Wild Oats member-owners will have an opportunity to tour the inn and sample their hors d’oeuvres menu, as well as treats from the Wild Oats Bakery. The business meeting will follow (voting and updates on the co-op’s operations and finances), after which Michelle Lopez, executive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, will discuss the work being done by that organization. Co-op members selected the Immigrant Center as the first recipient of the fees collected under our new paper bag policy.
In addition to filling three positions on the Board of Directors, members will be asked to approve changes to the Bylaws that would allow for the possibility of electronic voting at future meetings. The intent of these changes is to expand participation in co-op elections by providing another channel for members to cast their votes.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend. Members who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to return the ballot mailed out in September to the Customer Service desk or mail it to Wild Oats so that it is received prior to the meeting.
Board Nominees for 2019
Rose came to Williamstown in 2000 to serve as School Superintendent of the Williamstown Elementary District. During her 15-year tenure, her role as Superintendent expanded to include Lanesborough and the Mt. Greylock Regional School District. Rose has presented at national and international education conferences and has served in multiple leadership capacities. Locally, she served as the president of the Berkshire County Superintendent’s Roundtable and as a board member of the Williamstown Community Chest. For the last two years, she has served as the president of the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, She also serves as education liaison and board member of the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in North Adams. Rose deeply values having a food cooperative in Williamstown, and looks forward to continuing to actively support the accessibility of fresh, healthy food choices for her community. She lives in Williamstown with her husband, Attorney Steven Green.
Marc has been a member of Wild Oats since the mid 1980’s. He previously served on the board of directors of for seven years from 1995-2002. For most of his life, he’s made his living working in small businesses. In 1996, he opened InTouch Massage in Williamstown. Operating InTouch has made him keenly aware of the myriad of challenges involved in running a successful business in Massachusetts. He is interested in being a member of Wild Oats’ board of directors stems from a desire to help shape its future direction and continued success.
Amy first came to the Berkshires as a Williams College student in 1987 and finally returned in 2018. A lifelong vegetarian and more recent environmental/political activist, she counsels children, adolescents, and adults as a licensed LMHP. She has enjoyed serving on the Wild Oats board for the past year and a half and hopes to serve another two years with particular commitment to the values of community and ethical consumerism.
Proposed Bylaw Change
The board is proposing amending the bylaws to allow for electronic voting. Proposed new language is shown in italics.
3.4 Decisions: Members may vote as described in Section 2.3, in person or by ballot as determined by the Board. In voting for directors, each member may cast as many votes as there are positions to be filled, but no more than one vote may be cast for any one candidate. Otherwise each member shall have one vote in all matters submitted to a vote of members. All issues shall be decided by a majority of members voting except where otherwise required by law or by these bylaws. Voting may be by show of hands, voice vote, written ballot, or absentee ballot, as determined by the Board. The election of directors shall be by written or electronic ballot supplied by the Co-op. The Board shall provide for absentee voting by written or electronic ballot, and shall establish fair means by which votes will be tallied. Voting by proxy will be accepted only for changes in the structure of the Co-op for which Massachusetts law requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote.