Why Rogers Park Food Co-Op

My early career was in high level Sales Support and administrative support roles, which then led me to Information Technology (IT).  The majority of my career was Systems Administration and management of end-user support personnel.  I moved to Chicago in 2003, leaving Corporate America behind in 2009.  I am now an Entrepreneur in the Fitness Industry, further expanding my portfolio into the Health and Wellness Industries.

The Vision of Rogers Park Food Co-Op are synchronous with the philosophies and methodologies of my own corporate entities.


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    Artists of the Wall

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    The Artists of the Wall Festival is a celebration of community, creativity, and music. Each year over Father’s Day weekend, neighbors of all ages come together to collaborate on a 600-foot mural at Loyola Park Beach at 6850 North, between Farwell and Morse Avenues. Coordinated by members of the Loyola Park Advisory Council, the festival has become an annual celebration that the Rogers Park community has come to love.

    Volunteers:

    We have two types of roles.

    Information Tent:  Chat about the Coop and sell T-shirts & Canvas Tote Bags

    Painter/s: Exact needs will be determined by the Designer.

    See our Mobile App here

     

    WHEN
    June 17, 2017 at 11:30am - June 19, 2017 at 11:30am
    WHERE
    Loyola Park Beach
    6850 N between Farwell and Morse Avenues
    Chicago, IL 60626
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • published Election 2017 2017-01-08 12:22:14 -0600

    Election 2017

    Summary

    The Rogers Park Food Co-op is served by a volunteer Board of Directors (the Board). The Board has up to nine seats, including a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and up to five directors. The term-of-service for Board members ranges from 1-3 years.  Board terms are determined by shareholder/owner vote. Each board chair rotation is staggered to avoid seating a completely new Board at and any one time.

    Board elections are held annually. Because this is the second election of the RPFC, the number of votes a candidate receives will determine the length of the first term in the following manner:

    • The three candidates with the most votes will serve an initial term of three years.
    • Two candidates will serve an initial term of one year.

    In subsequent elections, seats that are up for re-election will be elected to three year terms.

    Candidate Info

    Ballot

    You may vote for up to 3 candidates. You may only submit one vote per household. Please be sure your ballot is correct before clicking the "submit" button.

    Though your e-mail address will be used to verify eligibility, votes will be tallied by a third party and will not be visible to candidates.

    The ballot will be available from February 24th until March 17th.

    Results will be announced at the Annual Owners Brunch, March 25


  • published Corey Pagan-Banks in Election 2017 2017-01-08 12:22:07 -0600

    Corey Pagan-Banks

    Candidate Questionnaire

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    Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the RPFC?

    As a New Owner of RPFC, I would like to help develop what this business would looks like.

    I feel like I can do that from the ground up through the board of Directors.

    What is your passion? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

    My Passion is encourage others and living a healthy lifestyle that’s how lived and would like help other do that as well.

    List some of the organizations, causes, initiatives, and groups of which you have been a part. How do you believe you involvement with these groups have prepared you to serve on the RPFC Board of Directors?

    I am founding member of Northside  Power  which is a part of A Just Harvest. I volunteer with my local Church. I have been a part of organizing in a more regional way and have been to leadership training.

    Describe an experience in which you worked on a team.

    What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team's benefit?

    I   have been on football team basket team I am a part of   team at work and in  marriage.  The common thing is to know what’s your role . 

    Briefly describe two or three possible ways you could handle the following situation. How you would ultimately act?

    You've recently been elected to the RPFC Board. A close friend and local food producer privately asks you to help her business by having the Board publicly denounce the alleged unethical business practices of her closest competitor, whose products are already sold at RPFC. The business owner says she will deeply discount RPFC orders for her product for a year if you help her.

    I   have been on football team basket team I am a part of   team at work and in  marriage.  The common thing is to know what’s your role . 

    Is there anything else you'd like to tell us? Do you have any other experiences that you see as being related to the work of the Board?

    As a member of RPFC Board I would bring all concerns before the board. I don’t think I would handle it any other way.

     


  • published Hank Rouse in Election 2017 2017-01-08 12:22:01 -0600

    Hank Rouse

    Candidate Questionnaire

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    Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the RPFC?

