Karen Zimbelman

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Karen Zimbelman
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National Cooperative Grocers Association

Karen Zimbelman is development director for the western corridor of the National Cooperative Grocers Association.

Author's Articles

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For some, the subject of limited terms for directors inspires passionate debate; for others the idea of limiting directors' service seems so improbable as to be laughable.

030 September - October - 1990 January 9, 2004

029 July - August - 1990 January 9, 2004
035 July - August - 1991 January 9, 2004
038 January - February - 1992 January 9, 2004

Why is your co-op structured as a co-op? How important is your co-op structure to your daily operations? How much of a role does your co-op structure play in your marketing?

039 March - April - 1992 January 9, 2004

Let's start with some numbers. A typical member invests $100 in the cooperative to join the co-op. In exchange for that investment, the member receives a 5 percent discount on all purchases.

049 November - December - 1993 January 9, 2004

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today.

048 September - October - 1993 January 9, 2004
044 January - February - 1993 January 9, 2004

Without a doubt, an effective board of directors requires smooth and well-planned internal systems.

052 May - June - 1994 January 9, 2004
050 January - February - 1994 January 9, 2004
055 November - December - 1994 January 9, 2004
060 September - October - 1995 January 9, 2004

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers?

063 March - April - 1996 January 9, 2004

Do your board meetings have any of these features?

068 January - February - 1997 January 9, 2004

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives.

072 September - October - 1997 January 9, 2004

Are any of these scenarios familiar to you?

070 May - June - 1997 January 9, 2004

I wish I could say it is a rare occurrence, but unfortunately I get these disturbing calls all too often.

075 March - April - 1998 January 9, 2004

Does the idea of planning sessions with your co-op board of directors fill you with dread? Do you spend more time talking about planning than actually doing any planning?

086 January - February - 2000 January 8, 2004
092 January - February - 2001 January 8, 2004

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store.

080 January - February - 1999 January 8, 2004