Provender News

Call for Provender Award Nominations

May 22nd 2018

Please Share! It’s time to get your nominations in for this year’s Provender Awards. Remember, awardees can be anyone you know that fits the bill for this year’s categories, regardless of Provender membership status. Once selected, awardees will be contacted in advance and invited to the awards dinner at the conference, should they wish to come accept their award in person. So, who have you seen or heard making a positive impact in your community? Nominate them here. This year’s categories [Read More]

From the Desk of the Executive Director

May 14th 2018

by Vicki Reich I hope you have October 3rd, 4th, and 5th blocked out on your calendar.  Those are the dates for this year’s Provender Alliance Educational Conference in beautiful Hood River, Oregon.  There are many new and exciting things coming to this year’s conference, you will not want to miss it! The theme this year is Minding Our Mission, Finding Our Future.  We are taking that theme to heart in our planning.  We will be minding our mission of [Read More]

From the Board

May 12th 2018

by Joe Wade This past month the Board held our annual retreat, this year in Lincoln City OR. During two-plus days of meetings we assessed our current State of Provender and began planning for the immediate and long-term future. This retreat was heavily seasoned with this year’s Conference theme; Minding our Mission, Finding our Future. I am an ancient Provender member, but new Board member. It is clear to me that this is a pivotal moment for us. We are [Read More]

From the Desk of the Executive Director

April 17th 2018

by Vicki Reich Before you is the first or the final edition of “Provender e-News”, depending on how you look at it.  Before you get worried (or excited) that the monthly email you’ve come to love is going away, let me explain. When I first took on the job of ED, I started sending out a regular, weekly email with member job postings and press releases (rather than sending them out willy-nilly when I received the information from members).  At [Read More]

From the Board

April 16th 2018

by Renee Kempka The rain and warmer weather pops out a profusion of spring color in flowers and greenery. We hope this change in season affects our upcoming Provender retreat in the same way, where fertile ideas pop out of Board Member’s heads as we plan for future activities and Provender improvements. As is common with many smaller non-profits, some of the largest challenges come in financial stability, maintaining relevancy and finding member benefits to attract folks with corresponding values [Read More]

From the Board

February 14th 2018

by Troy Eustice It is within the context of our current climate of rapid social, cultural and political change that your board of directors has been employed, contemplating the very essence of what the Provender Alliance means to us and to our greater community. What is Provender? What has it been? What does it mean? What might it be in the future? How could it be improved? How can we change it while remaining true to our original beliefs and [Read More]

From the Desk of the Executive Director

February 13th 2018

by Vicki Reich Conference planning is in full swing. I know it seems like we just said goodbye at the last conference and October seems like a lifetime from now, but there are good things starting to coalesce for 2018. The board came up with a great theme for this year’s conference: Minding Our Mission, Finding Our Future. I’m currently in negotiations with two inspiring Keynote Speakers and a really exciting Intensive lineup. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you [Read More]

January Provender News

January 16th 2018

by Vicki Reich One year ago yesterday, I received a fateful text from one of our board member. I was on my way home from an annual weekend retreat with some of my best friends and had stopped for gas in a very small town in North Idaho that miraculously had cell phone service.  This board member and I had served on the Board for many years and she thought I would like to know that Susan (our long serving, [Read More]

News from the Board of Directors

January 11th 2018

by Rachel Mitrani Hello to our Provender Community! I would like to first send wishes for a happy and healthy new year! As we enter 2018, it is a great time to set positive intentions for both personal and professional goals. Your Provender Board of Directors would like to extend an invitation to let us know what we can do to support your organizations in this new year. We are currently working on a strategic plan to make sure we [Read More]

November Provender News

November 14th 2017

by Vicki Reich I’m sure the busy season has started in ernest for many of you.  As a former natural foods retail, I remember the stress of trying to make sure my customers could find just what they were looking for when they came to my store.  I’m guessing being a manufacture at this time of year has its own special stresses.  Even if your customers are too busy dealing with making the holidays perfect for their customers to be [Read More]

News from the Board of Directors

November 13th 2017

by Shawn Seebach, Board Secretary Another Provender conference has come and gone and I have to say, what an amazing conference it was! I am still feeling so energized by our amazing members and what you all bring to this community! It was great to see some familiar faces and also all the new ones. Thank you to all who came and made it the best conference yet! As we mentioned at our General Membership Meeting, the Board elections [Read More]

October Provender News

October 16th 2017

from the desk of Vicki Reich, Executive Director. The 41st Annual Provender Educational Conference was a great success!  If you attended, I hope you agree.  A quick perusal of the giant stack of workshop evaluations on my desk seem to indicate that attendees really enjoyed the workshops.  The food was stellar as always (the only complaint I heard was it was so good that people ate too much).  We had two truly inspiring keynote presenters.  The snack room was above [Read More]

Here’s What’s Happening in August!

August 16th 2017

According to the countdown clock on the website there are 48 days, 18 hours and 20 minutes remaining until the start of the conference.  That is pretty darn exciting (and a wee bit scary on my end)!  I am so looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting all the wonderful people I’ve been emailing for the past five months. Things are really coming together.  I hope you have all had the opportunity to check out the Conference Announcement.  We [Read More]

Board Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

August 16th 2017

Your Provender board is excited to announce the official hiring of Vicki Reich as our new Executive Director! After several months of job posting, screening and interviewing, the board narrowed the candidate field to 3 qualified and talented individuals. There were over 20 applicants for the position! Vicki has spent many years as a Provender board member and most recently as the Interim ED. Vicki’s skill set is broad and diverse. She has a great history and perspective with the [Read More]

Notes from the Board

August 18th 2017

We all, as a people, have been affected by the recent, tragic, disturbing events in Charlottesville, leaving us reflecting on what this all means and how this fits into our ideas of who we are and who we mean to be. During these last few days I have been inspired by the chorus of voices singing in solidarity against hate, fascism, white supremacy, and the unacceptable equivocation of the President. Now that the worst among us seems to be rising [Read More]