The Riverwest Public House isn’t just a bar. You know this when you get that feeling. The one that comes when you bump into friends and neighbors over a pint. The feeling after an incredible show, or a Night School, or the Educators’ Happy Hour or LGBTuesdays. It is that feeling that we aren’t just hoping for community but that we’re actually building it. We know our neighborhood, our city, our world is a better place every time we raise a glass.
This is why many of us have joined as members. We get sick of politicos dictating what is good “for the people” and disillusioned with the idealists who never get around to doing something. We aren’t waiting for someone else to act, but we are seizing control of our economic and communal destiny. As they say around the block, “You’re doing it!”
But maybe that overwhelming good vibe comes with a little tugging. Maybe you walk out of the pub and think, “It is awesome, but it could be so much better.” Maybe you’re checking the calendar for this weekend shows and say “I want to do more with the Public House.”
Maybe you’re ready to move from the barstool to the boardroom.
OK, so we don’t really have a boardroom, just the long table in front. But still. We’re taking nominations for the upcoming Board of Director elections. We need organizers and activists, dreamers and realists, folks that are good with nuts and bolts and folks that see the big picture. We need finance folks and HR people. We need neighbors and friends. We need the community to lift up leaders and leaders to direct the co-op.
Our board has a few practical functions. We govern by policy and decide by consensus. That means we will look at what are the best practices for this cocktail community we’re creating. We give structural support to our workers collective. We carry the banner of co-ops and tell the story of the Public House locally and nationally. We’re a working board, with each director serving on a committee. The board currently meets monthly and the schedule will be restructured with the new Board. There are four open seats.
So, if you love building community one drink at a time, come help design the blueprints for that building. Join the board. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Our Annual General Meeting, where board elections take place, will occur on Sunday, May 18th at 5 pm. You can pick up an application from any bartender. If you prefer an electronic copy or would like to check out the RWPW 2014 Board of Directors candidates, please see the AGM section of this site. All submissions are due by May 4th, 2014.