A link will be shared closer to the day of the event.
In order to vote, you must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
1. Be a community member-owner in good standing
2. Up-to-date on your payment plan or a fully-paid member
New memberships must be purchased by September 28th at 9pm to be eligible for voting
Due to the meeting being virtual all voting will take place online.
A unique voter key will be sent to you via email or postal mail. You will use this key to vote.
If you need assistance with this, voting can be done in person at Gem City Market during the following dates and times.
Monday: September 13th and 20th 3-5pm
Tuesday: September 21st and 28th 11am-1pm
Wednesday: September 29th 6-8pm
Thursday: September 16th and 23rd 11am-1pm
Friday: September 24th 3-5pm
Saturday: September 25th 10am-4pm
Sunday: September 19th 10am-4pm
You must have your voter key with you as well as a valid ID in order to vote in person.
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As the former membership coordinator, I would love to find a new way to be involved with the market in a hands-on manner.
It has opened so many doors for so many people. Even in ways that were unintended.
I strive to create a network of hard working, kind people, that remind me of the beauty around me! By living and working in Dayton, I am always looking for new ways to be engaged in the community.
Gem City Market is a community effort to ensure that nobody goes without basic needs. By supporting the market you are supporting your neighbors and the health of future generations. You are buying into a family and a movement.
Education resonates with me because gaining access to knowledge is the first step in making informed decisions. Every single person has the right to all aspects of available information to make these decisions. Informed decisions can cause a ripple effect for future generations. We start with our wonderful crew now but it will lead to many years of growth for those who come after us. Education is the stepping stones of the future.
I do not but I am pretty familiar with the inner workings of GCM and I think I could offer a lot to the board.
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I have been a big supporter of the co-op concept from day one when this effort started 4+ years ago. In fact I was one of the first people to invest in the membership. I attended just about every meeting Gem City market held in just about every location in town. I also contributed additional $200 towards 4 half price memberships for people who can't afford the full $100. I have observed for years how people in West Dayton starved for fresh food and disappointed in how big stores like Kroger and Aldi exited the low/med income neighborhoods not taking social responsibility for their corporate decisions to exit our low income areas. I am very well connected to the community even though I don't live in Dayton including collecting volunteers for Rebuilding Together Dayton for last 23 years & Neighborhood cleanup efforts. I serve on the Homeless Solutions Policy Board, United Way Board, Montgomery Country Housing Advisory Board, Dayton Realtors, & Ohio Realtors, served on Riverdale Neighborhood Association for many years. I am a 2015 NLI Dayton graduate. I Was President of Dayton Realtors in 2020. I volunteer as many as 300+ hours/yr at Indian Temple of Dayton for last 25+ years. I have been the past President of Local Real Estate Investors Association (GDREIA) & Ohio Real Estate Investors Association (OREIA). I also know most of our elected State and Local elected leaders and work with them well on housing issues.
Fresh and healthy affordable food for our West Dayton Neighborhoods
Any which way including volunteering, contributions and PR.
First its co-op and its employee owned for most part so decisions are made by membership and employees.
Small Business ownership & Management
Retired: Grace UMC/McKinley Administrator/Minister of MusicLearn More
I’ve lived in Dayton for over 30 years and I’ve seen this neighborhood change literally - and I believe we need support personally who understands our needs. Whomever is voted in as Board Member I pray that they will devote the allotted time to care about our community. It should be someone who has a track record of community outreach. I am a member of NAACP, League of Women Voters, Ohio Unity Coalition and I teach a Bible study class at DCI Women’s Prison of over 40 women. I believe every soul is precious, and we need Gem City Market to prosper we all have to support it and speak up when changes are needed.
I believe if we all get behind this store and support it, it will be around for years to come. Just as Dollar General is a household name, Gem City could also be.
As I stated before I am a member of NAACP, League Of Women Voters, Im on the Board of BFO and other Reentry Programs, A member of Ethan Temple SDA, I came out of retirement to help McKinley and Grace UMC become better beacons in our neighborhoods, ms. I work with Ohio Unity Coalition making sure our votes are counted.
I tell them that this is a part of history. Never have the community surrounding the neighborhood every been allowed to own part of any store. Because it is our store, we should treat it as such.
To engage in the business of selling fresh, high quality food and other products in a cooperative manner that is responsive to community … I’ve been at other stores in our neighborhood and not only is the food not fresh the building itself is dirty — has no pride, I want Gem City to be known as a store with great prices, great food, fresh products etc. this will bring customers back time after time. If I spend my hard earned money on food it has to be eligible.
