Every couple of months, we will be interviewing one of our Board Members so that you can get to know them better! This month, we are featuring J. Faye Dixon.
Some other answers from Faye:
How do you take your coffee?
I am a green tea drinker! But I do love a good espresso drink.
Proudest accomplishment in the last year?
I was promoted to Full Professor at UCD
Favorite area park?
Central (especially back when we still had live music)
Favorite thing about your favorite person?
Sense of humor
What did you want to be when you were little?
A translator for the UN
How do you stay healthy?
Running, walking, yoga and pilates
Favorite place you’ve traveled (provide a photo if possible!)?
Too many to name but the picture above is from Seville, Spain.
Welcome to the Fall Season!
Now that Fall is here, we would like to give a shout out and welcome to all of the UC Davis students starting the 2020-21 school year. Our city has felt so empty without the vibrance of the students and we are happy to finally see returning and new students bringing back life to the community.
It’s been a while since the board updated you on what we have been up to. The board has been working together with staff, behind the scenes to adapt to all of the new changes in our world. We have missed interacting with the community in the many events that typically take place at this time of year and look forward to when we can resume these in person.
To help keep safe during this pandemic, the board transitioned to virtual board meetings that Davis Food Co-op owners are welcome to attend. Dates of the meetings and details on attending virtually are on the Board section of our website, towards the bottom of the page. We would love to see you at our monthly meetings!
As many already know, we had a changing of the guards with our General Manager in June. As we said goodbye to Prassanna Regmi, our Operations Manager Laura Sanchez assumed the role of Interim General Manager and we are happy to say that this transition has gone very smoothly. The Board is now seeking qualified candidates to hire as the new permanent General Manager. If you or someone else you know is interested and feels they are qualified, please refer to the job posting here.
And speaking of more changing of the guards, during the summer we gained a new board member who we would like to introduce to you. Please check them out below and give them a round of virtual applause for joining our board.
Dear Davis Food Co-op Members,
I hope this letter finds you and your household well.
“Stay at Home” orders keep us safe, but for some it can be isolating. At times like this, it can help to recognize the many community connections we have, and one of those is your membership with the Davis Food Co-op. Membership is more than being a shopper, it means that you share store ownership with other members of the store.
Davis Food Co-op elections open on May 7, 2020. This year we have three candidates running to serve on the board. The Board of Directors oversees the Co-op, and implements policies on your behalf. Board members are democratically elected by Davis Food Co-op member-owners.
This year, all elections will be online (you can also do this in the store if you prefer). The Co-op has contracted with a reputable company to manage voting and to tabulate the results. This method of voting is kind to the environment, economically efficient, and secure.
I understand that there are many distractions at this time so I want to reach out and ask—will you please take the time to vote by May 21, 2020?
Sharon Tobar President
Calling Davis Food Co-op Owners to run for the Board of Directors!
If you are feeling like 2020 is the year for you to get involved in the esteemed democratic process and if you value a cooperative business that is collectively owned and governed by its members, then I invite you to consider running for the Board of Directors at the Davis Food Coop. We have three seats open this year.
Board Directors are volunteers for a term of three years and commit to working about 15 hours a month. In exchange, Directors receive 16.5% off all their purchases at the co-op and have dinner during their monthly Board meetings. Directors also gain skills through training and experience that support their professional and personal development. Directors also have opportunities throughout the year to attend community events while representing the Davis Food Co-op.
Acting as a Board Director is a great way to be involved with this long-standing community-owned store. Starting in 1972 this community establishment has thrived because of everyday people who worked and volunteered their time to make it what it is today. Whether you are a long time owner with a long history at the Co-op or a younger member who has an interest in what the Co-op is all about, we welcome each and every one of you.
Running for the Board is very easy and you don’t have to be a savvy politician to do so. If you are thinking about running, please visit our website for detailed information. Our Board Development Committee would be happy to talk to you about the expectations, the process, and our own experiences. If you are still unsure or have already decided to take the plunge, please join us on March 4 at 6:30 pm in the teaching kitchen where we will have an orientation for potential candidates. This is a great opportunity to hear more about what to expect and to ask further questions. Once candidates have decided to run for the Board they must submit their declaration of candidacy by March 20th.
We are excited to greet and meet this year’s candidates! Best of luck and happy campaigning to our future board members!
Board of Directors – Davis Food Co-op