VOTING OPENs august 18th

The voting period for our annual Board of Directors runs from Friday, August 18th through Monday, September 11th. Any Co-owner that is considered active* as of Thursday, August 17th is eligible to vote in this year's election. This year's Board of Directors Election has 5 vacant seats, with 7 candidates running. Read all the candidate bios below. When you are ready to vote, you will need the following information:

  1. Username. This is your 8 digit Co-owner number (starts with 40XXXXXX). This can be found on the back of your membership card, on the bottom of your shopping receipt, or by asking one of our cashiers. 
  2. Password. This is the last name of the primary account holder, all lowercase.

Once you have this information, click the button at the bottom of this page to access the online voting portal, log in, then cast your vote. Voters may opt to fill out a paper ballot instead. These are available at both of our grocery stores. 

Thanks for making your voice heard!

If you have any trouble logging in or voting, please contact us at [email protected] or call Mo at 208.472.4541.

*An active Co-owner is defined as having equity in the Co-op and having made a purchase within the last year.

 

2017 Election summary

This year's election features the election of candidates as well as proposed bylaws changes. Candidate bios and bylaws changes are all outlined below. 

Candidate Overview

There are 5 open seats on the Board of Directors. Three seats are for three-year terms, one seat is for a two-year term, and one seat is for a one-year term*.

  • 2017-2020 (3 available seats)
  • 2017-2019 (1 available seat)
  • 2017-2018 (1 available seat)

Voters may select up to 5 candidates. The voting period for our annual Board of Directors runs from Friday, August 18th through Monday, September 11th. We will post more details about voting, as well as a link to the online ballot once the election is open.

*Unless otherwise agreed among the candidates, candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be given the longest available terms (see Bylaws Section 4.3)

Bylaws Overview

There are 3 proposed Bylaws changes this year. Voters have the opportunity to vote for or against each of these changes individually. The full text of the proposed changes is outlined below. 

 

2017 Board candidates

Read the bios of all 7 candidates below!

 
 
"Bakery owner, hard-working, accountable, compassionate." 

"Bakery owner, hard-working, accountable, compassionate." 

Mary Cogswell

I have been a member of the Co-op since the mid 1990’s, and began shopping at the Hill Road store in the early 1980’s as a teenager. I have been supplying the stores with baked goods for re-sale since 1992. Because I’ve been both shopping and selling at the Co-op for so long, I have considerable knowledge of how the stores should and do function. I am intimately familiar with Co-op customer shopping tastes and community interests, and have witnessed the changes that have occurred in the Valley over the past 35 years.  I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience to help the Co-op grow and thrive in an evolving market and community.  I would like to help shape the future of the Co-op.

 
"Organic, sustainable. Background in food."

"Organic, sustainable. Background in food."

Nick G Davis

I have worked in food service most of my life.  I served as a Deli Manager for the Co-op for the last 5 years, and am now working as the Food Services Director at the College of Idaho. Throughout my time at the Co-op I developed a strong connection with both staff and members. Being a Board Member would give me the opportunity to stay connected to a community that has been such a large part of my life. My wife and I live the values of the Co-op and continue to support its success.

 
"Organic farmer, activist, innovator. Rooted in creating sustainable communities."

"Organic farmer, activist, innovator. Rooted in creating sustainable communities."

Josie Erskine

As a resident of the Treasure Valley, I rely and trust the Coop to bring my family the healthiest, local and sustainable products.  The longevity and the economic vigor of the Coop is important to me as a consumer.    The Coop is one of the best things about Boise to me.

As a business owner, that sells to the Coop, its economic health and long-term vision is important to me.  The Boise Coop has been the local industry leader in bringing local food to Boise shoppers and i would like to see that vision continue. 

I am a business owner and community activist for local food, farmland and soil.  I wear my heart on the sleeve of my metal armor.  I am tough, forthright, loving, straight forward and move from my heart.  I am an innovator, a problem solver and a leader.  I have helped found 3 non-profits in Boise and I have served as a board member on six different boards in the Treasure Valley.  I enjoy working with a team.  

15 years ago, I started a farm and successful business (Peaceful Belly Farm) that is rooted in the community and understands the importance of outreach, education and building support networks. I have a very good grasp on how the Coop functions and its vision.   It would be my honor to be on the board of The Boise Coop. 

I am choosing to run for the Boise Coop Board because I believe strongly that we must all participatein the community we hold dear.  It is my turn to step up and help lead the Coop for the next few years.

