Your co-op, July 2005

This article was originally published in July 2005

Board thanks members and candidates

PCC board chair Mary Simon thanked members for their participation in the annual election. “This year’s vote total surpassed last year’s by several hundred votes. It was gratifying to see members exercising their exclusive and important member right. All of the board candidates were outstanding,” she said. The board is grateful to all of the board and nominating committee candidates and values their commitment to PCC,” said Simon.

Simon also thanked the members for their overwhelming approval of the board’s proposals to amend our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. “We worked very hard this year to make sure both these documents were updated, clarified and strengthened,” said Simon, who chaired the task force that worked for months on the proposals.

Board meeting report

The board met on Tuesday, May 31. The agenda included a debriefing on the annual meeting, reports from the Finance Task Force and Linkage Task Force on their reviews of several policies, and reports on member linkage opportunities such as “Talk to the Board” events and election campaigning.

A review of the plan for orientation of new board members was also on the agenda. The June board meeting took place after publication of this issue and will be summarized in the August Sound Consumer. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 26 at 5 p.m. at the co-op office. Member comment period will be at 6 p.m.

2005 election results

The ballots in PCC’s annual election were counted at a public meeting on Wednesday, June 1. Board Administrator Janice Parker announced these results:


Bob Cross (incumbent) — 1,689
Linnea Noreen — 1,451
Kanwal Kaur — 1,324
Rick Riehle — 1,113

The top three candidates are elected to three-year terms on the PCC Board of Trustees.


Taso Lagos — 1,592
Deanna Theiss — 1,541
Paul Schmidt — 1,527
Kim Norton — 1,449

All four candidates are elected to one-year terms on PCC’s 2005-2006 Nominating Committee.

Parker also announced the results of the votes on proposals to amend PCC’s articles and bylaws:

Proposal to amend Articles of Incorporation
YES — 1,874
No — 131

Proposal approved with 93.46 percent*

Proposal to amend Bylaws
YES — 1,864
No — 127

Proposal approved with 93.62 percent**

*Quorum required for articles election is five percent of active membership. Articles amendment must be approved by a two-thirds vote.
**Quorum required for annual or bylaws election is three percent of active membership. Bylaws amendment must be approved by two-thirds vote.

Total valid ballots cast — 2,341
(6.578 percent of 35,589 active members)

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