First, the normal 2020 Annual Report (for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), summarizing the year’s activities, still will be sent to member-owners later this year. The Annual Report will provide operational and financial information normally shared at the Annual Meeting.
Second, in order to retain the community feeling of our Annual Meeting, later in the year, the Board will begin a series of small gatherings to introduce our new General Manager, Neste Lytle, to member-owners. Watch for a notice regarding these gatherings.
Finally, in place of the normal fall Board elections (normally held at the Annual Meeting), at its upcoming meeting on October 15, the Board will utilize provisions of the Massachusetts law covering the COVID-19 emergency to appoint three directors for normal three-year terms.
We look forward to the day when a normal Annual Meeting can occur. While a Zoom Annual Meeting and an electronic election might have been possible, the Board decided that the above three steps accomplished most of the Annual Meeting’s goals. In addition, the Wild Oats staff can focus instead on serving customers and maintaining a safe environment for themselves and for shoppers — since March, no small feat.
The three individuals for Board appointment on October 15 are:
Lee Venolia – Lee has served six years on the Wild Oats Board and has agreed to serve a third term. Lee’s extensive board experience and her strong commitment to local, healthy food make her a valuable asset for Wild Oats.
Tom Cragg – Tom has served three years on the Wild Oats Board and has agreed to serve a second three-year term. He is the current Board President and also served on the General Manager Search Committee. Tom has a strong financial background and is committed to ensuring that Wild Oats remains a valuable asset to the Williamstown community.
Beth McLean – A proposed new addition to the Board, Beth is co-owner of Nature’s Closet and The Smoothie Spot in Williamstown. Beth has worked with the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, served on a special Parks and Recreation Committee, and has been highly active with the Parent-Teacher Group at Pine Cobble School. She looks forward to applying her board experiences (both reporting to and serving on) to assist a worthwhile cause like Wild Oats which she feels adds so much to our community.
Finally, the Board unfortunately must say goodbye to Margaret McComish who, after six years of service, has decided not to serve another term. The Board will greatly miss Margaret’s common sense and her sense of humor, and thanks her for her service.
If you would like to know more about these Board actions, please send an email to email@example.com, before our next meeting on October 15.