Citizens Co-op Important Member Meeting

Published Robbie - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 3:33pm

Reasons for Recall Vote
A growing number of members and the public have lost faith in the current board for a variety of reasons, and this has led to reduced sales in the store. We fear this loss of support by members and the public will jeopardize the financial stability of the Co-op if that perception is not repaired. (See members’ comments petitioning the Board to step down: http://www.change.org/petitions/new-board-of-directors.)

In addition, we are concerned that the Board may have exposed the Co-op to legal and financial liability through the abrupt termination of seven employees. We are convinced that the only way to repair member and public support for the Co-op is to recall the current board of directors and appoint a Transition Team tasked with specific goals, including the organization of September board elections at the Co-op Annual Meeting.

Details of the May 11 Vote:
On May 11, 2014, from 3 to 5 pm all members of the Citizens Co-op are invited to attend a meeting at the Civic Media Center (CMC) to learn more about the member-driven effort to create positive changes in the Co-op’s direction and to begin casting ballots.

Members will be asked to vote YES or NO on the following:
(1) To remove the Current Board of Directors
(2) To approve a Transition Team

This new team will shepherd the Co-op through the creation of new, member-centered bylaws, mediate a resolution for current personnel issues, and organize board elections for the September Annual Meeting.

There will be two ways to vote:
(1) by paper ballot in person at the CMC between May 11 @ 5 pm and May 17 @ 8 pm
(2) online between May 11 @ 5 pm and May 18 @ 5 pm (using link from future email)

For details on voting, please visit http://www.citizensco-opcommunity.org/ .

Goals and Tasks for the Transition Team
These goals were outlined by members at the March 30, 2014 meeting where nearly 100 members gathered to discuss Co-op issues and solutions.

Evaluate current personnel issues and mediate a resolution
Adopt procedures for mediation before termination of workers
Actively educate the member body on cooperative principles
Propose revisions to the bylaws for the membership to vote on
Evaluate the financial situation and create a plan for the future of the store
Implement a policy for transparency in the Co-op’s financials and by-laws
Raise money and new investments to sustain the Co-op through the summer season
Use the current press attention to spread the word about the Co-op and attract new members and shoppers

Join us!
If you are interested in volunteering for the Transition Team, please send your bio & picture to citizenscoopmemberowners@gmail.com. We also need volunteers to run for the board in September, so there are many ways to join the cooperative effort.

For updated information about the Sunday, MAY 11, Member Meeting & Vote, Transition Team volunteers, how you can be involved, and the timeline leading up to these events, please visit: http://www.citizensco-opcommunity.org/

Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated
When:
Sun, 05/11/2014 - 3:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated