I’m so thrilled to share some highlights from my first year on the Board with you.
I learned that the VFC is quite an anomaly while I was at the Co-op Board Leadership Development training in January. We have 3,800+ members in a city of just over 4,400+ people (of course, VFC Members reside both inside and outside city limits). We generate over $7.5 million in annual sales. Compare that to People’s Food Co-op with two stores (La Crosse and Rochester): together they generate $16.4 million in annual sales with 5,400 members. It’s a reminder of how capable VFC is at generating wealth for itself and for surrounding local farmers – all thanks to our hardworking and supportive community.
There have been incredible changes to our Co-op! The VFC Staff have been so patient, helpful, and still cheerful during the construction. I’m so grateful for their flexibility and I’m always so impressed with how positive everyone is; whether it’s just a smile in passing or a kind exchange at checkout. We’re so lucky to have such an amazing community surrounding the VFC. Our Co-op is so special and has some of the most unique qualities in the greater world of co-ops out there.
Board Members Peter Bergquist and Eric Newman have been working diligently to evaluate which of the Co-op’s bylaws would benefit from being modified. This is to ensure the VFC is able to operate at maximum efficiency and support the Co-op’s evolving needs. Be sure to vote in the upcoming election cycle starting in September as we anticipate newly proposed bylaws!
Speaking of, the Board Election is fast approaching and we are looking for qualified and eligible candidates to submit applications before the June 29th deadline. Applicants must be in good standing with the Co-op, and must complete the application telling the community about themselves and why the Co-op matters to them.
I’ve been so grateful to be a part of the Board and have gained immeasurable experience this year. Thank you all for your support – we certainly are stronger together!