Annual Board elections

This year’s annual Board of Director’s election has brought in a whopping 13 candidates to fill five open seats. We are pleased to see so many Owners taking this step for our Co-op’s future. With respect to the advances in technology and social networking, the nominations committee worked quickly to outline additional campaign tools; check our Facebook page for more. At the time of this printing, some of the candidates have posted links to their pages. Also, we will be including, for the first time, each candidate’s email and/or phone number in the event an Owner would like to contact the candidate directly. This information will be posted on our website and at the in-store voting kiosk. You may also be seeing more candidates tabling outside the Co-op periodically during the voting period from August 1st–18th. Look for in-store campaign materials near the registers and the voting kiosk at the front of the store. Good luck to all of the candidates, and thank you for providing a wide range of options and experience for Owners to vote on.

On-line voting

The deadline for online voting is SUNDAY, August 16th at midnight— two days BEFORE the deadline for paper balloting—August 18th, at the special meeting when last call for ballots will be announced. If you’d like to vote online, please register 36 hours before you’d like to vote. All valid Owner email addresses we had were sent a link to a unique ballot to use if you wish.

Annual Meeting and Party!

Now that the business is out of the way... Let me take this opportunity to say what a truly remarkable event this was for us. Here’s hoping you enjoyed it too.

BIG thanks to our Co-op staff who, prepared to serve an anticipated 1,700 dinners (300 up from last year), ended up serving a total of 2,300 dinners. Needless to say, many emergency trips were made back to the retail to gather whatever we could to accommodate our extra guests. Our apologies to anyone who had to wait too long in line—our intention was to avoid long lines so we are planning on 3,000 next year! Note: the more people we have pre-registered, the better. We can estimate the total number and be better prepared. I will remind you next year in June to get your tickets early!

Again I need to recognize Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and their fabulous volunteers who, for the past three years, have shown that they have what it takes to make an event like this happen. But none of their efforts would be recognized were it not for Gary Kallas, the executive director and brainchild of this combined event. The synergies provided by combining these two events enable us to continue to grow this event while supporting our community in a more meaningful way.

Second retail site

At the Annual Meeting and Party, I reported a special Board meeting to discuss the second site. “Well, what happened in the Board meeting that night? Did they pick a site?” And, to that I can only reply, “We don’t have anything to announce at this point. We will keep you posted when we have some news.”