What are the responsibilities of an MFB board members?
MFB Board members typically have the following in-person responsibilities:
Board members are expected to be knowledgeable on issues such as farming, politics, and issues that affect MFB members. They also learn and stay current on insurance company issues and business.
Board members must act in good faith and support Farm Bureau policy.
Board members are compensated for their time.
What are the qualifications to serve on the MFB board of directors?
Michigan Farm Bureau’s organizational bylaw board of director requirements include:
State and federal background checks, fingerprinting, and very detailed biographies are required to serve on the FBI boards, due to insurance law requirements of the various states that Farm Bureau Insurance operates in.
How many directors are there, and what categories do they fall into?
Michigan Farm Bureau’s board of directors consists of 17 members. There are 12 district directors, 2 at-large directors, a Young Farmer Committee Director, a Promotion and Education Committee Director, and the President, who is also an at-large director.
Candidates for district directors must first be nominated at their District Caucuses, and the district may only nominate one person.
The Young Farmer and Promotion and Education directors must be nominated by their respective state committees.
The at-large directors are nominated from the floor by the delegates at MFB’s State Annual, and there is no limit on the number of nominees.
What are the applicable deadlines and dates of elections for 2021?
October 15: We request that candidates announce their interest by this date, so that their names can be circulated to County Farm Bureaus and delegates for their consideration. This is not a deadline, however.
November 3: This is the Rules Committee deadline for announcing your candidacy. Fill out the candidacy form below and email it to Andy Kok, Secretary of MFB, at [email protected].
November 9 and 10: These are the dates of the district caucuses, and the elections to establish their nominations. If desired, candidates will have 5 minutes to present themselves, either in person or virtually, at the district caucuses. MFB staff cannot help candidates with their presentations, but questions about arrangements can be directed to Allison Eicher.
December 1: Elections of directors will be held on the final day of MFB’s 2021 State Annual Meeting.