Four seats (3 three-year terms and 1 one-year term due to the early departure of a Board member) are open on the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors. There are also two Owner Referendums
- Owners approve expenditure, not to exceed $2,000,000, to remodel the Co-op property at 1221 Williamson Street, Madison WI. (See article for more details).
- Owners approve the addition to Bylaw section 6.5: “Patronage rebates may, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, be distributed in cash, allocated patronage equities or any combination thereof, upon such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion.” (See article for more details).
There are thirteen candidates statements available to read below. Make sure to vote by August 21st at 6:00pm; paper ballots are available in each store. To vote online, please contact Customer Service at 251-6776 or 284-7800; or go here for more information.
“The Willy Street Co-op means alot to me and my family and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.”
1. What strengths do you bring to the 3 Board initiatives of developing green initiatives, increasing financial accessibility, and developing our local food system? How will you utilize these strengths on the Co-op’s Board of Directors? Please provide specific examples.
As a board member for the past three years, I have worked with the rest of the board to develop the three current board initiatives—developing green initiatives, increasing financial accessibility, and developing our local food system. The board as a committee of the whole has been educating itself on food deserts and recently I wrote a board article for the Willy Street Reader. More recently the board has started to brainstorm what we as a Co-op can do to address the food desert situation here in Madison and met with representatives from the Westmoreland neighborhood to explore what kind of partnership we might be able to develop.
2. Why do you want to be on the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors?
The Co-op is a large and complex business. In my three years on the board I have served on the audit committee, the retreat committee and recently as chair of the finance committee. In addition I started and chair the newly-formed policy development committee. As a result I have learned a lot about the Co-op and how it functions and hope to take advantage of this experience to help ensure the Co-op’s continued success, both financially and as a democratic institution.
3. What’s your interest in the future of food?
The Co-op is an essential link in bringing good, healthy food into the community. The future of good and healthy food is being challenged by corporatized agra-businesses, continued use of synthetic chemicals and more recently by global warming. The Co-op is part of a sustainable food chain that supports a sustainable model for change. The more successful the Co-op the greater the chance we have of making that change wider and more permanent.