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Your New 2013 Board Members!

New Board Members

THANK YOU to all who participated in the 2013 TPSS Board Election. We want to express our gratitude to the TPSS staff who graciously provided information about the elections, and opened the store to committee events and meetings. Also, our thanks to the member volunteers who held 3 successful "Get out the Vote" tabling events, to the member candidates, and to all who voted.

This year we we had 7 candidates running for 3 open seats. This was the first year we offered online voting as an option, and we are happy to announce that out of a total of 145 votes, 69% (100 votes) were completed online. We also saw an increase in candidate applications and in overall number of votes.

The final results of the TPSS 2013 Elections are as follows:

Rachel Hardwick -- 78
Emily Townsend -- 77
Nelson Graves -- 59
David Zuckerman -- 51
Radouane Neggaz -- 49
Robert Anderson -- 38
Sawa Kamara -- 13

We welcome Rachel, Emily, and Nelson to the TPSS Board of Representatives.

Thank you again to all who participated. If you have any feedback regarding the election process, we would like to hear from you. Please send us an email to boardelections@tpss.coop.

Sincerely
Erin Gabrielson & Kahlil Yanes
TPSS Board Elections 2013 Committee Chairs




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Rachel Hardwick
Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

I am very interested in Board service at the TPSS Food Co-op because, along with the Takoma Park Farmers’ Market, the Co-op is just about the only place I shop. I visit the Co-op multiple times a week and think of myself as an educated consumer who makes purchases for my family in as socially a responsible way as possible. Now I’d like to take my affinity for the Co-op and my concerns about the environment, local food supply, GMO products, and continuing education of consumers to the next level of involvement, moving from Co-op member to Board member.

What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

I support several boards in my position at AARP. I prepare materials ahead of meetings, support staff and experts in their preparations for presentations at board meetings, keep minutes and records of board meetings, and provide legal advice to board members.

What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?
  • Presentation skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Public speaking
  • Legal acumen
  • Team player
  • Community-minded
  • Organized
  • Progressive thinker for “green” household initiatives
What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

“Members’ Economic Participation” because I especially appreciate that profits are allocated for the good of the Co-op and its members rather than for the desires of shareholders or other financial and political interests.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or address?

I especially look forward to the Co-op’s expansion and what it will mean for improving the entire Takoma Junction. I look forward to learning a lot about how the Co-op runs, including the Silver Spring location which I know little about.



NAME
Emily Townsend
Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

I care about TPSS Co-op and believe that my involvement will help it thrive. I want to see it live up to my dreams for it: a model environmental organization, a fabulous source of healthy, sustainably produced food and a hub for community involvement across differences. And I am willing to engage in the more mundane work that a Board must do to steer an organization.

What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

I have been on the Board of Representatives of TPSS Co-op for 4 years and I live in and helped co-found a consensus-based intentional community, Maitri House.

What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?

I've spent the last four years reading all the finance reports, GM reports and listening to member input about our co-op! I have some experience with non-violent communication, which I have sometimes found useful at board meetings. I am friendly and optimistic and usually get along with people, though I can certainly defend my positions with passion.

What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

How can I pick just one? I like “Concern for Community” and “Democratic Member Control”. They address two of the intertwined weaknesses of the larger economic system we are living in. By moving many decisions of businesses and individuals to be economic decisions, based only on a monetary bottom line, we have had tragic costs for our communities and many individuals in our communities. By keeping the well-being of our community in the forefront of our mind and enfranchising every member of our community through democratic control we can hope to make decisions that respect the environment and people. I participate in the co-op to help build a world that reflects my values.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or address?

I invite questions or comments from member-owners. LISTEMILY@EML.CC



NAME
Nelson Graves
Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

I am concerned over the economic and health issues that confront us in 2013. I’m committed to the Takoma Park community and consider the Co-op to be a vital part of it. I have over 40 years of retail experience and bring a staff perspective to the board. The Co-op is facing some changes due economic turmoil of the 21st century’s first recession and I would hope to help steer our Co-op in a direction that is both in tune with our principles and still be profitable.

What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

I was board VP 1991 and a board member 2009-2012.

What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?

I first started in the “health food” business when we were called “specialty food” stores in the mid 1060’s and have returned to this line of work on several occasions, I know the business well and I was also a cook and a produce buyer on several occasions. So I also know the food business. But I know this store from when we were a volunteer dominated organization run by a collective of 7 people and I was the volunteer cleaning crew of 1. This time spent over the years has given me a perspective into where we are and where we should be. Almost anyone voting in this election will know me from the Wellness department and hopefully remember my commitment to service and customer satisfaction; as a community owned store we live or die by the customers’ support. We also have to be profitable (which can be had) without violating our principles. Simply put, I bring years of experience to the position. I was on the board of a record company and of a chain of music stores.

Business: as a benefit to the community. Why work if it doesn’t help someone else is my view of business the better our community becomes the more it benefits me to part of it. Or anyone else.

What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

All five are equally good I just happen believe most fervently in community benefit. I hope what I do at TPSS helps our customers and community.


Board Nominee Packets:

Prospective board members should download all of the following PDF files and become fully familiar with them.

Basic Election Information for Candidates

Board Application in Acrobat PDF format, or Board Application in Word DOC format

Board Candidate Cover Letter

Campaigning and Voting Rules

Code of Ethics for Members of the TPSS Board of Representatives

Committees of the TPSS Board of Representatives

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Board Members

General Board Member Information

Please contact boardelections@tpss.coop with questions, comments or concerns.

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