I am a small business owner & NonProfit Chosen Outreach Ministries.
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I've attended Grace UMC since 2010. Immediately, I was steeped in the needs of the community including food insecurity. I was energized by a community owned grocery store addressing that insecurity and became a member as soon as it became possible. I am motivated to serve, sharing my business experiences to assist in its evolution and success.
GCM is located in a prime position to take advantage of the explosion of activity downtown.
I vote every election. I work with volunteers and staff at Grace to connect to and provide events and community connectivity to our neighborhood. I am active in events in my home neighborhood, Huffman Historic. I am active supporting the work of Dayton Cooks, including having served on its advisory board.
Shopping or buying a membership at Gem City Market is absolutely about supporting local and community engagement. It is also about recognizing support is necessary to make sure this service survives, especially in this community. Not to mention the facility is gorgeous!
Both 3 and 4 resonate deeply with me. I believe they go hand in hand. The most valuable asset of any organization is always people. The most successful organizations understand this. Taking care of people will always be the most effective marketing, personnel and service story. People who are valued and treated accordingly, create an environment of trust, loyalty and stability that is beyond price.
I am a retired CPA whose career was spent working with family owned and entrepreneurial businesses, managing staff, formulating budgets, software management and innovating processes and procedures. The last 15 years I was a controller.
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I was born, raised, and have remained in Dayton my entire life. Whenever I hear of a new venture, an innovation, or a major positive shift taking place in Dayton, it excites me and creates curiosity. My interest in being a Board Member of Gem City Market, is predicated on the mention that it is a cooperative. I take pride in having a desire to volunteer for my hometown and my community to be a voice, a change maker, and a leader in improving the cultural, social, and economic needs for all as a collective.This opportunity will allow me to be inclusive in what is to come for the Gem City. I believe that empowerment brings forth opportunities, which as a result lives and communities will constantly and consistently develop in all aspects for generations.
I believe the presence of the Gem City Market will directly have an impact on the residential neighborhoods and small businesses surrounding it. As a food desert, the existence of something so new to the area, will create new opportunities in regards to access to food, an attraction for current and future homeowners, stimulate economic growth, and encourage self-determination for others to create cooperatives in the future.
As a native of Dayton, I am always searching for ways to give back to my community. As a dance enthusiast, I have been teaching dance and mentoring at risk youth for over six years. As a licensed and seasoned Real Estate Agent, I am actively educating home buyers and investors on the value of purchasing properties in the Dayton area. Overall, I am sharing knowledge, resources, and access to information so that people I serve can make better informed decisions about their futures.
As an owner, I would encourage a shopper of Gem City Market to shop and support the Market because it is for the community and by the community. Meaning, when you shop you are investing in a cooperative initiative and impacting the community and neighborhood that has been devastated for years. Because the Market is community owned, the community directly controls the direction of the Market’s future.
The principle that resonates the most with me is universality. I feel that our democracies are being threatened every day with unfair and unjust rules. In regards to economic justice, I feel that it is important that everyone receive the same opportunities. This will enable people, communities, and neighborhoods the ability to provide a better quality of life for their families in the future.
I have years of skills and experience in all 3 areas. When it comes to financial management, I have been successful at properly managing my finances, at being a longtime homeowner, and financially investing back into my community as a single millennial woman. One of my first jobs was in retail management. At the age of seventeen I acquired skills of running a consignment shop. My duties included opening and closing the shop, analyzing and pricing items, setting appointments with clients, and managing additional daily task to make sure the shop operated efficiently, alone. When it comes to small business ownership/management, I am actively growing and managing being a Real Estate Agent, Actress, Dancer/Instructor, and small business owner. When I sit back to think of these and additional experiences I’ve had throughout the years, I realize I have a plethora of skills that influence my choices and my continued high level of involvement and effectiveness in my town and in my community.
CareSource Content StrategistLearn More
I am a highly motivated, strategic, and detail-oriented professional with a passion and purpose for helping others. I live in the Mount Vernon neighborhood and work in downtown Dayton. While I am not a native Daytonian, after graduating from Wright State University with a Master’s in Education, I chose to make Dayton home. I am proud to be a member-owner of Gem City Market and want to help drive its future. There’s an energy that’s unique to Dayton and I’m reminded why I chose to make Dayton home each time I shop and interact with the community at our Market. From the community room to the community kitchen, I firmly believe that the Market will bring us all together and break down barriers that have long existed in the city of Dayton. I’m invested in Gem City Market because I’m invested in our community, our people, and our collective success.