    Over the course of the past 6 months, I have brought many Technological Improvements to the RPFC, and have represented the RPFC in communications with various organizations including negotiated pro bono work and discounted contracts with some of our vendors.

    As we continue to grow, and enter into our next phases, we will require more technological advances.  As the IT Manager, I will be better positioned to participate with the Board Directly, and interact with various organizations, to assist in partnering with us to achieve our goals.  All the while minimizing what would otherwise be capital expenditures.

    What is your passion? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

    Technology, Fitness and Nutrition, are my Passions.  At the core of each of those, is the desire to Help Others.  “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.” (Chinese proverb.)  I teach others to fish.

    List some of the organizations, causes, initiatives, and groups of which you have been a part. How do you believe you involvement with these groups have prepared you to serve on the RPFC Board of Directors?

    My Leadership skills really began with Team Beachbody, in May of 2011.  As an independent contractor, I saw first-hand how lack of training materials lead Coaches down a path of failure.  Once I had my Diamond, I quickly looked back at my own OnBoarding, to determine the major weaknesses and immediately began creating training programs for my Organization to help others avoid the mistakes I made.  Within 5 years, my Organization had grown to over 6,000 Coaches, hundreds of thousands of customers.

    My participation with RPFC has been nearly a mirror image of the above.  I spent the first 5 months sitting back and watching. Creating my list of things I would ‘fix or address’.  Then once I was presented a Clear Pathway (Owners Dinner), I raised my hand and have never looked back since.  The Fruits of my labors speak for themselves, as do the metrics.

    Digitized both Become a Volunteer Application and Join a Committee Applications.

    Created both Owner and Volunteer facing websites. 

    Manages more than 90% of all RPFC Social Media, Facebook, NextDoor, EveryBlock, LinkedIn, our Exclusive Owners Group and more.

    Describe an experience in which you worked on a team.

    What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team's benefit?

    As a lone wolf, working as a team has never been one of my strong suits.  I believe my 6+ months of consistently participating in Committee Meetings, and attending Board Meetings has taught me how to work as a team.  I’ve learned how to use my allies, to help me craft my message, as well as how to call upon my allies, to help position my projects for success.

    I identify an issue, ask questions to better understand how it came to be, I solicit feedback when needed, I rally troops, then I execute the plan.  Although my approach may not be the most graceful, the outcome has always proven successful.

    Briefly describe two or three possible ways you could handle the following situation. How you would ultimately act?

    You've recently been elected to the RPFC Board. A close friend and local food producer privately asks you to help her business by having the Board publicly denounce the alleged unethical business practices of her closest competitor, whose products are already sold at RPFC. The business owner says she will deeply discount RPFC orders for her product for a year if you help her.

    Because the RPFC is an organization governed by democracy, I would work to implement and follow the FCI model that was used at Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, IL.

    Which just so happens to be 6th cooperative principle.   “Cooperation among co-ops”, I’ve been creating training and freely sharing those materials of our systems created in Step 4 above. 

    1. Complainant/s is required to gather the signatures of 10 other Owners who are in agreement with the Complaint.
    2. Vendors SKU/s are Tagged
    3. Sales of SKU/s are monitored for 6 months in comparison to other SKUs of similar products.
    4. Board reviews the SKU/s to determine if the Consumers are in agreement with the Complaint.
    5. Executive Decision is based on Facts.
    6. Facts and Decision present to Complainant/s and Community at Large.

    Is there anything else you'd like to tell us? Do you have any other experiences that you see as being related to the work of the Board?

    As a child, I grew up in a family heavily involved in Volunteerism.  I remember packing boxes at our local food bank, working at our churches annual garage sale, and craft bazaar.  I recall collecting pine bows, so that the adults could create Christmas wreathes, and more.

    The only Board I have ever been on, was when I was in 4-H as a child.  Although that was so long ago, I do not recall in what capacity.  I look forward to both my Personal and Professional Growth that will achieve via my work as an RPFC Board Member.

    •  I have attended a 1-day workshop Illinois Food Co-op Startup Day 2016.

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