This year's annual Meeting of Owners took place on Friday, September 21st, 6:00-8:00 pm in Common Ground’s “backyard” in Lincoln Square Mall. It was an evening of good food and conversation, with approximately 70 Co-op owners, staff and producers in attendance. Participants enjoyed a variety of delicious snacks from the store, including house-made cookies, brownies, and hummus, and sipped local cider and tasted wine from the Co-Op’s wine selection. The business portion of the meeting included updates from the Board and from General Manager Gary Taylor. The meeting also represented the close of voting for new Board directors, a change to the bylaws, and Round Up for Good nominations for the following calendar year.
We are excited to announce the results from this year's Elections!
This year, we had three full 3-year terms up for election. After accepting a resignation at our September Board meeting, the Board had an additional vacancy and, following an option from our procedure for appointments, chose to fill the resulting 1 year term with the candidate who received the fourth highest vote total.
Our new Board members are:
Kathleen Moreno, 210 votes (2018-2021)
Yusuf Hermes, 188 votes (2018-2021)
Charles Delman, 146 votes (2018-2021)
Evelyne Tardy, 144 votes (2018-2019)
The bylaw amendment to remove the phrase "No director shall be an employee of the Co-op." from the paragraph on eligibility passed. A valid vote required at least 3% of our 5410 active owners to participate, or 162 owners. Passage required 51% voting yes. The vote totals on the bylaws amendment were:
Yes - 225
No - 122
Abstain - 58
We would like to thank all owners who took the time to vote in the election. We also would like to thank all Board candidates for the time, energy and thought they put into the election process.
We had 59 organizations suggested as Round Up for Good candidate organizations and the top 11 were selected to receive donations for 1 month each of 2019 (the 12th month is saved for the co-op's Food For All program). Here are the winning organizations:
Black Lives Matter-CU 206
Planned Parenthood: Champaign Health Center 203
R.A.C.E.S. (Rape Advocacy, Counseling, Education Services 173
Courage Connection 164
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen 158
Eastern Illinois Foodbank 155
Books to Prisoners- UC 151
Crisis Nursery 151
Prairie Rivers Network 133
Central Illinois Foodbank 131
Champaign County Humane Society 122