2018 VFC Board Election

Election Results

VFC Board of Directors Results to Article & Bylaw Changes

Board Secretary Peter Bergquist and Board Treasurer Eric Newman, in consultation with Attorney George Wilbur, worked diligently to evaluate which of the VFC Bylaws were in need of updating. The Board of Directors recommended the following bylaw changes. These changes are recommended in order to protect VFC membership interests and the Co-op’s long term viability and security.

Here are the seven approved changes to the articles and bylaws.

Item 1: Passed – This allows VFC to sell more memberships.
460=yes / 21=no

Article V New Language:
The cooperative is organized with capital stock in the following classes:
Class A: 14,000 shares – $25.00 par value per share
Class B: 7,000 shares  $25.00 par value per share

 

Item 2: Passed – This allows VFC to donate unclaimed equity to a nonprofit organization.
416=yes / 68=no

Section 9.8 – New Section:
9.8 If a member-owner voluntarily or involuntarily terminates membership in the cooperative, and fails to inform the cooperative of his or her mailing address, then the equity and patronage dividend amount allocated to that member-owner will be retained by the cooperative or donated to a non-profit to the extent authorized by state law.

 

Item 3: Passed – This allows VFC Board of Directors to approve transferral of ownership shares and retained patronage refunds.
429=yes / 53=no

Section 3.2 New Language:
Class A ownership shares and retained patronage refunds are non-transferable, except as approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Item 4: Passed – This moves the quorum clause to the appropriate section.
462=yes / 16=no

Existing Section 4.6, Now Section 6.5:
Moved language, “A quorum is defined as 10% of first 100 owners, plus 5% of additional owners.”

 

Item 5: Passed – This clarifies the required annual meeting time notice.
477=yes / 6=no

Section 6.1 New Language:
“6.1 There shall be an Annual Owners Meeting in the fall of each year with thirty (30) days advance notice.

 

Item 6: Passed – This is to change the meeting title.
469=yes / 15=no

Section 6.2 New Language:
Additional Annual Owners Meetings Special Meetings may be held if a majority of the Board calls for it. Such meetings must be announced to the ownership at least ten (10) days in advance, along with the reason for the meeting. Notice of such meetings must be posted in the Cooperative and announced in a direct mailing to owners.”

 

Item 7: Passed – Removing this language is recommended to protect VFC Board contractual decisions, essential for good business practices.
415=yes / 69=no

Section 6.4 Remove Language:
Any action of the officers or Board of Directors may be reviewed and amended or reversed by a vote of a quorum at any Annual Owners Meeting, provided it is published on the agenda appropriately. 

VFC Articles & Bylaws



Two Open Seats on VFC Board of Directors

VFC has a seven-member Board of Directors. Each member serves a 3-year term. To create continuity, terms are staggered so that either 2, 2, or 3 members get newly-elected every year.

There are 2 open seats this year. 
Both Candidates are now elected and are serving a 3-year term on the VFC Board of Directors!

 

ELECTED: NEW CANDIDATE Elizabeth Tigan

Why are you interested in serving on the VFC's Board of Directors?

Elizabeth Tigan – New CandidateI am interested in serving on the VFC Board because I really love our co-op. It is in my best interest that the VFC continue to be an integral part of our community; one of the things that keeps our economy so vital is the success of our co-op. It is important for all aspects of my life – my health, my family, my job, and my community! I am excited to take part in the Co-op’s commitment to its principles and to make sure it remains fruitful.

I am grateful for this place, both where it has come from and where it is heading right now. Although I feel like I am a part of it already – I am encouraged by the ability to serve as a board member in order to play a more substantial role in the development of this amazing community resource.

What skills do you bring to a Board of a $7+ million business? Be sure to note any relevant business experience you possess and/or positions of leadership in finance, community involvement, cooperatives, education and/or boards.

