Annual Meeting 2019

The CEANYC Board of Directors convened the Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, April 11th from 6PM-9PM at DCTV in Chinatown. 31 individuals representing 29 organizations (including 21 member organization) and our Board of Directors registered, and 22 people attended (including a staff person from New Economy Coalition). The first half hour of the meeting was for people to come in and eat dinner and network, the next hour was for business and review, and the last hour for discussion and networking. Below is the full recap. If you missed attending this year, we hope to see you next year!
Board of Directors Election:

 The Annual Members Meeting is also when we elect new members to our Board of Directors. This year we had more people run than ever, and we filled out the Board to include representatives from each sector as well as representatives from important sectoral networks.

Members elected six new and two returning Directors to the CEANYC Board including: Sheryll Durrant (representing community gardens), Raina Kennedy (representing worker co-ops), Deborah Sanders (representing HDFC  housing co-ops), Evan Casper-Futterman (representing solidarity economy at-large), Fran Sanhueza (representing food co-ops), Jess Turner (representing community gardens), Leo Goldberg (representing community land trusts), and Saduf Syal (representing the worker co-op network). Get to know your representatives and reach out to them about issues, ideas, or concerns related to your solidarity economy work.
Year in Review, Financial Position,  and Upcoming Work:
Every year at the Annual Meeting the Board of Directors reports on CEANYC’s activities and plans across four areas: training and education, marketing and visibility, policy and advocacy, and resourcing our movement. This includes details about CEANYC’s financial position and budget. This reportback and preview of upcoming work is important to maintaining International Cooperative Principle #2: Democratic Member Control. CEANYC leaders share pertinent information to maintain transparency so all members are informed and can raise their ideas, concerns, and questions while we’re gathered together. You can check out the presentation (visual only, no audio) here.
Share Your Opinion:
The Annual Meeting is where folks discuss many of the challenges and opportunities facing cooperatives, community gardens, CSAs, and our communities. It’s where we build relationships for the purpose of building a solidarity economy beyond just our individual co-op, garden, or group. You can still participate in shaping some of the upcoming work by filling out this survey, but we’re sad to have missed you for chatting over beer (thanks Bronx Brewery for sponsoring!) and dinner (thanks Emigre Gourmet!). Come and join us next year!
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