Board Update: April Newsletter

by Charles Delman

April 2018

The CGFC Board of Directors has recently been focused on three things:

  • Welcoming our new General Manager, Gary Taylor, and building a strong, effective working relationship with him,
  • Planning the Financial Meeting of Owners (FinMoo), to be held on Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, and
  • Improving the Board’s governance process, effectiveness, and responsiveness.

We hope to see lots of owners at the FinMoo.  At this annual meeting, we focus on the financial aspects of Common Ground Food Co-op, both the status of our finances as a business and our financial impacts on our community and beyond.  The meeting’s one-hour format will include presentations from General Manager Gary Taylor and Board Treasurer Magdalena Casper-Shipp, along with time to ask questions and to chat informally with Gary and with Board members while sharing some refreshments.

The Co-op serves as a market, as a center for education on food and the environmental, economic, and cultural issues surrounding food, and as a cultural hub where local artists display their work, local musicians perform, and folks gather to eat, meet, converse, and learn.  Common Ground’s operations, and the revenue they generate, are the engine through which our Ends are achieved. Come to the Financial Meeting of the Owners to learn how that engine is running!

The Board also has some personnel announcements to make.  Kristin Walters will be resigning from the Board as of May in order to focus on a demanding new job.  Kristin has been a wonderful presence on the Board - hard working, always cheerful, and highly connected to the Champaign-Urbana community.  We will miss her, and we wish her well in her new venture. Because the Board has much important work to do, we have invited Ted Velesky to fill the open position until the next election, and he has graciously accepted.  Ted is one of three candidates who were not elected in this past election, all of whom were within a couple of votes of each other. Because Ted served a one-year term on the Board, played a central role in organizing the last Meeting of Owners (MOO), and has experience on the Policy Committee, he will be able to “hit the ground running.”  Farewell, Kristin, and welcome back Ted!