2018 Election Ballot

Columbus Cooperative Grocery and Market, Inc.

DBA Columbus Food Co-op

 

Annual Meeting Ballot - 2018

Cooperative Principle #2 is Democratic Member Control:

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).


All Owner-Members of the Co-op are invited to cast a ballot to help elect new members of the Board of Directors.  You may cast your ballot in one of three ways:

 

By Mail:  Fill out the ballot below and mail it to:

Heritage Fund

The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

538 Franklin Street

Columbus, IN 47201

 

By Email:  Fill out the ballot below and email to:

coopelection@heritagefundbc.org

 

In Person:  At the Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 26, 2018

5 – 7pm

1580 Central Avenue

Columbus, Indiana

 

Mail and email ballots must be received no later than 11:59pm on May 3, 2018.  The Heritage Fund collects and counts our ballots.



Section I:  Please identify yourself

 

Your updated contact information helps us maintain accurate records for future communications.

 

Name: ___________________________________________________________

 

Mailing Address:   _______________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

 

Email Address: _______________________________________________

 

Telephone: _______________________________________________

 

Section II:  Board of Director Elections

 

We are electing three (3) Board members.  Each will serve a three year term. Candidate biographies are available on the Co-op web site, here:  

http://www.columbusmarket.coop/2018_election_candidates

Please vote for up to three (3) candidates by placing an “X” next to his / her name.

 

______ Shirley Trapp

______ Jennifer Corsi

______ Terry Law

 

Section III:  Additional Ballot Question

Question:  The board will be making several important decisions over the next several months and it will be important that we get our member feedback.   A mailing to all owners can costs as much as $1300.  We want to ensure we are being fiscally responsible and are communicating with our members by their preferred means. 

 

How do you prefer to receive communications from the Co-op?

 

__   Postal mail   __ Email    __ Co-op web site    __ Facebook




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2018 Election Candidates

Jennifer Corsi

My name is Jennifer (Jen) Corsi, I have been a resident of Bartholomew County since June 2008 when my husband got a job with Cummins. I am currently a stay at home mom of two small children and I have a passion for our community. Believing that you should take pride in the place where you live has led me to becoming involved with many organizations in Columbus. It drives me to seek out new opportunities and participate in various civic events. I am the President of MOMS Club of Columbus, Indiana (over 84 families are members) which is a chapter of MOMS Club International and I am also a board member of Learning Tree Preschool at First United Methodist Church.

With my participation in various organizations in Columbus I have made many contacts that I believe could be interested in becoming member/owners. I believe that we need to focus more on how the co-op benefits families and our children. Teaching them about community involvement and healthy foods will guarantee that Columbus Food Co-op will be around for many years to come. With this, having cooking demonstrations, meet the farmer events, and something other co-op have done like $4 dinner (Bloomingfoods), I can see that there will be a tremendous opportunity to serve Columbus.

I became a member of the Columbus Food Co-op in 2010 after my husband went to a meeting at the library and learned more about what the co-op was trying to bring to Columbus. He and I have always believed in supporting the local economy wherever we are able and the decision to join this movement was a no-brainer. I first signed up to stuff envelopes and send out mailings with part of the volunteer committee in 2010-2011 when I was between jobs. My family has grown since then and we do our best to make it to all the Annual Meetings so that we can stay updated on the progress. We have also made the decision to loan to the co-op which means that we know what that process is like and it has helped answer questions that some of our friends have.  

 

Terry Law

My name is Terry Law. I have lived in Columbus since 2003. I have been married for 37 years to my wife Glenda and we have 4 children. We moved here to relocate with my company, Wal-Mart My family and I love to be outdoors, camping, fishing, riding bikes and hiking. I am a member of Terrace Lake Community Church and have served on Staff there in the past. We live in Downtown Columbus in the Historic District in a home that was built in 1903 on Franklin Street. We spend a lot of our current time working on remodeling and bringing this home back to its original glory. We love the downtown area and the growth and are committed to do our part to help columbus downtown grow.
I have extensive retail background. I have been a General Manager for Wal-Mart for 40 years in August. I have managed 12 stores for them in the last 37 years. Before that I worked to open new stores in the Texas market and South Carolina. Wal-Mart success is not accidental. They have a great culture of respect, team building and giving back to the community.
In my 15 years here I have been involved in many non-profits. I have been involved in DARE, Red Cross, United Way, Turning Point, Bicycle Coop just to name a few. Our store has adopted part of the trail and has picked up trash on the trail in Columbus for the last 10 years. I have a personal strong belief in giving back.
I would like to see the CO-OP succeed and strongly believe that they could bring new and exciting food opportunities to the Columbus Market.

 

Shirley Trapp

Shirley Trapp has lived in Columbus for over 40 years.  She is a retired Bartholomew County School Corporation Elementary School Counselor.  She was employed with the school corporation for over 40 years. She has been the BCSC Teachers of the Year, the Wal Mart Teacher of the Year, and the Republic Woman of the Year.  She has been a member of the Heritage Board, the United Way Allocation Committee, a CASA worker, the BCSC Teacher Association and other organizations. As a retired teacher in addition to be on the CO-OP Board she is a volunteer for Book Buddies, Turning Point, Brighter Days, and is a member of the Bartholomew County NAACP.  She is a member of the Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church. She believes in the seven CO-OP Principles. Her major interest in working for and believing in the CO-OP is to provide quality and nutritious food to the Columbus community. It is especially important to provide education, training and information (Principle 5) to our low-income community.   

