Blue Diamond members are encouraged to exercise one of their rights and responsibilities as owners of the cooperative: electing members of the Board of Directors and Grower Liaison Committees. The annual election is an opportunity for members to help shape policy through your vote or represent your district by running for a seat on the Board of Directors or the Grower Liaison Committee.
Board of Directors:
Annually, three board seats are subject to an election either to re-elect the incumbent or choose a new director. Each seat represents a specific district. The director position from Districts 3, 5 and 7 are those that will stand for election during the 2020 cycle. Incumbents Dale Van Groningen (District 3) Steve Van Duyn (District 5) and Dan Mendenhall (District 7) are all seeking re-election. Members in these three districts are welcome and encouraged to run for director positions.
Requirements for nomination:
- A petition signed by 15 Blue Diamond members from the district in which the potential nominee wishes to run, filed by September 1.
- An optional 500-word candidate statement filed by September 1.
Grower Liaison Committees:
Blue Diamond has a Grower Liaison Committee (GLC) made up of nine growers elected by the membership in their respective districts for three-year terms, plus three members appointed by the committee. Three GLC positions in each district are up for election each year. The GLCs meet two times each year with their district director and management to receive business and crop updates.
Requirement for nomination:
- A petition signed by 5 Blue Diamond members from the district in which the potential nominee wishes to run, filed by September 1.
You may find election forms for both Board of Directors and Grower Liaison Committees on Blue Diamond’s Grower Website. For more information and a full Board of Directors job description please call your local Regional Manager or the Salida Membership Department at (209) 545-6225.