We welcome our newest board members: Ayanfe Free, Eddie Jenkins, Jr., Tony Moayyer and Scott Urbanowski! They were recently elected at our annual meeting in November. We also bid a fond farewell to our board members who are leaving service: Deborah Eid, Carrie Liebrock, and Michael Ludwig.
Deborah has served on our board since the very beginning. She and I met at a meeting of neighborhood organizers and when I mentioned that Grand Rapids needed a food co-op, she agreed. After guiding us through our founding, incorporation, bylaw writing, and countless conference calls, meetings, parties and cozy meals, she is moving off the board to devote time to her own counseling business. She'll still be involved with the co-op, just not as actively.
Michael and Carrie were a delight to work with this past year. Michael took great care of the website and our newsletter and other outreach activities like brewpub meet-ups and other social events. Carrie got our volunteers trained and involved in tabling events and house parties and made sure the materials were there when they were spreading the word about our co-op.
My deepest gratitude to you all for your love for the co-op and your steadfast service to our vision!
I'm looking forward to getting to know our new board members and finding out what skills, gifts and talents they will bring to our community. You can read more about them on our Meet the Board page.
This is a milestone in our development. Our second board elections have been held and we have 50% new board members. That is the signal of a healthy organization where new people are welcomed into positions of leadership. May we all grow together as leaders of this exciting co-op in wisdom and grace. And we hope that you will become an active part of this co-op in the way that works best for you. We look forward to working with you to build our store!
Linda Jones, Founder and Co-President.