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Local Food: Information for Your Community

Local Food is defined in many ways, but most importantly, it means food from farmers in your county, state, or region — whether chickens_sue.jpg you buy it at a farmers market, restaurant, or grocer.

You can buy most of the food you need from Indiana farmers, including flour, popping corn, beans, veggies, fruit, syrup, honey, jam, meat, sausage, chicken, eggs, and fish, to name a few.

The advantage of buying local is that you support a local food economy that sustains our agricultural heritage and family farms, addresses food security and land use concerns, and retains food dollars in our state economy. 

Click HERE for more information about Indiana Agriculture. 

Our Hometown Food Guide

Our Cooking Across Cultures Classes

 

Farmer's Markets in the Area:

Columbus Farmer's Market
Brown Street
Sat, 9am-12:30pm, May-Sept
http://columbusfarmersmarket.org/

Columbus City Market
Fairoaks Mall, Sat, 
9:30am-12:30pm, June-Mid-Sept
https://www.facebook.com/localfoods17/

Columbus City Winter Market
Fairoaks Mall
Sat, 9:30am-12:30pm, Dec-April
https://www.facebook.com/localfoods17/

Cummins Mid-Week 
Farmer's Markets
Jackson Street, Weds, 4-6pm,
Columbus Engine Plant
Weds, 2-4pm, 
May-October

Seymour Farmer's Market
Walnut Street
Sat, 8am-Noon, May-October
http://www.seymourchamber.com/pages/seymour-area-farmers-market

North Vernon Farmer's Market
City Park, Shelterhouse #2, Tues, 
Thur, Sat, 7:30am-1pm, Apr-Oct

Shelbyville Farmer's Market
Shelbyville Public Square
Saturday, 8am-Noon, May-October
http://www.mainstreetshelbyville.org/farmers-market/

Hope Farmer's Market
On the Square, First Fri. of May, 
June, Aug; Every Friday in July
Nashville Farmer's Market
51 SR 46
Sunday 11-2, May-October
Bean Blossom Farmer's Market
St. David's Episcopal Church
Friday 4-7, June-October
Want to add your market? Contact info@columbusmarket.coop or call Liz at (317) 258-5217.
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Find Your Favorite Farms

Hometown Food Guide Map & PDF Print out

Looking for local food in the Columbus area? You've come to the right place.

Once the Co-op doors open, you'll be able to find local food featured in our full service grocery store. Until then, we're working hard to connect our 1000+ members with nearby farms and farmers. We hope this Guide will be a useful community resource that promotes farms and helps more people eat more local food.

 Print out the guide by downloading here. It lists all of the farms from the map and a basic description of what food they produce and how to find it. Put this on your refrigerator or in the car so you always know where to find local food.

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Farmers, How to Get on the Guide

We definitely want to add you to the Guide. Take 3 minutes, contact us with your information and we will add you. 

Please include the following:

Farm name
Address
Products 
Contacts 
Phone number
E-mail
Markets 
Terms (Cash, Check, SNAP, etc)
Photo(s) of your farm, products, or logo. 

 

Contact info@columbusmarket.coop or call Liz at (317) 258-5217.

 

Farmer's Markets in the Area:

 

Columbus Farmer's Market
Brown Street
Sat, 9am-12:30pm, May-Sept
http://columbusfarmersmarket.org/

Columbus City Market
Fairoaks Mall, Sat, 
9:30am-12:30pm, June-Mid-Sept
https://www.facebook.com/localfoods17/

Columbus City Winter Market
Fairoaks Mall
Sat, 9:30am-12:30pm, Dec-April
https://www.facebook.com/localfoods17/

Cummins Mid-Week 
Farmer's Markets
Jackson Street, Weds, 4-6pm,
Columbus Engine Plant
Weds, 2-4pm, 
May-October

Seymour Farmer's Market
Walnut Street
Sat, 8am-Noon, May-October
http://www.seymourchamber.com/pages/seymour-area-farmers-market

North Vernon Farmer's Market
City Park, Shelterhouse #2, Tues, 
Thur, Sat, 7:30am-1pm, Apr-Oct

Shelbyville Farmer's Market
Shelbyville Public Square
Saturday, 8am-Noon, May-October
http://www.mainstreetshelbyville.org/farmers-market/

Hope Farmer's Market
On the Square, First Fri. of May, 
June, Aug; Every Friday in July
Nashville Farmer's Market
51 SR 46
Sunday 11-2, May-October
Bean Blossom Farmer's Market
St. David's Episcopal Church
Friday 4-7, June-October
Want to add your market? Contact info@columbusmarket.coop or call Liz at (317) 258-5217.

 

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March Cooking Across Cultures

Mary Lou Nay has offered to teach a class on her own homespun approach to food. We will learn how to make pumpkin butter and hear stories about mushroom hunting in Brown County. Class size is limited so register early and all participants share the cost of ingredients. Register with Sarah at sarahgrey@att.net.

Facebook Event Link

Cooking Across Cultures is a cooking class in the kitchen of North Christian Church.

It happens the first Friday of the month as a result of a partnership between Columbus Food Co-op and North Christian Church. 

All Co-op classes are free, but we suggest attendees offer money to defer some costs for the chef / teacher.

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