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Meet the Candidates: David Wayne Johnson

April 12th, 2016 by Rachel Williams

The Food Co-op Board of Directors election is coming up May 2-15, 2016. You can read more about the election, and all of the candidates, on the Board Elections page.

You are also invited to join the candidates for cake, coffee, tea and conversation at our Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00pm in The Food Co-op dining room.

In the mean time, we will be introducing the candidates one by one here on the blog. Four candidates are running for four available seats. This blog features David Wayne Johnson. The other candidates are Marty Canaday, Monica le Roux, and Owen Rowe.

David Wayne Johnson cropDavid Wayne Johnson

1. Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

 

I have been a resident of Port Townsend since August 1998, have worked as a Planner for Jefferson County since 2003, and been a Co-op member since 2005. Like many of you, I moved to Port Townsend because it had everything I wanted in a community, and I wanted to settle in a place that I could serve and contribute to, while enjoying all it had to offer.

2. Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?

 

I have been serving on the Board as the Treasurer since May 2013 and would like to continue that work, since it seems like I have just gotten a good grasp of the work, the people and the organization. There is much more to be done.

3. Describe your interests, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s activities.

 

I’m interested in health through organic foods and supporting the local food system economy by chairing the Co-op Board’s Food System Development Committee and drafting the committee’s report: “The State of Our Local Food System.”

4. What experience have you had contributing to successful group efforts?

 

With few exceptions, my work on the current Board and as a Planner for the County require that I function, make decisions and implement work as a team member instead of as an individual. Working together for successful Annual Member’s Meetings is always rewarding.

5. The Strategic Plan’s first long range goal is Market Position, and it includes the following strategy: Develop and implement our long term facilities plan. What do you think should be considered in developing such a plan?

 

We are currently working on this, and several sites are and scenarios under consideration. As the Treasurer my function would be to advise the Board on how to finance any expansion of our facilities in the short and long term.  Obviously, cost-effectiveness will have to be balanced with the overall needs of the members.

6. How would you encourage greater member-owner involvement in elections, member-owner forums and meetings?

 

We need a campaign to more fully develop the “Co-op Culture,” not just for our organization, but for promoting a cooperative economy on a local, state, national and global level. This would require being very clear and definitive about the benefits of a Co-op over the Corporate business model, and incentives for participation, especially among our youngest members.

Meet the Candidates: Marty Canaday

April 8th, 2016 by Rachel Williams

The Food Co-op Board of Directors election is coming up May 2-15, 2016. You can read more about the election, and all of the candidates, on the Board Elections page.

You are also invited to join the candidates for cake, coffee, tea and conversation at our Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00pm in The Food Co-op dining room.

In the mean time, we will be introducing the candidates one by one here on the blog. Four candidates are running for four available seats. This blog features Marty Cananday. The other candidates are David Wayne Johnson, Monica le Roux, and Owen Rowe.

Canaday photo squareMarcia “Marty” Canaday

1. Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

I was raised on one of the earliest certified organic farms in Kansas. My seven siblings and I planted, weeded, and worked together for success. I guess you might say we were a mini cooperative; all for one and one for all. Having been with true member owned food co-ops since age 19, I value the democratic control of our Co-op, and how The Port Townsend Co-op thrives and innovates while encouraging membership and empowering its members.

2. Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?

I wish to positively uplift my community through the medium of our Co-op, while serving my fellow members. Organic produce is part of the fabric of my life, and I work to forward GMO labeling and fair trade. Having tied myself to the Co-op through employment, I know that this investment of my time will keep our Co-op vibrant into my children’s future as well. I want the opportunity to help keep our Co-op financially healthy, as well as continuing to foster the important relationship between the Co-op and our member owners.

3. Describe your interests, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s activities.

My experience as a school volunteer, business owner, and president of Bethany College activities council have sharpened useful skills to bring to our Co-ops board. I have real world experience in the concerns of local farmers, GMO laws, and organic labeling. I still garden and raise small livestock to better empower my own family. My local interests are my own garden on our land, boating, home schooling my children, and sea glass.