I think that the entire concept of Gem City Market is the future of Dayton. I’ve only lived in Dayton for about a decade, but I’ve heard from others and seen the impact of economic despair left by broken promises and the loss of major corporations. But Dayton is resilient and so are the people. Growing the economy of Dayton from the ground up and with the active support of the community is the future. I believe that we will continue to see more member-owned, community-invested businesses in Dayton. Co-ops and businesses built around and for the people are the future. Gem City Market is proof of that. The simple fact that Gem City Market is an actual brick and mortar grocery store in an area that was a “food desert” shows how powerful the will of the people is. It is a physical representation of hard work, community support, and sustainable action.
I am the type of person who puts 110% in whatever I do. While I like to participate in community and neighborhood cleanups or similar events, one initiative I’ve really poured myself into over the last year has been creating the Women’s Employee Network at CareSource. CareSource established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to focus on greater diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within CareSource and in the communities we serve. I am the founding chair of the Women’s Employee Network which means I currently lead over 300 CareSource employees involved in the ERG. The Women’s Employee Network serves as a network of support for employees and provides networking, engagement and professional development for members. While the group exists within CareSource, it is not part of my actual day job so the work that I put into is all on my own time. The ERGs have been operating entirely remotely so far, but once folks are back in the office, one of the key opportunities that we hope to do is host events and forums for our community. Hopefully one of our future partners in the community can be Gem City Market!
Everyone should be an owner and a regular shopper at Gem City Market because it is more than just a grocery store. It is a space to gather, a space for community, a space to learn, a space to cook and eat- and as a bonus, you can get your weekly shopping done at an affordable price. Gem City Market is rooted in our community. Each time you shop at the market, you are supporting and driving local economic growth.
The principle that resonates the most to me is that of Universality. I had a hard time choosing between that and Social Transformation and in particular, the line that “All members of the Cooperative shall be involved in the process of working towards a more caring and just economic structure.” I believe that these principles exemplify how inter-connected and reliant we are on one another and how we have to work within and against the economic structure that society has created in order to succeed. I really believe that we the people have the power to sustain and thrive in spite of the economic realities of our existence, so the universal concept of transforming society speaks to how I see Gem City Market in the greater abstract of it all. The Market is here because the people came together and will grow because we are collectively working toward a more caring and just economic structure and society.
While I am not a small business owner or currently work in retail management, I believe that my current role as a Content Strategist aligns with the skills needed. In my current role, I develop and execute comprehensive strategies for positioning both existing and new health plan products, specifically for our Medicaid members. I create schedules and timelines for multiple product lines, ensuring all materials are launched on schedule and reflect data-driven insights, market dynamics, strategic enterprise goals, and overall brand. Plus, I'm a marketing professional with experience creating and maintaining marketing campaigns for multi-market, multi-product lines. So I can help grow membership and create communication strategies to increase visibility and awareness.
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When I first heard about the project I was excited to them that the city would have an additional option for fresh food. I have become increasingly interested in healthy cooking so the focus on healthy options motivates me. What we eat has a major impact on our mental and physical health and the market serves as a health option amongst a sea of fast food or convenience options.
Gem City Market has already helped to lessen the gap in helping the community to obtain healthy food options. I think that there is a great opportunity to utilize the kitchen inside the store to help people to utilize ingredients that they might otherwise not have been exposed to. I would envision a partnership with the culinary arts program at Sinclair to help further this plan.
I am currently on the board for the African American Community Fund (AACF) https://www.aacfdayton.org/about/ where we seek to create and issue grants to non-profits in the Dayton area and create scholarships for underserved and deserving youth. I am also a current board member of Unk’s Place https://www.unksplace.org/ in which we look to provide housing, education and development to boys in the foster care system. I am also a member of the NAACP economic development committee.
I would explain to them that supporting the Gem City Market is a different experience as compared to shopping at a typical retailer. Gem City Market is a Co-op meaning that it is owned by the people in the community it serves therefore you are helping out your neighbors and more than likely you will see your friends and neighbors reflected in the store in some way. I would show them that the Gem City Market offers the community an opportunity to support and take care of it members versus the typical supermarket model.
