANAGING DIRECTOR: Send us your application
Message From the President 

Dear <<First Name>>,

In any corporation the Board is responsible to the owners/stakeholders to ensure that the corporation does what they want it to do.

So who are the owners/stakeholders of EDA? All the members of EDA are certainly central to this group, and in a general sense it extends to all those who share our values and vision. It is the Board’s job to work for our owners/stakeholders to ensure that EDA fulfills its mission. 

In this newsletter I will file monthly reports on what we have been doing. It is your job to read it and let us know if we are serving as you would wish. Please be in touch! If it sounds like we are off track, let us know. And if we seem to be doing appropriate things, that would be good to hear as well. Feel free to write me directly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

George Catlin, President
GeorgeC@EconomicDemocracyAdvocates.org
Report From the Board
- August Meetings - 

In the month of August, we’ve had three meetings of the Executive Committee and two meetings of the full Board (awaiting the Managing Director - see below).

In the Executive Committee meetings we:
  • Reviewed the process of the Executive Committee and Mediation Body elections and requested the elections manager to issue a second call for candidates for the At-Large Trustee positions
  • Decided to run our meetings employing Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Decided to ask the Mediation Body to write a draft “Code of Conduct” for EDA
  • Familiarized ourselves with the current progress of the committee working toward securing 501c3 status which will enable supporters to make tax deductible contributions. This included generating a list of questions for the lawyers we have secured to help with this
  • Began and prioritized a “Master To-do List”
  • Identified “branding” - as in clarifying our message for the purpose of all forms of outreach - as a priority
  • Began to study articles on various models of how non-profit Boards function with an eye toward clearly defining our roles and responsibilities within EDA
  • Reviewed and decided against the possibility of suggesting staggered terms for the current Mediation Body and the new At-Large Trustees 
In the two meetings of the full Board we:
  • Welcomed the new At-Large Trustees and went over what the Executive Committee had done so far
  • Agreed to serve as “one board with one voice” - all supporting whatever policies we have voted to enact and not individually advocating with others any ideas the Board has not agreed upon
  • Began discussion of the search for a Managing Director, worked on that job description and, because having this person in place is so essential to beginning the next phase of our work, decided to accelerate the schedule for filling this position outlined in Appendix A of the Cooperative Charter
  • Entered into deeper examination of roles and responsibilities particularly aiming to clarify distinctions between Board and staff responsibilities
  • Decided the President would write Monthly Reports from the Board for the EDA Newsletter
Meet Your At-Large Trustees

The Executive Committee and Mediation Body would like to welcome our three new At-Large Trustees, Annida Brunado, Jacelyn Eckman and James Kolb to the Board. We are pleased to announce that voter participation for this election was 89% – thank you, Active Members.
 
Each At-Large Trustee has prepared a brief introduction below to allow you to become better acquainted with them.

Unlike the President, Secretary and Treasurer, the At-Large Trustees directly represent the interests of the Active Members on the Board of Trustees. They bring the ideas and concerns of all members to the administrative level while holding full authority for administrative decision-making. Along with the Executive Committee and the Managing Director, the At-Large Trustees are involved in the fiduciary, policy and strategic aspects of the organization, as well as oversight of the senior management of EDA. No small task!
Annida Brunato, At-Large Trustee

First of all, I’d like to extend a warm thank you for entrusting me with this role. I am thrilled to see EDA growing beyond its infancy into a strong, vital organization that I know will do powerful work in the world.  I firmly believe that if society does not move toward the model of economic democracy it will be unable to thrive in any enduring way. On a recent trip to Cuba, I was deeply struck by how we as humans continue to experiment with political and economic systems with varying degrees of success and failure.

The experiment we are calling EDA is an exciting and necessary endeavor with the potential to make meaningful changes in the ways in which justice and equality are distributed. This requires participation of the majority so that all voices are heard, considered, and validated through a strong, efficient collective decision-making process. EDA is truly a microcosm of what we are attempting to accomplish on a broader scale. As an At-Large Trustee, I will do my best to represent the organization with focus and integrity as we deliver on this promise.
Jacelyn Eckman, At-Large Trustee

I’m so proud of our Active Members! We had 89% participation in our 2nd election, a solid demonstration of your commitment to the democratic process at the heart of EDA. As a newly-elected At-Large Trustee, I am honored to be your representative on the governing board. And for me to be effective, it’s important that we stay connected and engaged, working in partnership.

This is an exciting time for me personally, a unique opportunity to weave together the many threads of my personal and professional experiences in service to our shared goals and values. Our next steps?
  • Expanding our operating team
  • Finding funding sources for this and the many projects we (the Board of Trustees) are already working to identify
  • Developing advocacy training and resources to bring with us into our communities and to our elected representatives
  • And much more…
We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, you and me. And I cannot think of another group of people with whom I would rather work, or who I think more qualified to tackle the challenges that lie ahead of us.
James D. Kolb, At-Large Trustee

I think I speak for everyone on the board when I say thanks to all of you for your gracious show of support in the recent elections for the At-Large Trustee positions. As these positions represent you on the Board of Trustees, we take this mandate seriously and want to represent the will of the membership while keeping the tenets that EDA was built on front and center. 
 
I personally believe EDA has huge potential and that this will become more and more apparent as our planet warms and resources dwindle. It is my hope that we can provide a peaceful alternative to people as things get tough. In the next few years, I hope to help make EDA a household name that people think of and come to for information, guidance, and advice. This will take work and sacrifice on everyone’s part but is something we all need to put our best effort into. You expressed expectations by voting all of us into this position. I intend to live up to that expectation. Thank you. 
Call for a Managing Director
 
Per EDA’s Cooperative Charter, the Board of Trustees is tasked with appointing a Managing Director. The Board reviews qualifications of candidates for the position and decides whether or not to invite, interview, and approve an applicant for the office (Article 5.2).

We hereby invite you to open and carefully read the Job Description. Then, if you are interested in taking on the position of Managing Director of EDA, please prepare the following:
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of why you want to be considered for the position (700 words or less written in the first person)
Attach these two documents to an email addressed to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, EvaS@EconomicDemocracyAdvocates.orgSubmit no later than September 18, 2018.
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