Dear Co-op Member-Owner,
It's been a challenging year and we're happy to report that the Co-op remains in a good position. This is attributable to great leadership and a committed team; all whom deserve much praise for what has been accomplished. The Board of Directors is extremely proud of all Co-op employees and we hope that you also feel a similar sense of pride and support for our front line grocery workers. We'd also like to express our gratitude for your continued support of the Co-op, and we hope to continue seeing you shopping for the freshest local food in Bellingham.
Despite many changes during the past year, every March Co-op member-owners continue to have the opportunity to help shape the future of the Co-op by voting in the Board of Directors election. The role of the Board of Directors is to watch over and govern the Co-op to make sure everything is running smoothly. As the elected representatives of the membership, Directors determine the Co-op’s long-term strategic direction and monitor performance toward our current strategic plan. Having a knowledgeable and experienced Board of Directors helps us continue to achieve our financial, social, and environmental goals.
You can read the profile of each candidate and vote here.
We’re excited to present our first virtual annual meeting. While we can’t meet in person this year, we’ll continue our tradition of gathering together as member-owners to share what’s happening at the Co-op through slides, music, video, presenters, host an excellent guest speaker, and make time for questions and conversation. Join us for a fun hour from the comfort of your home!
The success of the Co-op directly strengthens our ability to reach our goals for diversity, sustainability, supporting local suppliers, providing good local jobs, and serving our community. Especially, it allows us to continue providing access to healthy food for all and a friendly and informative shopping experience.
The Co-op has a unique and essential role as the only member-owned grocery store in Whatcom County. Our strength comes from you—the member-owner. Please vote to keep your Co-op strong.
Ryan Peters, Acting Board Chair