MEMBERSHIP IN THE CO-OP
Sevananda is a consumer-owned cooperative. This means that we are owned by the people who use our services, not some far-away corporation or shareholders who don’t care about what we carry in the store, and why that is important to us.
We are owned by the 4,000+ Member-Owners who have invested in the Cooperative and they invest $120 (payable annually in $20 installments over 6 years) to become a co-owner of the business.
Member-Owners have benefits over regular shoppers, including patronage dividends if the store has a profitable year and a quaterly 10%-off shopping trip.
Membership is individual – we do not have Family plans. We do encourage all adults who share a residence to become members so that they can all make use of the Member Benefits.
Since we have thousands of Member-Owners (and it would be a little difficult to get them all in the room at the same time) this provides a needed way to connect outside of our bi-annual Member meetings and provides a modern equivalent to the public square.
Our online forums were created to allow our Member-Owners to speak to each other and discuss Sevananda issues and things important to our community as a whole. You will receive an email from Member Services notifying you when verification is complete and you can begin your dialog with fellow Member Owners. CLICK HERE to register – and welcome to the discussion!
Member Meetings are held in the Spring and Fall and our Member-Owners can connect with each other and the Board to get updates on the state of the Co-op as well as current trends and other information about the natural foods business. Traditionally the Spring meeting is primarily concerned with Board elections and the Fall meeting the Member-Owners elect the Nominating Committee.