New faces with the Oshkosh Food Co-op

We have some very exciting news to share-

We welcome 4 new board members and our new PROJECT MANAGER!

Pictured above, from left to right:

Susan Vette, Tracy Vinz, Project Manager Laura Schwartzburg, Warren Bergman, and Peter Westort.

Susan Vette is a longtime Oshkosh resident and has served on numerous community boards such as President of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services (founder Men Who Cook); and the Grand Opera House Foundation- to name a few!  She is a graduate of Rose C. Swart Campus School, Oshkosh High School, and UW Madison. Her professional career as an advertising copywriter and account executive, along with her marketing and communications expertise, will be an excellent addition to the Food Co-op Board.

Tracy Vinz has been farming her entire life, and currently runs her farm Olden Organics, a year round Certified Organic fresh produce farm located in the Town of Rosendale. She sells their produce and line of Veggie Creations at local farmers markets, privately owned local grocery stores, and to other WI Food Co-ops. Additionally, she proudly serves as a member of the Oshkosh Farmers Market Board of Directors.  We welcome Tracy's perspective as a producer to our Board!

Project Manager Laura Schwartzburg has worked in fundraising in the non-profit industry for more than 15 years. Through her consulting practice, she helps non-profits generate the support they need to be successful. She is passionate about poverty and the effects it has on people and communities. She sees the benefits a Food Co-op can bring to people living in a food desert.  Laura obtained CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) accreditation in 2017 and holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian University.  She served as Board President for Mahala’s Hope and Chair of the Equal Opportunity Commission in Fond du Lac. She also enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society, letting large dogs take her for walks. She has spent summers working on an organic farm, learning about all things produce farm related.

Warren Bergmann is a "semi retired" teacher, bringing his skills in communications and public relations to our Board. Warren is active as a music festival adjudicator, camp orchestra director, and substitute teacher in Oshkosh and Neenah. He also  volunteers with the social justice organization FitOshkosh.   His personal commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and supporting the local food system are an inspiration.  

Peter Westort returns to the Board with a wealth of expertise in Accounting and Taxation.  Peter earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Oregon, an MBA from the University of Southern Maine, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He is also a CPA and was a Fulbright Scholar in Alexandria, Egypt for the 2011-2012 academic year.   Peter has been involved in not-for-profit organizations in a variety of capacities including AFS (American Field Service), United Way, Boy Scouts of America, UW Oshkosh Credit Union Assets and Liability Committee.   

We are so excited for this HUGE milestone in our project.   Can't you just feel the #comentum?


2019 Annual Meeting + Agenda

The Oshkosh Food Co-op's Annual Meeting is an important time to mingle with fellow members, vote for your Board of Directors and hear about the State of the Coop.

If you haven't already submitted your RSVP, please do so here.

Here is the Agenda for this year's meeting:

5 pm: Voting opens. Social hour that includes delicious appetizers, a photo booth, kids activities, and more.

6 pm: Voting ends, meeting begins.   

  • Welcome
  • Approve minutes
  • State of the Coop
  • Announce newly elected Board Members
  • Door prizes

6:30 Meeting Adjourned, social hour until 7 pm

 

 


2019 Board of Directors Candidates

We are excited to announce this year's Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Director's candidates!

Our board consists of nine seats. Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. This year we have four board seats open with one incumbent re-running. We would like to thank our retiring board members for their generous time and commitment to the Oshkosh Food Co-op.

2019 Board of Directors Candidate Slate. You will have the opportunity to vote for up to four of these candidates. Please click the links below to read the nomination statement that each of the candidates has prepared as you consider your vote.

Who is eligible to vote: Every primary member (each member household gets one vote) that became a member on or before March 5, 2019 is eligible to vote.

There are two ways to vote:

  1. At the annual meeting! All primary members can vote in-person at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Be sure to stop by the elections table to cast your ballot.
  2. Online! An email will be sent to each eligible primary member at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Online elections will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Additional instructions will be included in the email.

 If you have any questions, contact us by email at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com


2019 Board of Directors Nominations Open!

Dear Oshkosh Food Co-op Members,

We are now accepting nominations for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors! This is an incredible opportunity to become involved in a meaningful community project with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals. It's all hands on deck as we continue to progress into exciting phases like site selection, hiring our first employee, the capital campaign and growing our membership. We would LOVE for YOU to consider sharing your skills and passions to bring the Oshkosh Food Cooperative to life!

Interested candidates are welcome to sit in on a board meeting or join existing board members for a casual coffee date:

Wednesday, February 6: Board of Directors Meeting 6:30pm, Blue Door Consulting, Oshkosh

Thursday, February 7: Coffee with Lizz and Anna at Planet Perk-City Center from 4:00-5:00pm.

Sunday, February 10: Coffee with Sam and Brenda, Planet Perk-City Center from 12:00-1:00pm.

If you are interested in running for the board, please review the Candidate Packet here. To apply, please complete the Self Nomination Statement and email it to oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com.

Nominations must be received no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

 

Questions? Email us at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com


We are hiring!

On the heels of the latest update from the Board of Directors, we are excited to share the news that we are now seeking a Project Manager!

No more behind the scenes info, it is time to get the word out and make this exciting position HIGHLY VISIBLE!

We share with you now, as you recognize the importance of a Project Manager/Campaign Coordinator as a catalyst to opening our community-owned store in Oshkosh.

Take a peek at our Job Description.  Could this be FOR YOU? Or for someone you know?

