The Board of Directors at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe is responsible for leading the organization and remaining accountable to its members.

Members elect the board to direct the Ever’man’s policies and goals on their behalf. As a member, you are able to run and/or vote for the Board of Directors each year. You are also welcome to attend monthly board meetings, including our Annual Spring Membership meeting, and may contact the board at any time via email a board@everman.org.

Please take a look at the March/April edition of The Healthy Alternative for more information on the election process each year.

Our Code of Conduct

Our Code of Ethics


  • Dave DeBlander

    I began my business and co-op career in 1974 as a member of Nature’s Bakery coop in Madison, Wisc. In 1976, along with my wife, Kate, we opened a macrobiotic organic foods restaurant and bakery and operated them until 1990 when we moved to Pensacola. I started a carpet cleaning company here in Pensacola, Pro Clean Restoration and Cleaning, which I continue to own and operate. My wife and I (and our daughter and now son-in-law and grandchildren) have been eating a macrobiotic diet since 1974 and love the fact that we can purchase all the necessary food to maintain that diet at Ever’man. As a board member, my desire is to see the store run as efficiently as possible in order to have the lowest prices, the most pleasant atmosphere and the happiest employees. I also would like to see Ever’man lead the way in educating the community about the benefits of eating organic foods.

     

    J.J. Stephens

    I was born and raised in the Greater Pensacola area and have been a member at Ever’man for the last few years. I am a graduate of the University of West Florida with a degree in Organizational Communication. I am currently employed at Exit Realty N.F.I., where I manage the REO department. I enjoy volunteering my time coaching a baseball team at Trinitas Christian School and serving the community with fellow members of Christ Church in Pace, FL.

    My wife and I were introduced to the natural and whole foods movement through two books recommended by our friends, Nourishing Traditions and The Maker’s Diet. After reading these books, our eyes were opened to the importance of diet, nutrition, and wellness principles. We embraced the organic whole foods lifestyle and have never looked back. Ever’man is particularly important to our family now, because we recently discovered that my wife is gluten sensitive. Ever’man provides options for us that we cannot get anywhere else, and for that we are fiercely loyal.

    I am honored to be a board member at Ever’man Natural Foods. In addition, I look forward to sharing my talents and time with the Ever’man community, so that we can make Ever’man everything it can and ought to be. My hope is to continue the spread of information and awareness about natural and whole foods in the Greater Pensacola Area. Through hard work and cooperation we can help improve the quality of life for everyone in our area.

     

     

    Lauren Southern-Godwin

    I have a B.S. from Boston University in TV/Film and Educational Media and have been a teacher at Montessori School of Pensacola for over five years.

    I see being an Ever’man board member as a chance to help spread the importance of healthy food options in our community. I have experience with management, environmentally and socially conscious organizations, and in the arenas of education and awareness. Having worked in media (PBS, BBC in London, and children’s publishing), I know that what is presented to the mainstream public is not normally healthy and/or green. Also, having been a teacher, I see what children eat, and how obesity is on the rise, and believe that it starts at a young age.

    I am the children’s coordinator for the local Greater Good Music, Art, and Children’s Festival and also volunteer with the children’s activities of another festival in Live Oak, FL. I hope that Ever’man will continue to be a leader in health, wellness and community service.

     

     

    Lynn Jackson

    It has been my privilege to serve on the Ever’man Board of Directors for the past six years. I am a native Pensacolian and lifetime member of Ever’man. I love this area and have a commitment to see our community thrive, especially in the areas of health and wellness. My long-time experience as a member, teacher, business owner, retreat presenter and leader in the local health and wellness community gives me a unique insight into the needs of the Ever’man community. I have studied and applied many whole food and wellness principles to create a healthy lifestyle for myself, my family, my many students and business clients. My year of experience in the field of health and wellness is a valuable asset to the Ever’man Board. I am honored and thrilled to continue to serve on the Ever’man board!

