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 moved to Cummington in 1986. I built my practice as a Clinical Social Worker - currently in Northampton and Springfield - and my husband became a teacher. We founded and ran Berkshire County's 3rd CSA, located in Dalton, 1996 - 2008. We raised two kids, rehabbed an old country home, built a barn, and in recent years have immersed ourselves in the local music scene. During this time, The Old Creamery transformed from a simple country convenience store to a vibrant, beloved cornerstone of the region, feeding, employing, and serving as a meeting place for visitors and those of us who call these hills "home." Thanks to the vision, dedication, hard work, and generosity of so many people, The Creamery recently passed it's 5 year anniversary as a co-op. It has been an honor to serve on the Board and Outreach committee for the past 3 years. I look forward to continuing to serve, helping ensure The Creamery's future in our community.
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