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The Only Constant is Change

Before Black Star was a restaurant or a brewery, Black Star was a group of people with a desire to create something that hadn’t been done before. They wanted to create the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub, and with the help of all its members and an incredible staff, they succeeded.  Along the way, we brewed some award-winning beer.

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2015 Election Wrap Up

On Friday October 30th, Black Star Co-op concluded the voting period for the new Board of Directors and the non-profit organizations to support in the upcoming year. We had 3 great candidates running for 3 available seats on the Board of Directors, and a slate of 22 local non-profits.

Here are your newly-elected Directors:

  • Beth Beutel
  • Cole Noppenberg
  • Marcus Wilson

We look forward to working with the following organizations in 2016:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Safe Place
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Meals on Wheels and More

Congratulations, everyone!

The Board would like to thank everyone for running, and it would especially like to express its deep gratitude to the out-going directors: Scott Kelley and John Vinson. These Directors have greatly contributed to the Co-op during their service on the Board, and their contributions will have long-term positive effects on Black Star for years to come.

Serve Your Co-op – Run for the Board of Directors

Have you ever wondered how you can be even more involved at our Co-op? If so, have you considered running for the Board of Directors? Running for the Board is an opportunity to bring your enthusiasm, ideas, and leadership to the Black Star Co-op.

As a democratically-governed cooperative, electing our own Board of Directors is one of the benefits of being a Member-Owner. If you would like to help the Co-op by crafting policies and principles, representing the best interests of the Member-Owners, and collaborating with the Workersʼ Assembly, then I highly encourage you to run for one of the three open Board positions this year. No prior experience is required.

To run for the Board, you must first be a fully invested Member-Owner. If you havenʼt yet paid your balance, you can do so online or at the Co-op. Second, please download the Election Packet here. It contains information about the election, important dates, candidate questions for the website, and the Declaration of Candidacy youʼll need to sign and return to the Co-op. Next, you will need to have attended at least one Black Star Board meeting within the last year. The last available Board meeting to attend is Sunday, September 19 from noon until 3pm at 7010 Easy Wind Dr., Ste. 210 in the Midtown Commons development.

Finally, you will need to attend one of the following Candidate Orientation Sessions at Black Star. Please email leadershipdevelopment@blackstar.coop which orientation session you will be attending so that the Board members will be on the look out for you.

Wed, Aug 19 8:00 PM
Sun, Aug 23 2:00 PM
Tues, Aug 25 6:00 PM
Sat, Aug 29 2:00 PM

If you have any questions about running for the Board of Directors or are interested in attending a Board meeting, please contact leadershipdevelopment@blackstar.coop.