AGM

 

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2015 Board Candidates:

Tracey Collins

BIO:

My name is Tracey Collins, I’m 5’8″, I have mostly brown hair, blue eyes and I live in Riverwest.  I was born in Milwaukee, before the 80s; my roots here are deep and I am a homeowner.  Graduated UW-Milwaukee 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, I’ve worked in auditing at a small CPA firm (2004 – 2007) and as the Financial Manager of Growing Power, LLC (2007 – 2009). In 2009, I moved to Alabama for a brief stint but moved home after about a year because Milwaukee is where I belong.  Since 2010, I have been a small business owner, owning and operating a home for developmentally disabled individuals (who I have been working with since 2000).  I became a member of the Public House before the grand opening, and I plan on making it a lifetime membership presently.  I have been serving on the Board of Directors since November 2014.

Please list any past experiences as board member, cooperator, community leader.

From 2005 – 2008, I served as Treasurer on the Steering Committee of the Brewcity Bruisers (Milwaukee’s roller derby league), as well as a player on team Maiden Milwaukee.  My duties included collecting member dues, all ticket sales, all merchandise sales, banking, accounts receivable and accounts payable, creating policies and controls to help the league be financially stable, along with bookkeeping in Quickbooks, taxes and financial reporting.

From 2008-2009, in my role as Financial Manager for Growing Power, I was responsible for attending all BOD meetings and delivering monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports, along with leading the Finance Committee, and fielding any financial questions from Board members (and all my basic job responsibilities).

Since June 2014, I have been helping on the Finance Committee of the Riverwest Public House, including my input on new policies that affect the daily operations (like cash register management).  In November 2014, I was asked to participate on the Board in an official capacity until the next election.

Please share if you have practical experience in any of the following areas:

●YES business management

●YES finance and bookkeeping

●YES human resources

● community outreach or organizing

● project management

●YES administration

What is inspiring you to run for this board at this time?

The knowledge that my skill set will be valuable and the fact that I am dedicated to the Public House mission of being run cooperatively and in building community.  Also, I ran last May and I knew that I had carved out enough time to dedicate outside my own small business to something in my community and Public House is where I have been spending that time and energy.

What do you love most about the Riverwest Public House?

The atmosphere, the acceptance, the spirit of community outreach. Obviously, to get people engaged you have to make them passionate about something, and I feel like the Public House is a fantastic venue for that sort of community engagement.  We need everyone involved to fulfill our potential as a community!

Also, there are some seriously KICK-ASS shows at the Public House.  And for the best price around Milwaukee.

What new ideas/visions do you hope to bring to the Board and the Cooperative?

Budgeting.

Financial training for cooperatives.

Finessing policies and internal controls and helping to write policies and procedures down so the workers collective can carry them on succinctly.

Engaging members for volunteering!

Ronald Reagan movie night.

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I feel like I’m not that full of surprises.  I am completely obsessed with hidden object games.  My favorite way to unwind is to play something like Mystery Case Files for like hours.  I also really love horror movies, the bloodier the better.

Don Cramer

BIO:

I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Milwaukee after college for a job. I quit the job but stayed in the city that I grew to love. I bought a house in Riverwest and became a high school math teacher. When I’m not working I like to explore all that Milwaukee and Wisconsin have to offer.

Please list any past experiences as board member, cooperator, community leader.

I served for more than 2 years as the treasurer of my church, which has an annual budget of about $200,000 and a staff of 5 part-time employees. Prior to that I was the chair of the staffing committee for 2 years. I have led and been a part of many committees whose purposes included social events, community outreach, and fundraising. I have been on an events committee for a mentoring program run through the Y for more than 3 years. The committee’s primary purposes include mentor recruitment and fund-raising. We also are in need of specific skill sets.

Please share if you have practical experience in any of the following areas:

● business management

●Yes finance and bookkeeping

● Yes human resources

● community outreach or organizing

● project management

● Yes administration

What is inspiring you to run for this board at this time?

I have appreciated the Public House from afar and wished that I could play a bigger role. But previously I had too many other commitments. Those commitments now are requiring less of me, and so I want to use my time to benefit the Public House.

What do you love most about the Riverwest Public House?

I love the idea of the Riverwest Public House – that its purpose is loftier than just to serve drinks and make money. The purpose is to provide an alternative space where connections can be made and community can be built. It has a different feel than a privately-owned business (no matter how welcoming) or a publicly-owned property.

What new ideas/visions do you hope to bring to the Board and the Cooperative?

I enjoy working with finances and I’m interested in exploring ways to make the Public House fiscally solvent. I would like to continue the work towards a budget that grows closer to balanced (and then profitable) each year. One possible idea would be to find other local groups for which we could share our space and our expenses, such as heating and energy.

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I run marathons for fun.

Kenny Fletcher

BIO:

We are the 16th Street Community Health Centers HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention and Outreach team. We provide free rapid testing, safe sex kit and STD information for the community. Our team consists of 4 members Kenny, Fredy, Benny & Petey :)

Please list any past experiences as board member, cooperator, community leader.

We are currently Leaders in the community and are very known around the city. We have participated in many events at the Cooperative for the last 4 years.

Please share if you have practical experience in any of the following areas:

● business management

● finance and bookkeeping

● YES human resources

● YES community outreach or organizing

● YES project management

● YES administration

What is inspiring you to run for this board at this time?

We would love to be more of a part of the Cooperative and be more involved in event planning and play more of a major role and be more present.

What do you love most about the Riverwest Public House?