     

     

    Eric Schneider

    With my 17 years as an Ever’man member and prior 7 years as an Ever’man board member, I am committed to representing the Ever’man membership by promoting member value and a higher quality natural food shopping experience. I have held various positions on the Ever’man Board and understand that a cohesive Board provides the synergy for a quality member experience. The critical difference for Ever’man to stay competitive is to provide more quality organic and all-natural product options at a reasonable cost with customer education and satisfaction as a core value. I was engaged in the planning process for expanding the current store and believe that Ever’man is set to expand further into the community (locally and beyond) as an educational and local product outlet for the environmentally aware consumer. I have an interest in seeing Ever’man utilize creative concepts to promote healthy lifestyles to the underprivileged community as well.

     

     

    Kelly Oden

    I’ve been privileged to serve on the Ever’man Board of Directors for the last three years. In that time, I’ve learned how to best work on a cooperative board and the dedication it takes to align decision making with both our Ends Statement and the seven cooperative principles. I’m proud to be a part of Ever’mans’ vital health and wellness work in the community and to continue in my role as a director. I have been interested in healthy living for over 25 years and I love the fact that Ever’man is a trusted source for those looking to eat wholesome, nutritious food and learn new skills for developing a healthy mind, body and spirit. For the past ten years, I have led the creative team of a local publishing company. This experience has helped me to hone my leadership and organizational skills and has given me a broad understanding of our community as a whole, as well as the opportunity to develop valuable contacts at all levels of local government and industry. My daughter and I shop at Ever’man daily and we love the sense of community offered by our local cooperative and the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

     

     

    Tara Jones

    It is my honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op. Healthy organic food is a priority for my family as it is for yours. Supporting local suppliers through economic partnerships is a connection I highly value for the community. To maintain the momentum of Ever’man, we must collectively push for more market share of downtown Pensacola. I will use my background in marketing and sales to further educate the community on the value of a local co-op. I hope to bring ideas which will facilitate partnerships with other organizations that hold the same social responsibilities as Ever’man. Together we can streamline the balance of healthy living for all of Pensacola.

     

  • Board Requirements

    Article 4 – Board of Directors

    Article 4 Board of Directors 

    Section 4.1 Requirements and restrictions on the election of Directors:
    4.1.1 All members of the Board of directors must be members of the Co-op, shall be at least 21 years of age and shall have been a current member of the Co-op for a minimum of six (6) months.
    4.1.2 The board of Directors shall consist of not less than six or more than eleven members.
    4.1.3 All candidates for the Board of Directors shall be approved by a nominating committee appointed by the board of Directors.
    4.1.4 Directors shall be elected for three year terms beginning at the first meeting after election results are announced.
    4.1.5 A person who has a vested interest in the Co-op, such as employees, landlords, natural foods and supplement suppliers, and current employees’ and board members’ significant others may not serve as a Board Director.
    4.1.6 Employees separated with cause may not run or serve on the Board for a period of three years after their separation date.
    4.1.7 All Board members will be in compliance with Florida statues governing vendors of alcoholic beverages.
    Section 4.2 - Vacancies
    An appointed Director shall serve the remainder of the term of the Director or position he or she is replacing.


  • Serving on the board is a great way to give back your time and ideas. If you are interested, it is a good idea to acquaint yourself with the cooperative principles. Board directors need to be hard-working, dedicated, and enthusiastic about the community and natural foods.

    Votes are tallied in mid-February and will be announced in the March/April newsletter, the store, the Ever’man website, and on the Ever’man Facebook page. If you have any questions about running and/or serving on the board, please do not hesitate to contact the Nominating Committee through email via elections@everman.org.

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  • Article 1 – Name and Location
    The name of the cooperative is Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Inc.
    The cooperative headquarters shall be located in Pensacola, Florida.

    Article 2 – Governance 
    Section 2.1 
    The governance of this association and oversight of the management shall be vested in a Board of Directors, the members of which must be elected by ballot by the members from their own number.
    Section 2.2 Ever’man Ends Statement
    Because of Ever’man, the community WILL HAVE:
    • Education about Health, Nutrition, and Environmental issues 
    • Access to Healthy, Natural foods and Products at the lowest possible price;
    • Support for Responsible, Local Agriculture and Small Business 
    • An example of Green Business Practices

