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The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
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2016 Annual Meeting June 5

May 13th, 2016 by Rachel Williams

Hello Fellow Cooperators!

The Food Co-op Board of Directors would like to invite you to our Annual Meeting June 5, 3:00-7:00pm at the Palindrome.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Co-ops in our Community” and we are fortunate to have cooperative expert—and Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee—David Thompson as our guest speaker. Representatives from many local cooperatives will also be attending, so you can find out all about what they do, not to mention play Co-op Bingo for a chance to win a Food Co-op gift card.

First you’ll learn how The Food Co-op prospered in 2015. Next board member David Wayne Johnson will give us an overview of our local co-ops and then introduce David Thompson, who will speak about the history of cooperatives and our exciting future. After his talk, we’ll have food, Co-op Bingo, and music! The Paella House will serve veggie paella and salad (with arugula, spinach, Manchego cheese, etc.); Eaglemount wine and cider will be available for purchase; and local musicians will play old-time music.

RSVP before May 30, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $100 Food Co-op gift card! (You must be present at the annual meeting to win). Click here to RSVP.

Please carpool, if possible. You can look for a ride or offer a ride at the ride share board at the front of the store. In addition, the Co-op has contracted with the PTeRider, the new electric shuttle service in town, to carry 14 member-owners from the Co-op to the Palindrome and back. For a chance to be one of the 14, please submit the form under Board’s board in the store by May 23.

See you at the Palindrome,We are stronger together

Janet Welch, Board President
Monica le Roux, Vice President
Lisa Barclay, Secretary
David Wayne Johnson, Treasurer
Peter Bonyun, Board Member
Catherine Durkin, Board Member
Patricia Smith, Board Member

The Food Co-op Annual Meeting

June 5th, 3-7pm
The Palindrome, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road, Port Townsend, WA

Schedule
3:00 -3:45            General Meeting and Member Questions
3:45-4:00             David Wayne Johnson talks Co-ops in Our Community
4:00-5:00             David Thompson Talks Cooperative History and Future
5:00-7:00             Co-op Bingo, Mingling, Paella, and Old-Time Music

The Eaglemount Tasting Room will be open during the meeting.

Meet Our Guest Speaker David J. Thompson

David Thompson lives and breathes co-ops. He grew up near Rochdale, England, the home of the Society of Equitable Pioneers, usually considered the birthplace of the consumer co-op. After emigrating to the U.S. in the 1960s, he became immersed in the civil rights and anti-war movements. Seeing the immense numbers of people gathered in marches and rallies, David realized that if they worked together in cooperatives, they could change the world. Since then, he’s been involved in many kinds of cooperatives in many countries—from helping found a cooperative bank in the U.S. to working to get blacks into cooperatives in apartheid South Africa to helping cooperatives behind the Iron Curtain to building cooperative housing. Maybe he could give Port Townsend some tips on cooperative housing!

Today David is president of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, which collects and distributes grants to cooperatives all over the United States. One of its most interesting campaigns—Give Where You Live—creates individual co-op funds, enabling co-op members and shoppers to make donations to an endowment that in turn donates to local nonprofits.

David is also a prolific writer on co-ops, including Weavers of Dreams about the founding of the modern cooperative movement as well as innumerable articles. And he even makes time to write short fiction. At the annual meeting, he will tell us about the history of cooperatives as well as the wealth of opportunities for cooperatives in the future.

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: 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!

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.

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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News from the Board Oct 2014

October 20th, 2014 by Rachel Williams

PATRONAGE DIVIDEND VOTE graphic

PATRONAGE DIVIDEND SYSTEM

PATRONAGE DIVIDEND VOTE graphic

MEMBER VOTE BEGINING OCTOBER 25

The Board is proposing to implement a patronage dividend system for The Coop. The system would allow us to re-allocate some of our end of year profits—money that otherwise would be paid as taxes! This option is a benefit open only to cooperatives, as a way of redistributing profits back to the membership. Though the amount any member owner might receive is small, the cumulative effect of bringing thousands of dollars back into our community is significant. In order to make this change, a quorum of the membership must vote whether to amend our Articles of Incorporation to include provisions governing how the system would be implemented. And because our original articles were actually filed under the wrong statute 42 years ago, this also gives us the opportunity to resolve that old history.

A 25 day voting period will begin October 25, 2014. Members should look for an email with instructions for voting online. Alternatively, members may vote by paper ballot in the store during the voting period.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Download and read the full text of the proposed and existing Articles of Incorporation.

PROPOSED (NEW) ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

EXISTING (OLD) ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Patronage Dividends:

FAQs ABOUT PATRONAGE DIVIDENDS 

Attend a Special General Meeting on October 25, 2:15pm-4pm at the Senior Center/Rec Center in uptown Port Townsend. All members are invited to come and learn more about the proposal.

Talk with members of the Board and/or the GM in the Store Alcove during the following days/times: Friday Oct 24, 11am-2pm, Monday Oct 27 2:30-5:30pm, Saturday Nov 8 2:30-5:30pm, Monday Nov 10 2:30-5:30pm & Monday Nov 17 2:30-5:30pm.

Review an article on Patronage Dividends from Board Secretary Lisa Barclay (originally published in the Spring 2014 Commons):

A Patronage Dividend System: Keeping Our Money in Our Community

Read an “opposing view” submitted by a concerned co-op member:

An Opposing View

ACTIVE MEMBER BY-LAW CHANGE APPROVED

At the Board Meeting Tuesday October 7, 2014 the board voted to adopt an amendment to Article II Membership and Article VII Capital of the By-Laws. The amendment updates and clarifies the definition of “Active Member” status, which determines eligibility to vote in co-op elections. These changes will be in effect for the upcoming Patronage Dividend vote beginning October 25th.

  • Voter eligibility will be determined at the end of the day before voting begins. This is the biggest change from our previous policy.  Members will no longer be able to pay CI during the voting period to become eligible.
  • Members will need to have shopped at The Food Co-op at least one time during the previous 12 months in order to be eligible to vote.

Summary: Active Member By-law Change

Active Member Bylaws change approved 10.7.14

Thank you for taking the time to be an informed and engaged member of the Food Co-op!

Members may contact the board at coopboard@foodcoop.coop.

Strategic Plan for 2013-2017

January 10th, 2013 by Kathie

Strategic Plan double truck new endsAt the December 2012 board meeting, a five-year strategic plan was unanimously adopted to set the direction for the Food Co-op’s future.

“A strategic plan is an opportunity to look towards the future that you want to create and then assess where you are currently, then look to align efforts and resources,” said Sam Gibboney, board president. “It’s that budgeting of effort and resources that the strategic plan helps an organization to make the daily choices that we have. Any organization, any person, particularly in this day and age, is faced with a multitude of decisions every day where they can put their attention, put their time, put their money, and the Co-op is no different.”

The full document is now available online at: Food Co-op Five-Year Strategic Plan: 2013-2017.

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