2021 Board of Directors Election Results


As Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Grain Train Natural Foods Markets, I hereby announce the results of the 2021 Board of Directors Election.
Voting took place electronically, between April 11 and April 30, for four (4) available seats;
Four (4) individuals were running for a seat on the board, 2 of whom were incumbents;
Total number of electronic votes cast: 289;
Abstained vote: 1;

Three 3-year term seats were available and are filled by the individuals with the three highest vote totals, in alphabetical order: Katie Hartlieb, Amanda Weinert, and Lynn Wolf.
The remaining 2-year term seat is filled by Taylor Huntman.

Election results were conducted and certified by Simply Voting, Inc., of Quebec, Ontario.
Many thanks to the Owners who electronically cast their votes, and congratulations to the newly elected directors!
                                                                              - Paula Welmers, Secretary

The Co-op Difference

Cooperative governance is democracy in action! Elected democratically from the ownership, the Board of Directors guides the vision of the co-op, enabling all Owners to have a say in how the co-op is run. 

The Grain Train's Board consists of five to nine Directors who each serve three-year terms. The Board is responsible for protecting Owners' assets by ensuring that the co-op is fiscally sound and viable. Additionally, they establish and monitor the co-op’s governance policies, and hire, monitor, and evaluate the General Manager.  



Until further notice, Board Meetings will be held via Zoom. Grain Train members and prospective members may join us to observe using the link and meeting credentials below. Approximately 5 minutes is allocated at the beginning of each meeting for Open Member Forum, during which member input is welcomed. We ask that visitors remain silent for the remainder of the meeting.

Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Next Meeting's Agenda
The July 2021 meeting will be held outdoors at the home of Board Vice President Hal Willens. If you are an owner who is planning to attend, please email board@graintrain.coop for the address.

Meet our Board of Directors 



Lynn Wolf

Lynn Wolf 



Hal Willens   

Hal Willens

Vice President


David Heidtke

David Heidtke



Paula Welmers

Paula Welmers



Joe Graham 

Joe Graham



Lindsay Hall

Lindsay Hall 



Katie Hartlieb Photo 

Katie Hartlieb 



Taylor Huntman photo 

  Taylor Huntman



Amanda Weinert Photo 

  Amanda Weinert



Policy Governance

The Grain Train Board operates using the Policy Governance model, which was developed to allow Boards to maintain accountability for organizational performance while focusing on providing visionary leadership around our 'big-picture' mission.

With this model, there are four different categories of board policies, and all board policies must fall into one of these categories:

  1. Ends (the intended results for the customers): Ends policies all deal with ends, while all other categories of board policies deal with means.
  2. Executive Limitations (the limitations put on the General Manager): Executive limitations policies all deal with means, but they are written in the negative, telling what means the General Manager shall not use, instead of what means the General Manager shall use to accomplish the organizational goals (this avoids the two extremes of “micro-managing” and “rubber-stamping”).
  3. Board-Staff Relationships (how the board will interact with the General Manager): Board-Staff relationship policies all deal with means that the Board will use to interact with the Staff through the General Manager.
  4. Governance Process (how the board will govern itself): Governance Process policies all deal with means that the Board will use to govern and monitor itself throughout the year.

You can find the full Policy Register adopted by the Grain Train's Board here.



The Grain Train's owners delegate authority to the Board of Directors with a set of Bylaws, which explain the fundamental rights and responsibilities of both the owners and the board. 

Board Meeting Minutes 

Last Meeting's Minutes


Board Minutes Archive


Interested in Serving on the Board?

Please read the Prospective Directors' Handbook for more information about eligibility, the application process, and what it means to serve on the Grain Train's Board. Applications are closed for the 2021 Board Election, but we encourage all interested owners to consider running in a future election.  
 Prospective Directors' Handbook: