Potsdam Food Co-op 2024 Annual Meeting

Potsdam Food Co-op 2024 Annual Meeting


The 2024 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the POTSDAM CONSUMER COOPERATIVE, INC. will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. (following the 6 p.m. potluck) at Trinity Church on Fall Island, Potsdam, in order to:

  1. Provide the annual report to the Member-Owners and answer questions.
  2. Elect Board members.

To elect our new Board members, our Bylaws require a quorum of 100 memberships or 10 percent of the total current memberships, whichever is smaller. Your participation matters! We hope you will attend the 2024 Annual Meeting to hear the annual report and ask questions. If you are unable to attend, you can authorize a proxy to vote in your place, by completing the form below no later than 6 pm on March 26th, 2024, or completing one in the Co-op no later than 12 p.m. March 26th, 2024.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can join us on Zoom!

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/PotsdamCoopMeeting2024
(Meeting ID: 815 6282 9820 / Passcode: 549577)

2024 Annual Meeting Board candidate bios are available below, and in-store.


To vote, choose one of the following options:

  1. Drop completed proxy authorization into the ballot box at the Co-op by 12pm on March 26th, 2024;
  2. Mail it to be received at the Co-op no later than March 25th, 2024;
  3. Complete the online proxy authorization form below for a faster and easier online voting experience;
  4. Bring it to the Annual Meeting on March 26th, 2024 at Trinity Church, 8 Maple Street, Potsdam, NY. The meeting is set to begin at 7pm, after the potluck dinner at 6pm.
    If you do not wish to give a proxy, you may vote in person at the Annual Meeting (see #4 above). Details on virtual meeting participation (including an option for online voting) will be available a week before the Annual Meeting.

Board Member Candidates & Bios

  • Jesse Diamond-Brown (3-year term)
  • Arthur Freeheart (3-year term)
  • Steve Greco (3-year term) 
  • Kim Jukic (3-year term)
  • Celena Haase (2-year term)
  • Andre Comandon (1-year term)

Kim Jukic

My family and I moved to Potsdam during the summer of 2004 and became members of the Co-op in September of that same year. The Co-op became a quick favorite of everyone in our household. Being able to walk to the Co-op and shop for local food while enjoying its friendly atmosphere, the benefits of helpful staff, and a comforting mix of music played throughout the store is one of the best aspects of living in this community.

I served on the Board of the Co-op from 2005 – 2008 and found that experience to be tremendously educational and rewarding, so much so that I hoped to be able to serve a second term once the opportunity presented itself. During my first two years on the Board, I became involved with the Finance Committee which oversaw the implementation of a new point of sale system, participated in a reset and renovation of the store, and worked to ensure the successful completion of a five-year financial audit. During my last year on the Board, I served as president. To have worked and planned with such an incredible group of individuals who care deeply about the continued success of the Co-op was truly an honor.

In addition to serving on the Board, I have been involved in the hiring process of two managers, volunteered and participated in the annual holiday baking fests and annual open houses, and have written for the newsletter. Each experience was enriching and fueled growth and learning. 

This is an exciting time to be a part of the planning of the future direction of the Co-op. I believe that expansion is paramount to continued success and long-term stability for the Co-op. I am looking forward to helping move the Co-op in that direction while ensuring that the Co-op maintains its unique charm and dedication to treating all of its customers like family.

Andre Comandon

I moved with my family to the North Country (Madrid, to be more precise) in the Summer of 2022 from sunny Los Angeles, where my family was a member of the Santa Monica Co-op for 12 years. We became members of the Potsdam Co-op on our first day here. Our son was a member-worker until he started at SUNY Potsdam, and we enjoyed learning about the different opportunities to contribute to the daily running of the store through his experience.

I decided to run for a seat on the Board of Directors because I see the Co-op as a model of what a community-centered grocery store should be: accessible, convivial, and plugged into the regional economy. The Co-op is uniquely positioned to strengthen ties between local producers, businesses, and consumers. I bring to the board a perspective informed by my work as a researcher focused on equitable socioeconomic and environmental development and a versatile set of skills ranging from data and spatial analysis to web development and communication technologies. I see opportunities to increase engagement with the broader community and dispel perceptions that shopping at the Co-op is necessarily more expensive, especially when considering environmental impacts.

We are in deeply uncertain times, and places like the Co-op are critical in showing people an alternative future that elevates ecological, social, and economic sustainability. I want to see the Co-op expand its physical and digital footprint to serve this purpose for a larger public.

Minutes from the 2023 Annual Meeting and a virtual meeting link will be made available prior to the 2024 meeting.

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