The 2013 MoBo / Village Green Foundation Election is now open!
Voting is open from September 17 – September 24, and all current members are encouraged to participate. You can vote at the Village Green (MoBo) or online with the link below.
Candidates for the MoBo Board are: Kelby Bowers, Ryan Clo, Greg Guy, Mike “Illee” Hall, Calena Neal, Michael Providenti, and Debbie Reichler.
Remember that we are also changing to a more horizontal leadership structure for the entire Village Green Foundation with this election. The Gardens and MoBo Boards together, with three elected, non-program-aligned members, will form the VGF Steering Committee. (More info on this here.)
Candidates for the three non-program-aligned VGF Steering Committee members are: Terri Bowers (general member), Dugan Meyer (treasurer), and Griffin Ritze (secretary). MoBo members should vote for both sets of candidates.
To cast your ballot, click here:
Statements of Intent for MoBo Board Candidates:
I am announcing my candidacy for a position on the 2013/2014 Mobo Bicycle Cooperative Board of Directors.
During the four years that I have been a Mobo member and a part of the Village Green Foundation, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a wide diversity of Cincinnatians, including many of you, my fellow members.
Of all of the important services that Mobo provides to the Cincinnati bicycling community, it’s open shops are the reason that we members signed up. If elected, my first priority will be to focus on our commitment of providing weekly open shops, so that our members may maintain and repair their bicycles.
Beyond that, Mobo is a project of the Village Green Foundation together with its sister project, the Village Green Gardens Cooperative. As a member of both of those projects, if elected, I will continue to work toward bringing the whole organization closer together with a transparent, consensus-based model of decision-making.
The VGF is at an exciting time in its development: As we rededicate Mobo to serving a quickly growing Cincinnati bicycling community, and the rejuvenated Gardens project continues its expansion, I look forward to working with you, my fellow members, as we prepare to be an important part of that growth.
Thank you for your vote!
My name is Ryan Clo. I am a cycling enthusiast with 20 years of experience in road biking, commuting, mountain biking, repair, custom fabrication, and participation in organized cycling events such as races, social rides, and cycling community outreach events.
I am running simply because I have a passion for cycling and want to share it. It is a great time in Cincinnati for cycling and I see great potential to come in the near future. As one of Cincinnati’s most established bicycle co-ops, Mobo is positioned to be a key resource for this growth in our city.
I offer to Mobo my technical knowledge in servicing bicycles. I have worked as a technician in a bicycle shop and also as an automotive technician over the past 15 years. I also offer my knowledge in leadership, organizational development, team building, and marketing. This experience has been gained over the past 9 years growing an organization from nothing to a well established business with a staff of 6, a great reputation in the community, yearly sales over $1mil, and continued growth.
I ask for your support to be a member of the Mobo board. I give my word to make growth and success of the co-op my number 1 priority. It has been my understanding that Mobo is in a transitional state now and it’s future depends on the strength and cooperation of the incoming board. I hope to work collaboratively with the new board to have positive change and refocus on core programming. Please feel free to email me, thank you for your consideration.
My name is Greg Guy and I am sending this letter to announce my decision to run for a board position within Mobo. Being a member for the past few months I have not only benefited from the co-op as a member but also enjoyed the opportunity to assist others in the same benefits. I feel that I can put my skills and talents to good use as a member of the board.
I have long been of the mind that if you have a vehicle, you should be able to do what is needed to maintain it as much as possible on ones own. I was this way with my car, buying the tools needed to do my own work. Changing oil, brakes, faulty parts, tires or Macgyvering when there was no other options. When I was forced into bike commuting, I adapted my tool box to do the same with my bike. Between the Internet and asking questions at local bike shops I have been able to keep my first bike on the road. With the discovery of Mobo, I have found a source to maintain my mindset in an environment that provides not only the tools I do not have, but the knowledge and needed parts for my first bike, and the ability to build my second bike.
I hope to add my skills, talents and insights to Mobo to not only maintain the running of the co-op, but to be part of the efforts to improve and build on foundation of past board members.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Mike “Illee” Hall
Hello from Mike Illee. I was introduced to MoBo by a Northside resident almost two years ago when I needed a part for my bike. Alex signed me up as a member and Jheri helped me find the part I needed. I got involved as a member in the fall of 2011, and began volunteering regularly a year later. Since that time, I have been volunteering in the shop multiple times a week as a Shop Mechanic and key holder. I attended the Winter Workshop Series and was a regular Kids’ Day volunteer this summer. I was asked to join the MoBo Board in spring 2013 because of my volunteer commitment. I’m new to participating as a Board Member, but I’m passionate about bikes and introducing other people to this organization.
Since I began volunteering, I quickly learned that MoBo was about more than bikes. It is a place where you can come and be a part of positive conversations and get to know passionate and helpful people. Throughout my two years I have learned a lot from all the other volunteers and members and have gotten to know many others in the Northside bike community.
I’m excited to continue working toward bringing in new people and helping others learn about bikes. I would luv to use my Board position to bring more positive energy into the co-op. Thanks to all the other volunteers and friends I have gotten to know at MoBo, and I am excited to continue my commitment into a new year.
P.S. MO BIKESSSSS!
I have been a MoBo member since last Aug. I’ve been volunteering and I had attended a few board meetings, before being an interim board member. MoBo is an important commitment to me and knowing what it requires, I’m prepared to do as much as I can.
