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Jim Fryer

Jim Fryer

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Position: Board Member

Co-op Member since: 

I’ve been a member of the co-op since 2012, soon after I moved to the Potsdam area. Over the years, I’ve spent many hours volunteering, primarily in packaging. I also wrote an article for the Spring 2017 newsletter, considering ways we can channel more of our grocery budgets to the co-op.

Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

I’m running for a board position because, like you, I care very deeply about the sustained success of the co-op. However, it’s not just enough to care – in a member-owned, volunteer-focused organization, it is critical for people to get involved. So far, I’ve made my contributions through volunteer hours and purchases, and I welcome the opportunity to take on additional responsibility in the service of our co-op.

Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

I have substantial experience with committee work and leadership roles. I have contributed as a member of several committees as a professor at SUNY Potsdam, including some with similar structure to the Co-op Board (i.e., being a part of an executive committee, while chairing another group focused on a particular issue).  I am also the secretary-archivist for an international academic research organization, with responsibilities that are relevant to the Co-op Board (e.g., recruitment and retention, member communication, etc.).

What do you appreciate most about the Co-op? What do you think is working well?

I strongly support the co-op’s commitment to local products, and I am especially thankful for the co-op’s community atmosphere. The store is welcoming, staff members are always friendly and helpful, and it’s likely that we all, as customers, are familiar with each other – even if we’ve never met before, supporting the mission of the co-op provides a sense of shared purpose and warm familiarity.  To me, the co-op feels like home.

What interests, skill and talents will you bring to the Board of Directors?

As a member of the board, my primary goals would be to find ways to increase involvement of the current co-op membership and work to bring even more of the Potsdam community into the co-op, all while keeping true to the local, sustainable, and shared mission of our organization. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to pursue these goals. Thank you for your consideration

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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