Minutes –Food co-op meeting on March 12, 2009, at Mary Siah, 5:15-7:00pm
In attendance were Hans Geier, Sharon Alden, Helen McLean, Cora Kelly, Rob Leach, Anne-Line Rochet, Lela Ryterski.
The purpose of the meeting was to regroup since the passing of founder Dave Lacey.
Of major concern was how to acquire the membership list that Dave had on his computer. Mary Christiansen has the Constant Contact list. We have the original Founding Member stubs. Cora and Helen will talk to Mary and pull together a working list of contacts.
We discussed the first Membership Meeting to establish the membership fees and structure, by laws and board of directors. We have work to do before this meeting can be scheduled. Plus the members need 3 weeks notice prior to the meeting.
We discussed member incentives like offering discount fuel, or ordering in advance someone to grow organic turkeys for our members for Thanksgiving with vegetables as a package deal. Helen will contact Sourdough Fuel with the idea.
Dave is scheduled to speak on a panel at the Organic Gardening-Sustainable Agriculture Symposium at the Princess Lodge on March 18th. Helen will be there and Lela will assist.
Hans, Sharon, Rob and Justin had attended the Delta Farm Forum on Feb. 28th in Dave’s stead. The FCCM was invited to speak there. The local producers were excited to have us as a venue for their products. Contacts were made. Delta came up with $30,000 because they belong to a statewide group for Farmer’s Markets. Can we form a Statewide Food Co-op to get money?
Regarding location–we considered using only the liquor store at the Foodland site for starters since it would require less money to get it going. The structure doesn’t require much renovation. The Foodland site, Rob reports, is sound — doesn’t leak, etc.
Communication and Membership (Cora, Helen, Sharon)
Local Producers (Hans)
Long Range Plan/Store Design (Rob)
Chair (Rob Leach)
Vice Chair (Hans Geier)
Secretary (Lela Ryterski)
Treasurer (Sharon Alden)
The next meeting will be next Thursday at Mary Siah at 5:15pm. (We decided to meet more often to get moving on this.)
Action for next meeting:
Sharon–investigate bank account; research membership fees.
Cora and Helen–contact Mary and get membership list.
Hans–make a draft survey for local producers.
Rob–make a draft of the by laws.
Helen–contact Sourdough Fuel.
Lela–get keys to the FCCM post office box.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00pm.