“Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.” – Emma Thompson
No matter what walk of life we come from, what political views we have, and what our ideas are for the future of this Co-op, I think we can all agree that we are essentially one big family. That’s the beauty of cooperation – working together for a common goal. Something that is very important in families, and is also very important in our Co-op, is communication. I believe that we’ve been lacking in meaningful communication, and I’d like to take a moment to address that problem.
We send out a bi-monthly newsletter with updates on events, products, etc. Every once in a while, we’ll make a large announcement, like when we announced last September that we planned to pay off the building in a year in order to be debt-free. However, there have been multiple things that needed to be communicated to the ownership that weren’t, and for that, we all truly apologize. As the Board and management work together, communications will be one of the things we focus on. The Board has certain decisions that need to be communicated, and the staff have certain announcements that need to be communicated – so we are all working together to come up with ways to better communicate with you, our owners!
One way that we can do that is through the Discussion Board on our website. Please utilize this any time you have questions or concerns, and one of the Board members or staff members will respond to you shortly!
Another way we are going to communicate better with you is by having a smaller newsletter on the off months of our bi-monthly newsletter. This short version will have any announcements and events relevant to that month.
We’ll also hold forums more often to gain feedback from you on projects and ideas we have.
Finally, we’ll make sure that our blogs and newsletter articles have important news, along with the educational and informational facts about our products.
We want to better communicate with you, and we are all working together to make that happen. If you have a suggestion, please feel free to leave it here on this blog, on the Discussion Board, or email anyone in management or on the Board. You can email the entire Board at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any individual director: email@example.com. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s all communicate better with each other!