It's about community, ownership and governance. We have adopted the Seven Cooperative Principles. In a cooperative, one member = one vote (not: $$$ = votes), and community benefits take priority over profits. BUT, we are a business, so we have to make sufficient money to justify continuing and future investment. We use a "slow money" business model, where long-term and modest returns are acceptable because the invested money circulates locally more, is managed by trusted individuals, and provides other (non-financial) benefits back to the investors in their community.
Board meetings are currently are scheduled for 4pm on November 14, then for 2018: January 9th, March 13th, May 8th, July 10th and September 11th. Contact any board member for location details. All members are encouraged to attend and get involved with one of our committees. Key information about the Co-op's governance include:
We held our fourth annual membership meeting on October 3rd, 2017 in Honesdale. The meeting's draft minutes and materials used will published here shortly. All members are requested to complete this survey (and non-members are welcome to as well).
The current Co-op's directors and 2017-2018 officers are: Jack Barnett, serving through 2020, is the current Co-op President:
After nearly a 30 year career in the telecommunications industry, Jack is now a local advocate for sustainability, local food, solar, zero net-energy buildings; and is past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. His on-going project is a super-insulated, solar home near Hawley, PA, built by him and his wife, Mary Anne Carletta. Jack is also a board member of SEEDS, and has taken over 100 hours of solar technology and installation courses and volunteered at multiple solar PV job sites. Jack holds Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees from Clemson University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Chuck Heyn, serving through 2019, is the current Co-op Vice-president:
Chuck was born and raised in Wayne County, graduated from Damascus High School in 1964 and received an Associate Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Penn State University in 1966. He was drafted while working for Xerox in July ’66 and served 15 months in Vietnam as an Army Combat Medic. He returned home and spent 8 years reintegrating back into society. The education received during this transition was something that could not be taught. Coming from the depths of war he could no longer understood our way of life. There was something wrong! The over-consumption, the waste, the pollution, and what seemed like a false happiness. As we began to embrace alternative energy in the 70’s, recycling, and beginning to see the true costs of polluting our environment Chuck found something he wanted to put his energy into. So in 1976 he settled down back here, and married Andrea in 1980. In raising two daughters, he came to truly understand the importance of community. Chuck sat on the board of the Damascus Township Planning Commission for 15 years, for 10 as its Chair during the 80’s and 90’s. He is a member of Veterans For Peace, VFW Post 531, American Legion Post 765, and the Equinunk Historical Society. Being a founding member of SEEDS simply put all these things together.
Mike Rollison, serving through 2020, is the Co-op Treasurer:
Mike is a Wayne county native, growing up working on his grandfather’s dairy farm outside of Honesdale. His career includes 20 years spent working in retail management and the last 15+ years working as a loan officer at The Honesdale National Bank. In addition to the Co-op, he serves as treasurer of the Wayne County Builders Association. Mike has always enjoyed the woods and waters of northeastern Pennsylvania and understands the importance of conserving this precious resource. Mike lives north of Honesdale with his wife, Jocelyn, and their two hunting dogs, Ruby and Gemma. In his spare time, Mike enjoys bird hunting, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, and laughing with friends.
Chris Weigand is serving through 2019 and is the Co-op Secretary:
Chris was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia and moved to Wayne County after college. She has taught mathematics at Honesdale High School for more than 30 years. Chris and her husband George live in Cobbs Lake Preserve with their canine companion, Goldie. She enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Chris has had a long-time interest in environmental and social justice issues and has been involved in a variety of local organizations including Audubon, SEEDS, Victims Intervention Program and WJFF.
Georgette Pascotto is serving through 2018:
Georgette has supported sustainable living since the mid-1970’s when she had a small energy-efficient cabin built with an on-demand water heater. Though solar was considered it was not advanced enough at that time to be practical. In 2010, solar panels were installed on the enlarged, energy- efficient house. Conservation of resources and the concept of having a small carbon footprint has always been a priority. She formerly owned a graphic design studio in NYC before retiring permanently to Wayne County.
Sky Ballentine is serving through 2019:
Sky was born in Honesdale, PA and spent early childhood at the Himalayan Institute. He attended Fieldston School in Bronx, NY and St John's College in Santa Fe, NM. He began farming in 2002, started Anthill Farm locally in 2008 and then Lackawaxen Farm Company in 2013. He and wife Monique and have two children, Ceceilia and Matilda. Sky is passionate about creating sustainable and prosperous communities, oysters, elevating consciousness, hemp, all good food and beer, hot and cold therapy, perennial polycultures, his human family and the greater web of life.
Jamie Stunkard is serving through 2020:
Page last updated: October 8, 2017
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