NOTICE – SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Inc. (SOD)
Date: Monday, 19th January 2015
Time: 10am Registration – 10.30 Meeting Start Time
Venue: Station 20 West, 1120 20th Street West, Saskatoon
18 December 2014
The purpose of this Special General Meeting is for members of SOD to vote on two resolutions (copies of which are accompanying this notice). In general terms these resolutions will propose:
- The replacement of the existing Bylaws with a totally new set of Bylaws
- The extension of mandate of the existing Board of Directors until the Annual General Meeting (Friday, 27th March 2015).
Almost a year ago, in January 2014, there was a meeting held at Calling Lakes Centre near Fort Qu'Appelle to discuss the options to revitalize the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, which has been struggling with reduced membership, and the consequential shortage of funding and involvement. This meeting which included about forty people from a cross-section of the organic industry, resulted in good discussion and the creation of a number of committees to help in the revitalization effort.
After the SOD AGM held in Saskatoon on 28 March 2014, the new SOD Board of Directors set to reviewing the proposals coming out of the Calling Lakes meeting. After much considered discussion, the Board has chosen to propose major changes - including the structure of SOD, its funding and its name.
To this point, SOD has been a voluntary membership organization, where individuals chose to submit an annual membership fee to SOD. As is the case with many associations, only a fraction of those eligible to belong have chosen to belong. This has resulted in limited involvement by industry members and also small funding levels. Fewer people and little money tends to lead to atrophy or death in organizations and it was with a desire to prevent that from happening that it was chosen to make a significant change.