2012 BCS Board Election Goes Online

As a member-owner of the co-op you have the right to vote for your Board of Directors (The Second Cooperative Principle: Democratic Member Control), as well as vote on bylaw recommendations made by the Board. Last year the membership approved a bylaw amendment that made voting for the Board of Directors by electronic means possible. This amendment passed with a vote of 82.5% in favor.

Your co-op wants to provide the best possible option for online voting, and BCS has chosen Votenet Solutions as our preferred company to administer the online voting for this years election. Votenet came recommended by many of our co-op peers, as well as the National Cooperative Grocers Association. Votenet Solutions provides secure on-demand voting and balloting software, as well as election consulting services. They have been in business since 2001, and have a stellar track record.

How will BCS Board of Directors election work for 2012?

In this year’s election, we have two open seats and two slated candidates. The election will start on Saturday, September 1, 2012 and run through Monday, October 1, 2012.

Each member-owner in good standing will receive an email with a link to the secure voting site, instructions for voting, and their unique username and password. To provide or update an email address, please send your name and member number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you need to have a ballot mailed to you, please notify Darcy at 812-339-4442 ext. 110.

Some may prefer to use a paper ballot, so we will have the informational letter from the BCS Board, the candidate statements, and ballots available at all locations through the end of the election.  Simply read through the candidates statements, pick your preference, and slide the paper ballot into the locked box located at customer service at all of our locations.

Votes will be verified, tallied, and the election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting.

CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS

 

Tim Clougher

I have been a resident of Bloomington for almost 30 years. I am currently the Assistant Director of Community Kitchen where I have worked for 10 years. Prior to that I was Operations Manager for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank for 7 years. I live on the Near West Side and enjoy gardening, bicycling and moonlighting as a stained glass artist.

1. Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services, Inc.?

The cooperative model and values align with my personal beliefs, especially in regard to democracy, social responsibility, honesty and caring for others. I feel serving on the BCS board is a perfect way to support the growth of these values in the community as a whole.

2. What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?

I have been a member of Bloomingfoods for over a decade and have served on the board the last 3 years. During my term I have witnessed much growth and change at the co-op. I have been impressed by the staff from the deli to the administration office and their commitment to providing such a positive alternative to the “big chain” grocers. Being on the BCS Board of Directors would allow me to continue my role in assuring the growth and prosperity of the co-op.

3. What has been your experience working cooperatively in small groups of people?

In my work at Community Kitchen, I see on a daily basis what a small group of people with different backgrounds and skills can accomplish in working towards a common goal. I also enjoy serving on the venues committee for The Lotus Festival and love seeing the community come together to share in the music and diversity.

4. Please share any professional, volunteer or life experience you have which will provide insight when serving on the Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.

My 15+ years of experience in the non-profit sector and education I have received while serving on the BCS board have provided great insight and knowledge in my role as a director. I have participated in several workshops and seminars that have allowed me to connect with other cooperative directors around the country and provided me with an education about the cooperative model and the role cooperatives play in making the world a better place community by community.

5. How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

I think BCS plays a vital role in the community by providing not only a place to buy local, healthy, organic food that people desire, but also by helping strengthen the local food system. I like to know that my food dollars are going to support a cooperative effort that has a positive impact on my community and helps support the local economy.

6. Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?

Providing healthy and sustainable food choices in a healthy and sustainable way.

7. What opportunities and challenges do you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?

I think as the economy and people continue to struggle the cooperative model is the direction to go. Food co-ops give back to the community in so many positive ways compared to the big corporations, but it’s not without some challenges. Educating community members about why buying local is important, why organic food is better and how being a member really benefits everyone involved is an ongoing effort.

8. Please share any other brief statement that you feel is particularly important regarding your potential service as a member of the board.

I enjoy the duality of my role at Community Kitchen and on the BCS board. I feel everyone needs nutritious sustenance to live their life to its fullest and everyone should have access to it. We are bombarded with so much in the world on a daily basis that is unhealthy for us. As I work to make positive choices in my own lifestyle and habits, I want to make an effort to ensure others have the same opportunity.

 

Danielle McClelland

1. Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services, Inc.?

I believe strongly in the cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. The opportunity to practice these values in the midst of a committed group of people focused on guiding a successful, challenging business—this is how I enjoy spending my time. I am a fan of Bloomingfoods and the people who work there. I am excited to be a part of this visionary organization.

2. What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?

One of my first Bloomington actions upon moving here in 1996 was to join the co-op. I have been a constant shopper ever since and an interim Board member since early spring. I have been aware of cooperatives from childhood—the farm co-op was a frequent family stop during my childhood in Kansas. Both my first business venture and the Theater company I founded in Portland, Oregon were consensus-based cooperatives.

3. What has been your experience working cooperatively in small groups of people?

From the time I started working in theater, I have preferred cooperative process to strict hierarchy. The idea that each one of us has an equally crucial role to play in the development of our mission—whether a Shakespearean comedy performance or a multi-million dollar business—sounds like truth to me. I enjoy participating in healthy debate and value the experience and opinion of others. Engaging in that process makes me feel connected and alive.

4. Please share any professional, volunteer or life experience you have which will provide insight when serving on the Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.

As the Executive Director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, I lead an organization with goals similar to BCS. My experience in working with a Board of Directors as a staff member will assist the BCS board in clear communication and understanding with personnel. As a Board member for WFHB, I worked with another community-responsive organization. I am an avid urban gardener, attempting to carry on the legacy of my father, a master gardener.

5. How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

In my best vision of myself, my values and lifestyle align perfectly with the co-op. I strive to be open to all persons without discrimination, democratic in my relationships, allowing for equal resource control while encouraging autonomy and independence, seeking ongoing education, participation with other like-minded individuals, and an overarching concern for the community.

6. Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?

I don’t believe that any one aspect o the four-pronged Ends statement can take precedence over the others. Part of the strength of this statement is the way in which the areas serve as checks and balances on one another—our market will meet the needs of consumers and producers, but only as it increases cooperative ownership and is a model of sustainable and profitable business. Our current and future business ventures should always be educational in nature, expanding the community’s understanding of the local food system and its importance, insuring that we never move too far away from the first end—a market for local, organic and healthy products.  Provider, model, builder, educator; by balancing these roles, each one is made stronger.

7. What opportunities and challenges do you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?

As BCS has grown and its financial success has solidified, the potential for our role as educator, leader, and instigator has expanded. The possibility to inspire similar businesses, strengthen the growing local food movement, and communicate the lessons we have learned to a broader public are at hand. Maintaining fiscal and organizational health while exploring these new areas will be the challenge.

8. Please share any other brief statement that you feel is particularly important regarding your potential service as a member of the board.

Having aided the Board by fulfilling terms where elected members had stepped down, I have been very impressed with the inner workings of BCS. A wonderful staff and strong, working leadership team means great things for the future. I am eager to serve in full capacity on the Board of BCS because I admire the work this organization has done. Bloomington is an impressive community in large part because of Bloomington Cooperative Services. I have benefited greatly from my membership, and I want to give back by being a vigorous, engaged member of its guiding body.