This year’s campaign at East River was unlike any other, with more engagement from all around the coop. More than 950 cooperators voted in person or by proxy, hundreds more than we’ve seen in years. No matter who wins an election like that, more participation is a big win for all of us.
Many of you knocked on doors and talked to neighbors about the challenges we face — that’s the best way to make sure that our board is accountable to our concerns.
Some of you explicitly collected proxies for the four of us, or handed out flyers from Cooperatively Yours, helping to consolidate our strength and establish a network that will continue to encourage communication.
Others voted for the first time, or the first time in years, and committed to our long-term goals of strengthening the coop’s financial security and sharing ideas and information with openness and respect.
You’ve shown what we can accomplish when we work together. Thank you all so much for your support, your suggestions, and your valuable time.
& Don Mathisen.