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

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


Call for Candidates

Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors

Are you passionate about Oryana? Do you share its values?  If so, consider running for the Oryana Co-op Board of Directors 2018! There will be four director positions open and available.  (Nine total board members).  Directors will be elected at our next annual meeting in April.

With the changing landscape in our community, now more than ever, we need a strong vibrant board to help guide Oryana through this exciting and challenging time.

Like all other cooperative businesses, Oryana is owned and governed by its owners. We exist because owners like you have invested in the business. We’re looking for owners who are committed to the long-term success of Oryana.

Board members should be energetic and willing to learn, work as a team member, and be eager to guide the vision for Oryana’s future. Useful experience, education, or skills might include prior work on a board, financial or business background, supervisory or organizational skills, negotiation, conflict resolutions skills, and experience with cooperatives. Most important is your passion for Oryana Community Cooperative, it’s mission and values.

Directors do not manage the day-to-day operations of the Cooperative. That’s what our General Manager (GM), Steve Nance does. While the Board and GM work closely together, our roles are different. We use a system called Policy Governance to define the roles and responsibilities of the GM, and the purpose, mission and strategies of the organization. We then monitor the performance of the GM and our own performance using this system. Policy Governance ensures that we’re all working together as a productive, engaged team in the best interest of Oryana.


  • Monthly commitment is a minimum of 8 hours per month and up to 20 hours per month.

  • Board members attend one meeting a month as well as one of more committees. (Financial Due Diligence, Member Engagement/Outreach, Board Recruitment/Nomination and Board Education/Development).

  • Oryana follows a governance model, so board members represent the membership and not their own personal interests.

  • The board is supported with resources for training, as well as a stipend.

  • Board terms are a 3-year commitment.

Board candidates must be an owner of Oryana 30 days before election. It is recommended that each prospective board member read and sign the Oryana’s Code of Conduct for Directors (last page of the document), as a pre-requisite for running for the board. In addition, it would be helpful for prospective board members to be well-informed about the job and responsibilities of being a director before making the commitment. We have compiled a Prospective Board Member Packet that provides useful information for prospective board members.  Prospective board members are invited and encouraged to attend at least one board meeting prior to the April meeting/election of directors. This can provide some valuable experiential learning.

In the packet here are 5 questions we would like you to answer. Your answers will appear on Oryana’s website and newsletter for owners to read, giving them information to help them make a decision about voting for their preferred candidate(s). Your responses to all the questions are limited to 350 words.

In addition to answering the questions, please send a recent photo of yourself so we can include it with your written responses in the newsletter and website.

Nominations will run in the January issue of the newsletter and elections will be held at the General Ownership meeting in April. The deadline for inclusion of nominations in the newsletter is January 30, 2018. (Note: you can still run for the board after this date but your statement will not be in the newsletter.) To learn more about serving on the Board of Directors, email Colleen Valko: colleen.valko@gmail.com.

Download the Prospective Board Member Packet

Check List

__ Read “Prospective Board Member Packet”

__ Read and sign  “Oryana’s Code of Conduct for Directors”

__ Complete your 350 word response to the four questions

__ Include a recent photo

__ Please submit no later than January 30, 2018, to be published in the newsletter and website.

__  Attend at least one board meeting before the annual meeting for owners

__ Please submit to: luise@oryana.coop

__ For more information please contact: Colleen Valko, colleen.valko@gmail.com




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The next board meeting is February 22 at 5:45 p.m. 

Location: Oryana

Everyone is welcome to attend.