Empowerment is a principle that I truly believe in and stand by. All too often communities practically those of color have not had the tools and/or the opportunity to empower themselves. Without empowerment a community remains dependent upon outside resources that once removed leave the community vulnerable to collapse. However empowering a community with skills and resources for it to take care of itself will allow it to be self sufficient.
I have 15 plus years in customer service in the healthcare industry half of which is in a leadership capacity. I have an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. In addition I hold a green belt in Six Sigma (a process improvement certification) which helps me to work effectively to improve process and streamline services.
Dayton Cooks Culinary Arts Program Executive Chef/DirectorLearn More
I have been associated with the Gem City Market for the last four years, and what connects me is being a part of the planning process and watching the Market grow into what it is today. I am motivated by knowing that our community finally has a grocery store with a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy food items. I'm also motivated by seeing that an idea on paper can eventually transform into a fully operational entity.
The Gem City Market will motivate others in our community to share their resources and assist with helping with other areas of need in our community. The Gem City Market will also be the cornerstone of growth for West Dayton and the Salem Corridor.
I oversee and free culinary arts program, Dayton Cooks, which trains individuals how to not only cook healthy meals but also prepares them to enter the foodservice workforce. I'm also working to curb hunger in our afterschool programs by providing nutritious meals to eight afterschool sites in the Dayton area.
I would explain to them that the Gem City Market is not only owned by it's members but also that each member has a true say in the operation of the store and that the selection of products in the store match the best in Dayton.
What resonates with me the most concerning Democratic Governance is that we as member/owners have an equal say in the operation of the Market. There are companies that are operated by a hand full of individuals who have total control and the subordinates have no say.
I possess all the above-mentioned skills. Being a food administrator for over 30 years, I have managed numerous retail and small business operations. I also own a small business called Chef Thomas Catering Solutions. I have been teaching the above-mentioned skills at the Dayton Cooks program for the past 4 years.
Life Connection of Ohio Family Services CoordinatorLearn More
I am native of Dayton and for a time lived in the direct neighborhood the market serves. I am passionate about holistic health and nutrition education, as well as access. I have been a social worker for over a decade and am committed to improving our communities. This market is more than a market, but an opportunity to build connections and healthier habits as a community.
GCM will be a space that people gather for connection and education. I’d love for people to know it as a place they can seek guidance and support for improving their health.
My current role at Life Connection of Ohio is to counsel, support and coordinate for local families who have loved ones eligible for organ, eye and tissue donation. A vision and goal of mine for a long time is to establish a holistic health services and products business. I’m currently piloting consultations and developing products.
I would explain the importance and impact of supporting local business. Especially food as the more we eat locally, the better for our ecosystem holistically. This is a co-op for our community that we power in how it operates and serves us.
Universality and Education. I believe these principles, when addressed with intention and efficiently, can directly heal the root of many problems our community faces. Without knowledge and resources, one becomes very dependent and enslaved mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.
While I may not have these skills in a traditional sense, I have been a social worker for a decade, A large part of my skill set is management - whether it is of cases, family dynamics and responsibilities, case planning, management of resources, etc. I have extensive experience in retail and years of detailed study and personal implementation of financial & small business management.
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In just a few months, the Gem City Market has made a tangible impact on the Dayton Community. I can already see how much it has helped bring people together. It is exciting for me to see this sense of pride growing in the community. I have supported the Market by shopping there, but I am passionate about giving more than just my dollar. I am a new homeowner in the area, and I am looking to put my full energy into investing as much as I can into the neighborhood. As such, it would be a privilege for me to become a member of the board.
The traditional approach to development is to look at what problems a community has and then invest resources into addressing those problems. Reframing that perspective, we should look at what resources our community already has and then build on those strengths. The Gem City Market is a strength. I believe the next challenge will be determining how to best leverage the Market's success to grow community engagement and economic development in the area. Additionally, I see a future where the experience and knowledge gained from starting the Gem City Market can be shared to pursue similar endeavors to help other neighborhoods in Dayton.
I currently volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children involved in the child welfare system in Montgomery County. Additionally, two years ago, I was selected by the Dayton View Historic District to renovate Governor James M. Cox’s Historic Mansion. For the past two years, I have been working to restore the home and to give Dayton back a piece of its history.
A traditional grocery store provides a product to the community, and the Gem City Market does that flawlessly. It has farm-fresh produce, a full-service deli counter, and any necessity you could want. The Market goes a step further, though, because it also provides a service to the community. It is a place specifically designed to facilitate the growth of relationships between you and your neighbors. It takes every dollar you spend and invests it right back into the community. It provides a higher quality of life for those that shop there, a living wage for those that work there, and a sense of empowerment for those in the community that built it.
