Board of Directors elections have now closed. Thanks to all member-owners who exercised their democratic member control and voted in this year’s Board elections (Nov. 1 – Nov. 14).
This year we had four seats open on the Board and twelve candidates running for those seats. The three candidates who received the most votes will each serve three-year terms on the Board, and the candidate with the fourth most votes will serve a one-year term in a seat left open by a previous Board member stepping down.
Paper ballots postmarked Nov. 1 – Nov. 14 have all been counted, so election results are now finalized. During the December Board meeting, our current Board will approve the election results and seat the four Board candidates who received the most votes.
2016 Board Election Results:
Ian Colburn – 164
Gina Dennis – 1,202
James Glover – 194
Marissa Joe – 1,044
Chad Jones – 903
John Kwait – 533
Ariana Marchello – 550
Silda Mason – 128
Carlos Pantera – 237
Elise Wheeler – 887
Courtney White – 592
Django Zeaman – 250
Based on these results, Gina Dennis, Marissa Joe and Chad Jones will be seated on the La Montañita Co-op Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning in 2017, and Elise Wheeler will be seated on the Board for a one-year term.
La Montañita Co-op’s Annual Owner Gathering was held on October 22 in Albuquerque, and we knew that not everyone who wanted to attend was able to.
For those of you who missed it, we’ve uploaded an unedited video of the first portion of the meeting, including remarks from the Board, our General Manager, member-owners, and 2016 Board candidates.
We’ve also uploaded a video of special guest speaker Ted Howard’s talk on building community wealth through the cooperative model. As you’ll see, multiple cameras were used to record this talk, so shots from different angles were edited together to create the complete video of our special guest’s talk.
Here are links to both videos:
Annual Owner Gathering, Part 1 – Remarks from the Board, our General Manager, member-owners, and Board candidates: Click here to watch
Annual Owner Gathering, Part 2 – Special Guest Speaker Ted Howard on building community wealth through the cooperative model: Click here to watch
If you have a question you would have liked to ask at the Annual Owner Gathering, please let us know! You can always reach us through our contact form here: Contact Us
Member-Owner Town Hall Meetings were held recently in ABQ and Santa Fe, but we knew that not everyone who wanted to attend was able to. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch unedited videos of the meetings, we’ve uploaded recordings of both for you here in their entirety:
Albuquerque, October 5: Click here to watch
Santa Fe, October 6: Click here to watch
If you have a question you would have liked to ask at the Town Hall, please let us know! You can always reach us through our contact form here: Contact Us
The Party Continues on Albuquerque’s Westside, 3601 Old Airport Ave. We’re bringing you a cornucopia of savings at La Montañita Co-op’s Westside location. You’ll find incredible savings store-wide, exclusive Sampling with Sylvanna featuring items on sale and Rockin’ events each week. We can’t wait to see you at the Westside!
Great savings on organic produce, available to all our customers. New Fresh Sales are available every Wednesday — see what terrific organic produce is on sale now!
Haven’t tried a Field Day product, yet? It’s La Montañita’s organic, natural and GMO-free value-product line.
As part of our Co+op Basics special-pricing program (look for the purple and white signs), we carry over 80 Field Day lines at everyday low prices store-wide at all your neighborhood La Montañita locations.
Stop by today, and pick up some Field Day that’s designed to fit YOUR budget.
To learn more about Field Day and their extensive selection of products, visit their website: http://www.fielddayproducts.com/
Sunday, April 24, 10am to 6pm behind the Nob Hill Co-op at 3500 Central SE.
Santa Fe BBQ: Friday, April 22, 11:30am to 2pm at the Santa Fe Co-op.
Our Westside and Gallup stores want you to be able to shop the Co-op in style. At the Westside Co-op on Friday, April 22, and at the Gallup Co-op on Saturday, April 23, when you spend $10 or more at either location, you’ll receive a free reusable Co-op shopping bag.
By Robin Seydel
This 26th Annual EarthFest comes at a time when it is clear we have much to do for planetary and personal health and well-being. In February of this year we repeatedly broke, matched or came close to some of the hottest daily temperatures ever recorded. Additionally this year has seen an uptick in awareness of the social and economic justice issues that need to be addressed for true democracy and justice for all.
Over the years we have watched EarthFest grow with much good environmental and justice work done and connections and relationships grown. We are deeply moved by and thankful for how the New Mexican community has come together, to grow this festival into one of the most beloved of spring events. The joyous nature of the festival with its the coming together of friends new and old coupled with the good work we can accomplish when we cooperate makes EarthFest an important part of how we positively impact lives in our community and restore and sustain our little planet.
This year, recognizing that we are stronger when we come together, we are encouraging people to do just that and focus on collaborating on climate chaos, renewable energy, water quality, conservation, food self-sufficiency, economic and social justice and so many related issues. Come meet and lend your energy in support of the efforts of the many dedicated people in our communities who are working on these and other issues.
We firmly believe that with the same cooperative spirit that for 40 years enabled the Co-op to thrive and become the community hub for a sustainable future it has become, we can and will overcome the challenges we face.
You can expect an inspiring day filled with information, education and action booths from dozens of environmental, social and economic justice organizations from around the state. Meet local farmers, pet baby goats and get seedlings for a sustainable food supply, drought-resistant plants, and beautiful art from fine local artists and craftspeople. And of course you’ll get to eat great Co-op food and dance in the streets with friends and neighbors new and old.
RIDE A BIKE!
As the many of you who have attended the Co-op Earth Fest know due to the popularity of the event, and Nob Hill parking realities; it’s best to hike, bike or carpool to the festival site. Given that, we are once again honored to be working with Chuck Malagodi of the City of Albuquerque’s Bicycle program on the annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo and other bicycle education. Look for this part EarthFest at the west end of the festival grounds near Tulane.
A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS
As always you can count on seeing some of our community’s fine local artists and craftspeople, hearing some of your favorite musicians and thrilling to performances from our gifted local performers. Some festival favorites, like the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, National Institute of Flamenco’s Alama Flamenca, Baile Baile Folklorico and Adama Africian Dancers and Drummers are coming back, and we are once again honored to have them grace the little stage under the big tent in the middle of Silver Street. See the full entertainment schedule on this page so you don’t miss any of this great, local and FREE music.
Space goes quickly so reserve yours today. We give first priority to non-profit environmental, social and economic justice organizations, farmers, gardeners and farming organizations. Due to space considerations and Fire Department regulations NO POP-UP CANOPIES will be allowed.
We’re hoping for a beautiful day, and with Mother Earth’s blessing we will once again take time to celebrate “Her” and reaffirm our commitment to restoring and sustaining our beautiful blue/green planetary gem.
Join your friends and neighbors as we educate ourselves for paradigm shifting action and joyously dance in the streets at Albuquerque’s favorite spring gathering. Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 24; this is one event you don’t want to miss! For more information or to reserve your free booth space contact Robin at 217-2027 or toll free at 877-775-2667, email@example.com.
EarthFest Entertainment Schedule
10:00am: Ehecatl Aztec Dancers
11:00am: Eileen and the In-Betweens
12:00pm: Alma Flamenca
1:00pm: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
2:00pm: Baile Baile Dance Company
2:30pm: Adama African Dancers and Drummers
3:00pm: Silver Strings Band
4:00pm: Cowboys and Indian
5:00pm: Blue Hornets
Our beloved founding owner and Board Member passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 26. We are deeply indebted to Marshall for his unwavering guidance, loyalty and dedication to La Montañita for the past 40 years in all aspects of the Co-op, especially with governance issues. Marshall truly embodied the cooperative spirit and was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed.