04.07.12 From the General Manager
Our Board of Directors met on Tuesday, April 3 for their regularly scheduled board meeting. We were short a couple of regular board members however; Henry Werch, a candidate in our current board elections, joined us for the meeting adding appreciated input to the discussion. Most of the meeting we focused on the strategic plan and specifically the upcoming Member Forum. The Forum is one part of our process of “checking in” with our members about their values to see if we are heading in the right direction with regard to the strategic plan development.
The Forum will be on Sunday, April 15 from 5-7:30 pm at the Port Townsend Community Recreation Center and will be an “open house” event where owners can come any time during that period and stay as long as they wish. Each board member is ready to listen to our owners and are looking for owner feedback on our future. Don’t forget there will be other opportunities to let your board know what you value.
Over the next two weeks, our board members will be in the store – usually in the vendor alcove- wearing buttons that say “tell me” as they encourage conversations. Holly O’Neil, our consultant, has spent many hours interviewing a variety of local people and groups asking what they think are the greatest opportunities for the Food Co-op to explore in the future. We are conducting a scientifically random survey of about 2,000 of our owners in May. Again we will be “checking” values to get a read on what is most important to you in 2012 and beyond. While not every member will be asked to fill out a survey, we will be asking questions that echo the same areas as the Member Forum. Our plan is to have all those form of inquiry and feedback interweave and inform our future plan. We will report on our progress to date at our Annual Meeting on June 3 at the Community Center from 5-7:30 pm. After the Annual Meeting we will return to our membership for ratification or endorsement of our strategic plan at the end of the summer. Keep posted for what form that process will take.
I encourage you to attend the Member Forum and speak to our board members when they are in the store.
As ever if you have questions about this process, please address them to our Board of Directors at email@example.com or you can call me at my office at 360 385-2831.