MOCO Virtual Annual Meeting 2020

MOCO Virtual Annual Meeting


The MOCO Annual Meeting was a great success! Thank you for your continued support of MOCO. Whether that is through rolling up your sleeves to pull us through challenging pandemic times, sharing with your friends and neighbors about the positive experiences you’ve had in the store, or your dedication to shopping MOCO first – YOU are our foundation. We have all made the commitment to MOCO and now we must all take action to prove it.

Happy Co-op Month!

Please take advantage of these great opportunities to celebrate!

  • View our virtual Annual Meeting that was held on Wednesday, October 21st. (use access passcode: a2*tHab?)
  • Exercise your member-owner right to vote for Board Candidates now through Nov 4th.
  • All shoppers should vote for our next year of Round It Up for Change recipients who’s profiles can be found below.
  • All member-owners receive 10% off in-store and curbside shopping orders for the rest of the month.
  • Add $8 – $10 to each of your shopping visits to help MOCO achieve its financial goals.

Now it’s time to vote!

Below are the links to two ballots, the MOCO 2020 Board Elections Ballot and the 2021 Round It Up For Change Member Ballot. Please print both, fill out and return to the store by November 4th. You’ll find more information about voting below.

Voting Instructions

Because we will be gathering online for the MOCO annual meeting this year, voting will be done at the store. Members can place their vote by ballot at the store from October 22 through November 4th. Staff members will hand out and collect the ballots during regular hours of operation. Volunteers will staff a table for voting during high traffic times.

Downloadable ballots will be available when voting opens. You will print and complete the ballot, put it in a sealed envelope with your name on it so you can be identified as the voting member. Your ballot will be removed from the envelope before it is inserted into the ballot box with the other ballots to maintain anonymity. You may also call the store in advance for curbside pick-up of a ballot.

Please take a moment to exercise your right & responsibility as a member-owner and vote for your board positions, a board recommended by-law change adding a one-year student board member position, and our Round It Up For Change Non-Profit organizations.

Below you’ll find bios for all the board member candidates. You’ll also find links to the 2018 & 2019 Annual Meeting minutes, the proposed change to the By-Laws,  as well as our Round It Up For Change Non-Profit organizations.

Five percent of the membership participation is required in order to have a valid election, so please take a moment to drop by the store by November 4th and cast your vote.

Proposed By-Law Change

The board is suggesting the following change to MOCO By-Laws so that a one-year board position for a college student representative can be added.

The proposal is as follows:

4.1 Powers and Duties. The Board shall be composed of nine (9) directors and one (1) Student Member. Except for matters for which member voting is required, the Board shall have full power to govern the Cooperative including, but not limited to, hiring management, evaluating its performance and establishing compensation, and assuring the mission of the Cooperative is carried out.

4.16 Student Member. One student Member of the board may serve a term of one (1) year. The Board’s Student Member shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors. Student members may not hold any office on the board. This individual shall be appointed by the board to serve in this one-year position. Student members may volunteer or be appointed to serve on committees.

Meet Your Board Candidates

Larry Gibbs
Hyde Park
Currently serving on the board as an appointed member.

My wife & I have lived in Hyde Park for six and a half years. During this time we have seen the Morrisville Co-op going from a vision to a fully operational store. Certain skills sets were necessary to bring MOCO to where it is today. I would like to continue to serve the board because I believe my skills sets & experiences in conjunction with the collaboration of the other board members could serve to bring MOCO operations to a whole new level, both in controlling costs and increased member participation.

My career in both the technology & insurance industries has focused on contract management, contract negotiations & process management/control. I believe these skills along with my experiences in my family’s business will be an asset to the Morrisville Food Co-op.

Elaine Harvey
Currently serving on the board as an appointed member.

I have spent most of my professional career in higher education. I’ve served on numerous boards and committees in pursuit of both professional and personal passions. Professionally, I have always been drawn to effective storytelling as a vehicle to evoke emotion that drives action. As an administrator at Northern Vermont University, I am deeply committed to maintaining vital resources for this community. That is why MOCO has been a passion of mine as its impact on the local community is far reaching not just for patrons to have access to local, fresh products, but in support of our agricultural network here in Northern Vermont.

Cari Varner

I have been teaching at NVU since 2014, on-line and traditional courses, both introductory and advanced level. I have taught: Environmental Ethics & Politics, Introduction to Environmental Problems, Land Use Planning, Greening the Business Environment and Sense of Place.

I live in Morrisville in the village with my two young children. I am the Youth Services Librarian at the Varnum Memorial Library in Jeffersonville, and Assistant Youth Services Librarian and Outreach Coordinator at the Morristown Centennial Library.

I have previously taught at Mississippi State University, University of Maryland and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. My community design work and research has been presented and published at several national and international planning and design conferences, featured extensively by local media and has been exhibited at the National Building Museum, the Architecture Biennale and the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2009, I was selected by the Design Futures Council as an Emerging Leader in Sustainable Design. In the past, I have been recognized by the Small Town and Rural Planning division of American Planning Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and has received an Edna Bailey Sussman Internship Award, among others. I have completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate certification.

