Blue Butterfly Woman

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I believe in the Cooperative model and would like to play an active role in keeping it alive and well in our community. I enjoy a challenge and would like to work with others to keep it interesting, competitive, and flourishing."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have been an active member of Bloomingfoods Co-op for ten years, and attended several meetings. Previously I lived in Park Forest, Illinois and was an active member of the South Suburban Food Co-op. Members worked for so many hours a month as part of their membership."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"Working with small groups is challenging and satisfying. I like listening to others, being heard, and creating solutions and plans together. It is life changing. I like moving out of my comfort zone to gather new information. It is fun when I am a helpful team member."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"Served on the Mayors Commission on the environment. Have a BA in Psychology and MA in Human Communication. Designed classes and programs to assist others to achieve their goals. Taught pre-school through college. Created programs that resolved major problems and established new patterns for success."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"I believe in the ethical treatment of ALL. As an educator, I thrive on creating innovative ways to offer a friendly environment in which we can continue to learn and grow together as a team. My vision is for our co-op to be a dynamic force in our town."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"Education: to be a strong presence in which we teach the truth about the poisoning of our food system vs healthy foods and products. To assist one another in creating healthy personal goals and sustaining them."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Using the Buskirk Chumley Theatre for talks and movies for the community. Creating new ways to be a stronger respected presence. I see our Public Image, being seen as the Hippie store and the expansion of organics and health food and products in larger stores at lower prices as our biggest challenges."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I have turned extremely difficult personal challenges into life enhancing opportunities. I LOVE our co-op and would enjoy being a member of the team that gives it a totally NEW life."
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