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 5pm on September 10th and immediately after our Annual Membership meeting (tentatively October 15th). 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:
The most recent update to the Co-op's Policies, Rules & Regulations was made on July 23, 2019, correcting an error in Founders Funds accounting after 2018 preferred share offering.
We held our fifth annual membership meeting on October 2nd, 2018 in Honesdale. The meeting's draft minutes and presentation are available here and here.
The current Co-op's directors and 2018-2019 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, owned with 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.
Allaina Propst, serving through 2021, is the current Co-op Treasurer:
Allaina was born and raised in the woods outside of Honesdale, PA. She earned her degree from Bryn Mawr College in economics and middle eastern studies. Allaina returned home to Honesdale and now owns and runs Here & Now Brewing Company. After purchasing her building in 2013, she spent the next 4 years renovating it, taking time to find the balance between historical accuracy, modern functionality and energy efficiency. Allaina’s mission is to help create a more sustainable local economy the old fashion way by sourcing products as locally as possible, reducing waste, and just doing the right thing. In addition to food and beer, Allaina loves long walks in the woods, skeeball, spreadsheets and that rewarding feeling when the last piece of the puzzle fits in perfectly.
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.
Mike Rollison is serving through 2020:
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 and is current president of the Wayne Habitat for Humanity. 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.
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:
Jamie is the owner and chef at Nature's Grace Natural Foods and Cafe on Main Street in Honesdale. He says "Sustainability and how well we can implement this will be defining where we stand and how we survive in the future. We have to support this on a global level but also on a local level. I suppose we could again become hunter / gatherers but I imagine most of us are unwilling to give up our modern comforts. Consequently, clean energy in it's various forms is an important part of this picture. Zero carbon footprint is a worthy goal which I have worked many years towards. Still hoping to reach there. The Clean Energy Coop is an important means toward that goal. Hope I can help it along."
Page last updated: July 23, 2019
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