2019 BriarPatch Election May 1-15

Please join us Wednesday, March 13 6-7 pm in the Co-op Community Room: Bylaws Revisions Forum with GM Chris Maher. Open to all Owners. 

Your vote matters! Co-ops are democratically run organizations and your vote in this year’s Election is important. Participation through voting is a major contribution you can make as a co-op Owner.

This year, Owners will be asked to vote to approve the revised bylaws during the Co-op election. Here is the summary of bylaws changes.

Our “Bylaws” is the legal document that guides the Co-op in carrying out its obligations to owners. It’s been almost eight years since our bylaws were last revised.  During that time, the Co-op has grown significantly, and the regulations related to bylaws have changed, too.  In 2018, our Board of Directors undertook the daunting task of revising the bylaws to reflect current law and to better serve the Co-op and its owners.  This year-long process was led by the Board’s Governance Committee in conjunction with Co-op management and outside legal counsel.  The revised draft was approved by the full Board in November to go to owners for approval in the May 2019 election. The Board is excited to bring these proposed changes to Co-op owners.

One major change was to convert the language in the bylaws to “plain English” so that the document is more easily understood and interpreted by Co-op owners.  Other key changes to the bylaws are summarized in this table.

Vote May 1-15! 

How to Vote: 

You can vote online with a valid email address or in the store at our voting booth. Ballots open May 1 and close at 5pm May 15. Login information for online voting will be mailed and emailed to voters in late April. Our elections are managed by our third party, secure voting service, Simply Voting. Simply Voting manages the election and independently verifies the results. In this Election, three seats will be open for Owners to elect our Board of Directors. There is also a vote to approve our Revised Bylaws.

Important points to remember:

  • Each Owner household is entitled to one vote by the primary Owner of Record. Co-op Owners  who are fully paid or current on membership payments by 5pm on Friday, March 18, 2019 are eligible to vote.
  •  Update your email address at updateinfo@briarpatch.coop to make voting as easy as a few clicks of the mouse! Please be sure to include your name and owner number when corresponding. Thanks!