Andy Rawdon

Andy Rawdon


Position: Board Member

I have been a member of the Co-op since February 2018 when I moved to Potsdam following my retirement. I previously lived in Potsdam in the early 1960s when my father taught at Clarkson, and again from 1973 to 1977 when I was an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam. I now do freelance grant writing for several national and international organizations. Since joining the Co-op I have volunteered on the fundraising committee tasked with exploring options for funding of the proposed Co-op relocation and expansion. As a Co-op Board member, I will be able to increase my involvement in the dynamics of this transition and help to enhance the organization’s stability and growth.

I am an attorney and a professional grant writer. I have over 40 years’ business experience in government, corporate and nonprofit environments. I have a life-long commitment to environmental, economic, and social justice ideals. The presence of a food Co-op represents a community’s endorsement of these ideals. What do I appreciate most about the Co-op? When considering where I wanted to retire, the existence of a food Co-op was a prerequisite. What do I think is working well? The Potsdam Co-op fulfills the increasingly-important value of encouraging and supporting local suppliers. What do I think is missing? The Co-op needs to expand so it can support more local suppliers yet retain a quality “experience” for its members and shoppers. The future will see the Co-op as an increasingly-important, vibrant, and welcoming resource in downtown Potsdam.

About Board Service

In general, the Board is responsible for the financial viability of the Co-op. The Board evaluates and approves the Co-op Budget, evaluates the General Manager’s performance, sets goals and objectives for the Co-op and makes sure the Co-op continues to operate in accordance with and in the spirit of its mission and by-laws.

The Co-op Board expects Board members to attend and participate in monthly 2-hour Board meetings (held the third Tuesday of each month). Certain annual events hosted by the Board also require Board attendance, such as the Co-op Annual Meeting, the staff holiday party, and the Co-op Open House. The Board accomplishes a great deal of work in committees and the Board expects members to participate in committees of their choosing. Currently the Board has the following standing Committees: Executive, Finance, Governance/Nominating, Education/Outreach, Membership/Marketing, IT, and Buildings and Grounds.

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