September 3, 2021
Dear Co-op Market Owner,
Your co-op’s board and management team have taken the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to reevaluate how we work together and how we serve you, our Owners. One of the most visible and meaningful components of our work as a cooperative is our annual Owner’s meeting.
For the past several years, we’ve met in October to hear reports on operations and finances, review issues that vitally affect Co-op Market, transact business such as bylaws changes and election of board members, and, perhaps most importantly, gather as a community.
Upon review, we recognized that holding the annual meeting in October puts undue strain on staff and management during the holiday season ordering crunch, which is already a hectic time for a grocery store. To alleviate this strain, the board has decided to move our annual meeting to mid-April. This year, we will still hold an abbreviated virtual meeting in October to present operational and financial updates, but we will move our larger meeting and board election to the Spring.
Please join us!
Our virtual meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 23rd. Look for an invitation with a Zoom link closer to that date. We plan to resume our traditional in-person community gathering, board election, and annual meeting on Saturday, April 17th, 2022. We’ll communicate details for April as soon as we know them.
Please help us guide the co-op!
Even though we’re delaying our election until Spring, you can still get involved with the board now, as we have an opening for a board member to be appointed in October. The appointee will serve until the April election.
We accept board candidate applications on a rolling basis. If you are available to be considered for appointment in October, please submit your application now. Three seats will be open for our April election, and we’ll start accepting applications for these in January.
As a food co-op, we depend upon our Owners to provide leadership by volunteering for board service. Our board members help by crafting long-range strategies for fulfilling our mission while upholding our values and monitoring our progress to ensure we’re moving forward in the right direction.
If you wonder whether board leadership is right for you, please attend one of our regular board meetings on the third Monday of the month.
You can access both the webinar and regular monthly meetings at this Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 838 0329 6836
For more information and a copy of the board candidate application, please go to the governance page of our website.
We look forward to meeting the next generation of committed, engaged co-op board leaders. When you invest your dollars, energy, and time in our co-op, you are voting for the kind of community you want to live in.
Co-op Market Board of Directors
Art Gelvin, Brian Kassof, Patrice Lee, Anduin McElroy, Madeline Patterson-O’Dell, Hilary Shook, Rich Seifert
September 3, 2021