The 2022 Davis Food Co-op Elections are live until 6/4/22!
If you are an Owner, check your email for the ballot and instructions on how to vote. You can also email [email protected] or visit the Customer Service Desk for more information or voting assistance.
The 2022 Board Candidates
As a local farmer-supporter, vegetable lover, and former farmer with years of experience working with the agriculture community in the Greater Sacramento Region, my values and vision align with the mission of the Davis Food Co-op to provide high quality food to our community and supporting local producers. I am currently pursuing an M.S. in Community Development at UC Davis and providing direct technical assistance to CA-based farmers with the Small Farm Tech Hub at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. My passion for farming began at Soil Born Farms in Sacramento, and I’ve since worked in sales and marketing for Terra Firma Farm in Winters and Capay Valley Farm Shop in Esparto. Alongside my studies on community food systems in grad school, I enjoy outdoor adventures, cooking trials and tribulations, gardening experimentation, and the occasional puzzling while binging reality TV. As a resident of Davis and Co-op regular, I hope to bring my skill set, positivity, and collaborative spirit to the Board of Directors to support the business, build community, and advocate for the representation of diverse farmers in our region at the Davis Food Co-op.
Oliver Resnick Weiss
With a familial connection to the agriculture business as well as being involved with the student body at UC Davis, I will have unique perspective to help the functionality of the Davis co-op. I understand the significance that food plays in everyone’s daily lives and I want to be apart of a process that makes eating easy, enjoyable, sustainable, economical, etc.
As a current Board Member running for re-election, I believe in and want to continue to grow the DFC’s ability to meet our ends, to serve as a community hub for all residents, and to be a model of a successful, vibrant, cooperatively run business.
Vote for Change Nominees
Owners can vote for up to four of the following organizations they would like to see be a Round Up at the Register recipient:
- Cache Creek Conservancy
- Putah Creek Council
- Bike Davis
- Davis Media Access
- Explorit Science Center (Davis)
- Yolo Children’s Fund
- Davis Parent Nursery School (DPNS)
- Children’s Therapy Center
- Yolo County Care Continuum
- Norcal Resist
- HEART of Davis (formerly the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter)
- Paul’s Place
- Pet Adoption & Wellness Services (PAWS)
- Davis Senior High School Band Boosters
Proposed Bylaw Amendments
Article V: Board of Directors
Explanation of 5.1 Number and Composition Bylaw Amendment
The proposed amendment provides for the nomination of candidate(s) by a Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors . The Nominating Committee reviews the eligibility of prospective candidates and assists them in understanding the the needs of future Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors, and the duties required of a Board Member. The Committee Nominees are elected by vote of the Membership in the annual election. Eligible Candidates who are not nominated by the Nominating Committee still can run for a seat on the Board of Directors so long as 1% of the Membership has signed a petition for the Member to do so.
The proposed amendment is as follows:
5.1 Number and Composition. The Board shall be composed of nine (9) Directors. Directors shall be elected from among the Members of the Cooperative, having been nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Board, or nominated by Member petition signed by at least 1 % of the Membership. The 1% of members will be determined by the number of active members at the time of the prior year’s Annual Meeting. All Directors must remain Members of the Cooperative during their term of office. A maximum of two eligible owners who are paid employees of the Cooperative may serve as Members of the Board at any one time, if they are not disqualified by any other provision of these Bylaws.
Explanation of 5.4 Terms and Elections Bylaw Amendment
In the current Bylaw a Director can serve no longer than seven (7) consecutive years including two 3-year terms. The proposal to change this Bylaw would eliminate the maximum number of consecutive terms and allow Directors to be re-elected any number of times following the expiration of their 3-year term. The rationale behind the amendment is to allow continuity of Directors who are invested in continuing to serve on the Board and to support multi-year planning and advancement of the Davis Food Co-op.
The proposed amendment is as follows:
5.4 Terms and Elections. Elections shall occur annually, in a manner prescribed by the Board and set forth in the Cooperative’s Policy Manual. Directors shall serve three (3) year terms; and those terms shall be staggered such that approximately one-third of the Board is elected each year. A Director may be re-elected any number of times following the expiration of their term.