4. What experiences have you had contributing to successful group efforts?

As a previous business owner, I understand the value of planning for the future while allowing Co-op leadership the freedom to do their best work on our Co-ops behalf. In addition to having owned a cake shop in Kansas for 12 years, I volunteered significant hours over a decade as a volunteer and various chairs for Sacred Heart Catholic School in Emporia, Kansas. I worked in groups to make our fundraiser successful and eventually chaired the event. This giant event has given me vast experience in group planning, working together for success, and how long range planning unfolds. (I was chair its 40th year.) I managed over 400 volunteers.

5. The Strategic Plan’s first long range goal is Market Position, and it includes the following strategy: Develop and implement our long term facilities plan. What do you think should be considered in developing such a plan?

Our long term facilities plan should consider if a bigger place with more parking will actually increase sales sufficiently to warrant the expenditure. Also, insufficient parking for customers and none for employees of the store is a negative for member owners and employee owners alike. Our grocery department night-time stock storage issue is also problematic. It would be convenient to have The Co-op all under one roof or within the same block.

6. How would you encourage greater member-owner involvement in elections, member-owner forums and meetings?

Have “Involvement Opportunities” be worth Involvement Points. Attendance at elections, forums, and meetings are worth points. The points may potentially be used for a price discount at register or a higher dividend percentage. Another option is to place monitors visible to those still awaiting checkout to notify of our next member-owner “Involvement Opportunity.”

Good Food Needs Great Leadership

March 1st, 2016 by Rachel Williams

Board RecruitIt’s board election season at The Food Co-op again! Is serving on the Board a job for you? We are looking for people who believe in good food, community, and cooperation.

Food because as a co-op begun in the 70s, good food is our heritage. Community because we’re a member-owned business, closely tied to the welfare of our neighborhood. And cooperation because—besides the fact that co-ops are an alternative to corporations—active cooperation and collaboration are the way the board works.

So we need people who can listen and learn from six other board members, a general manager, and six thousand members! As we like to say, the best board members are those who play well with others.

Board members also need to be able to play the long game. Being on the board is not about getting things done fast or running the store; it’s about envisioning and planning our future. Plus, of course, there are meetings, so you need to have patience. But our meetings are well organized and the business part is straight forward and quick, so we have time to talk about the important issues. And we’re a jolly group—those meetings speed by before we know it, and then we’re off to celebrate and talk some more at a nearby beverage establishment.

So stop by to check out a board meeting, and pick up a candidate package at the Member Services Desk or download one here: 2016 Candidate Packet Final.
Candidate applications are due March 15, and voting takes place May 2-15.

Board meetings:
First Tuesday of each Month
The Food Co-op Annex
2110 Lawrence St.
5:30 to 8:30

We hope to see you soon!

Board Leadership Can Work for You

February 25th, 2016 by Rachel Williams

BOD Tractor PhotoAnd it can even be fun!

You are invited to join the Food Co-op Board for a discussion on how to make board work sustainable and fun. Meet your board members, learn about their experiences, and join in the conversation!

This discussion will start off our next Board meeting Tuesday March 1, 5:30pm at the Food Co-op Annex (2110 Lawrence St.)

For more information about this event, please contact Rachel at 379-5798 or boardassistant@foodcoop.coop.

The Food Co-op is currently accepting applications from members who wish to run for the Board. Application packets are available at the Member Services Desk in the store and can be downloaded here.

Welcome New Board Members!

December 17th, 2015 by Rachel Williams

Please welcome our new board members, Catherine Durkin and Owen Rowe.

Catherine Durkin webFor the past four years, Catherine has worked at Midori Farm, and if you shop the Wednesday Farmers Market, you’ve probably already met her. We are excited to get a farmer’s perspective on the board. She is passionate about food access and about the availability of local, organic food, plus she has a keen interest in health and nutrition education. In addition, she was part of an eating cooperative at college and is a member of the Jefferson County Local Food System Council, so she understands collaboration and working cooperatively within a group. You can see she will be a perfect fit for the Coop!

Owen Rowe webOwen may be familiar to you, as he volunteers in many places around the community, including the film festival. He is current the Program Manager for  Jefferson Community School and is a member of the Port Townsend Arts Commission. He is a man of many talents and interests, from software development to literature, from program management to psychology. And while he excels in analysis and detail, Owen also enjoys collaborative visioning and project planning, which will be invaluable in the months ahead.  We look forward to his input as we chart our future.

