|Shareholder Forum: Strength Comes with Membership & Participation|
by Tad Montgomery and Anne Connor Senni
The Co-op is only as strong as its membership, and participation is the cornerstone of any democratic process.
At our Co-op, this process is constructed around a shareholder-elected Board of Directors that is entrusted to run our business and maintain
our core set of values as a cooperative. The direction we choose to go and the way we get there are decisions that emerge through this system.
As shareholders, our involvement can mean speaking up with our ideas and concerns, and voting for candidates on the election ballot who reflect those. Our Shareholder Forum meets every third Sunday at 5 PM. It is a place to connect, gather information, and weigh in on current Co-op issues.
In the interest of growing a better informed and engaged membership and better board-member connections, the Shareholder Forum will be hosting a candidate question and answer session from 4-6pm during our Columbus Day Cider Social. Please come and meet your prospective leaders, engage in order to make informed voting decisions, and voice your thoughts about our Co-op.
We would be happy to get your questions beforehand and pass them on to the candidates so that they have time to reflect on them. Questions will also be solicited during the next Shareholder Forum on September 20th from 5-7 PM, through the Shareholder Services desk at the Co-op, and through the Shareholder Forum's email listserv, which is open to all shareholders.
Or come on Columbus Day and ask in person. It promises to be an interesting and informative event.