Red, I have utmost respect for you and feel that you want to be part of a progressive Board. Sadly, I don't think that others are anywhere near as open minded or as welcoming as you. I stand by what I said.
The money raised through merchandise is laudable, although nevertheless nowhere near where it could be.
The Co-op is a fantastic idea and something I supported whole heartedly in the past. But, for me at least, change is needed and I don't think that many of the Board are open to it. I'd love to be proven wrong, but fear that the same things will be repeated over and over again, with little consideration as to whether that way is the best way.