Locally Owned, Organically Grown

Board Elections

It’s Time to Choose Your New Board Members

Yes, it’s that time again — time to elect your new Co-op Board Members! In order to give owners a chance to vote at the annual meeting, our election period has been moved back to April. This year we have five candidates running for four open spots on the Board of Directors.

Just what do Board members do for the Co-op? A vital, efficient, and effective Board of Directors is necessary to provide guidance and leadership to keep the Co-op healthy, active, productive, and responsive to Owners’ needs. The Board employs the principles of policy governance to focus on big-picture issues in order to evaluate and help plan for the future of the Co-op without managing day-to-day operations.

Voting is open through Saturday, April 8th. A ballot was included in your Spring Newsletter. Those who receive the newsletter electronically will receive a separate ballot via mail. Your final chance to vote will be at the annual meeting on April 8th. One entry per Owner number, please. We’ll have a ballot box at the front of the store, or you can mail your ballot to the store. New Board members will be announced at the annual meeting.

Voters are eligible to win! Your name will be saved and entered into a drawing for a Natural Harvest gift certificate. Thank you for your vote and good luck!

We asked each candidate about their interest in becoming a Co-op Board member (see answers below).

 

What are some unique qualifications you have that would make you a great board member?

KIM W. ANDERSON – EVELETH, MN:

In addition to volunteering for my church environmental group and in youth ministry, I spend a lot of time at Natural Harvest. I like to volunteer at the Co-op whenever opportunities arise. I enjoy lunch at the Co-op on a regular basis and look forward to the deli offering dinner at the new store. My personal health issues lead me to self-research regarding nutrition and Natural Harvest has been a vital key to maintaining my new, healthier self. I also believe that being active as we age is a crucial decision that everyone can benefit from.

JACOB ROSANDICH – VIRGINIA, MN

(INCUMBENT):

“I’ve managed teams in current and previous jobs in supervisor/manager roles totaling over 7 years of management/meeting/professional workplace experience.  I try to stay well-informed on organic, non-GMO, political, and holistic medicine news, ideas, and approaches.  I have a family of 5 that plans to be in the area for many years, and I look to the co-op as our place for groceries, health products, and like-minded conversations so I see the co-op being a part of my life for many years, and I’d like to make an impact there where I can.”

CARRIE SELL – COOK, MN:

“I am a practicing chiropractor and small business owner. I am extremely passionate about healthy food and have spent countless hours reviewing research and attending seminars about nutrition. I currently teach classes at the Co-op. My ultimate goal is to explain the nutritional benefits of whole foods in such a way that it raises enthusiasm and encourages people to try new produce and products available in the store.”

DARREL SWENSON – BRITT, MN:

“After shopping at Natural Harvest for a period of time I finally became a member in 1994, and immediately signed up to be a volunteer at the original store on Chestnut Street. Thus I was involved in the move to the new (current) store on the shore of Bailey’s Lake. I continued to be a volunteer and at that time I was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors for 2 terms. After I retired from my teaching career position at Virginia High School, I had the opportunity to become a part-time employee at Natural Harvest; a position I held for almost 15 years. During my employment I was in charge of the garden dept. (seeds, planting supplies, and the spring greenhouse), the coffee buyer, and the beverage buyer for the store. Therefore, because of the fact that I have been actively involved in all phases of the operation of Natural Harvest, from being a member, volunteer, employee, and past member of the board, I feel I can contribute to the future operations of the NEW Natural Harvest on the shore of Silver Lake.”

MEGAN THIELE – HOYT LAKES, MN:

“Being from an area that is vastly different from the Iron Range I think I would bring a unique perspective and new ideas to the board. I have experienced many co-ops across the Midwest so I can offer ideas that I have seen in those co-ops. I have also worked with many people in Decorah who are involved in a local foods movement. I will be able to share stories from other places where co-ops thrive and are a vibrant and integral part of the community.”

 

What do you think is the role of the Co-op in our community?

KIM W. ANDERSON – EVELETH, MN:

Our co-op provides healthy, nutritious, and delicious food for our community. The co-op also provides nutritional information for patrons through conversation with other shoppers, suggestions from great staff members, and by community classes offered right in the store. I’d especially like to see more seniors who have suffered from heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. understand how the co-op can aid in the change to a healthy diet and healthy life.

JACOB ROSANDICH – VIRGINIA, MN

(INCUMBENT):

“I think the co-op is the community leader in health and nutritional information and products.  I take pride in being a member and promoting the co-op as a positive place in our community that can be trusted.  With the new building, we have a chance to educate and inform more of our community.  I think that making the best of this opportunity to enhance our role in serving our Northern Minnesota community, and educating our community would be good goals for our co-op.”

CARRIE SELL – COOK, MN:

“I have visited many natural food stores in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I attended graduate school), as well as many more in my travels across the United States, and I believe that this area is incredibly fortunate to have Natural Harvest as a source of locally grown, organic food. That being said, I believe that the Co-op has a responsibility to grow financially so that it can serve more people throughout the entire region.”

DARREL SWENSON – BRITT, MN:

“In the past Natural Harvest has had a very positive impact in many aspects of Virginia and the entire Iron Range area in promoting healthy eating and supporting all aspects of healthy and sustainable life styles. Because of our impacts we have continually grown from that early beginning on Chestnut Street to the soon opening of the new store on Silver Lake. I see that impact simply continuing to grow in the future and to help that growth it is imperative that we remember that our first job is to serve and accommodate our current and future members. Our members are the most important key to recruiting new members and helping our co-op grow in the future. The word of mouth by current members is by far the best form of advertising our unique establishment in the community.”

MEGAN THIELE – HOYT LAKES, MN:

“I think the co-op is a place to bring people together and help teach them the value of their food. Co-ops are places that are welcoming to people no matter what their background and they place a higher worth in the food they provide. When people see how good the co-op is for the community, their health, and the environment it continually draws more people in and shapes the values of the community. I think co-ops create vibrant communities that value local growers, the planet, and all the people in the area.”

 

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