The principle of universality resonates the most with me. Democracy works best when everyone buys in, whether at the store level, the community level, or a national level. The Market’s model puts decision-making in the hands of its constituency. As it advocates for community involvement and a rising sense of self-efficacy, it is the epitome of what we want responsible private enterprises and public institutions to embody. The problem of an unjust economic structure is a global one. Thus, the fight for economic democracy and economic justice must be universal.
My family has a run a small moving company in Dayton for 70 years, and I grew up working for the business. During this time, I have gained management experience assisting with the day-to-day operations and an appreciation for the soft skills that make a business thrive, such as staying frugal, setting the bar high for quality, and building customer relationships. I have two degrees in Economics and Business Intelligence & Analytics. I understand how to convert data and numbers into valuable decision points. I am comfortable working with cash flow projections and reviewing profit and loss statements. I currently create a monthly inventory review for a warehouse that handles over half a million pounds of product every day. Although not directly applicable to one of the three categories listed, I am in my last year of law school at the University of Dayton. I feel my legal training there has given me an additional lens from which to analyze the effectiveness of decisions. I am eager to apply what I already know and to learn more to benefit the Gem City Market.
US Airforce Logistics ManagerLearn More
As someone who grew up in Dayton and attended school in 5 Oaks and South Park, I would like to see a successful co-op grocery market provide access to great food for my friends and family in an area that has previously not had many choices for grocery stores. My experience in the corporate grocery business would be an asset to the community.
Success for Gem City Market will be success for our workers, community owners, as well as small business owners that provide product for sale. Additional demand from GCM will result in new opportunities for local food production not to mention positive movement in community nutrition and health education. Gem City Market's business and social successes and learning opportunities will be able to further inform business for additional co-ops in Dayton and beyond.
I currently volunteer at my local church as a musician, set construction assistant, and custodial work. I hope to put my grocery experience to work for the community. I have previously served on the community business council and a community security council for the neighborhoods in the S. Limestone neighborhoods in Springfield, Ohio.
Co-ops keep your money in your local area, investing in your friends and family who work there as well as providing local access to fresh and nutritious food. Your support for the Gem City co-op is an investment in your community and it's health.
The Sovereignty of Labor resonates with me, having worked with great people in a grocery store, I am excited that the workers get to see the fruit of their labors. This assists in keeping the focus on the community through the people that work at Gem City and the services they provide as opposed to corporate profits.
I was a General Manager for a 42 million dollar a year Kroger store, top 10 for Cincinnati Division for % of ebitda increase in 2019. Before that, I have over a decade of grocery management experience including assisting in the opening of multiple new stores, being a District Subject Matter Expert responsible for 21 stores and Kroger District Coordinator for Inclusion and Diversity, sitting on the Corporate Division Inclusion Council for the Cincinnati/Dayton/Springfield/North Kentucky region.
I have been a volunteer with GCM tabling, phone banking and selling memberships for about 3 yrs. I was a member of the hiring committee for our General Manager. I felt that my input along with everyone else's helped us make a good decision. As a Board Member I could continue to be a part of the decision making process that would improve and solidify Gem City Market's success in the community.
I think GCM will be a positive influence for other small business start-ups and co-ops. I also think people will begin to take pride in our community again. Gem City Market is a family of like-minded individuals striving to improve our community as a whole in all ways possible.
I do whatever I can to promote Gem City Market and it's positive contributions to the community. I also pass out flyers filled with information in and around my neighborhood not only about Gem City Market but for other organizations and events such as; Levitt Pavillion free concerts and back to school events. While phone banking for Gem City market I shared information on where to get the covid vaccines.
I explain that Gem City Market is not in business to make an absent CEO and top executives richer; but to help make a community richer in health, wealth and knowledge. GCM offers not only groceries at competitive prices; but nutrition classes, exercise classes, cooking classes and a clinic. The more support GCM receives from the community; the more GCM can offer the community.
Principle #2 Democratic Governance: This represents equality and fairness of the worker-owners, having the right to know how the business is run and organized. Having the right to vote on important issues. Having the right to elect governing bodies.