My current work in organic certification has given me a critical eye for government regulations and the organic industry at large. I have been in management, both in the natural foods market setting as well as here in Viroqua in the small business setting, and I know how this business ticks. I am also a working mother of two kids who, with my husband, work hard to maintain our small farm and family life. Every dollar we spend is critical. We don't spend all of our food and household dollars at the VFC. Our family is similar to plenty of the shoppers at the VFC and I think it is important to acknowledge that the VFC community includes a lot of people with a wide range of different values and resources. I know this is a valuable perspective that I can also bring to the Board.

What do you feel are the primary challenges and/or opportunities facing the Viroqua Food Coop and how could you help to meet such challenges/opportunities?

The Co-op is continually faced with the delightful and yet huge responsibility to its members, to the staff, and to our community – and with this amazing expansion, more than ever. As member-owners, we put our dollars where our values are and expect our co-op to continue upholding those values.

We also need to figure out how to maintain the feeling of our cozy community store while still operating a highly-functional, profitable business while also maintaining really great staff! The food industry is changing so much, the VFC needs to continue to stay relevant – which might sound funny after just finishing the big expansion, but it is more real than ever. After living in the Viroqua area for 10 years and spending a lot of my time and resources at the VFC, I know that I can represent our community as a member on the Board.

What is your favorite thing to buy at the VFC?

How can I pick one thing?! I am so proud of all the buyers at our co-op – they know how to pick them!! The grocery department, meat, deli, produce, wellness, home goods, bulk, beer and wine, and cheese, they are stocked with amazing and interesting things.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; treats for my kids and interesting things to read... the list goes on and on. And CARROTS!!

I have read and agree to abide by Viroqua Food Co+op's Board Policy G.3 Code of Conduct and any subsequent changes the Board makes to that policy: 

Check box.jpgI have signed the VFC Board of Directors Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Agreement Form.

 

 

ELECTED: INCUMBENT Peter Bergquist

Why are you interested in serving on the VFC's Board of Directors?

Web Photo-PB

I have served on the Board of Directors for almost 3 years as Secretary. The VFC is an integral part of our vibrant community and plays an important role in our local food economy. As a Board member and representative of its member-owners it is a privilege to serve the interest of the VFC mission to provide access to healthy and sustainable food products. Having access to high quality and local food products is what brought me to this community. It is our responsibility, as members of the community and the VFC, to sustain and grow the value we create together.

What skills do you bring to a Board of a $7+ million business? Be sure to note any relevant business experience you possess and/or positions of leadership in finance, community involvement, cooperatives, education and/or boards.

Outside of serving on the VFC Board of Directors for my first term I own and operate a small business in Viroqua, Shade Haven, producing mobile shade structures to shelter livestock and support sustainable livestock production. I have worked and volunteered with the Driftless United Athletics Soccer Program as a coach for their youth teams in the past. While at UW-Madison, where I studied Civil Engineering, I organized a disciplinary science program between the City of Madison, City of Fitchburg, and the Leopold Elementary School. There I volunteered as a student teacher with 2nd-5th grade students to bring awareness and understanding to the hydrologic cycle. Together we designed and built a community rain garden to treat runoff on the school grounds.

What do you feel are the primary challenges and/or opportunities facing the Viroqua Food Coop and how could you help to meet such challenges/opportunities?

The primary challenges the VFC faces is growing into its new space, attracting new members and shoppers, and maintaining a strong connection with its members and its community. In addition, the competitive grocery retail market poses a challenge – not only to VFC, but cooperatives across the U.S. in order continue being able to offer price-competitive foods while offering high value and nutritious foods locally. Because of our unique advantage, with one of the highest concentrations of organic producers in our area, the VFC is poised to continue to provide high quality local food products to its community.

What is your favorite thing to buy at the VFC?

Deli Soup.

I have read and agree to abide by Viroqua Food Co+op's Board Policy G.3 Code of Conduct and any subsequent changes the Board makes to that policy: 

Check box.jpgI have signed the VFC Board of Directors Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Agreement Form.