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Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. See our Calendar for events hosted by other organizations.

2019 MOFGA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room

• Hear MOFGA program reports from MOFGA staff and committee members
• Vote on proposed changes to MOFGA's by-laws, described below


Proposals to Amend the MOFGA By-laws

At its meeting on October 21, 2018, MOFGA’s Board of Directors moved to amend the Association’s bylaws in order to adjust the board member term of service, and to formalize a governance committee as a standing committee of the Association. MOFGA members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes at the annual meeting of the Association, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. The proposed amendments are:

Proposal One – Regarding board member term of service.

Article IV. Board of Directors.

Section 3. Composition. The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 23 members who shall serve for one year a term of three years or until due election or appointment of successors.

Proposal Two – Regarding establishment of a governance committee as a standing committee of the Association. Note: there are two actions involved in this proposal: to remove the crossed through language from the current bylaw concerning the Executive Committee, and to add to Article VI Section 2 of the Bylaws concerning MOFGA committees, item k defining governance roles formerly assigned to the Executive Committee.

Article IV. Board of Directors.

Section 9. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, one member of the Fair Steering Committee and two Members-at-large. Meetings shall be held at least once in every month that the full Board of Directors does not meet. Four members shall constitute a quorum. Prior to the Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee will prepare a slate of potential officers, Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee, and Board Members-at-Large. The Executive Committee may nominate Board Members to fill vacancies. The Executive Committee shall serve as a Governance Committee for the board reviewing annually the relationships between Board Members, MOFGA and its management to ensure that the Board Members maintain a disinterested association; oversee the orientation of new Board Members; review the size and composition of the Board and its committees to ensure they reflect the appropriate independence and balance and necessary skills and diversity to function effectively. The Executive Committee shall conduct a Board self-review at least every three years. The Executive Committee shall periodically review the effectiveness of and recommend changes to MOFGA’s committee structures and organizing documents and recommend changes. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to act for the Association in all matters except unbudgeted expenditures in excess of 3% of total budget between meetings of the Board of Directors. Any unbudgeted expenditures must be reported to the Board at its next regular meeting.

Article VI. Committees.

Section 2. The standing committees of the Association and their duties include:

k. Governance: Shall review annually the relationships between board members, MOFGA and its management to ensure that board members maintain a disinterested association; shall oversee the orientation of new board members; shall review the size and composition of the Board and its committees to ensure they reflect the appropriate independence and balance and have the necessary skills and diversity to function effectively; shall periodically review the effectiveness of and recommend changes to MOFGA's committee structures and organizing documents.; shall be comprised of members of the Board, appointed by the Executive Committee.

 

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