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Tuesday
Mar192019

Cooperative Principle #2: Democratic Member Control

Happy sunny days, Kalamazoo!

As things warm up around here, we have some great stuff going on.

First, on the store front, this week you'll find: 

  • $.99/lb SALE on local fuji and gala apples from Crisp Country Acres, in Holland, MI
  • this week's PFC Deli $5 Dinner Deal on Wednesday is Falafel

Our Kalamazoo Farmers Market team is busy as bees preparing for the season. They've received more than 190 vendor applications so far and are starting to schedule music, food demos, night markets, and so much more. Can't wait!

This week, I wanted to focus some time on the second of the ICA Cooperative PrinciplesDemocratic Member Control. 

You know how in a stock corporation, whoever owns the most shares has the most say? Well at PFC that's never going to happen. Fundamental to cooperatives is the concept of One Member, One Vote. Some PFC owners have invested more than $250 in equity (yep, you can do that!), and some have loaned money to PFC. However, each owner, whether they've just started paying in at $10 per month or have lent PFC $10,000 to build our new home, has one vote when it comes time to elect the board of directors, or weigh in on changes to our bylaws. 

We are organized as a representative democracy, with each owner voting for members to serve on the board, which serves as the visionary governing body of PFC. The board's role is to create direction and accountability through policy, then hold the General Manager accountable to that direction. Our board is very competent, visionary, and driven. 

Have you thought of running for the board? We'd love to have you on our ballot this spring! Please email myself and/or Hether Frayer, PFC Board Chair, if you have interest or inquiries about serving PFC in this way.

Community control is what sets PFC apart. And democratically is how we do it. Thanks for being part of something special!

Until next week,

Chris