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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 24th of September, 2019.

DATE and TIME: The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors is every FOURTH TUESDAY.  Meetings start at 6:30 PM, usually last 2 hours - and are open to all Member-Owners.  Occasionally, the board will need to meet in executive session, but the other agenda items will normally come first.

The first 5-10 minutes are always reserved for Member-owners to participate. As a Member-owner - you are welcome.  Do you have questions for the Board?  Ideas on how to make the Co-op better?  This is your time.  

LOCATION: The normal meeting location is on the first floor of Crowe’s main building.

Purple Porch Co-op’s Board of Directors conducts its business using the Policy Governance model, as do the boards of many cooperatives throughout the country.

The Co-op Board of Directors and their email address:

Interim-President: Judy Shroyer (2018 - 2021)

Treasurer: Danielle Meersman (2015 - 2020)

Secretary: Amelia Ruggaber (2019 - 2022)

Benet Bartell (2019 - 2022)

Clare Mundy

Mike Keen (2018-2020)

Paxton Lancaster


The Bylaws

The Board Meeting Minutes

The Board Annual Calendar

Eligibility, Expectations, and Qualifications of Board Membership include:

  • Must be an Owner / Member of PPC in good standing

  • Must be 18 years old or older

  • Must state all potential conflicts of interest on application and must not have an overriding conflict of interest

  • A three-year commitment to serving on the Board

  • Familiarity with and adherence to the Co-op’s Bylaws and Policy Governance

  • Preparation for, and active participation at, monthly Board Meetings & any ad hoc / emergency meetings.

  • Attendance at Board training sessions, the annual retreat, and the annual Owner meeting

  • Ability to understand financial statements provided by the General Manager (training provided!)

  • Access to the Internet and availability to respond to frequent Board work-related online communications including Email, access to Google Docs (where Board documentation resides) & phone.

  • A willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and to work together with understanding, mutual support and respect

  • An ability to keep information and materials confidential

  • Integrity, flexibility, and common sense

Role and Responsibilities of the Purple Porch Co-op Board of Directors:

  • Legal representative of the Owner / Members and is responsible for the overall well-being of Purple Porch Co-op.

  • Create and sustain a meaningful relationship with Owners

  • Hire, compensate, delegate responsibility to, and hold accountable a General Manager

  • Have expectations in the form of written governing policies that realistically address the broadest levels of all organizational decision and situations.

  • Assign responsibility in a way that honors our commitment to empowerment and clear distinction of roles

  • Regularly assess operational performance by monitoring our written governing policies

  • Perpetuate the board’s leadership capacity using ongoing education, training, and recruitment

  • Ensure that the cooperative remains financially secure and that owners receive a reasonable value on their equity in accordance with cooperative principles

  • All Directors commit to a Code of Conduct and must sign a Conflict of Interest form.

The board is not involved with the daily operations of the store.

The Board Directors have a duty to represent the Owners at large and not a particular constituency, and to act in the Owners’ best interests.