    Article 3 – Membership, Meetings of the Membership and Participation 
    Section 3.1 - Any person 16 years of age or older may become a member of this Co-op by:
    3.1.1 Paying an annual membership fee determined by the Board of Directors, which will be valid for one year. Senior citizens (65 and older) shall pay a reduced fee. In addition, there are 1665 members of this Co-op who purchased a “lifetime” membership and are not required to pay an additional membership fee.
    3.1.2 Members may obtain additional membership cards for members of their family who are living in the same household. The Board of Directors shall determine the fee to be charged for additional cards. Each additional card shall bear the number of the original card.
    Section 3.2 – Meetings of the Membership
    3.2.1 A general membership meeting, called the Spring Membership Meeting, shall be held within three months after the close of the fiscal year, at which meeting the financial reports will be made.
    3.2.2 The fiscal year shall be from April 1st through March 31st of each year.
    3.2.3 Special meetings. The Chairperson shall cause a special meeting of the members to be called upon a written petition of at least twenty percent (20%) of the members, or upon a majority vote of the Board of Directors. If the special meeting is called by member petition, the notice of the time, place and purpose of the special meeting shall be held within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the petition by the Chairperson. No business shall be considered at the special meeting except as has been mentioned in the call and included in the notice of the meeting.
    3.2.4 Presiding officer. The Chairperson or his or her designee of the association shall preside at all meetings of the members and directors.
    3.2.5 Quorum. At any meeting called by the members, a quorum necessary for the transaction of business shall be at least 10 percent (10%) of the total number of members of the cooperative. Only members in actual attendance at the meeting shall count towards a quorum.
    3.2.6 Members shall be notified of membership meetings a minimum of 14 days in advance.
    3.2.7 Membership meetings shall be open to the public.
    Section 3.3 - Voting and Motions of the Membership
    3.3.1 Each membership shall be entitled to one vote. The household of a member who has obtained any additional card(s) shall be entitled to a total of one vote.
    3.3.2 Members may not vote by proxy. Ever’man will offer mail out ballots, unless the election is uncontested. The Board of Directors may authorize the use of electronic voting in addition to paper ballots.
    3.3.3 Only members may make motions and vote at membership meetings. Only those motions that have been included in the official meeting notices shall be voted on at membership meetings.
    Section 3.4 – Member Participation
    Members, including employees, may participate in committees and other volunteer activities.

    Article 4 – Board of Directors 

    Section 4.1 Requirements and restrictions on the election of Directors:
    4.1.1 All members of the Board of directors must be members of the Co-op, shall be at least 21 years of age and shall have been a current member of the Co-op for a minimum of six (6) months.
    4.1.2 The board of Directors shall consist of not less than six or more than eleven members.
    4.1.3 All candidates for the Board of Directors shall be approved by a nominating committee appointed by the board of Directors.
    4.1.4 Directors shall be elected for three year terms beginning at the first meeting after election results are announced.
    4.1.5 A person who has a vested interest in the Co-op, such as employees, landlords, natural foods and supplement suppliers, and current employees’ and board members’ significant others may not serve as a Board Director.
    4.1.6 Employees separated with cause may not run or serve on the Board for a period of three years after their separation date.
    4.1.7 All Board members will be in compliance with Florida statues governing vendors of alcoholic beverages.
    Section 4.2 - Vacancies
    An appointed Director shall serve the remainder of the term of the Director or position he or she is replacing.
    Section 4.3 – Meetings of the Board of Directors
    4.3.1 Regular meetings
    4.3.1.1 The Board shall meet no less than eight times in a fiscal year.
    4.3.1.2 The time and place of any Board of directors meeting shall be posted at least one week in advance, on a bulletin board in the Co-op storefront.
    4.3.2 Irregular meetings and urgent business
    4.3.2.1 Any other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called Special meetings and may be called by:
    a. The Chairperson, or
    b. a petition signed by a majority of the Directors, which petition states the reason for the meeting.
    4.3.2.2 A special meeting of the Board of directors must be preceded by at least two days notice of the date, time, and place of the meeting.
    4.3.2.3 Very urgent business may be transacted by phone, in person, or e-mail, but the Chairperson shall document the comments of all the directors who have been contacted. Such business shall be subsequently discussed at the next regular meeting of the Board, and entry of the action shall be made into the minutes. Urgent business voting results shall be posted on a bulletin board at the Co-op storefront within one week of the notice.
    4.3.2.4 All Board of Directors meetings shall be open to the public; however, the Board may meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters relating either to paid staff, volunteers, real estate, legal matters as appropriate, expansion, or other confidential issues.
    4.3.2.5 A quorum must be present before a meeting may begin, and decisions may be made by a majority of the directors present. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the directors, including two officers.
    4.3.2.6 No director may vote by proxy.
    Section 4.4 – Dismissal or Resignation
    4.5.1 Directors who fail to sign the agreed upon Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct shall no longer serve on the Board of Directors.
    4.5.2 Any Director may resign by submitting his or her resignation in writing to any officer.
    4.5.3 Directors who have missed more than three Board meetings within a one year period from the time of assuming office shall automatically forfeit their Board position. Directors who acquire a conflict of interest as described under Section 4.1.6, or who does not disclose a conflict of interest as described in the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, shall submit their resignation from the Board of Directors for consideration.
    4.5.4 Directors may be removed for any other reason by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors.
    4.5.5 Any Officer may be removed from office by vote of two thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors.