I was a department supervisor in a glass factory while living in Connecticut in the early 1980's. motivated machine operators to improve production in my department by 20%. In 1990's in Ohio, worked for Schear's and Metro Market Grocery stores. Started out as a cashier, then promoted to cashier trainer. promoted again to assistant service manager. promoted again to service manager for the Westown store. Was acting manager when our store manager was on sick leave for a few months. After 13 years the company went out of business. I was responsible for closing procedures for 3 of our stores.
Dayton Public Schools Teacher & Owner of Simply Savory by RachelLearn More
Similar to the vital connection of physical and mental health, I am connected to GCM as a PART of my existence in this community. Food is a part of my love language to others and it's a huge part of the lifeblood of a sustainable community. GCM--even before the brick and mortar location, has been the O-negative blood for Dayton. She allows me to connect with people at the very basic of levels and transcends other factors that divide people outside her protective walls. GCM has helped to give me a sense of belonging and purpose in the community outside of myself, my career as an educator, and my business. Running for the board gives me the opportunity to be the microphone for STUDENTS and their families at a table that they might not have ever imagined sitting at!
GCM is and will continue to be a catalyst for positive change and growth in the Dayton area. Families will become healthier, community will grow stronger, and GCM will be a model for starting Coops across the region and country. GCM will run a full farm that provides jobs and education for local people while providing produce and locally crafted items directly to our shelves. We will be able to work with local high schools and provide CTE hours for students with on the job training, creating sustainable employees before even graduating from high school. We, as GCM, will change the landscape and narrative around what it means to truly be a cooperative community. We won't play a role in Dayton's future. We ARE Dayton's future!
I work as an educator in Dayton Public Schools and I also work to help families eat better through quick and easy recipes that use ingredients that are easier to come by for most families. I engage youth with my business and help them find ways to create economic empowerment for themselves and their families.
Shopping here at GCM is not just a trendy thing to do. EVERY purchase you make directly benefits you, your neighbors, your community. We truly are all in this together. If the only benefit of shopping here would be to help make Dayton a better place, don't you think that would be worth it?
Participatory management resonates with me the loudest at this moment because it's how I try to direct my classroom. When the participants feel that they are responsible for the management of themselves and others, I find that the results are much more dynamic! People should be taught how to manage themselves--not to forever need someone managing them. It helps to build independence and healthy interdependence. Think about the buy-in from workers who know that I am responsible to myself as my manager just as much as someone else!
My undergraduate degree is in business administration, my master's degree is in educational leadership and I own and operate Simply Savory by Rachel.
Retired: Board chair with a small nonprofit that operates a community garden in Butler CountyLearn More
I graduated from Stivers Patterson HS, and am a UD alumni (BS degree). I continue to have strong ties in Dayton. Healthy eating, access to fresh produce, food insecurity and equity are issues I strongly want to address. I will not rest until everyone has equal access to nutritional foods and information on healthy eating. I am excited to see this happening in my home town.
Hopefully this is a movement that can be replicated in various communities throughout the greater Dayton area. I’m a firm believer that healthy people create healthy communities. Having Gem City Market in Dayton is a major start. This is an opportunity to provide affordable food, with residents of the community having a voice and ownership in what becomes part of their community. I see this as a great start, and my role will be to work to duplicate this model throughout other underserved communities.
I have been in contact with other community leaders that operate community gardens in Dayton and have been looking for ways we can partner to make Dayton and other cities better. I have also been in contact with members of this market to learn how we can replicate this market in other cities. Helping to bring knowledge and power to residents in underserved communities is a way I can work to help improve the Dayton community as well as other communities.
I would first explain the importance of having access to affordable nutritional food and information. Also, having a voice and ownership is crucial and it allows you to have a say. Information is power and with that comes activism. Be part of what you would like to see for your community.
Several principles resonate with me. Mostly, Universality because we all should work toward economic democracy and economic justice. Also, Education, because knowledge is power, and to set aside sufficient resources to allow cooperative members to advance in educational and workforce development is essential to a successful business and thriving community. Also, social transformation that is transparent and equal, ensures success.
I retired from the federal government after 25 years of service. During a part of my federal career I was responsible for procurement of treatment contracting for 7 counties in Southwest Ohio, managing 7 contracted treatment providers. I conducted financial audits and approved or denied payment of services. I was responsible to ensure that invoice billing was accurate. I also managed procurement of treatment supplies. Currently, as a board chair I handle a lot of the financial purchases associated with the organization. I have a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and feel I have the appropriate skills and experience to be an effective board member. I am also a board member with the Institutional Review Board with the University of Cincinnati.