Notice of Annual Meeting & Election

 

All Grain Train co-op Members are invited to attend the Annual General Membership Meeting on Sunday April 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street in Petoskey. The Annual Meeting is a chance for member/owners, the Board of Directors, staff and community to come together for discussion and reaffirm our commitment to providing healthy food and products to our community and the role we play in our local economy.


The Annual Meeting is also the opportunity for member/owners to let their voices be heard. The Grain Train relies on its member/owners to be a part of the decision-making process and to elect representatives to the Board. By voting, you practice the second co-operative principle—Democratic Member Control. Please review the candidate information and the proposed bylaw changes, cast your vote and submit your ballot.

Please join us:

Sunday APRIL 23
5:30-7:30 pm

North Central Michigan College Cafeteria
1515 Howard St. • Petoskey

Soup & Salad served by the Grain Train Deli.
Great giveaways and drawings!

 

 

Ready to vote?

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All you need is your membership number. 
Located on your membership card or on the bottom of a store receipt. 
If you can't find it, give us a call
  at the admin office at 347-4914,
and we'll get it for you!


You can read about the candidates below or on the ballot.
Voting begins Monday, April 3rd

 

Candidate Statements

Click here for a pdf version of the candidate statements.

 

David Heidtke

I was recruited to fill a board vacancy in 2010, and subsequently elected for two three-year terms. Over a much longer time frame, the Grain Train has been in the vanguard of bringing healthy products produced with fair and sustainable methods to our community. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this legacy and hope to help us meet the challenges of the future.

 

I embrace the Grain Train’s vision reflected in our Ends Statement and our Mission Statement. These values set us apart from other retail enterprises and motivate us to bring positive impacts to our community and the world we live in. As the Grain Train has grown, we have brought an expanding part of our community into this process. I’m very excited about helping this incredible organization to continue to grow.

 

I was elected by my Board Colleagues to serve as Treasurer for the past six years where I’ve worked with the Board and our General Manager to ensure sound financial analysis and procedural oversight. I’ve also served on and chaired a number of committees that helped the Board bring a number of initiates to fruition, from the Boyne City store expansion, internal controls procedures, and a number of changes in Board procedures. Collaboration and cooperation were integral to this work.

I have a background in civil engineering, bookkeeping and business financial analysis.

Over the time period I’ve been involved with the Grain Train we engaged the services of a very talented and visionary General Manager who has brought many operational improvements and oversaw a doubling of sales. For much of this time we rode a wave of growing demand for healthy and organic foods as the only supplier in the area. Every grocery store in town has now jumped on that band wagon, providing a competitive challenge. I believe we will meet that challenge by drawing on our legacy and continuing to find ways to bring value and relevance to our community.

 

Meagan Krzywosinski

1.     Why do you want to serve on the Grain Train Co-op Board of Directors?

I would like to continue serving on the Board of Directors of the Grain Train Co-op because I have a passion for empowering others through knowledge to build a healthy life. As a member of the board, it makes me feel good to be part of a community working together to better the lives of others.

2.     What are you passionate about? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

I am passionate about empowering people to make healthy choices and building a community that understands the value in healthy organic and sustainable futures. In my daily life my daughter and I eat foods to fuel our bodies. We are always talking about foods and the work they do for our bodies and overall well being. We promote a healthy lifestyle to our friends too. Our goal is to help others understand that food is medicine and fueling our bodies is essential to our overall wellbeing.I exercise and strive to live a life in balance.

3.     Describe an experience where you worked on a team? What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team’s benefit?

As a current member of the Board, I work as a team with my fellow board members to live out the mission of the Grain Train Co-op.

I was elected President of the board in 2016 and it has taken my level of team work to a deeper level. I not only am part of the team but also as a leader who keeps the team on track. It is my role to listen, provide guidance and keep us connected. It is a true honor to have this role on our team and I believe it shows my unconditional respect and focus for our board, our mission and my ability to work as a team member while still being a leader. I also practice teamwork in my daily living. As a single mother, my daughter and I work as a team each day. Lastly, in my Human Resource profession, I work with leaders and front line team members to provide guidance on how to create work spaces that work efficiently and effectively.