Why New Board Members Now?

Current Board Member Henry Werch is moving to Portland and so will be retiring from the board in January 2016. In order to fill the gap that he leaves, as well as encourage new board recruits, we decided to temporarily expand the board to nine members, which is the maximum number allowed in our bylaws. With a unanimous vote, the board can add new members, who then serve until the next board election. So we posted the openings on the board’s bulletin board at the front of the store and on our website. Owen and Catherine attended board and committee meetings, and we are delighted they decided to apply. At our November 2015 meeting, the board voted unanimously in both cases to invite them to join the board. If they like the work, they can run for a full three-year term in May 2016.

We are thrilled to have them join us!

Did You Know? Cool Co-op Facts from Your Co-op Board

December 1st, 2015 by Rachel Williams

Board icon cool coop factsLocal Sales Increase

At our November meeting, the board was very excited to learn that the Co-op’s purchases from local farms increased by 21% in the last year!
We added new local products, plus some of our farmers were able to extend the season for a few fruits and veggies—for instance, raspberries. Plus, we now have more local egg producers (Finnriver and Lamb Farm), so now you don’t have to rush to the Co-op on Monday to get local eggs before they are all gone. (Although, of course, egg production slows down in the winter, so we still might run out.)

Our efforts in organic sales have also been paying off, as we saw a 5% increase in organic sales.

Thank you, Member-Owners, for supporting your local farmers, producers, and food co-op!

Centsibles Helps with Our Food Budgets

The board also learned that the new Centsibles program—which makes a whole range of products as affordable as possible—has been a success. Sales of Centsibles products have increased 14% since the program began early this year—black beans and coconut milk increased 100%!—which means a lot of us are taking advantage of these prices.
The Co-op recently added another program to help us stretch our food dollar—Co-op Basics—which will result in lower prices on the Field Day brand. This opportunity comes to us through the efforts of the National Cooperative Grocers, which is a co-op of around 150 food co-ops, including ours. By standing together, we get better prices.

Centsibles Goes Local and Organic

We are now able to offer local Yukon Gold potatoes, Delicata squash, and carrots, as well as Washington onions, as part of the Centsibles program! How cool is that?

EPA Award

You can read about this award in full here, but I just have to mention this amazing statistic: The typical grocery store leaks about 1000 pounds of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere per year, but the Co-op only leaks 12 pounds.
Yes, just twelve.

Great New Distributor for Bulk—Hummingbird Wholesale

Hummingbird is a smallish distributor from Eugene, Oregon, that focuses on organic foods sourced with integrity. They consider the sustainability of the farming practices along with the nutritional value of the foods. Among other new bulk items, look for organic pumpkin seeds grown in Canby, Oregon.

Cooperatively Yours,

Lisa Barclay

Board Secretary

Annual Meeting May 31: Meet Our Guest Speakers

April 28th, 2015 by Rachel Williams

The Food Co-op Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, May 31, 3-6pm at the Northwest Maritime Center. Please join us!

Meet Our Guest Speakers:

Beth Robinette & Joel Williamson

“When I think about ‘local food system rock-stars,’ I think of Beth.” says Rachel Williams, the Food Co-op’s board assistant, who attended Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) with both Robinette and Williamson.

“Beth is one of the most passionate, intelligent, hard working and inspiring people I know working on building healthy local food systems from the ground up. I’m very excited about what she and Joel are doing with Local Inland Northwest Cooperative (LINC) Foods, and I can’t wait to have them share their successes and vision with our co-op community here in Port Townsend.”

Beth Robinette and Joel Williamson are the co-founder of LINC Foods, a co-op that distributes food from member farmers in the Spokane area to restaurants, school districts, and university food service.

Since launching in the summer of 2014, membership has grown from 13 to 28 farmers and producers. They have provided local food to all of the area school districts, and Gonzaga University Food Service is an enthusiastic customer.

Joel & Beth of LINC Foods

Beth is a fourth-generation rancher managing Lazy R Ranch where her family uses holistic management practices to raise grass-fed beef. Joel is also an area native with roots in agriculture. They met while earning master’s degrees from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot and decided to work together to launch LINC Foods. They recently won a $25,000 award through a business accelerator program at the University of Washington called the Jones Foster Business Accelerator for their great work with LINC.

