Oryana Natural Foods Market
Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-7:00pm
To place Café orders call (231) 346-2852

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Oryana Board of Directors (BOD) is made up of nine directors who serve three-year terms. All directors are elected  by the owners and must be owners themselves. Two positions on the board may be filled by staff as long as they are current owners and they are elected by the general ownership like other board members. Elections are held annually at the General Membership meeting. The BOD is responsible to the owners and are the voice of the owners, setting a vision for the future of the Co-op. The board speaks with one voice and is responsible for establishing and monitoring the Co-op’s governance policies, as well as hiring, monitoring and evaluating the General Manager. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the owners to ensure a fiscally sound and viable Co-op protecting the owners assets. The BOD has adopted Policy Governance as its means of governance. Simply stated, Policy Governance is described as:

  • Written expectations (policies) that include four areas: Board Process, Board/General Manager Delegation Relationship, Executive Limitations, Ends policies.
  • It assigns authority: BOD responsibility (vision and governing) vs. General Manager responsibility (operations.)
  • It monitors the system through a series of General Manager reports to the Board.
  • It  creates the Ends Policies, which are comparable to goals or visions.

The Ends are statements that reflect the broader vision of the Co-op and how it influences or impacts our community. It is similar to setting goals for the Co-op but are more strategic, long-term goals that envision the future potential for the Co-op and its role in our community. The Ends Policies were approved by the BOD in March of 2009 and are as follows:

  • Economy: Because of Oryana, our community has a vibrant cooperative business that stimulates cooperative activity.
  • Localism: Because of Oryana, our community has an accessible and healthy marketplace for goods produced locally that have a positive environmental and social impact.
  • Wellness: Because of Oryana, our community has direct access to solutions that contribute to health and wellness.
  • Education: Because of Oryana our community has opportunities to learn about the interconnectivity between healthful foods, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
  • Community: Because of Oryana, ecologically regenerative and socially just community development efforts are nourished and supported.
  • Model Workplace: Because of Oryana, our community has a model workplace which demonstrates a professional culture of mutual support and open communications, which is based on the balance of personal and organizational needs.

The BOD meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 5:45 pm. Check out the Co-op Board for the date, place and time of meetings as well as a posted agenda and minutes from the last meeting. Board meetings are open to all. 

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The next meeting is
Thursday, September 28, 5:45 pm

Oryana Community Co-op
260 E. 10th St., Traverse City