By: Alicia Trout, OCC Board Vice President
Greetings member/owners of the Oneota Community Food Co-op. The 2017 Board election is upon us and we need your vote. This year, 2017, we have two positions to fill on the Oneota Co-op Board of Directors as Alicia Trout and Scott Hawthorn complete their terms on the 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. An abbreviated candidate statement for each individual can be found in this Scoop publication as well as a calendar for the remaining election period.
The members/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. The full candidate statements can be found on the Co-op website (www.oneotacoop. com) and are included with electronic voting materials online. Candidate statements are also available at the Co-op Customer Service Desk and posted on the bulletin board in the Oneota Co-op foyer. Plus, join us as we get to know these candidates at an informal reception on Wednesday, March 8th at the Co-op from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the Oneota Co-op Board of Directors.
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. 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. The meeting will include a presentation by Oneota Co-op General Manager, David Lester, recapping the previous year and plans for the year ahead. There are always delicious snacks and beverages as well.