    Article 5 – Officers of the Board of Directors 
    Section 5.1 – The Board, by majority vote, shall elect officers of the Board. A job description for the officers shall be maintained.
    Section 5.2 – Officers shall be elected at the first regular Board of Directors meeting following the installation of the new board members and will serve for one year. In an election year, if the results alter any board officers’ status, then the provisions of Section 5.5 will apply.
    Section 5.3 – If the Chairperson is not present at a Board of Directors meeting, the Vice Chairperson shall conduct such meeting or appoint an acting Chairperson to conduct the meeting. The subsequent order of succession shall be: Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary.
    Section 5.4 – The terms Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall be interchangeable with President and Vice President respectively.
    Section 5.5 – Any vacancy in an office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at a Board meeting. If an officer has vacated their position on the Board of Directors, the remaining directors will fill that position in a separate election by a majority of the remaining directors at a meeting of the Board of Directors.
    Section 5.6 – Election of officers. The Board of Directors shall elect from their number a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer and other officers as it deems necessary. The offices of the Secretary and Treasurer may be combined and when so combined shall be termed Secretary-Treasurer. Any officer may be removed by the Board when, in its judgment, doing so is in the best interest of the cooperative.
    Section 5.7 – Duties and Legal Aspects of Directors
    5.7.1 Management of Business. The Board of Directors shall govern the business and the affairs of the association and make all necessary rules and regulations not inconsistent with law or with these bylaws. The Board of Directors shall have power to employ and dismiss a manager of the association and to determine his or her duties and compensation.
    5.7.2 The Treasurer will present a financial report at the Spring Membership meeting in accordance with the Florida Not For Profit Act.
    5.7.3 The Board shall direct the General Manager to secure Director bonding as needed.
    5.7.4 A Director is not liable for any action taken as a director, or any failure to take action, if he performed the duties of his office incompliance with the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act except under the following circumstances:
    a. breach of Director’s duty of loyalty to the cooperative;
    b. Transaction(s) from which the Director derived an improper personal benefit;
    c. for a breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the association or its members;
    d. for acts or omissions not in good faith or that involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law.

    Article 6 – Board Member Compensation and Reimbursement 
    Compensation of the Board of Directors shall be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors. All decisions regarding directors’ compensation shall be announced to the membership of the association at the next regular or special membership meeting. Officers and directors shall also be entitled to reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in attending board meetings or other business of the association. Such expense claims shall be approved by a majority of the Board. Compensation and/or reimbursement to directors shall not constitute payments to them as employees.

    Article 7 – Committees of the Board of Directors 
    Section 7.1 – The Nominating Committee
    The Nominating Committee will be a standing committee and members will be appointed by the Board of Directors.
    Section 7.2 – Other Committees
    The board may establish other committees as appropriate and outlined in their policy register.

    Article 8 – Cooperative Records 
    The General Manager shall be required to maintain all business records and accounts in such a manner that the true and correct condition of the business may be determined whenever practical. All records shall be maintained according to guidelines established by Board policy and laws of the State of Florida.