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume to oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com with the subject line: Project Manager Application

We do plan to post the position on various sites within the Oshkosh community, as well as with other food co-ops and food co-op networks. We would appreciate your help to spread the word throughout your various networks.

Let’s flood the OFC Human Resources Team with awesome talent for this critical role. 

 

 


2018 Board of Directors Candidate Slate Announced!

We are very excited to announce this year's Oshkosh Food Co-op slate of candidates!

Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. Two additional board slots are open this year due to two board members leaving their terms early (one for a medical reason, another for a community endeavor).

2018 Board of Directors Candidate Slate. Please click the links below to read the nomination statement that each of the outstanding candidates has prepared as you consider your vote! You will have the opportunity to vote for up to five candidates.

Who is eligible to vote: Every primary member (each member household gets one vote) that became a member on or before March 26, 2018 is eligible to vote in the board of directors election.

How to cast your vote:

  • At the annual meeting! All primary members can vote between 4:30-5:30pm at the Annual Meeting on April 25, 2018. Click here for more details on the annual meeting. Additional instructions will be available at the annual meeting.
  • Primary members can also vote online! An email will be sent to each eligible primary member no less than two weeks before the Annual Meeting. Online elections will close at midnight on April 24, 2018. Additional instructions will be included in the email.

 If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com


2018 Annual Meeting Agenda

The Oshkosh Food Co-op Annual Meeting & Celebration is coming up soon! We will be celebrating successes, growth, and love for local and healthy food on Wednesday, April 25th at Blue Door Consulting (50 W. 6th Ave., Oshkosh) starting at 4:30pm.

If you haven't already submitted your RSVP, please do so here.

Here is the program for our Annual Meeting & Celebration event:

4:30pm Voting for Board of Director Candidates opens. Enjoy food, samples, social hour, and children's activities.
5:30pm Annual Meeting Begins
  Welcome
  Approve Minutes
  Close Elections for Board of Directors
  State of the Co-op
  Announce Newly Elected Board Members
  Snag a group photo of all members
6:30pm Adjourn

 

We hope to see you on April 25th!


2018 Board of Directors Nominations Now Open!

Dear Oshkosh Food Co-op Members,

This is the official notice of openings for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors! Are you passionate about local foods, eager to open a thriving community-owned grocery store in the heart of Oshkosh, and excited to work with a creative, skilled, and dedicated team? If your answer is yes, yes, yes…WE NEED YOU!

Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. Two additional board slots are open this year due to two board members leaving their terms early (one for a medical reason, another for a community endeavor).

All together we have five slots open for the Oshkosh Food Coop Board of Directors with three incumbents running again. Nomination statements are due Tuesday, February 27, 2018. You can find details about what being a board member entails as well as how to run for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors by downloading the nomination packet here

We are here to help you consider running for the Oshkosh Food Co-op! Stop in and talk with current board members during any one (or all!) of the opportunities below.

Wednesday, February 7th board members will be available for informal conversation and questions at Planet Perk (City Center) from 4:30 - 6PM; open house style.

Saturday, February 10th we will be at the Oshkosh Farmers Market from 9:00AM-12:30PM. Stop by to talk and/or ask questions.

Wednesday, February 14th we will hold an open house from 6:00-6:30PM prior to our board meeting; location 817 Waugoo Ave, Oshkosh. Stay for the board meeting if you'd like! Board meeting runs from 6:30-8:30PM.

If you are interested in becoming a Board member, and we hope you are, please see the process for nomination here.  If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com

Thank you,

The Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors

OFC_Board.jpg


2017 Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors Nominees

Three Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors positions are open for election in 2017. Board members hold their positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. The following are biographies that have been submitted as self-nominations to the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors. 

Please click the links below to read the biographies of the nominees. 

Nominees:

 

 If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com

 

 

 


Public Meeting Agenda March 1, 2017

Oshkosh Food Co-op Board Meeting              Date: 3-1-17             Time: 7:30-9:30 PM

Location: Blue Door Consulting, 21 W New York St., Oshkosh, WI

1.     Member Comment Period [3 minutes per comment]

2.     Approve minutes of previous meeting

3.     Treasurers Report

 

  • Savings:
  • Checking:
  • OACommunity Foundation acct:
  • Seed Grant activity:
  • Fully paid members:
    • Payment plan members:

 

 

4.     Mail: [Lawrence]

5.     Taxes: [Nicole/Lawrence]

6.     New members (checked 2/26/17):

7.     Annual Meeting/Election: [Stephanie/Nicole]

8.     Yard signs needed:

9.     Flash Campaigns: [Brenda]

10.  Co-op Grow Op 3.0 Spring edition: [Brenda/Cynthia/Brenna]  

11.  Meeting time:
12.  Pro Forma: [Nicole]
13.  Winter Market plan – [Stephanie/Cynthia]
14.  Technology update: [Stephanie]:
15.  Grants: [Paul] update if any
16.  Social Media: [Brenna/December]
17.  Board Letter:
18.  Mentorship with People’s Co-op: [Stephanie]
19.  Meet and Greets: [John]
20.  Up & Coming Conference:
21.  Any other outreach events:
22.  Standing Business:  Committee check in: a brief update/report if needed [previous topics of agenda are on 7/6/16 version of agenda]

New Business

Other Business

Adjourn
Meeting schedule notes:

  • NEXT BOARD MEETING: Wednesday, 3/15/17 at 7:30 at 817 Waugoo Ave

NEXT Grow Op meeting: Wed 3/8 at 7PM at Blue Door



Become a Member-Owner Volunteer

connect