Mark Andrews

Retired school administrator having served many Vermont communities over the last 40 years as an education consultant, Principal and Superintendent. Mark currently operates a LLC that offers support to school boards in the area of school governance as well as coaching and mentoring services for newly hired principals. Mark has always believed that system and operational change comes from within an organization beginning with a well articulated vision that’s supported by key stakeholder groups followed by effective board governance. Mark resides in Morristown with his wife, Jenifer.

Rachel Funk

I am running for a board position at the Morrisville Food Co-op because I would like to join a dedicated group that helps sustain and grow the Co-op. I believe in what the Co-op has to offer, building a sense of community around locally made and natural foods and products. With a passion for health and wellness, I believe in working together to promote healthy food and living in our community.

In my work as the children’s librarian at Morristown Centennial Library, I create and offer many programs to the community. I see myself contributing my skills and background in creative programming, publicity, collaboration, and community building to the MOCO board.

A long-term resident of Morrisville, I sing with the Take 5 Jazz Ensemble and lead the Spontaneous Jewish Choir at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. I am also a songwriter and poet.

Morrisville is a great place to live, and MOCO is an important part of the town’s vibrancy. I hope to be part of helping the Co-op continue to thrive. Thank you for considering me for your vote!

Round It Up For Change non-profit organizations.

Applicants are listed in alphabetical order. You will be able to vote for FIVE recipients via ballots in the store October 22, through November 4th.

Ballet Wolcott

Ballet Wolcott believes in quality dance education and offers syllabus in dance that is focused on children’s developmental needs and believes in integrating creativity and dance into the community. Funds from Round It Up will be used to build a scholarship fund so that the dance experience is more accessible to children, teens, and adults.

Friends of Lanpher Memorial Library

Friends of LML will use Round It Up funds to support their many free community programs – from providing new reading materials, to running a free speaker series, to installing and maintaining “Little Free Libraries” throughout Lamoille County.

Green Mountain Support Services

With its mission to “empower neighbors with disabilities to be at home in the community,” GMSS’s person-centered focus provides services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Funds will be used for education and community outreach programs.

Healthy Lamoille Valley/Lamoille Family Center

Healthy Lamoille Valley is a coalition of community organizations and individuals working collaboratively to reduce youth substance misuse and encourage youth to make substance free healthy choices. Funding from Round It Up will be used to support youth programs, including the Lamoille Area Youth Council.

Justice For Dogs

Justice For Dogs is an all volunteer non-profit, dedicated to recuing abandoned, abused or surrendered local dogs and cats and to finding successful “furever” homes for them. JFD provides many additional support services to help folks be able to keep their pets or to provide for the animal’s well being.

Lamoille Community House

LCH is a shelter that provides clean beds and hot meals to people in our community experiencing homelessness. With kindness and dignity, LCH offers guests hope, security and connection to community. Their intent in 2021 is to move from a seasonal shelter to a year-round model and increase staff capacity to coordinate housing reentry and move towards ending homelessness in Lamoille County.

Laraway Youth and Family Services

LYFS is an independent non-profit school that provides educational, therapeutic foster care, therapy and behavioral intervention support to at-risk children living in Vermont. Funds will support their Crisis Fund that helps mitigate unexpected crises for the children and families they serve.

Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture (MACC)

MACC is the non-profit booster of all things Morrisville, bringing projects and events to support the economic well-being and cultural creativity of Morrisville. From art installations to locally installed planters of growing vegetables for all to pick, MACC works to make Morrisville a more welcoming, beautiful, walkable and user-friendly town.

Mountain River School

MRS is an independent school serving students from Pre-K through 8th grade. By emphasizing real-world learning experiences and a hands-on approach, students are given the opportunity to connect to the culture, economy and ecology of local places. Funds will directly support students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds- currently 50% of the school’s students.

North Country Animal League

NCAL is an animal welfare organization, located in Morrisville, dedicated to building compassionate relationships between animals and people offering a broad range of services, such as saving the lives of pets, humane education, preventing animal cruelty, spay/neuter programs, sheltering and finding loving adoptive homes for pets.

Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL). Fiscal Sponsor: Helen Day Arts Center

REAL is a community coalition with a vision that embodies inclusion, equity and justice as values central to its identity. REAL is committed to building a safe community, where all people experience dignity and respect, and all are welcome with kindness and belonging.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

SPPAC is a modern performance space, which presents year-round performing arts, educational and family programs. Funding from RIU will provide financial support to award needs-based scholarships for summer camp programs.

United Way of Lamoille County

United Way of Lamoille County’s mission is to advocate for the health, education and financial stability of families and individuals in Lamoille County. Funds will be used to support New Foundations, an innovative residential program for low income, homeless single parents, helping them move into a life of self-sufficiency and independence.

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