About us

Our story:

Slow Food Southwest Washington was started as a Leadership Clark County project in 2006. 

Our Mission:

Inspiring people to eat, grow, and share healthy local food.

Our Vision:

We reconnect Southwest Washington with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We work to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

Our Values: 

We value good, real food that is healthy and accessible: Food that
nourishes our bodies must not harm the earth. It must be grown using
sustainable methods which conserve soil and water, protect pollinators, and
provide fair compensation to those who grow it.

We value community stewardship: Everyone has a role to play. We seek
to meet and accept people wherever they are in their journey. We look to
local growers, volunteers, youth and elders as partners and collaborators.

We value diverse and vibrant communities: Resilient local economies
are built on interdependence, caring, and a sense of place. We honor diverse
cultural food heritage and celebrate stories and memories of agricultural
traditions.

We value a creative and innovative approach: We direct our energy
with passion, humor, and optimism. We operate with care, respect, and
transparency.

Contact us:

(e) info@myurbanabundance.org

(c) (360) 771-1296

Staff:

Warren Neth - Executive Director
Warren's work focuses on developing creative community involvement strategies in efforts to localize our food system and restore habitat to create thriving ecosystems. His passion for these issues are rooted in his time growing up on a small farm in rural Southwest Washington and early leadership training in Boy Scout Troop 328, where he received his Eagle and had the opportunity to lead youth programs exploring the Pacific Northwest. Warren serves as a member of the Clark County Food System Council and Clark County Public Health - Healthy Retail Store Advisory Committee.


2017 Board of Directors: 

Sue Marshall (chair)

Warren Shoemaker (Secretary)

Eric Hale (Treasurer)

Kim Harless 

Jodell Hinojosa

Kitrina Depaolo

Lucia Worthington

Slow Food Southwest Washington Bylaws:

Approved: 6/30/2014

Article1: Name & Logo

1.A Slow Food Southwest Washington will use the chapter name and logo of Slow Food only in accordance with the Slow Food Name and Logo Agreement.

Article 2: Purpose

  1. 2.A  Slow Food Southwest Washington is a U.S. local chapter of the international Slow Food movement. Slow Food chapters carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level and are therefore the grassroots expression of the movement.

  2. 2.B  Slow Food Southwest Washington engages the local community in supporting and promoting local, sustainable food and food traditions and advocating for good, clean and fair food for all people.

  3. 2.C  Slow Food Southwest Washington is a nonprofit organization with public and charitable purposes. It is not organized for the private gain of any person.

Article 3: Membership

3.A Membership in Slow Food Southwest Washington is open to all.
3.B Membership in the chapter is official once an individual pays membership 
dues to Slow Food USA.

3.C Membership is terminated once the individual does not renew his/her membership or has requested to be removed from the email list.

3.D Members have voting privilege and are eligible to run for Chapter Board positions.

3.E Annual membership fees are determined and collected by Slow Food USA.

3.F Slow Food chapters may not add additional membership dues to the existing annual membership fee.

Article 4: Meetings

4.A Slow Food Southwest Washington will hold at least one general membership meeting each year for the purpose of electing directors to the board and conducting business to come before the membership.

4.B A quorum at general meetings consist of those members present.
4.C Board meetings are held at a minimum quarterly.
4.D Additional Board meetings may be called on agreement of a minimum of 
two Board members.

4.E The meeting agenda shall be sent to the board in advance via email, or can follow a regular agenda of reports from each Board member.

4.F A quorum of the Board is defined as half the number of those serving. For important votes anticipated in advance, Board members are encouraged to vote by proxy.

4.G All board meetings should be open to members – however, the Board may reserve the right to call closed meetings.

4.H The Board may conduct email voting for important issues. A quorum of the Board mush vote to validate any email votes.

Article 5: Board Structure

5.A The Chapter Board is composed of several positions:

  1. 5.A.1  The Chair The Chair creates meeting agendas, runs general meetings and oversees the activities of the chapter. Co-Chairs may share the above duties.

  2. 5.A.2  The Treasurer records the income and expenditures of the chapter, reports financial status to the board, manages the chapter’s annual tax filing requirements, acts as one of at least two signing authorities for the Chapter bank account, prepares an annual report and budget for the Chapter, and may set fundraising goals and activities for the Chapter.

  3. 5.A.3  The Secretary produces minutes for Chapter Board meetings and the Annual Membership meeting.

  4. 5.A.4  The Slow Food USA Chair liaises with the Regional Governor, the Slow Food USA national office, and other Chapter Chairs in the region, acts as one of at least two signing authorities for the chapter bank account, maintains the Slow Food Southwest Washington website and ensures that the chapter is meeting all annual requirements.

5.B Sub-committees may be formed to deal with specific projects, activities, or events. These committees may wish to elect a committee Chair as the primary contact for and coordinator of the project, activity, or event.

Article 6: Chapter Board and Officer Elections

  1. 6.A  Any person who wishes to serve on the Chapter Board must be an active, dues-paid member of Slow Food USA.

  2. 6.B  Terms of office are 2 years with reelection possible for additional terms.

  3. 6.C  At least two months prior to the end of terms and/or the annual meeting, the Board appoints a chair of the nominating committee to oversee the elections process. The chair gathers a committee, which may consist of board members and members at large. The committee is responsible for vetting and recruiting nominees and for ensuring fairness of the process and outcome of an election.

  4. 6.D  The committee first determines who on the Board is eligible and willing to stand for reelection and then determines if the board has open positions.

  5. 6.E  When there are open positions on the Board, the committee may make an announcement to the membership and ask for nominees. The committee can also actively recruit nominees who have specific attributes needed on the Board.

Approved: 6/30/2014

  1. 6.F  The committee should elicit profiles of nominees, which are provided to active members at election time in advance of a vote.

