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Annual Meeting & Party; Board Election; and More!

by Jeannine Bindl, Board President

Summer in Wisconsin is a time of abundance: abundance of warm weather, festivals, outdoor activities, (mosquitos), and locally grown produce. Cheers to summer and filling up on its abundance!

Annual Meeting & Party

July marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the Co-op and the Co-op’s Annual Meeting and Party. This year the annual meeting will fall on July 11 and will take place just a few blocks from our eastside store at McPike Park. The festivities start at 4:00pm with the Annual Meeting starting at 5:30pm.

Board Elections

In this Reader you will find the candidate statements and photos for Owners who are running for your Board of Directors. A huge thank you and congratulations to these Owners for representing the Co-op. Our new Board will be seated on July 16, 2019.

July 1 usually marks the first day to vote for your Board of Directors. This year we have three open seats and three candidates running for the Board. We will not have an election for the Board of Directors this year because it would be an uncontested election. We have decided instead to reinvest the labor and expense costs of an election back into the Co-op.

Low Turnout of Board Candidates

Your Board has already started to dig into this uncharacteristically low turnout of Board candidates. In the coming months we will be reporting our findings and what we will be doing to increase candidate turnout next year. As always, if you have questions about this or any other governance issue, please email us. To reach board members only, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; to reach our General Manager, many of the General Management Team, and your Board, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

At our June Board meeting we reviewed and approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, FY20. We also reviewed three C policies, our self evaluation or Board Process policies, and received an update from National Cooperative Grocers on grocery market trends. There were a few other things on the agenda; once approved, meeting minutes are available on our website!

We hope to see you at our Annual Meeting and Party. Your Board members will be at the annual meeting, the info desk, and walking around enjoying the party with you. Please come say hi, take a picture with us, or just wave from the ice cream line. We are eager to share in the abundance of summer with you.