As I write this, it’s hard to believe autumn is rapidly approaching and all that the season brings: the changing colors of the leaves, longer nights and shorter days, schools starting, and VFC Board elections. For me, it tends to be a contemplative time, all the more so in the strange times we find ourselves.
I’m approaching the end of my 4th year since being elected to the Viroqua Food Co+op Board of Directors. It has been incredible to have the opportunity to represent the owner-members during what has ended up being a time of great change – first with the expansion of our wonderful Co-op and more recently with Covid-19.
In the process of the expansion, I was 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. I thought of how proud I was to serve as board member as we worked to carry out the responsibilities of the board during those times of change.
And then I witnessed the leadership Jan and the employees have shown in response to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of shoppers and staff. I, and other board members, have heard from numerous shoppers who are tremendously grateful for all the efforts that have been taken to safeguard the community while serving the mission of the Co-op. In the words of one owner, “The combination of competence, compassion and proactive behavior is inspiring. You are all deeply appreciated!”
As I mentioned, the board elections are approaching. 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 three candidates seeking election to the three open board seats. It is yet another testament to how special a place we live that people are willing to serve their community in this capacity. All VFC Owners are invited to the online Annual Owners Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, to review the past year’s fiscal and operating performance. More event details to come.
-Eric Snowdeal, VFC Board Treasurer