Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

PFC Board Candidate - Gary Reichardt

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"Writer/editor, graphic designer, and enemy of plastic"

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Owner Number 1434
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Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors? 
A couple years ago, before I purchased a share, I had determined to reduce the amount of plastic in my life. In looking for ways to do that, I discovered the co-op and figured its success would mean I'd have bulk food available within biking distance of my home, so I bought in. This remains important to me so if I can contribute as a board member, I would be happy to do so.
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I think it's important for the planet that co-ops like this one take hold, spread, and compete in a serious way with the food retail giants.
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For myself, I am keenly aware that all I really do as a professional boils down to moving pixels around on a screen. What's missing is any kind of tangible result for my knowledge and effort. Serving on this board and helping to get the building built and the store in business would be the kind of achievement I think I have been missing.
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Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment 
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I am a freelance presentation developer, which combines graphic design with writing and editing. The majority of my clients are businesses in the fields of marketing, consulting (management and supply chain), healthcare and pharmaceuticals. I have piled up almost 20 years worth of experience helping clients to expose problems in ways that generate solutions — and to then present those solutions in ways that lead to action.
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Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:
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I served on my condominium association for two or three years.
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Which of the following areas do you have expertise?
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What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?
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I can write, edit, and proofread text and am familiar with visual communication — pairing images with words to convey a message to a general audience comprising "readers" and "lookers" (who key on graphics first and only like read when the images compel them to). All of this came to my through my education, and during my career I've added project management skills.
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I would expect to contribute in the areas of marketing and community outreach, and perhaps grant-writing.
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What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
I want to see the store open and running smoothly, and also in a position to advise and assist similar organizations coming to life in the city.
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What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?
I spent the winter unloading trucks and stocking groceries at night in 1999.
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