It’s a meeting place for the community, by the community, We love that you guys try to involve everyone in all your events and you guys give back to the neighborhood. The people there are awesome and we love that you guys always include us.

What new ideas/visions do you hope to bring to the Board and the Cooperative?

We would like to be more involved in the planning of events, and also be more of a presence in the community to build relationships with the people to show them rapport that the 16th Street Clinic Prevention Team has.

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?

How fun, enthusiastic, and a Family our team is!!

Peter Murphy

BIO:

I am a young and energetic cooperator who has been involved in Cooperative activities in Riverwest since late 2010. I helped found the Public House and served as events coordinator from July 2011 to January 2014. I have been on the Board since June, 2011. During that same period, I earned a Masters of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UWM. Now I do market development at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, a nonprofit that does education and training around renewables, and has been responsible for the Solar Group Buys that have taken place all over MKE, starting in Riverwest.

Please list any past experiences as board member, cooperator, community leader.

I’ve been on the board at the Public House since 2011 and helped start the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, which incorporated in March of 2013. I’ve served in the offices of Treasurer and Secretary at the Public House, and am currently the Treasurer of the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.

We also are in need of specific skill sets. Please share if you have practical experience in any of the following areas:

● business management

● finance and bookkeeping

● human resources

●YES community outreach or organizing

●YES project management

●YES administration

What is inspiring you to run for this board at this time?

I love the Public House. I am extremely proud of the bar as a project and as an example of the power of a community to build the institutions it wishes to support. While the Public House has seen some important successes recently, continuity among the leadership is essential to keeping the organization strong. I also bring a sense of institutional history that has proven useful in the past.

What do you love most about the Riverwest Public House?

My favorite thing about the Public House is that you can walk in on any night of the week and see something strange or unusual, that represents the wide range of types of people and attitudes that exist in Riverwest and beyond. This is an outgrowth of the flat worker-management structure that allows and encourages individuals to take ownership of the bar and influence what happens there by being their full selves.

What new ideas/visions do you hope to bring to the Board and the Cooperative?

We have a handful of goals that we have set out at the board level, among them the addition of another set of tap lines. This may seem like a small addition, but it represents a huge opportunity for revenue and variety, which I think will make the Public House a better bar. I’d also like to see some more weird one-off events like the Hot Blind Debates and the live Dungeons and Dragons. But my ideas and visions aren’t “new” so much as they are “yet to be realized.”

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m kind of an open book, so there aren’t too many surprises. But most people wouldn’t know that I was a varsity pole-vaulter in high school… I secretly want to try it again to find out if I’ve still got some residual pole-riding skills.

Danté Smith

BIO:

I was 1st introduced to the structure of Co-op business about 7yrs ago. When learning about Co-ops it inspired me to some how become apart of them. I started volunteering at the RiverWest Food Co-op while still working in the Corp world. After volunteering there for sometime I decided I wanted to change my destiny sort of speak. I obtained a job with Outpost Natural foods Co-op, studied a bit more on Co-ops as well as became more involved with board/Worker oriented assets.

In my experience with Co-ops and customer service I wanted to be even more invested. I’ve always been told I should become a bartender and I had my fingers crossed to work with the RWPH. Little did I know my calling was definitely where my heart was. So here I am with inspiration to continue that journey.

Please list any past experiences as board member, cooperator, community leader.

● Youth Counselor/Outreach with the Milw LGBT Youth Program
● RWPH WC/Board
● Employee Rep. for OutPost Cafe staff

Please share any experience/expertise you have in business management, finance, or law if any.

● Sales Rep- Acosta Marketing Inc
● Bookkeeper- Roundy’s
● Invoice/Order Cafe Supervisor- OutPost

What new ideas/visions do you hope to bring to the Board and the Cooperative?

● I’d like to bring more structure and understanding of what our purpose as the board is.
● I envision a push for us to maintain communication among the whole board and the small gaps in between.
● I envision with skills/tactics we will become an even more substantial Co-op that’s more capable of nourishing our people and neighborhood.

What is one thing that most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I believe language is spoken with words, math, science etc.


We’re about to have our Fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM)! It’s coming up quickly: May 31st, 2015 from 5-8pm at the Public House. This is the time every year when we reflect on how the Public House is measuring up to its threefold mission: to be a community gathering place; to serve local, organic, and tasty drinks, and to help build the cooperative movement in our neighborhood alongside the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.

At the last couple of AGMs, we’ve encouraged your participation and voice by putting up great big sheets of paper on the walls, giving you some nice-smelling Sharpie markers, and letting you go to town. This year will be no different. The “writing on the wall” gets reviewed by the board in the months following the AGM and the Board takes these messages into account. It’s a great way to give feedback to the Public House as a valued member-owner. Although we’re always here to listen if you’ve got a compliment, comment or concern.

Most importantly, this date marks the time each year when our members get to elect new members to the Board of Directors. The board of directors is the 9-person body that helps guide the course of the bar through long-term visioning, financial oversight, and governance. This year we have 5 vacancies! For those who don’t want to math, that’s the majority of our Board. Think you’ve got what it takes? We could use some help in the following:

● business management
● finance and bookkeeping
● human resources
● community outreach or organizing
● project management
● administration

To fill out an application to be on our Board of Directors, please click here:https://riverwestpublichouse.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/rwph-boardcandidateapplication2015.pdf

 

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For more info on our Board of Directors, check out the Structure page.

PAST ANNUAL GENERAL REPORTS:

AGM2013 [PDF]

2012 RWPH Annual Report

AGM-Annual-Report-2014 (1)

 

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