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OSR Board should strictly adhere to term limits

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In discussions among shareholders it has come to our attention that Larry Jones is to remain for a fourth year without standing for election. Several individuals have reviewed the by-laws, and there is some debate as to whether this action is allowed. It could be interpreted in the bylaws that this is allowed for a fourth year but, in general, it is believed that this was not the original intent, nor is it adhering to the strictest interpretation of the bylaws.

We, the undersigned, are requesting that the board reconsider its decision to appoint Larry Jones, without membership vote, an additional year in office as a board member for the following reasons:

1) The membership has expanded, and this would assure a more representative board as three seats would be vacant

2) This would set a precedent of following the strictest interpretation of the bylaws and prevent future boards from taking liberal interpretation.

3) This would show good faith in the membership of the OSR to select the best leaders.

4) This would create a safe and open place to create future bylaws and sub-cooperatives, with the expectation that bylaws will be adhered to.

We would hope and expect that Larry would stand for election this year. We would hope and expect that should the membership of the OSR choose another leader that the board would use Larry as an advisor for matters relating to the start-up of the cooperative.

From an outside perspective, we see no reason why a board appointed board member is superior to a duly elected representative of the members.

If there are issues with the proper staggering of election of individuals on the board, we would recommend bringing the change of terms to the members in a proper vote to either extend or shorten a board members tenure.

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