FCCM Minutes for July 30, 2009
Present were Mary Stech, Rob Leach, Lela Ryterski, Katie Robb, Rand Petersen, Mary Christensen, Becca Blanchard, Sharon Alden.
Minutes from the July 16th meeting were read and approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: We now have $10, 982.93 in our bank account, Sharon reported.
AMERICORP/VISTA representative, Katie Robb, spoke about the possibility of us getting one or two people to work for us fulltime to help get the co-op off the ground. They could work with economic or program development, marketing, public relations or other behind-the-scenes work to build our infra-structure. They would work a 40 hour week for one year and get a stipend from the government. We would have to provide an office. An application was given to Mary. She’d be their contact and supervisor. She would have to go for orientation, as well as the Vista worker. This is a very exciting possibility since there’s so much that has to be done.
COMMUNICATIONS: Mary reported 140 T-shirts were ordered. 100 to sell at the Fair, 40 to give away to the first 40 people who give $200 membership investment before August 15th.
We’re getting addresses for the members to send the Annual Meeting letter.
Golden Days was successful. We got 35 more interested persons.
Fair Booth: Rob is building the booth. People can help on Saturday. We’ll display local produce.
OPERATIONS: Meeting next Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 at Mary’s.
PRODUCTS/VENDORS: Lela, Shaun, Sue Cave and Rand met last Tuesday at Coffee Roasters. Sue said she’s research the meat department; Rand is looking into outside suppliers and shipping. Lela is continuing to gather feedback from the producers in Farmer’s Market. Shaun is interested in researching the Health and Beauty department. All the departments and food criteria were discussed.
Mary Stech knows shipping and can be a resource. Rob said our job now is to figure out how much shelf space each department needs plus storage space for re-stocking and project a cash flo. He said the vendors would know. Also, to think in terms of a 5 year projection.
STORE DESIGN: Rob said the store design depends on the departments, but he will have a preliminary blueprint to display at the Fair.
FINANCE: Rob suggested getting a savings account that needs 2 signatures at Wells Fargo. Sharon will explore to see if it costs to get one. Rand suggested we use Mt. McKinley Bank, that they have the best deal.
NEW BUSINESS: Sharon picked up membership forms for the Downtown Association and the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has lunch every Tuesday from 12-1 in the Carlson Center for members for the purpose of networking. Mary motioned we sign up for membership to both. Sharon seconded. The motion passed.
Lela brought up that Deirdre isn’t getting the minutes to post in a timely fashion. Rob agreed that we can send her the minutes as soon as they’re done and state “pending approval”.
NEXT COMMUNICATIONS meeting will be at Foodland/Marketplace at 6:30 on Tuesday, August 4th. We’ll be preparing for the Fair.
NEXT BOARD meeting will be after the Fair, probably Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 at Foodland.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.