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Help Guide Our Co-op

Run for the Board of Directors

Willy Street Grocery Co-op (WSGC) Directors oversee community assets invested in the store estimated at almost $4 million and sales of over $14 million. This means that your participation on the Board can have a profound impact on the neighborhood, the lives of our members, employees and shoppers, and the natural food businesses and farmers that rely on the store to get their products to market.

Each year, three seats are open for election. Are you the perfect person to join us as we set a future course for the Co-op and keep the investment that member-owners make in the store working for the good of our community?

New Board members are brought up to speed on current issues and policies affecting the Co-op. Each year, WSGC sponsors new Board members to attend the Consumer Cooperatives Management Association meeting in June, where workshops on co-op directorship and networking help to orient all of us on issues, strategies and trends in natural foods retailing. Past conferences were held in Boston, Chicago, Eureka, CA, Portland, OR, and Cleveland, to name a few.

Help us put WSGC’s success to good use for the community and the natural foods movement. Run for the Board!


• Make a difference in your neighborhood and the natural foods movement.
• Develop leadership, business management and teamwork skills (great for the resume).
• Obtain formal training on how to serve as a director, useful should you serve as a director on the Board of other organizations.
• 15% discount on all Co-op purchases.


• Be a WSGC member-owner.
• Care about needs of our near East-side neighborhood, our Co-op members and Co-op staff.
• Have an interest in sustainable agriculture, food, and health issues.
• Have an interest in learning about cooperative business and community development.
• Candidates with experience in two or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to run: business finance and accounting (retail or wholesale); finance—budget analysis, major financial decisions; law—especially litigation and bylaws experience; personnel management; cooperative movement and philosophy; grocery industry; marketing; planning.


• Commit to a three-year term.
• Attend quarterly and special meetings, the Annual Membership Meeting, our yearly training and the yearly planning retreat.
• Use critical thinking and come prepared for efficient, productive discussions.
• Serve on at least one Board committee.
• Educate yourself and other Board members on issues related to our business and mission.

Nominations/Election Process

All nominees must answer the following questions:
1. What skills and experience do you bring to the Board? (100 words maximum)
2. The Board and membership of the Co-op have been pursuing the opening of a second retail store for the past few years. What risks and benefits do you see to such an opportunity? What ideas, hopes and concerns do you have about second site efforts at the Co-op? (150 words maximum)
3. Other than opening a second retail store, what issues do you think the Co-op should be addressing? (100 words maximum)
4. Which of the 7 co-op principles is most important to you and why? (125 words maximum)

Get your responses and a photo to us before August 10th, 2006 or at the Annual Membership Meeting. All nominees will be introduced to the membership at this time. If you wish to address the membership, that would be great! Your response to the above questions will be printed in the September issue of the Reader. Submissions that go over the stated word count will be edited for space. However, full comments will be placed on our website at Please include your address, telephone number and member number. We will verify receipt of your letter. Send nominations to:

Owner Relations Committee
1221 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703

Balloting begins on September 1st and continues through September 18, 6pm. Ballot counting will take place on September 18th, when winners will be announced.
Questions? Contact Owner Relations Chair, Ann Marie Waterhouse at (608) 837-7558 or