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Your Opportunity to “Taste” Board Membership

July 19th, 2016 by Rachel Williams

From Your Food Co-op BoardSilly Board June 2016

Sometimes owner-members approach us about serving on the Co-op Board but express reservations about making a 3-year commitment or running in a competitive election. Here’s an opportunity for one or more of you!

Our by-laws allow for the direct appointment of one or more members to serve until the following election (subject to a board vote). Last year, we appointed two interim board members because one of our members was leaving the board early. This worked so well—we obtained two hard working board members for seven months and one of them chose to run in the board election this spring—that we decided to do it again. So, if you wish to get a “taste” of what it’s like to be shaping the exciting future of the Co-op, this is a chance for you to do that without making a long-term commitment up front!

If you are interested:

• Come to our August 2 and/or September 6 Board meetings at the Co-op Annex at 2110 Lawrence Street.

• Pick up an application and information packet from the Member Services Desk (MSD) or download one here: 2016 interim candidate application. Fill out the application form and either submit it to Rachel at boardassistant@foodcoop.coop or drop it off at the Member Services Desk by September 13. And please note, you need to attend at least one Board meeting as part of the application process.

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Williams at boardassistant@foodcoop.coop or Lisa Barclay at boardsecretary@foodcoop.coop.

Meet the Candidates: Owen Rowe

April 28th, 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 Owen Rowe. The other candidates are Marty Canaday, David Wayne Johnson, and Monica le Roux.

Owen Rowe webOwen Rowe

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

I have always identified strongly with collaborative and cooperative ways of working. As a Port Townsend resident off and on since 1997, I see the Food Coop as one of the centers of our unique culture. Helping steward this resource so that it can grow and thrive for future generations is one of the most meaningful ways I can think of to give back to PT.

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

Having served by appointment since November 2015, I find that the issues, the process, and the people are perhaps the most engaging show in town. There are some huge decisions coming up about facilities and market position, and I want to see them through. I am not tied to any specific plan of action, but I am tied to completing the process in an open, collaborative, and above all imaginative way.

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

I am a writer and translator, an arts and education organizer, and a systems thinker from my years in the software business. For many years I have served as a board member, volunteer, or staff in arts, culture, and community organizations. I currently serve on the PT Arts Commission and the Friends of the PT Library board, and work at Jefferson Community School.

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

Whether on a work team or as part of a community organization, I feel most of service in two contexts: when digging into the details of a chosen project, and when debating the most (seemingly) abstract and philosophical issues of mission and strategy. I work to see that our end result is both in alignment with our highest callings, and accurate to the pixel. Either the whole forest with all its interconnections, or the intricate mechanisms of a single tree: not much in between.

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?

The sustainability of our community and our Coop in the long term–20, 50, or 100 years. As a community-owned business, we have an obligation to think inclusively about issues of food security and access, cultural and agricultural sustainability, and resiliency in the face of climate change and corporate capitalism. The Coop is physically and culturally one of the centers of PT, and both aspects must be maintained; a thriving Coop can and should be one of the key indicators of a thriving PT.

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

Considered broadly, this is what attracted me to join the board in the first place. I think the Coop could do a better job creating value (not just monetary) around participatory, cooperative ownership, and demonstrating the benefits of belonging in building community and relationships. I think membership itself should be one of our core products. The attraction of elections, forums, and meetings should be the opportunity to collaborate with friends and neighbors, not some motivating issue or advantage to claim.

Meet the Candidates: Monica le Roux

April 19th, 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 Monica Le Roux. The other candidates are Marty Canaday, David Wayne Johnson, and Owen Rowe.

le Roux PhotoMonica le Roux

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

My family moved to Port Townsend in 1988, in time for me to attend 6th grade here.  In 1995 I graduated from Port Townsend High School, and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington.  Having spent 7 years in Seattle, and 3 on the East Coast, I returned to Port Townsend in 2006, and settled happily in to work at William James Bookseller, and eventually the Rose Theatre as well.  I ran for the Co-op Board in spring of 2013, and was elected in May of that year.  I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a home in January of 2014, which has enabled me to feel like my roots finally have an anchor.  I look forward to seeing what might come next!

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

I feel like my work on the Board of Directors this last three years has been both productive, and immensely satisfying. It’s been a huge learning curve as well—it’s only in the last year and a half that I could truly say I’ve found my footing.  These next three years are going to be crucial to the evolution of our organization, and I would like to continue to contribute my time and experience to our upcoming discussions and decisions.

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

I am deeply interested in the health of our local food system, in food security during challenging times, and in financial stability in an economic climate that I believe may become increasingly difficult. My time on the Board and the education pieces we’ve participated in—workshops and conferences—have given me what I believe to be a good grounding in Co-op governance.  I am also two-thirds of the way through completing a certificate in Bookkeeping, which has been very useful in providing a greater depth of knowledge in financial matters.

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

I believe that I have learned a great deal about teamwork and collaboration in my last three years on the Board. This has only reinforced what I’ve learned in various other situations in my life: in the past, as a member of the crew of the sailing ship Adventuress and others, and now, participating in the management of the Rose with a wonderful group of people.

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?

I think that whatever option we choose, we need to commit to it whole-heartedly for success to be assured. If we are to pledge serious time and resources to a project, it should one that serves our current and future member-owners’ needs well, that links us more thoroughly to the greater community, and that can be sustainable for the longer term—preferably the next 15 to 20 years.

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

The best way I’ve seen to make involvement rise is to give member-owners issues to care about and a clear way to participate—well advertised, accessible locations for physical meetings, and on-line options for those who have difficulty making it to a meeting in person. Clarity in the process is crucial as well—for more complex issues, who will be making the decisions, which types of decision will be made, and on what time-line?

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!

Spring 2015 Co-op Commons

April 14th, 2015 by Kathie

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.

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!

BOD Tractor Photo

 

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