 
"Passionate about the universal language of food and how it concerns and how it connects all humans. 

"Passionate about the universal language of food and how it concerns and how it connects all humans. 

Tracy Hitchcock

Tracy has spent her 20-year career exploring the world of food.  The bulk of that time she was working in the Food Division of the J.R. Simplot Company, developing expertise in everything from food safety and production, to new product innovation and marketing.  With a B.S. in Biology from Boise State University, and a broad-spectrum of professional expertise, Tracy was appointed to the role of CEO of local, food-based nonprofit social enterprise, Create Common Good, in 2015. In addition to providing foodservice job-training and placement services to refugees and other populations with barriers to employment, CCG utilizes its large commercial kitchen to offer volume food production products and services to local businesses.  In the role of CEO, Tracy's business acumen ensures that CCG continues to meet the needs of its food production customers and her passion for community is leading CCG to even stronger programs and outcomes for its trainees.  It’s the perfect combination of heart and business.

Tracy has lived in Boise for 26 years, volunteers with many local Boise organizations and chairs the Boise Chamber’s Food and Ag Industry Board.  She lives with her 16-year old son, Ashlund, and loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors and stay abreast of Idaho’s wine, craft beer and culinary scene.  Tracy has been a proud Boise Co-op member for over 15 years.

 
"Community focused, environmentally conscious, locally inspired, Co-op experienced, Idaho native."

"Community focused, environmentally conscious, locally inspired, Co-op experienced, Idaho native."

Zach Jones

My family has been Boise Co-op members since before I can remember.  I grew up running around the receiving rooms and bakeries of the Boise Co-op as it grew and moved around the North End.  My family has been intimately involved with The Boise Co-op since its inception. In fact, 11 members of my family have worked for “The Co-op.” A combined 65+ years of service to the Boise Co-op and the greater community. I was lucky enough to have been employed by the Boise Co-op from 2005-2015 as the “Pet Food Guy.” I helped conceptualize and manage The Boise Co-op Pet Shop which opened in June of 2013. I have been actively involved in the Boise music scene as a member of several local bands and as a local visual artist. I love “The Co-op” and I’m excited for an opportunity to continue serving its customers, members, and community.

 
 
"Food-oriented scientist dedicated to fostering healthy and successful community."

"Food-oriented scientist dedicated to fostering healthy and successful community."

Jason Rosecast

I grew up in rural Idaho, where the importance of positive community engagement is clearly visible.  My wife, Allison, and I moved to Boise in 2012, and we were thrilled to join the Boise Co-op shortly afterward.  I've been working as a director in quality and food safety for Happy Family Brands, an organic baby food company operationally-based in Boise.  I also study environmental and inorganic chemistry at Boise State University.  I have been serving on the Boise Co-op board of directors since February 2017.  I love and want to help facilitate the imperative ideals that the Co-op stands for -- especially providing safe, healthy, and ethically-sourced food, enriching our local community, and incorporating sustainable practices in every action we take.

 

"Small business owner, customer service professional, catalyst and a communicator."

Tana Ruud

I’ve been a member of the Co-op since 2013, and have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors this past year. I’ve truly enjoyed making connections with the employees and members, and being connected with a cooperative that supports the quality of life offered in the Treasure Valley. Having been raised by farmers, ranchers, and a father who was president of his city’s community garden, the Co-op has a sense of home to me and I relate to their vision of a health-conscience lifestyle. 

Being a marketing professional, owning my own small business for the last 15 years, and my experience in a large retail company, has helped me understand our community, the importance of local and customer relationships, plus how to thrive with change. I’m passionate about being a catalyst in connecting people for a cause I care about, and preserving farmlands.

 
 

Proposed Bylaws Changes

This year the Board of Directors is proposing three changes to the Bylaws. Below are listed the existing Bylaws as written, the proposed changes, and the reason the Board is recommending these changes. You have the opportunity to vote for or against each of the proposed changes separately.

 

Proposed Bylaw Change #1

 Existing Bylaw Section 2.4, which currently reads as follows:

Section 2.4 — Responsibilities.  By accepting and retaining membership each applicant shall thereby agree to use the services of the Co-op on at least an occasional basis.  Each member shall keep reasonably current in payment of the share purchase requirement, other financial obligations of membership and shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or address. 

