Regarding Board appointments, to clarify and give more context to the decision not to onboard any new directors at this time:
We received only one complete Board Interest Form from direct follow up from those who had expressed a desire to be appointed to the Board and from the membership at large call to action. This overall underwhelming lack of response along with the important work of rebuilding relations between the leadership and governance bodies in the organization was part of the decision. In addition while also addressing the immediate financial concerns of the bar it seemed that any new leadership could be better funneled to staffing a committee. Lastly, in an effort to build working trust between the institution of the workers and the Board, the current 4 person Board is functioning as a joint committee – meeting and making decision with the workers’ collective.
We mistakenly sent out an earlier draft of the addendum to the October Update this morning. Here is the intended message:
Regarding Board appointments, we’d like to clarify and give more context to the decision not to onboard any new directors at this time:
In our October update (sent on Oct 15), we mentioned that “For the foreseeable future and until the possibility of closing lessons, the Board does not intend to fill the open five seats and for this time will continue to focus working closely with the WC.”
There was a general call to action for new board members but we only received one complete Board Interest Form from the membership. Three employees initially expressed a desire to join the board but have agreed to hold off on seeking formal appointments for the short term.
The membership has shown greater interest in joining committees, where support work is needed the most in order to address the immediate financial concerns of the bar. Several committees are meeting regularly and fueling our rebuilding effort.
The influx of new energy in committees has allowed the board (Rebecca, Tracy, Peyton, Angie) and workers (Lisa, Harry, Angie, Erin, Tea), to meet jointly every week and focus on rebuilding trust between these two bodies, and on re-calibrating the management and operations.
Directing renewed activism and leadership energy into committees, rather than expanding the board, while allowing the existing board and workers the space to meet regularly, is both a direct response to the level of member interest, and an intentional decision to focus on improving our internal culture.
Are you interested in tending bar at a democratic workplace? Check out our job posting and email a letter of interest and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us why you’re interested in being a worker at the Riverwest Public House, and why your skills, talents and interests make you a good candidate for our coop. Interview will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Member Potlucks returning with a new twist!
Please join us on Thursday, October 26 from 5-7 p.m. for an old fashioned RWPH potluck & Member Happy Hour. Bring a friend, a dish, and if you’re so inclined some vinyl, and join us for a Vinyl Potluck. What’s a Vinyl Potluck you say? Well it’s everything you’d expect a RWPH potluck to be, friends, neighbors, workers, board & committee members sharing a delicious potluck with the added bonus of YOUR vinyl on the turntables! Bring some wax you’ve been dying to hear recently, our host for the night will take care of the faders & keep the good tunes playing during the potluck.
Next Vinyl Potluck is schedule for 11/9 – stay tuned for more details.