Annual Meeting Agenda:

3-4 pm: Review of The Food Co-op in 2014 by Board President Janet Welch and General Manager Kenna Eaton, plus questions and member discussion.

4-5 pm: Keynote by guest speakers Beth Robinette and Joel Williamson, founders of LINC Foods, a new cooperative food hub in Spokane, WA, followed by an overview of our local food system by Food Co-op board member David Wayne Johnson, summarizing The State of Our Local Food System Report, prepared by The Food Co-op’s Food System Development Committee. (View PDFs here: Report Draft 5.31.15, Appendices 5.31.15).

5-6 pm: Mingle while snacking on bites of local foods, explore an online interactive map our local food system, and play “People Bingo” (perhaps win a prize!)

Spring 2015 Co-op Commons

April 14th, 2015 by

COMMONS Spring 2015 coverIn this issue, we introduce one of our cashiers, Sierra; talk about the Co-op’s next direction; and tell you how the Co-op makes a difference out in our community. Also, as is usual in the spring issue, we introduce candidates for the Board of Directors.

News from the Board: We Finished Phase 1

April 13th, 2015 by Rachel Williams

Coop Evolutionby Janet Welch, Board President

Background: In the process we’ve laid out for the “evolution” of The Food Co-op’s facilities, Phase 1 culminates with a prioritized list of essential facilities qualities. Phase 2 will involve brainstorming as many options as we can and then whittling them down to create a short list of options that will best address our short and long-term needs while providing as many of the essential qualities as possible. This will be a very creative time, since we’ve found that no obvious option could possibly give everyone everything that we want.  Phase 3 and beyond will be the action stage of the process as we decide on our path forward and begin moving in that direction.

At a full day retreat on March 21, the Board and General Manager finished Phase 1 of the Facilities Evolution Roadmap. The retreat resulted in a list of ‘essential qualities,’ which was compiled primarily from the comments received in an on-line poll as well as member and staff meetings, letters to the Board, and the Strategic Plan.

There were no surprises, although we did wrestle with whether and how a continued emphasis on ‘local’ fit with facilities planning. That was when we realized that the Strategic Plan, which places a high emphasis on local, needed to sit as the bedrock of our facilities solutions. After all, buildings are simply a tool to accomplish what we want to do, not an end in themselves.

This is what the Board adopted at the April 7th Board meeting:

Agreed Upon List of Essential Qualities

Note that these are not ranked by priority, but rather comprise the “A List” of qualities our facilities should ideally provide.  Facilities options which provide these qualities will then be further evaluated for feasibility.

The goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan provide the overarching direction for our organization and the facilities that support it.  As an example, all facilities qualities shall adhere to the Strategic Plan, which emphasizes the goal of maximizing organic, local, and Non-GMO products.

  • More space for receiving, food storage, processing, waste management, etcMore staff bathroom facilities
  • Dedicated flex space for demos and other purposes
  • Ample space for bulk and produce
  • Solution to parking issues
  • Non-automobile access (bike, bus, walking)
  • Central location
  • Administrative and meeting support in efficient location
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reliable utilities
  • Site constraints are mitigable
  • Aesthetically pleasing, unique, providing a feeling of intimacy
  • Modest space for community activities and interactions
  • Able to serve a changing membership

We completed Phase 1…TA DAAAA! Stay tuned for more news on the start of Phase 2.

Your Co-op Needs You – Run for the Board

March 3rd, 2015 by Rachel Williams

Your Co-op Needs You!

Run For The Food Co-op Board

A healthy co-op requires dedicated people, and this spring we need cooperatively minded people who care about community and local food to run for The Food Co-op Board.

Does that sound like you? Then pick up a Candidate Packet from the Member Services Desk at the front of the store or download the packet here: Board Candidate Application Packet. The packet is chock full of information about how the board works and how to run for the board.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Board Assistant Rachel Williams at boardassistant@foodcoop.coop or 379-5798 for more information. You can also contact the board directly at coopboard@foodcoop.coop.

Join our hard-working and fun-loving crew!

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