It was exactly one year ago when I was approached about running for the Viroqua Food Co+op’s Board of Directors. I have so much love for this community and all that it has to offer. It has an accepting nature that nurtures and supports the growth of individuals and families. The Viroqua Food Co+op is a priceless centerpiece to Southwest Wisconsin and strives to enrich the lives of all of those it touches whether as a visitor, a shopper, a local community member, or a farmer.
When the opportunity to run for the board was suggested to me, it was like a light just turned on, I absolutely could not let this opportunity pass me by. I had been looking for ways to give back and get more involved with the community and the Co-op offered me that chance to be a part of something bigger than myself.
Everyone on the board is so knowledgeable and passionate about the organic food and cooperative movements. As a VFC Board Member, I have received training and education on a number of different disciplines so that I may better serve the Board and our members. In addition to the education provided, I am able to draw on my own unique background to aid in decisions that directly affect our member-owned store. All of us board members have diverse backgrounds, educations, and experiences that we pull from to contemplate the future of VFC and the effect it will have on Viroqua and surrounding communities that rely on the Co-op. I have grown so much since joining the Board and am beyond thankful to be a part of something as fantastic as the Viroqua Food Co+op.
Election time for the VFC Board of Directors is approaching again. There are three open seats to fill on the Board this year. If you are considering candidacy, check out page 14 or this webpage for more information: www.viroquafood.coop/run-for-vfc-board. Applications are due June 30.
It goes without saying that this year has been an unprecedented one and it is far from over. Though through it all, I have seen such strength and resolve from our community and VFC.
-Olive Reynolds, VFC Board Member