2013 Annual Shareholder Meeting Recap
Why an Annual Meeting?
On Sunday, October 6, Abundance Cooperative Market held its 12th annual shareholder's meeting. This event usually designates the end of the Board of Directors' working year and marks the beginning of a new year, when owners elect new directors, or re-elect those wishing to stay on for another term. The Co-op voting model is unlike that of non-coop corporations in that one owner gets one vote, regardless of the number of shares (s)he owns. This year the Co-op marked a record number of votes for our uncontested election. We think that may be in part due to the fact that the ballot was sent electronically to more shareholders than ever! *
Beyond voting, the Annual Shareholder's Meeting is a moment of community gathering and this year was no exception. Owners brought a fantastic selection of scrumptious foods to the potluck dinner, and even shared plates due to a shortage!
Finally, Jim DeLuca, General Manager and Daryl Odhner, Board President, reflected on the past year and talked a bit about store relocation and expansion. Here are some highlights, many of which can be found in more detail in our annual report, now being distributed at the store.
Videos About Co-op Growth
One focus of this year's meeting was to discuss and shape a plan for identifying a new location for the store. Two videos were shown that explore the challenges and potential benefits of this move--you can watch them below.
Doug Hoffer: Why Grow Co-ops?
Doug Hoffer is Vermont State Auditor.
Jan Rasikas: Why Growth Matters
Jan Rasikas is General Manager of Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
* If you are reading this page and thinking.... "Why didn't I see any emails about the annual meeting?"... it may because you are not on our email list, or the email we have for you is outdated.
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