The 2018 Annual Meeting
Join us on April 29th at 4:00 PM
We invite you to join us at our 2018 Annual Meeting of Member-Owners, to be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4 PM in the Cummington Community House, 33 Main Street, Cummington, MA 01026. At the annual meeting we'll share with you the latest updates on our Co-op as well as our finances and plans. As always, we will welcome your questions and comments at the meeting.
Member-Owners will elect directors to fill three vacancies on the Co-op's board. Candidate's Statements and links to additional information are below. You can meet and talk with the candidates ahead of the annual meeting – starting at 3:30 PM. Member-Owners will also vote to accept the minutes of last year's Annual Meeting 2017. Those minutes can be viewed HERE
If you would like to vote in advance of the meeting download a ballot HERE or pick one up in the store. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to assign someone to speak on your behalf, download a proxy form HERE or pick one up at the store. Completed ballots or proxies can be put in the ballot box in the store or mailed to us at the address in the lower right corner of this page.
We are looking forward to a productive gathering of the Co-op's Member-Owners and hope to see you there. As always, Creamery-made snacks and beverages will be served.
Peg Cowen - Candidate's Statement
I have lived in Cummington for 30 years and witnessed the transformation of The Old Creamery from a simple country convenience store to a vibrant and thriving cooperative that feeds, employs and serves as a meeting place for so many of us in this region. Thanks to the vision, dedication, hard work, and generosity of so many people, The Old Creamery's future looks bright.
For the past 18 months, I have been a member of The Creamery's Outreach Committee; I served on the finance committee at the West Cummington Congregational church for many years, and on the board of directors of the Worthington Health Center for three years; My husband, John Bye, and I founded and ran Berkshire County's 3rd CSA from 1996 - 2008. I am a clinical social worker, with a private practice in Northampton and Springfield.
I'm excited to see the directions we, the Member-Owners, will decide to grow The Co-op. How will we evolve as an employer? How will the Creamery grow in its role as a key institution in the local community? How will The Co-op participate in critical debates and actions regarding larger, global issues? The Co-op Member-Owners have the opportunity to embrace these challenges and I am honored to serve on the board as we turn toward these exciting questions and possibilities.
Christine Doktor - Candidate's Statement
I grew up in Peru, Mass. After spending eight years in New York attending law school and working as a litigator and public interest attorney, I was happy to move back home to Western Mass in 2012, where I now provide pro bono legal services to the community. My family and I live on the beloved old sheep farm where my partner grew up. It’s great fun and hard work helping to manage the farm and take care of the sheep, chickens, cows, occasionally pigs and goats, and my very own guard donkey, Donna. We work in tandem with two neighboring farms — Splendorview Farm and Grace Hill Farm — to assist in the production of lamb and cheese which are sold at the Old Creamery. Taking my cues from the livestock, I gave birth to our second child right here on the farm in our 150-year old farmhouse. It’s hard to imagine life in the Hilltowns without the Creamery and I am proud to serve on the Board and the Outreach Committee.
Peter Feitner - Candidate's Statement
I have served on the board for several years and wish to continue serving for another term. I have learned much about the store and operations over that time and through the many changes and adjustments that have been made in attempt to improve and ensure the future of the Creamery. I look forward to serving with fellow board members and to supporting a consistent and committed presence. Further information on my background also available on the Co-op web page. HERE