Membership meetings

2013 annual meeting table
Photo by Bryn Photography

About our meetings

We are required by Washington state law to have an annual member meeting, which we hold each spring, but our meetings go far beyond our legal obligations.

We begin the meeting by sharing a delicious meal sourced as locally and organically as possible and prepared by a special team of PCC chefs. Our dinner tables are hosted by members of the board and PCC management staff. They strive to answer questions about our mission and operations, as well as hear from our members about issues of concern they may have.

Next, we hear from the board chair and CEO with reports on our co-op's progress over the previous year. They also lay out the challenges for the year to come.

2013 annual meeting
(l-r) Drs. John Reganold and Chuck Benbrook were our 2013 annual meeting keynote speakers.
Photo by Bryn Photography

Then, we meet the year's board candidates. The annual meeting is traditionally the beginning of the annual board election. Each of our candidates speaks briefly to the membership about why they wish to serve on the board. The candidates are available after the meeting for questions.

Additionally, all our meetings offer timely information on topics of interest to our membership. Over the past several years, we've heard from experts in a range of areas from the future of the organic retail industry to food security to childhood nutrition. Our members tell us these educational segments are often the highlight of the meetings.

The next annual member meeting will be held on April 29, 2014. Please see our archives (box on right) for past meeting reports.

You will note archived reports on both annual and fall meetings. Beginning in 2012, the board discontinued the large format fall meeting in favor of smaller events throughout the year in our classrooms and other venues near our stores that will give the opportunity for more intimate conversations.

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