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Bylaw Changes; Board Compensation; Third Retail Site & More

Welcome to the hot days of August! Local produce is in FULL swing—I know I am definitely enjoying the vibrant colors and bright flavors that Wisconsin summer provides. This is also a month with a lot of important Co-op work, particularly the Board elections and three other ballot initiatives.

Bylaw changes
The Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors is requesting your approval on a few amendments to the Co-op’s bylaws. Most clarify the voting process—explicitly including online voting, tie-breaking procedure, etc. The other big change is a petitioning clause, which would allow Owners to have items placed on future ballots via a petition of a percentage of the Ownership. You can review the current bylaw, along with the proposed changes, here in the Reader or online.

Board Compensation
The Willy Street Co-op Board is also asking that you approve a change to the Board compensation arrangement. Currently, Board members receive a 15% discount at the register (with the Board President receiving a 20% discount). The group would like to switch to a monthly disbursement of funds. This would be a more equitable arrangement than the purchase-based system currently in use, which currently favors Board members with bigger purchase totals. Although approval of the Ownership is not required (as this is an internal policy, not incorporated into the Co-op bylaws), the Board would rather know the opinion of the Ownership on this topic!

Expenditures of Funds for a Third Retail Site
Although we have not landed on a specific third retail site location, we are getting close! While the exact location has not been determined, and while it has also not been determined if the Co-op would own the space or rent the space, Owners are being asked to vote whether the Co-op should go forward with such a plan and take actions to open a third store.
Once we find a location that management deems a best fit, staff will recommend a site to the Board. The final approval of the site will remain in the Board’s purview, and we will obviously not recommend a site that would jeopardize our organization! Getting Owner approval now will enable us to act once a site is approved by the Board.

Willy East Remodel
The remodel will be DONE this month—WOW! We’re finishing up the last details and I hope you’re enjoying the updates made to your store. Staying open during the remodel presented challenges at various points in the project—THANK YOU for your patience and flexibility as the aisles shifted, the noise levels fluctuated, and various departments needed to be closed for a day or two at a time. And, from the bottom of my heart: thank you, thank you, thank you to the staff at East, for handling the remodel with such grace and flexibility, to the staff at West for taking on extra work, and for the admin staff for providing support!

VOTE for the Board!
We have 11 candidates for the three open Board ofDirectors seats this year! Please take some time to review the candidate information in the Reader or on the website, and be sure to cast your vote by the August 19th Board meeting. Online voting will open at 12:01am on August 1st, 2014 and close at 11:59pm on August 17th, 2014. If you would like to receive a ballot online, please send your preferred email address to Dan Neely (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than noon on Friday, August 15th 2014.

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