A fundamental part of the cooperative difference is that Oneota Co-op is democratically controlled by its member/owners. We embrace democracy through our annual Board of Directors election, in which Oneota Co-op member/owners elect other members to serve as directors, and in some years, in which members vote on proposed Co-op initiatives.
Voting typically opens in March, and our member/owners are able to submit ballots through the mail or in person at the Co-op. Election results are announced each year at the Annual Meeting of the Membership – held in April.
All members in good standing as of February 1, 2017 will be/were mailed a detailed letter containing election details, announcement of the Annual Meeting of the Membership, and a personal ID and password unique to each member/owner which will be used by the member/owner to vote electronically in the 2017 election.
If the Co-op has record of a valid email address for any member/owner in good standing as of February 1st, they will also receive an election email from Simply Voting.
If any member in good standing receives a letter containing their electronic voting materials and wishes to instead submit a paper ballot, there will be paper ballots available for pick-up at the store during business hours beginning March 1st. In addition, if a paper ballot needs to be mailed we will be happy to do so by request.
Any member/owner who becomes a member in good standing after February 1st, but before March 1st, will be mailed a letter announcing the election details and date of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Membership, 2017 Candidate Statements, and a paper version of the 2017 ballot for returning to the Co-op.
Any member/owner who becomes a member in good standing after March 1st, but before the end of business on April 1st, will be given a letter announcing the election details and date of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Membership, 2017 Candidate Statements, and a paper version of the 2017 ballot for returning to the Co-op.
If you do not receive election materials and believe that you should, please call the Co-op at 563-382-4666 to verify your address and membership status. Completed ballots, electronic and paper, must be received at the Co-op no later than 8:30 pm on Saturday, April 1st.
The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 pm and will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. All member/owners of the Co-op are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting. There are always delicious snacks and beverages as well.
Additionally, there will be a Candidate Meet and Greet at the Co-op on Wednesday, March 8th from 5:30 to 6:30.
This year, 2017, we have two positions to fill on the Oneota Co-op Board of Directors. Our sincere thanks go to Scott Hawthorn and Alicia Trout for their service on the Oneota Co-op Board.
Board candidates for the 2017 election include the following (five) individuals to fill the two, 3-year term slots on the Co-op Board: Randall Duvall, Scott Hawthorn, Bridgette Hensley, Lilly Jensen, and Emily Neal.
Candidate statements for each individual can be found in the spring Scoop publication. Additionally, you will find a link below to the full candidates statements on our website.
The member/owners of the Oneota Co-op have the responsibility to review the candidate statements and vote for your Co-op Directors during the month of March. (Completed ballots must be received at the Co-op no later than 8:30 pm on Saturday, April 1st.) The full candidate statements can be found below, at the online voting site, and included with the mailed paper ballot. Candidate statements are also available at the Co-op Customer Service Desk and posted on the board in the Oneota Co-op foyer. Please thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the Oneota Co-op Board of Directors.
LINK TO ONLINE VOTING – username and password required, see your email or letter