Board Elections

 
 

Process

Each year we hold board elections in May, but the process begins much earlier because we need time to find candidates and educate them about what service on the board involves. The process is not difficult, but it does take time. (Note: To qualify as a candidate, our bylaws require you to have been an Active Member or a member of the household of an Active Member for at least six months prior to being seated on the board.)

We require potential candidates to attend at least two board meetings and one committee meeting before submitting their applications. Applications must be submitted by early March in order to go in the spring Co-op Commons, so member-owners need to start attending meetings several months before that date. Potential candidates must also meet with the Elections Committee to learn about what being on the board entails and to receive the candidate application.

If you are interested in board service, come to a board meeting! You can see how we work and meet the Elections Committee. Board meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at our Annex on 2110 Lawrence Street.

2018 Board Election Results

Online and paper ballots were counted Tuesday, May 15th, following the close of the election period. 371 valid ballots were cast in the election.

In 2018, two candidates ran for the two available seats on the board. The two seats are for full, three-year terms. The following candidates have been elected to The Food Co-op’s Board of Directors.

Juri Jennings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-year term (314 votes)

Dylan Carter    . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3-year term (330 votes)

 Congratulations Juri and Dylan!

2018 Candidate Profiles

The candidates were asked to respond to the following questions in their candidate statements: 

  1. What skills and experience will you bring to the board of The Food Co-op?
  2. How would you introduce and explain The Co-op to someone else?
  3. What issues and/or opportunities would you like to see The Co-op board address over the next three years?

Questions?
Contact Sharon at boardassistant@foodcoop.coop or call 360-379-5798

Juri Jennings

What skills and experience will you bring to the board of The Food Co-op?
Organizational skills (design and management of events), biculturalism (extended periods of time in both Japan and USA) and creativity/performance arts, all being my passion.  I am a current member of the sustainability committee at Fort Worden where I work as a Sales Manager, working to implement their first recycling program.  I have humbly been on The Co-op board for a year now and would like to continue to share my passions and representing a voice for all.

How would you introduce and explain The Co-op to someone else?
You cannot not notice the beautiful display of fruits/vegetables that are at the center of The Co-op.  There is an abundance of seasonal goods displayed with care and colors that make you happy. There is a product research committee that works to identify “unacceptable ingredients list” and the “dot list.”  And then there’s all the people who are really indescribable.  There is staff that has been working at The Co-op for 26 years and some of the incorporators from 1972 are still with us!  I think that speaks a lot about The Co-op culture and the passion.

What issues and/or opportunities would you like to see The Co-op board address over the next three years?  
Traditions and inclusivity.  Driving our community so that healthy food is accessible to everyone and especially the children who steer our future.  I’m also inspired by our GM Kenna’s phrase “we want to be small but mighty.”  One of my teachers in Japan once told me that you want to be like a willow tree, so agile in the wind that no storm can take it down.  But first things first, I would like to see through the expansion and make sure The Co-op remains sustainable and thriving with all of the moving parts.

Dylan Carter

What skills and experience will you bring to the board of The Food Co-op?
I was appointed to the board at the beginning of 2018 and have enjoyed my time immensely so far. As an employee working for The Co-op as a point of sale technician, I want to bring my experiences from inside the organization to help improve our internal workings and learn more about how to bolster our co-op further in the long term. I work in a wonderful atmosphere and I would like to share that with as many people as possible while simultaneously molding it to attract new members and visitors.
In my time as an interim board member, I have been serving on the governance committee, which helps the board keep functioning smoothly by writing and revising policies and procedures. As someone who always tries to find the devil in the details, focusing on refining our principles and finding any sticky wickets in the process has led me to great satisfaction in better shaping our co-op. With our changing world, it is important that we continue to grow, evolve and adapt to best serve our community.

How would you introduce and explain The Co-op to someone else?
The Food Co-op has always seemed to exist on its own separate magical plane of existence. I remember my first time walking inside and being struck by the lively colors, the lush produce and the jovial atmosphere. People know each other and know where their food comes from (or are even on a first name basis with whoever grows it) and if they don’t and are interested in learning, staff can help to inform them at the drop of a hat. The Co-op is tightly knit community inside the tightly knit community of Port Townsend, bound together by shared values. I want to continue to foster these ideals as much as I can within my power.

What issues and/or opportunities would you like to see The Co-op board address over the next three years?
In the coming term, I plan first and foremost to assist in streamlining The Co-op’s biggest project at the moment: the comping expansion. In my capacity as a board member, a member of the safety committee, and an employee, I want to keep workflow and safety as high priorities through these big changes – the fewer surprises for staff and members, the better. Additionally, I would like to focus on more outreach to local businesses and organizations – not just to bring in new desirable products, but for outreach partnerships that will benefit both entities.
If elected, I am interested in joining our board cultivation committee. I am a serial networker by nature and would love nothing more than to spark passion in others. Bringing everyone to contribute their best qualities to The Co-op, be that as a member, an employee or a future board member is a noble and necessary endeavor. I truly believe that the more we all contribute, the more community we foster, the more cooperation we undertake the more we will all receive in the long run.