I have been a member of MoBo since November 2010, a core volunteer since April 2011, and a board member since June 2012, first as an interim appointee to the board and later, in September 2012, drafted and elected. I am announcing my intention to run for a second term.
In my life outside of MoBo I am a motorist and a cyclist, a father, and a librarian. As a librarian I have promoted access to information for all (focusing on laws related to the Americans with Disabilities Act). My work at MoBo is informed by my work in librarianship: creating an environment for teaching and learning; improving the systems of organization for MoBo’s resources; and creating greater opportunities for others to access the city using inexpensive, self-powered, healthy transportation.
During the last year I advocated for transparency and openness. I argued for a board which would listen to the membership and encourage wide participation. I argued that the organization should limit its commitments to what the volunteer base could support. I have worked with volunteers on projects to better organize the shop. In addition, I was one of the principle organizers of the Winter Workshop Series this past year.
The past year has undoubtedly been a difficult one for MoBo. A great deal of energy this past year was spent attempting to resolve conflicts between the Village Green programs and within MoBo itself. These conflicts, though difficult at the time, provided a forum in which to discuss and reexamine the core mission and purpose of MoBo. With this experience, I offer the following platform:
- make all policies open and easily available to the entire membership;
- de-emphasize the board and give the volunteers a greater voice;
- implement the Safer Space policy proposed in the VGF bylaws;
- refocus on MoBo’s core programming; and
- work toward an increasingly better organized shop.
I want to restore the idea that MoBo creates a space free from discrimination and sexism where people are empowered to learn to work on their own bikes and then, in turn, are welcomed to teach others. I want to create a space that is safe and welcoming for everyone equally — including my young child. Finally, I want to encourage volunteers to set reasonable limits for the amount of time they volunteer so that MoBo’s volunteers have enough time for their jobs, family, and bike riding.
I have been a member of MoBo since May 2011 and a volunteer since July 2012. It was MoBo’s Winter Workshop series that first inspired me to learn how to fix a bike. And it was MoBo’s volunteer mechanics, including women mechanics, who encouraged me to believe in my abilities to learn to become a better mechanic. Learning from others and being able to share that knowledge is hugely rewarding. Because of these positive and rewarding experiences I feel a strong connection to MoBo. I have a passion to help empower others to enhance their quality of life—through open access to information, inclusiveness, teamwork, group decision-making, and a dedication to teaching and learning how to fix and to ride bikes safely in an urban environment. As a Northside resident I am interested in working to build more community in and among the programs of the Village Green Foundation.
As a board member I will strive to work collaboratively with others, to continue keeping transparency in communications, equal treatment of all members, and striving to keep a safer space as outlined in the VGF By-Laws. I ask for your support to be a MoBo Board member in this election! Thank you for your support!
Statements of Intent for non-program aligned VGF Steering Committee Candidates:
Dear Village Green Foundation membership,
I am submitting this letter of intent asking that you consider me for the VGF unaffiliated position of Member-at-large. I became a member of Mobo more than two years ago and have been a core volunteer for over a year for Mobo’s open shop and assisted during Sister Cycles’ workshops. I am also a member of shop committee and have been involved with the bylaws restructuring. I am excited to be a part of a community that encourages healthy, sustainable living by promoting the use of bicycles, walking, and other modes of public transportation and the community gardens. I find the connection between Mobo and the community gardens intriguing and empowering for the Northside community and beyond.
I understand that this is a new position and I will be responsible for defining the role through working with the two VGF projects, Mobo and the Gardens. As a Steering Committee member, I feel it is important to maintain transparency and openness, making all policies open to the respective memberships. I believe in the mission and vision of the VGF. As VGF Member-at-large, I will strive to maintain the organization’s core values. I will abide by the newly instated bylaws and do my part in creating a safer space for all.
Thank you for your support!
I believe I am qualified to fulfill the role. I have been serving as an interim member of the outgoing VGF Board since early spring, and I took over treasurer duties from Ellie in April. I have been a member of MoBo for three years, and served on that Project’s board from 2010-2011. I have logged hundreds of volunteer hours in support of VGF Projects and programs over the years, especially in the last few months as I collaborated on the new VGF bylaws, which I believe help support our entire organization to move in the direction of more accountability, transparency, and cooperation.
As a volunteer, I will continue to push for accountability, transparency, and respect among my colleagues and friends in this space, and I will always welcome disagreement and discussion. I am committed to helping create a shared space of radical inclusion and encounter. I will continue to be vocal in supporting those values in the space, but I do NOT want to be a manager, and I hope that my actions have demonstrated this commitment. I’m looking forward to continuing our work to restore trust and an environment of respect at the VGF that supports us all in putting our passions into these beautiful projects.
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve the VGF as a member of our steering committee. In a few short months, the VGF has become an integral part of my life through my volunteer work with Soapbox and the Gardens project. I’m excited to continue our cooperative project and remain dedicated to fulfilling our vision of establishing a sustainable and truly special community resource in Northside.
Thank you for participating in the election!
Remember, all members are strongly encouraged to participate fully in our organization. Board Members are simply a group of especially-committed volunteers who are elected to provide consistency and a foundation of leadership for the project. All General Meetings are open to all members, and decision-making is rooted in consensus and based on the principle that if you participate, you have a voice. Board Members are here to support the co-op, not to “manage” it. It is the responsibility of all of us to make this happen!