Market Musings Blog

From member-owner to board member

Alekseywritten by Aleksey Kulichenko, co-op member-owner & board member

Mississippi Market exists for and because of our member-owners. You are what makes us different from a conventional, run-of-the-mill grocery store. Everyone knows that we rely on our member-owners for sales, but what most people don’t know is that we also rely on their talent. The board of directors is made up of member-owners.

My journey to the board of directors started like most. I came to shop at a place that values food as much as I do. I wanted to belong to a community that believes in the idea that changing the world starts with food, so I joined Mississippi Market as a member-owner. I wanted to have an impact greater than my dollars spent, so I became a board member. Contributing to my community is a value that I hold fast to and joining the co-op’s board of directors satisfies this notion.

Every member-owner has the ability to become a board member. Why not you? It is a matter of sharing your ideas, those that you already support in the form of dollars spent.  Our board is made up of member-owners like you! All too often people say, “But I don’t have what it takes to be a board member.” Don’t worry – there exists a myriad of educational opportunities that compose the “technical” side of a board member. What we need from you, we can’t teach. What we need from you are your innate ideas and opinions to carry the co-op forward.

The board is an exciting opportunity that ties together business, community and co-op values. You contribute from the outside, now you can contribute from the inside.

We invite you to take a look at our Board Candidate Application Packet (PDF). If you are considering applying to be a candidate, we ask that you also attend a board meeting to talk to a current director for more insights into the role. Contact the board at board@msmarket.coop to let them know you’d like to attend a board meeting.

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