    Article 9 – Management 
    Section 9.1 – Manager. The Board of Directors shall have power to employ and dismiss a general manager of the association. The general manager shall have general charge of the ordinary and usual business operations of the association subject to the direction and approval of the directors. He or she shall provide annual and periodic reports in a form and manner prescribed by the directors. The manager shall employ and discharge employees subject to direction and guidelines approved by the Directors. The manager shall handle and account for all monies belonging to the association which come into his or her possession in the manner and form prescribed by the Directors.
    Section 9.2 – The Board will determine the rate of compensation for the general manager(s) and the general manager(s) will serve at the pleasure of the Board.

    Article 10 – Amendments to the Bylaws 
    Amendments to these bylaws shall be made by presenting, in writing, changes to two consecutive Board of Directors meetings, where they are to be presented, discussed and voted on by a majority of the Directors present.

  • Statement on the Cooperative Identity

    Definition

    A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically- controlled enterprise.

    Values

    Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self- responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

    Principles

    The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

    FIRST PRINCIPLE: VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP

    Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

    SECOND PRINCIPLE: DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL

    Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

    THIRD PRINCIPLE: MEMBER ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

    Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. They usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

    FOURTH PRINCIPLE: AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE

    Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

    FIFTH PRINCIPLE: EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND INFORMATION

    Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public — particularly young people and opinion leaders — about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

    SIXTH PRINCIPLE: COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

    Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

    SEVENTH PRINCIPLE: CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY

    While focusing on member needs, co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members

  • Members are are encouraged to attend the board meetings. The Board has ten meetings scheduled per year and are generally scheduled the last Monday of each month. There are no scheduled meetings for the months of July or November, and the December meeting is the first Monday of the month.

    Board meeting times and dates are subject to change. Any changes will be posted in the side hallway entrance one week in advance.

     

    Day-Month-Date Time
    Monday, January 30th 6 pm
    Monday, February 27th 6 pm
    Monday, March 27th 6 pm
    Monday, April 17th
    ( administrative building – downstairs)
    6 pm
    Monday, May22nd 6 pm
    Spring Membership Meeting,  Financial Reporting
    Monday, June 26th
    6 pm
    Monday, July 31st No Board Meeting
    Monday, August 28th  6 pm
    Monday, September 25th 6 pm
    Monday, October 30th 6 pm
    Member Appreciation Day, October TBA
    Monday, November 27th No Board Meeting
    Monday, December 4th 6 pm

  • Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op is owned by its members and operations are governed by a board of elected officials. There is a monthly board meeting that is open to all members. Once approved, the minutes from these meetings are posted below.

    January 2017 Board Minutes

    December 2016 Board Minutes

    October 2016 Board Minutes

    September 2016 Board Minutes

    July 2016 Board Minutes

    June 2016 Board Minutes

    April 2016 Board Minutes

    March 2016 Board Minutes

    February 2016 Board Minutes

    January 2016 Board Minutes

    December 2015 Board Minutes

    October 2015 Board Minutes

    September 2015 Board Minutes

    August 2015 Board Minutes

    June 2015 Board Minutes

    April 2015 Board Minutes

    March 2015 Board Minutes
    February 2015 Board Minutes

    January 2015 Board Minutes

    December 2014 Board Minutes
    October 2014 Board Minutes

    September 2014 Board Minutes

    August 2014 Board Minutes

    July 2014 Board Minutes
    April 2014 Board Minutes

    March 2014 Board Minutes
    February 2014 Board Minutes
    January 2014 Board Minutes
    December 2013 Board Minutes
    October 2013 Board Minutes (235 KB PDF)
    September 2013 Board Minutes (239 KB PDF)
    August 2013 Board Minutes (245 KB PDF)
    June 2013 Board Minutes (157 KB PDF)
    Spring Membership Meeting 2013 Minutes (148 KB PDF)
    March 2013 Board Minutes (165 KB PDF)
    April 2013 Board Minutes (160 KB PDF)
    February 2013 Board Minutes (89KB PDF)
    January 2013 Board Minutes (87KB PDF)
    December 2012 Board Minutes (79KB PDF)
    October 2012 Board Minutes (75KB PDF)
    September 2012 Board Minutes (53KB PDF)
    June 2012 Board Minutes (231KB PDF)
    May 2012 Board Minutes (193KB PDF)
    April 2012 Board Minutes (298KB PDF)
    March 2012 Board Minutes (106KB PDF)
    February 2012 Board Minutes (118KB PDF)
    January 2012 Board Minutes (120KB PDF)