Slow Food Southwest Washington was started as a Leadership Clark County project in 2006.
Inspiring people to eat, grow, and share healthy local food.
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.
We value good, real food that is healthy and accessible: Food that
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Warren Neth - Executive Director
Board of Directors BIO:
In my 30+ years of experience and travel in the Semiconductor and Solar Power manufacturing industry I have served as a technical consultant for manufacturing equipment. This has allowed for extensive personal time as a genuine "foody" in developing a sense of farmers' markets and food markets throughout Asia and Europe. Living in countries that highly value fresh, organic produce has been invaluable in researching the nutritional value as well as the flavors of foods throughout the world.
Peter DuBois currently serves as Clark County's Sustainability Coordinator. The position involves planning, organizing and coordinating the County's efforts to implement and maintain sustainable countywide programs and policies in support of improving the health ofthe County's economy, community and environment. In addition Pete manages the county's ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, the Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Program, the Commute Trip Reduction Program and the Sustainable Communities Program. The Sustainable Communities Program encourages community gardening, green development codes and incentives, construction of the Living Habitat House and incorporating sustainability into the County's Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. Pete has a Masters in economics from Portland State University. He lives in Battle Ground on a 5 acre farmstead. He serves on the board for Slow Food SWWA and graduated from Leadership Clark County, Class of 2005
Slow Food Southwest Washington Bylaws:
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
Article 3: Membership
3.A Membership in Slow Food Southwest Washington is open to all.
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.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:
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
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.
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.
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:
• Establish procedures to ensure the organization is receiving fair value in the transaction.
The Chapter Board is responsible to:
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.