Could It Be You?

Among our nearly 10,000 owner-members, we know there to be many competent people that are capable of co-operative leadership. Every April as the Board Candidate Packets are placed in our stores, we begin to imagine who might join us in our work of guiding Bloomington Co-operative Services in the coming years.

We savor our current board configuration while at the same time imagining new board members who would add their talents to the mix. Currently, we have people who are good communicators, come prepared to meetings, listen attentively and thoughtfully respond to all of the issues that arise. There seems to be an ease in accepting these responsibilities because each person has taken the principle of co-operation to heart in their own private lives.

There is an old saying that goes, "If you want something to get done, ask someone who is already busy doing things." These are the kinds of people you will be working with if you join the board. At the same time, laughter is one of our cherished policies.

It is always a risk to join a group or to open a group to the influence of new persons. What will it be like? Who are these people? Will I fit in? Many questions arise. So, we encourage you to come to one or two board meetings to get a taste of the current process. We meet once a month, share a Bloomingfoods dinner and make the fine-tuning adjustments in policies that keep BCS on course as a sustainable, profitable business providing healthy foods to the Bloomington area.

Currently, our emphasis is on increasing local food security in as many ways as we possibly can. We play a large role in supporting other local businesses, producers and growers who serve the community. If you would like to be part of our team, we encourage you to become a candidate for election. Your term would begin in November and run for three years. Pick up a Board Candidate Packet at any of the stores from a customer service person for all of the details. We look forward to meeting with you.

Carol Bridges, Secretary
for the Board of Directors