Agenda and Pre-Reading for October 28, 2020 Chicago Market Board Meeting

Vision: A better food community - local, sustainable, connected.


Location: Zoom call

Meeting ID: 898 4148 8294
Passcode: 935947
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Time: 7:00-8:15pm

Minutes: Lee Herman


Defining Board-level Discussions - Board

Group Working Agreements

  • - Have Patience
  • - Be Flexible
  • - Set Clear Expectations
  • - Remember the Big Picture
  • - Say What We Mean, Mean What We Say (But Don't Say It Mean)
  • - Understand Majority Rules, But Value Minority Opinions Too
  • - Stay Passionate, But Practical
  • - [Meeting Organizers] Have An Agenda
  • - Be Transparent, Yet Respectful
  • - Say If We Are Swamped 
  • - Monitor Our Follow-Through and Be Accountable

Required pre-reading:
(As part of Board members' 
Duty of Care, preparing for Board meetings means reading and understanding the pre-reading listed below in advance of each meeting.)

- Team Reports

-- Capital Campaign Team

-- To Market, To Market Team

-- Volunteer Team

- Cost controls

-- Current: Chicago Market cost control proceedures 09.2018.pdf

-- Previous: Chicago Market cost control proceedures FINAL 10.2017.pdf

- Accounts Payable Process:

-- Reimbursement & Payment Procedures 

- Officer Roles & Responsibilities

Officer Skillsets


Zoom notes to Board Members
  • - Please turn your video on so you are visible and representing to Owners
  • - Please also click the button upper right in your video box to edit your name; edit it to read: Your Name - Board member + your pronouns, so people know who you are in the meeting

5 min
TOPIC(s): Housekeeping 
PRESENTER: President
OUTCOME: connected, inspired, ready for productive meeting
ACTION/INTENTION: clarify meeting protocols
- Zoom mechanics briefing for Owners:
  • -- We've muted all participants upon entry to minimize background noises that will allow everyone to clearly hear the current speaker; We're asking that you please use the chat tool or raise your hand in order to ask a question.
  • -- We do have an Owners Forum section planned in the meeting, so post your questions along the way and if we don't get to them in real time, we'll be sure to cover them in that section of the Agenda.
  • -- Turning your video on is not required, but in this time of disconnection, we would love to see your faces and we encourage you to use the video tool if you are able.
  • -- If you have a comment or suggestion that doesn't need discussion but you want to pass something along to us, the chat tool is great for that as well. Or, you are welcome to email the board at [email protected] with any additional thoughts or questions after this meeting.
- Welcome new Board members!
- Zoom process ideas
- record recent online vote - All Are Welcome
Owner Growth Check-in
-- Owner number: 1873 (+3 since September 30, 2020)
-- Read Group Agreements (see above)

20 min
TOPIC:   Board officer process
OUTCOME:  one or more candidates for each position
ACTION/INTENTION:  discussion of who is best for each role

5-10 min
TOPIC:  Quarterly review of refund policy
PRESENTER:  Anthony with financial recommendation from treasurer
OUTCOME:  decision on policy for the next quarter

10-15 min
TOPIC:  Board fiduciary duty overview
OUTCOME:  shared understanding
ACTION/INTENTION:  explanation, questions

10 min
TOPIC: Team Meeting Reports/Notes
OUTCOME: clarity; Board is informed across teams
ACTION/INTENTION: confirm everyone has read them; questions? follow up?

10 min
TOPIC: General Manager Search and Hiring process
OUTCOME: Board understands direction GM team will take
ACTION/INTENTION: discuss GM interview process

15 min
TOPIC:  Cost Control Policy and Accounts Payable Process
OUTCOME: Board awareness of policy and process, Approve Cost Control Process. 
ACTION/INTENTION: Board members are aware of the Cost Control Policy and discussion of whether changes are needed. Orientation to the Accounts Payable Process.

The current Cost Control Policy was updated September 8, 2018 but was not formally approved by the Board so a vote is needed to approve it. In practice, we have been more strict about financial approvals than the policy states as we work to minimize spending.

10-15 min
TOPIC: Owner Forum
ACTION/INTENTION: Hear owner thoughts/concerns, answer questions.

45 min
TOPIC: Update on discussions with SHPO and City Landmarks (historic building preservation)

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