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New Board, Supervisor positions

After a presentation by its CEO, Todd Sheffield, who told attendees at the financial cooperative's 53rd Annual Meeting that "due to record assets and capital reserves, we have never been in a stronger financial position," the Membership voted on six leadership positions.

Three Board positions were in play. Brian Cochran, Finance Manager for the City of Novato, Jean Neff, retired local teacher, and Tom Scott, General Manager of Oliver's Markets, were re-elected to new three-year terms. The Board sets policy, approves the budget, and reviews the CEO's progress in achieving the cooperative's goals and objectives.

Three Supervisory positions were also up for grabs. Maud Fitzpatrick, a Certified Public Accountant and current Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee, was re-elected to a new three-year term. Also joining Ms. Fitzpatrick were Jeanette St. George, a longtime former CEO of Sonoma County Grange Credit Union, and Christine Haggarty, a retired local educator who is also a noted Asian calligrapher. Supervisors ensure the assets of the financial cooperative's Members are safe, there are proper controls in place and those controls are being used. Supervisors are also responsible for annual audits.

All Board Members and Supervisors are unpaid volunteers. They are democratically elected by the Membership of the financial cooperative.

The 53rd annual meeting of Community First was attended by 187 Members and took place April 23 at the Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor.

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