  2. 6.G  Voting takes place either electronically or at a free membership meeting. Votes at a meeting may be made by ballot, show of hands, or by voice.

  3. 6.H  The membership may vote to accept the slate of candidates recommended by the nominating committee, or, in the case of multiple candidates running for the open position(s), the candidate(s) receiving the most votes gain the seat(s).

  4. 6.I  Inthecaseofaboardpositionbecomingvacantmid-term,theChapter Chair may appoint, with board approval, a person to fill the unexpired term.

7: Standards of Conduct

Slow Food Chapter Board members have the obligation to meet the following standards of conduct, and to hold other Board members accountable to them as well.

7.A Communicate and work together with common courtesy and collegial respect; disagree without being disagreeable.

7.B Create a welcoming environment for new members and volunteers; avoid insularity and the natural tendency to build and perpetuate the board with those already known.

7.C Always represent Slow Food and its mission in a positive and professional manner; keep disagreements within the Chapter.

7.D Accurately present the Slow Food’s policies and positions when communicating on behalf of the organization; don’t use a Slow Food leadership role or title to advance personal views.

7.E Respect your obligation to the Slow Food’s members; use member lists and information about members for organizational purposes only.

7.F Use Slow Food resources wisely and in keeping with the fiduciary responsibility of all leaders.

7.G Foster an open democratic decision-making process; respect decisions once they are made.

7.H Praise publicly; criticize privately and tactfully.
7.I Handle disputes on the most local level, according to the guidelines 
provided in the Slow Food USA National Statute.

Article 8: Amendments

8.A Any member may propose an amendment to the bylaws. Any proposed amendment to the bylaws must be submitted to the secretary and distributed to the board at least 30 days before a vote of ratification by the board.

Article 9: Ratification

9.A The chapter bylaws or their amendments are ratified by a vote of the Board upon the completion of writing bylaws.

Approved: 6/30/2014

9.B The chapter bylaws must be available to chapter members, the Regional Governor and Slow Food USA staff, and posted to the chapter web site.

Article 10: Conflicts of Interest

Every person elected or appointed to a position of authority in the organization has a duty of loyalty to, and must act in the interests of, that organization. Public perception and confidence in Slow Food USA are vital to the success of the organization. Slow Food USA is a volunteer-run organization and recognizes that its leaders and members have conflicts of interests from time to time. Introducing a conflict of interest policy to the Chapter Board is meant to protect, not punish, the interest of your chapter when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement, or when a situation arises that a member advances his own private interests through his position in the organization.

A conflict of interest may arise whenever the personal or professional interests of a board member, staff, or volunteer are potentially at odds with the organization’s best interests. Such conflicts are common and acceptable if they benefit the group and if the Board makes decisions in the chapter’s best interests in a fair and informed manner.

The standard of behavior at Slow Food USA stipulates that all chapter board members scrupulously avoid conflicts of interest between the organization’s interests on one hand, and their personal, professional, and business interests on the other. The chapter cannot be a vehicle for any one business. This includes avoiding potential and actual conflicts of interest, as well as perceptions of such conflicts.

The following steps should be followed to avoid even the appearance of impropriety:

  • No member of the Slow Food Chapter Board shall derive any personal profit or gain by reason of his or her participation with Slow Food USA. This conflict-of-interest policy prohibits or limits business transactions by Chapter Board members and requires them to disclose potential conflicts. Upon joining the board, each Board member will sign a conflict of interest policy statement.

  • As a normal practice of the Board, each individual shall disclose to the chapter, any personal interest which he or she may have in any matter pending before the chapter and shall refrain from participation in any decision on such matter. Such disclosures should be recorded in the meeting's minutes.

  • Require Board members to withdraw from discussion and voting on decisions that present a potential conflict.

  • Although it is not a conflict of interest to reimburse board members for expenses incurred, they are prohibited from being paid to serve on the Board. Board members will not receive pass-through dollars for individual projects.

    Establish procedures to ensure the organization is receiving fair value in the transaction.

The Chapter Board is responsible to:

  • Establish by example and attitude an atmosphere of personal integrity. Some situations may need only a brief, informal comment to maintain that climate. In others, a decision may be delayed because of the need to ensure that it has been made in the organization's best interests. Each of us, by our daily words and actions, contributes to a culture of integrity and responsibility.

  • Record in the minutes of the Chapter Board Meeting the potential conflict of interest, and the use of the procedures and criteria of this policy.
  • Decide only to hire or contract with a board member if they are the best qualified individuals available, and willing to provide the goods or services needed at the best price.


Article 11: Dissolution Clause

Upon termination or dissolution of the Slow Food SWWA, any assets lawfully available for distribution shall be distributed to one (1) or more qualifying organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or described in any corresponding provision of any successor statute) which organization or organizations have a charitable purpose which, at least generally, includes a purpose similar to the terminating or dissolving corporation.

The organization to receive the assets of the Slow Food SWWA hereunder shall be selected by the discretion of a majority of the managing body of the Slow Food SWWA and if its members cannot so agree, then the recipient organization shall be selected pursuant to a verified petition in equity filed in a court of proper jurisdiction against the Slow Food SWWA by one (1) or more of its managing body which verified petition shall contain such statements as reasonably indicate the applicability of this section. The court upon a finding that this section is applicable shall select the qualifying organization or organizations to receive the assets to be distributed, giving preference if practicable to organizations located within the State of Washington.

In the event that the court shall find that this section is applicable but that there is no qualifying organization known to it which has a charitable purpose, which, at least generally, includes a purpose similar to this corporation, then the court shall direct the distribution of its assets lawfully available for distribution to the Treasurer of the State of Washington to be added to the general fund. 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING NOTES

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