Tuesday, 29 January 2008 17:59
Reflecting on the past two years, when I have served as board
president of Bloomington Cooperative Services, I can honestly say with
pride that the experience has been rewarding and extremely educational.
I have great admiration for my fellow board members, past and present,
and for the hours of board work they have done governing a growing
multi-unit organization. Although board work is important for setting
policy and taking on fiduciary responsibility for the co-op, credit for
the implementation and manifestation of our vision belongs to the
people who work in the Bloomingfoods family of neighborhood grocery
stores. Kudos goes to our general manager, George Huntington, and his
staff, for a job well done.
Over the past few years a lot of our board time has been absorbed by
major practical decisions involving financial business issues and the
philosophical nuances of working through the process of how best to
govern a democratically principled organization. The last few years
have been occupied with the financial health of our co-op business.
After exhaustive financial and marketing research, and much discussion,
we decided to convert the Encore into a neighborhood grocery store. At
this point in time, it looks as if we made a good decision.