To promote healthy lifestyles in St. Joseph County through the prevention and reduction of obesity in our community through collaboration, outreach, and education.
Participation in ROC is open to any organization or individual interested in promoting healthy lifestyles through the prevention and reduction of overweight and obesity in St. Joseph County. Members are asked to respectfully commit their time and expertise to further the vision and mission of ROC and abide by its operating principles. Members come from several types of organizations, although membership is not exclusive to these organizations: Community-based organizations, Social service agencies, Civic and Volunteer groups, Healthcare professionals, Local government agencies, Schools, Media, Business community, Youth-serving organizations, Religious or fraternal organizations, and Other organizations involved in reducing obesity and overweight through fitness, nutrition, education, outreach, treatment, or healthcare. Members acknowledge that, for the initiative to succeed and to achieve its stated mission and goals, ROC must have the commitments and active participation from its Members.
III: STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
ROC consists of Advisors, a Steering Committee, and Core Members.
The Advisors consist of visible and active leaders in St. Joseph County who have an interest in the prevention and management of obesity and overweight.
Advisor Membership Requirements include:
The Steering Committee and Core Members will nominate up to ten (10) names. The Steering Committee will vote on them and the top five (5) vote recipients will be approached to join the Advisory Board. Should any of the top five (5) be unwilling/unable to join, the next one (1) through five (5) will be approached to join the Board.
The Advisor commitment is for one year. If an Advisor needs to terminate their status, written notice should be sent to the ROC Coordinator 30 days in advance (if possible, emergencies notwithstanding). The Steering Committee and Core Members would then nominate a replacement(s) and vote to approve/disapprove that nominee.
B. Steering Committee
The Steering Committee consists of the ROC Coordinator (St. Joseph County Health Department Director of Health Education), plus up to seven (7) additional Members.
Steering Committee Requirements include:
The seven members will agree to participate for one year. Incumbent Steering Committee members interested in continued involvement may state their intent at the end of each one year term. The ROC Coordinator and Steering Committee will evaluate the applications and select new members to the Steering Committee as needed.
If a Steering Committee member needs to terminate their status, written notice should be sent to the ROC Coordinator 30 days in advance (if possible, emergencies notwithstanding). The Steering Committee would then nominate a replacement(s) and vote to approve/disapprove that nominee.
If a Steering Committee member misses more than three (3) consecutive meetings, he/she will be asked to reassess their commitment to ROC and may expect to potentially relinquish his/her Steering Committee position.
C. Core Members
Core Members consist of those organizations and individuals who commit to upholding the requirements of Core Members. In addition, ROC has a Core Membership Agreement that must be filled out by all members.
Core Membership Requirements include:
Core Membership may be terminated at any time upon written notice to the ROC Coordinator.
If a Core Member misses more than three (3) consecutive meetings, he/she will be asked to reassess their commitment to ROC and may expect to potentially relinquish his/her Core Member position.
IV: DECISION MAKING
All decisions, at all levels of membership, will be made by consensus whenever possible in order to encourage the opinions of everyone to be heard and discussed. Steering Committee Members will make decisions on the basis of consensus only, including the decision to cast a tie-breaking vote. Core Members will have one vote. Steering Committee Members, also being Core Members, maintain their Core Member voting privileges. Associate Members do not have voting privileges.
Should full consensus not be achieved, each of the Members will vote:
In the latter case, discussion will ensue and the decision restructured in an attempt to reach consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, a vote will be taken on the restructured decision and simple majority will rule.
If Core Members find themselves in a tie when voting on an issue, the Steering Committee will have the authority to cast a single tie-breaking vote, to be reached by consensus.
V: RESPONSIBILITY TO CONSTITUENTS
ROC is responsible for ensuring that all sponsored events, activities or communications are accessible, user-friendly, inclusive, safe, and support community health improvement.
VI: PROMOTION OF THE COALITION
Any written communication or print media referencing ROC, its membership, or its work, must be reviewed by the Steering Committee and the ROC Coordinator prior to publication.