4.     Do you have other experiences that you see as being related to the work of the Board?

My greatest experience is my board work thus far. It has been an amazing experience to be part of the Grain Train Co-op. I started as a board member, elected as the Vice President and then President. I have additional board experience on the Northern Michigan Society of Human Resource professional board where I hold an elected role of President too. It is an honor to work with such great people who are so passionate about their work.

5.     Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I am dedicated, honest and loyal. My passion for balanced living and fueling the body, mind and soul can be found in my home, my career and my volunteer work. I would be grateful to continue my work on the board. Thank you for considering me.

 

Allie Greenleaf Maldonado

1.     Why do you want to serve on the Grain Train Co-op Board of Directors?

As the Grain Train considers its future, I want to serve on the Board to continue advocating for the Grain Train to maintain its presence in the downtown Petoskey area. In addition, I want to serve on the Board because I believe the mission of the Grain Train represents the path to a healthy and sustainable future. I want to do everything in my power as an attorney to support the Grain Train in fulfilling its’ mission.

2.     What are you passionate about? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

I am a passionate consumer advocate. I believe we have the right to know what is in the products and foods we buy for our families. I regularly seek out education on trends in the law as they relate to transparency in food and product labeling. I shop at the Grain Train weekly because the Grain Train reads the labels so that I don’t have to. The Grain Train’s product guidelines protect my family and me from artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives, trans fats, nitrates and other additives that I do not want in my family’s diet. Shopping at the Grain Train and supporting the long-term viability of the Grain Train supports my passion, consumer choice.

 3. Describe an experience where you worked on a team? What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team’s benefit?

I regularly work with teams as part of my employment. I believe collaboration produces a better work product than working alone and welcome the opportunity to work with a As an attorney, I offer the Grain Train Board of Directors my legal expertise whenever asked. I’ve compromised numerous times during my service to the Board in order to achieve consensus.

4.     Do you have other experiences that you see as being related to the work of the Board?

I have served on the Grain Train Board as the Treasurer and the Secretary. In addition, my past and present work on other boards relates to the work of the Grain Train board:

  1. Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum (Chair, appointed by the Supreme Court of Michigan)

  2. Northern Community Mediation, member of the board

  3. Michigan Indian Legal Services (3-year appointment by the Governor)

  4. Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section (11 years of service to FBA including work on the board as the Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair for the Section)

  5. Ogichidaa Award Foundation, Inc. - Founder and Past President

  6. 2004 National Coordinator of the Native Vote Election Protection Project

5. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I love the Grain Train. In my opinion, the Grain Train is the heart of downtown Petoskey. The Grain Train helps the local community live healthier and more environmentally sustainable lives. As a board member, I supported the expansion to Boyne City because I hoped that having the Grain Train in Boyne City would support the citizens of Boyne City in their efforts to live healthy and environmentally sustainable lives. I have been honored to serve the community through my work on the board and ask for your support so that I may continue to do so.

 

George Robson

1.     Why do you want to serve on the Grain Train Co-op Board of Directors?

I have long been a customer and long wished to volunteer to help the Grain Train continue and improve.

2.     What are you passionate about? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

Health/fitness/wellness and community service. I would work to pass this on to the Grain Train.

3.     Describe an experience where you worked on a team? What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team’s benefit?

I worked in sales for a number of years and I brought my interests to the team.

4.     Do you have other experiences that you see as being related to the work of the Board?

Customer service from sales and my experience in the health and wellness field.

5.     Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I would enjoy the opportunity to give back to the business which is so vital to the community.

 

 

 

 

                                                 

                         
                             
  If you prefer a paper ballot, you can access one here.

Want to know more about our current Board of Directors?