Susan Kornblum

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
Over many years and through many stages of life, I have been the beneficiary of Bloomingfoods' presence in our community. It's time to emerge from post-retirement hibernation and help out. 

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
Owner-Member (and often working member) of Bloomingfoods since around its inception (1976) and more or less continuously since. BCS Board member 2000-2006. Employee at East Store (wrangling groceries & driving the van) 2005-2017. Union (UFCW negotiating committee 2015. And - I shop there a lot!
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
In addition to my Bloomingfoods involvement (see above), I was a member of the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee Evidence Collective (St Paul MN, 1973-4), and of the Helmsburg Elementary PTO, 1997-2004.
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.
My working life has consisted of a diverse series of largely hourly jobs in a variety of situations and locations; the broad range of experiences lends itself to useful insights and perspectives.

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
Bloomingfoods' stated Ends are commonsensical to me, reflecting my own basic values, including conservation, fairness, and care for one another, as well as the imperative of access to healthy food and knowledge for all. 

Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
Bloomingfoods is an important vector for South Central Indiana's access to, and true information about, safe and nutritious foods.

What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
These are strange and challenging times, from the local to the planetary,  and less certain than any I've known. Collective good judgment is required. Honesty & integrity & respect must guide us. Bigger isn't always better. We mustn't lose our way.

Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
For the past several years, Bloomingfoods has been rebounding from financial near-disaster. Also, the East store is about to find itself in a whole new neighborhood. It's an exciting time to be involved.

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