Co-op Membership

What’s A Co-op?

Wondering what makes a cooperative, like the East Warren Community Market, different from other businesses?  According to the International Cooperative Alliance, “a cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.” In other words, a cooperative is a business that is “run for the people, by the people.”

Cooperatives value self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity, and they adhere to 7 main cooperative principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership,
  • Democratic member control,
  • Member economic participation,
  • Autonomy and independence,
  • Education, training, and information,
  • Cooperation among cooperatives, and
  • Concern for community.

Anyone can become a Member (and owner!) when they purchase equity (a membership investment) in the Co-op.  At EWCM, Members pay $150 for a single full share of equity or $300 for a family.

Co-ops are an alternative business structure which allows people to get what they need in ways that meet their economic, environmental, and social needs.  Because Co-ops are based on cooperation, strong bonds are created between Members, the Co-op, and the community.  Co-ops can help transform the food system so that farmers receive a fair price for their products, shoppers can purchase products that align with their environmental and social values, and connections are created to make a stronger community.  I guess you could say Co-ops make the world a better place.

DSC_0022Benefits Of Becoming A Member

Besides the wonderful feeling you’ll get when you shop at “your” local market, there are a number of great benefits to becoming a member and part of the East Warren Community Market family. You’ll get access to:

  • Weekly member specials and periodic special offers
  • Special ordering privileges – case lots and bulk items, wine cases, kegs at significant discounts
  • Pre-Pay Account – maintain a convenient pre-pay account and receive 2% store-wide discount
  • Reciprocating Discounts from other participating food co-operatives
  • A Role in supporting a community-owned, locally-grown food store
  • Voting privileges.  Members are eligible to vote on nominees to the Board of Directors, any amendments to the Bylaws, and on other issues put before the membership for a vote.
  • Eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors. Members who want to become more involved in the EWCM can seek election to the Board of Directors.

(Note:  These benefits are available to Members in Good Standing who have made the required full payment or installment payments towards their equity share within the required time intervals).

How To Join:

Anyone can become a Member (and owner!) when they purchase equity (a membership investment) in the Co-op.  At EWCM, Members pay $150 total (or $30 / year for 5 years) for an Individual membership share or $300 total (or $60 / years for 5 years) for a Family membership share.

Print and fill out this form and drop it off at the Market with your check. Yes, it’s that easy!

Board Of Directors

Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, generally at 7 pm, upstairs in the Schoolhouse. EWCM Members are welcome to attend. Drop in to see policy governance in action!

Co-op Governance

The East Warren Community Market’s Board of Directors consists of seven members, elected from among the general Membership. Elections are held annually, and Directors are elected for a term of three years.

President – Megan Moffroid (through 2015)
Vice-president – Jito Coleman (through 2014)
Secretary – Laurie Jones (through 2015)
Treasurer – John Donaldson (through 2014)
Member – Bill Crossman (through 2015)
Member – Tim Woodford (through 2016)
Member – Sue Russell (through 2016)

Board Meetings

Meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Please check with a Board Member for any last minute changes.

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report

Governance Principles and Policies

Read and download the PDF of the full Constitution and By-Laws.