Explanation of 7.2 Net Surplus Savings and Earnings Bylaw Amendment
The proposed Bylaw amendment would refine the existing language to include prior years’ accumulated non-Member earnings as source for payment of dividends on preferred shares. A vote in favor of this Amendment can reserve more funds to pay out in patronage dividends.
The proposed amendment is as follows:
7.2 (B) (3) Application of net earnings The net earnings of the Cooperative for each fiscal year, to the extent attributable to the patronage of Members in good standing, shall be allocated and distributed among such Members as Patronage Refunds in proportion to their patronage. In determining and allocating net earnings, the Cooperative shall use a single allocation unit except to the extent that it may subsequently engage in any new and distinct line of business. Should the Board declare a Dividend on investment shares, such Dividend shall be paid first from that portion of net earnings attributed to non-Member business from the current year and then prior years’ accumulated earnings.
2022 Elections Calendar
The Declaration of Candidacy period begins. Davis Food Co-op Owners can apply to run for a seat on the Board of Directors during this time.
The Declaration of Candidacy period closes. Owners who are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors need to have filled out an application by this time.
3/21 – 5/13/22
Declared candidates can arrange to use the Free Speech Area near the Tomato sculpture to share information about their candidacy with Owners
Annual Meeting and start of voting
5/14 – 6/4/22
Voting online and in the store
Board votes to accept the election results at final 2021-22 Board meeting
New Directors seated at first 2021-22 Board meeting
ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board works on behalf of the Member-Ownership, to set the mission of the Co-op as well as monitor the operations and management of the store.
Director candidates must be committed to the Ends Statement of the Davis Food Co-op. Board Directors are volunteers for a term of three years and commit to working about 15 hours a month.
To thank them for their efforts and involvement, the Davis Food Co-op Directors receive 16.5% off all of their purchases at the Co-op. Our Directors also gain a variety of useful skills, such as business acumen, management experience, high-level communication, financial literacy, strategic thinking, and teamwork.
- Be a DFC shareholder in good standing.
- Prepare for, attend, and participate in monthly Board meetings and the Annual Ownership Meeting in May.
- Serve on one or two committees or task forces.
- Attend and participate in a day-long annual retreat in the Fall and/or Spring.
- Participate in Board training, as well as workshops, conferences, and DFC events throughout the year.
- Regularly read and respond to email correspondence.
- Devote time to learning about the co-op movement and the board decision-making tool Policy Governance.
How to become a Candidate for the Board
The 2022 Declaration of Candidacy period is now closed. Owners that are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors can check back in early 2023 for the next Elections cycle. If you have questions, you can email Marketing Manager Vince Marchese at [email protected] or the Board of Directors at [email protected].
How to get involved without being on the Board
- Attend the Annual Meeting
- Attend one or more board meetings
- Meet with a current or former Director
- Apply to serve on a Board committee
DFC BOARD COMMITTEES
Interested in the board’s work? Join a committee! The following committees are open for all Owners to join.
Board Development & Recruitment Committee: Provides training for Directors. Contact the committee lead, [email protected]
Elections Committee: Oversees the annual election. Contact the committee lead, [email protected]
Governance Committee: Reviews board policies and procedures. Contact the committee lead, [email protected]
Strategic Plan Committee: Works with the general manager to develop and monitor the strategic plan for DFC. Contact the committee lead, [email protected]
2021 Election Results
On June 14, 2021, the Board of Directors voted to accept the results of the election:
A total of 718 (7.7%) of our 9,282 eligible owners voted in the 2021 Spring Election.
The electorate approved the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes by a vote of 460 (100 %) vs. 0 (0%).
The electorate elected the following Owners for three-year Board terms:
- Aditi Risbud Bartl (2021-2024 term), with 479 votes (26.2%)
- Gustave Cirhigiri (2021-2024 term), with 469 votes (25.6%)
- Angelo Esquivel (2021-2024 term), with 427 votes (23.3%)
The electorate elected the following organizations as future Round Up at the Register recipients:
- Meals on Wheels Yolo County, with 382 votes (15.1%)
- NAMI Yolo County, with 225 votes (8.9%)
- Fourth & Hope, with 205 votes (8.1%)
- Yolo Land Trust, with 203 votes (8%)
Thank you to all Co-op Owners who voted!