Fair State Co-op Board Elections

So you want to be on the board…

I mean, I totally get it. Being a FSBC board member is pretty great. There are no other meetings I attend on a regular basis that involve a delightful selection of beer. I have so much pride in the product and the company and I love being an ambassador for the brand. It’s a great professional development opportunity. There are great perks (free beer!).

That being said, being on the board of Fair State Co-op is a commitment and is real work. We are not a social club; we have fiduciary and fiscal responsibility for the health of the business. As elected officers, we do our best to represent the membership as a whole. Sometimes this means being critical or having hard conversations. Sometimes this means being cheerleaders. This is incredibly fulfilling work (and again, we get to do it with beer in hand), but it is work!

I’m not saying any of this to discourage anyone from running. Just the opposite! Please do run for the board. Fair State Co-op is no longer just an awesome taproom, it’s also a commercial production and manufacturing facility that brews beer for multiple distribution markets coast to coast. We need passionate, dedicated, and driven members to step up and help bring Fair State Co-op to the next level. Due to some long-serving Board members completing their terms, we have 4 seats up for election this year, 3 of which will be vacant. This is a turning point in the Coop’s history and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to bring on a new wave of ideas, perspectives, and skill sets.

Speaking of skill sets, here are some example skills and experiences that will complement the current Board and make serving a more rewarding and fulfilling opportunity:

  • Business leadership and management experience
  • Non-profit or cooperative experience
  • Community building and organization experience
  • Comfortability reviewing and analyzing financial statements and other business documents

I also want to offer a realistic idea of commitments and expectations for board members. So, here’s what to expect:

  • 6 in-person Board meetings per year. We meet every other month at the FS production brewery in St. Paul. Meetings run 2 ½ to 3 hours. You can find the 2019 schedule HERE.
  • 1-3 additional working sessions or committee meetings per quarter. Depending on the needs of the coop and the committees you choose to join, this number will vary. All Board members are required to serve on at least one committee.
  • 6-8 hours of onboarding work—this is a one-time thing to get you up to speed on the board policies, procedures, responsibilities etc.
  • Prep and follow-up work from the above meetings and working sessions. Again, this varies per person, but I would expect to spend 5 hours per month on additional board work.
  • Attendance at and participation in various FSBC events. We understand that not everyone can be at every event, but there is an expectation that Board Members SHOW UP! This might mean stepping outside your comfort zone or prioritizing differently.
  • Be a loud and proud ambassador for FSBC. We hope that every member is already doing this, but you will be surprised the sorts of conversations being a Board Member will lead to!
  • Free Beer! We are a volunteer board, so your time is not compensated. However, there are certainly some excellent beer perks.

So there you have it! We have several events coming up where you can find out more, but if you have questions, you can contact the board at any time by emailing: asktheboard@fairstate.coop


Michael Obermire
Chair of the Board of Directors, Member #811



Meet the Board: Sunday 3/24, 3-5pm & Monday 4/1, 6-8pm at the NE Taproom

Board Application Deadline: Wednesday 4/17 at 11:59pm

Meet the Candidates: Thursday 4/25, 6-8pm at the NE Taproom

Member Meeting & Election: Sunday 4/28 at the St. Paul Production Brewery

Thank You Party & Board Announcement: Saturday 5/4 at the NE Taproom