Tempus fugit! Oh how time flies. I can’t believe I’m coming up on the end of my third year since being elected to the Viroqua Food Co+op Board of Directors! It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to represent the member owners during such an exciting time of change with the expansion of our wonderful Co-op. Over twenty years ago, I joined my first food co-op, the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia Washington, because I believed passionately in the cooperative mission and supporting the local and organic food movements. It has been tremendously rewarding to be able to continue to contribute to the cooperative movement working with my fellow board members.
After three years, I am truly impressed by the hard work of the staff and General Manager Jan Rasikas to make the Co-op a special place in the Driftless region. My three years as board member has been rewarding, challenging and filled with learnings as we’ve worked diligently to carry out the responsibilities of the board during these times of change.
Board members are elected to represent the membership and act as stewards of the Cooperative. To continue to stay true to our mission and address the needs of our membership and greater community, we need your participation!
We are very excited to have seven candidates seeking election to the three open board seats (see page 12). It is yet another testament to how special a place we live that so many people are willing to serve their community in this capacity. Take the opportunity to Meet the Candidates on September 19th, 4-7pm on the VFC patio at the 3rd Thursday Grill Out.
The VFC Board Election begins September 9 and all VFC Owners are encouraged to vote for Board candidates as well as updated changes to the VFC Bylaws. See page 14-15 for details We invite all owners to the Annual Owners Meeting on Wednesday, October 9, to review the past year’s fiscal and operating performance.