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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617

574-287-6724

Board of Directors

The Board Directors

The Board of Directors meets every FOURTH TUESDAY.  Meetings start at 6:00, usually last 2 hours - and are open to all Member-Owners.

The first 10-15 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 lower level of EmNet - just down the street from the Co-op in the Emporium building.  Go in the front door and down the stairs on the left.  There is another way to get in - with only a few exterior stairs - in the back.  

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:

President: Nick Licina (2016-2018) ndlicina@gmail.com
Vice President: Molly B. Moon (2015-2020)
Treasurer: Danielle Meersman (2015-2020)
Secretary: Mike Geglio (2015-2020)
Chris Hebron (2009-2019)
Fred Meyers (2016-2018)
Eddie Forero (2017-2020)

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The Bylaws

The Board Meeting Minutes

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.