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This summer has been a busy, exciting and inspiring time for the Co-op Board! We had some significant opportunities to learn and build our capacities as board members during the CCMA conference, we held our extremely popular and always entertaining Annual Meeting and Party in the new Central Park for the first time this year, and we continue to be actively engaged in communicating with and encouraging Owners to participate in your biggest role as a Co-op Owner—your ability to run and vote for Board candidates and vote on the strategic direction of our business.

This June, Willy Street Co-op hosted the 58th Annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference here in Madison. It was a great honor to be the host cooperative for the nation’s largest cooperative grocery conference.

Your entire Board of Directors attended the conference to grow our skills and strengths as board members, learn and share innovative ideas and effective materials with the 600+ other co-op staff and board members in attendance, and collaborate on common challenges and successful solutions in practice across the country.

As conference host, it was a great opportunity to show our co-op peers what a fantastic cooperative environment we have here in the Madison area, and to highlight other co-op businesses of every sector that play a vital role in our local economy. I spoke on a panel about the various ways co-ops in Wisconsin are cooperating with each other to grow the cooperative model, and I took attendees on a tour of my workplace’s employee garden beds, which encourage employees to have stronger ties to local food sources. These ideas will hopefully spread to and inspire programs at other co-ops across the nation. In our July Board meeting, we shared key information and resources we learned to continue to grow as an effective, efficient and open Board, committed to our Owners and working together to elevate our co-op forward.

Annual Meeting & Party
Thank you, Owners, for attending our July 10th Annual Meeting and Party! As always, we had a fantastic time and are continually reminded how lucky we are to be able to live and work in this amazing community and beautiful space. Check next month’s Reader for more details on the event’s Zero-Waste landfill diversion results.

Alright, Owners—you’re up! We’ve been talking it up for months that soon you’ll be called upon to place your vote for our Board candidates and other ballot items. The time is now; the ballot is ready for you! Please take a moment to review the ballot language in this Reader on the following two pages and learn more about the issues we are asking you to vote on.

First, there is a vote for the three open Board seats; candidate statements appear on pages 7-11. Your careful selection of our future Board members is a vital role you play to enable our continued and future success as a co-op.

The ballot also includes important amendments and changes to the Co-op’s policies and bylaws. In addition to the ballot language laid out in this Reader, see the box on page 7 for a detailed explanation of these changes to inform your vote.

Your Board of Directors thanks you tremendously for your engagement, participation and action in this voting process. It is only through actively engaged voices like yours that we are able to be stronger together than we are individually.

Don SamuelsenMonona Grove Nursery SchoolDaniel J. KrauseHeartland Credit Union

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