Thank you to all who joined us virtually for the 2022 Annual Owner Meeting. Seward Co-op’s 51st annual owner meeting was held on Oct. 25, 2022. We gathered to share the results of the board of directors’ election and for the announcement of all grant recipients for 2023, including SEED, the Seward Community Fund, and People Powered Perks. We thanked Sean Doyle for his 25 years of service to the co-op and 18 years as General Manager, and welcomed Interim General Manager, Raynardo Williams. Throughout the event, there were opportunities for engagement with attendees who shared what 50 years of cooperation means to them. At the beginning and end of the presentation, we viewed the 50-year anniversary timeline and enjoyed a new video celebrating 50 years as we closed the chapter on our first half-century as a co-op.
Board of Directors Election Results
An integral piece of the annual meeting is announcing the board of directors election results. Congratulations to LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Tami Bauers, Moses Viveros, who were all elected to three-year terms. Claire Purvey Houston is our returning staff director serving a two-year term. Together with current directors, these co-op owners are responsible for articulating the vision and goals for Seward Co-op that management pursues and achieves. The 2022 election featured a large pool of highly qualified candidates. Thank you to all who ran and all who voted.
2022 Scorecard/Annual Report
During the annual meeting, the 2022 Scorecard was made available. A digital Scorecard/Annual Report can be viewed here. We invite you to scroll through to read more details on how Seward Co-op has met our Ends Statement, or mission. To obtain a print version of the 2022 Scorecard/Annual Report, please submit a request through our customer comment tool.
2022 SEED Recipients and Community Choice Results
At the annual meeting, we also announced the 2022 SEED recipients selected by a staff-led committee, our People Powered Perks recipient, and the result of the Community Choice vote. This year’s People Powered Perks grant recipient is Full Cycle Bike Shop.
Through a Community Choice vote, Seward Co-op owners and customers are invited annually to select four of twelve 2023 SEED recipients. All SEED Community Choice finalists receive a $1,000 grant through the Seward Community Fund. The four organizations selected as 2023 SEED Community Choice recipients are: Sisters’ Camelot, RECLAIM, Hmong American Farmers Association, and the Division of Indian Work.
View the complete 2023 SEED recipient calendar. Thank you to all those community members who voted!
Special thanks to the co-op’s Marketing and Equity and Community Engagement staff and the board members on our Community Engagement Committee who collaborated on the night’s planning and programming. We also extend gratitude to the Spanish and ASL interpreters who supported participation in our meeting. A big KUDOS to our staff and board presenters. Finally, thanks to all Seward Co-op owners! Your contributions and attendance at these discussions are sincerely and graciously appreciated.