Is hereby amended to read as follows (for convenience, new text is bold; deleted text is struck):

Section 2.4 — Responsibilities. By accepting and retaining membership each applicant shall thereby agree to use the services of the Co-op on at least an occasional basis. Each member shall keep reasonably current in payment of the share purchase requirement and other financial obligations of membership and shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or address. Each member shall notify the Co-op of an e-mail address by which the member may receive written communications required or permitted by these bylaws, or shall notify the Co-op that the member has no e-mail address; and each member shall notify the Co-op of any change to the owner’s name or mail address or e-mail address.

Reasons for this amendment:

Last year the Boise Co-op spent over $7,000 to print and mail paper notices to our members.  We are eager to use e-mail notice wherever possible to reduce our costs and to minimize the environmental impact.  Our bylaws (“Section 9.3 — Communication by electronic means”) already permit the Boise Co-op to give notice to, and communicate with, our members by electronic means.   However, we have e-mail addresses for only 50% of our current, active members.  The proposed bylaw change is a part of our ongoing campaign to encourage members to give us an e-mail address where they can receive notice, and to advise us of any changes to this e-mail address.  We will continue to mail paper notices to members who inform us they do not have e-mail access.  The Boise Co-op Board recommends approval of this bylaw amendment.”

Proposed Bylaw Change #2

“Existing Article VIII of the Bylaws (Bylaw Sections 8.1 – 8.5) addresses “patronage dividends.”  These sections provide, among other things, that net earnings of the Boise Co-op attributable to members’ purchases shall be allocated to members in proportion to their purchases; that nominal amounts that do not justify the expenses of distribution may be excluded from distribution; that net earnings may be reduced to create reserves for necessary business purposes; that up to 80% of the patronage dividend, if any, may be retained for capital purposes; and that no portion of any net operating loss shall be allocated to members, but losses may be carried forward to offset subsequent income from members.

Article VIII of the Bylaws is hereby amended by the addition of bylaw section 8.6, which reads as follows:

Section 8.6 — Failure to Claim or Redeem: The patronage dividend distributed to an owner (by any means, including as cash, as a voucher, or by credit redeemable at a cash register of the Cooperative) may be used for the purchase of goods at the Cooperative, redeemed for cash, or donated to the Cooperative. The portion of a patronage dividend distributed to any owner that is not claimed, used, redeemed or donated within 90 days of issuance date, or by the next June 30th from issuance date, whichever is later, shall revert to the Cooperative as a donation without further notice to the owner. Such cash portions of patronage dividends that are donated or that revert to the Cooperative as provided in this subsection shall be distributed and allocated to a tax-exempt charity as the Board may determine.

Reasons for this amendment:

In prior years approximately $40,000 of patronage dividends paid by the Co-op to members was unclaimed, and as a result the Co-op had to pay additional income taxes that exceeded the amount of the unclaimed dividends. The addition of Section 8.6 to the Co-op’s bylaws will permit the Board to donate unclaimed dividends to a charity and will also significantly reduce our income tax burden. The Boise Co-op Board recommends approval of this bylaw amendment.”

Proposed Bylaw Change #3

“Existing Bylaw Section 2.2, which currently reads as follows:

Section 2.2 — Admission.  Applicants will be admitted to membership upon submitting required information on a prescribed form, paying a nonrefundable application fee, and purchasing or subscribing to purchase a share at a price and upon payment terms, if any, all as determined by the Board of Directors.  The share purchase retirement may be waived in whole or in part for persons of low income.  On or before admission to membership, each member shall be provided a copy of these bylaws. 

Is hereby amended to read as follows (for convenience, deleted text is struck):

Section 2.2 — Admission. Applicants will be admitted to membership upon submitting required information on a prescribed form, paying a nonrefundable application fee, and purchasing or subscribing to purchase a share at a price and upon payment terms, if any, all as determined by the Board of Directors. The share purchase retirement may be waived in whole or in part for persons of low income. On or before admission to membership, each member shall be provided a copy of these bylaws.

Reasons for this amendment:

Last year, 2,790 new members joined the Boise Co-op, and we gave each of them a paper copy of our bylaws.  We suspect few members read or keep this paper copy.  In addition, this paper copy of bylaws becomes outdated whenever our bylaws are amended, and the current bylaws are readily available on our website (go here and click “Download Our Bylaws”).  The proposed bylaw change would avoid the cost and environmental burden of providing paper copies of bylaws to new members.  The Boise Co-op Board recommends approval of this bylaw amendment.”