Wednesday, October 21
Store Design Committee
Let’s Talk Layout!
542 4th Ave. Suite 100 B Board Retreat
Thursday, October 22
4 to 9 pm
542 4th Ave. Suite 100 B
Tuesday, October 27
542 rth Ave. Suite 100 B
Monday, October 12 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm – Board Meeting – All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, October 13 – 5:30 pm – Communications/Outreach Committee
Wednesday, October 14 – 6 pm – Joint Store Design and Operations Committee meeting
All meetings will be held in our NEW VOLUNTEER CENTER at 542 4th Ave Suite 100 B. It is in the basement below the Vet Center. Doors are locked after 5 pm. We will try to leave a door open. If you can’t get in call 347-4463.
Our Volunteer Center office hours are Tuesday-Friday – 1 pm to 5 pm – Stop by any time and find out how you can help out.
The next communications/outreach committee meeting will be held Saturday, September 12, at 2371 Hawthorne Court (Mary Christensen’s house), 11 am.
UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Monday, August 18 – Operations Committee –
6:30 pm at Mary’s house – E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for directions
Tuesday, August 19 – Communications/Outreach Committee – 6:30 pm at Mary’s
The next meeting of the Communications Committee is August 4 at
Mary Christiansen’s house the Foodland building (addendum 8/3/09) at 6:30 pm. For more information and directions to her house, e-mail Mary at email@example.com.
Addendum: Come prepared to help with the fair booth and plan for table sitting time. We will be primarily planning for the fair with a little about the annual meeting.
More information on this and other FCCM committees is available here.
FCCM Minutes for July 9, 2009
Present were Rob Leach, Mary Christensen, Lela Ryterski, Rich Seifert and Sharon Alden.
The June 25th minutes were read and approved.
Lela had gotten a name of a lawyer who does co-op law, Dave Burglen. Rob will contact him.
Mary is trying to make contact with Sunshine Food.
COMMUNICATIONS Committee: We’ve got the flyers and posters for membership ads. We’re working on a T-shirt design.
It would cost $360 to put inserts into 4,000 Daily News-Miners to announce the Annual Meeting. We can target zones.
Mary contacted Calypso Farm about them being board members. They gave us several other possible candidates for us to contact. They’re having an open house on July 19th from 12-4pm. They invited us to put our booth up there. We’re planning on it.
POWER POINT PRESENTATION: Cora is out of town and nothing has been done so far.
STORE DESIGN: Rob says he can do a floor design to be ready for the Annual Meeting. He needs to connect with Jerry Wacker about how much space for what products. There might be other architects in town that might be willing to assist. Rob thinks it would cost about $200,000 in renovations. Lela will research other co-ops for possible layout designs.
DELTA FARM TOUR: Rob, Shaun, and Lela are planning to go.
TREASURER’s report: Sharon reported $84,00.00 in the bank so far.
The other committees had nothing new to report. Lela suggested the meetings be held somewhere else, like the library. We can discuss that at the next meeting.
NEXT COMMUNICATIONS MEETING will be at Mary’s on Tuesday, July 21st, at 6:30p.m.
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be at the Foodland site on Thursday, July 16th at 6:00p.m.
Both meetings are open to interested persons.
Upcoming meetings include the next Communications Committee meeting, to be held at Mary Christiansen’s on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m.
The next board meeting will be at Foodland on Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 p.m.
The next meeting of the Communications Committee will be at Mary’s house, Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. Interested persons can e-mail Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org to get directions.
FCCM Minutes for June 4, 2009 (as approved June 11)
Present were Mary Christensen, Rob Leach, Lela Ryterski, and Ian Olson.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.
COMMUNITY/OUTREACH: Mary reported on the June 2nd meeting. Three new members came to that meeting: Shawn Lott, Sue Sprinkle, and Jackie Sunnyboy. Also present were Tom Bradley, Lela Ryterski, Mary Christensen, and Sharon Alden.
Mary informed the group that they were responsible for the initial membership fundraising since the fact that we could raise, among ourselves, a substantial portion of funds needed to begin operations would legitimize the co-op as viable and make it easy to receive other monies from matching grants and bank loans. Mary suggested we shoot for a goal of $100,000 by November. Five hundred people investing the proposed one-time $200 membership would satisfy that goal. The next newsletter will focus on the money issue.
Mary and Sharon went to Risse’s Greenhouse on Saturday and got a few names. Tom and Lela went to Clucking Blossom and got several more names. Mary suggested that if we all got on the co-op’s Facebook and each invite 6 people to join, we could be reaching thousands of people with one notice.
Twitter is set up. Sharon did the Pay Pal and Dru is working on the website to incorporate all aspects. Partners in Business is in progress. Other member equity: turkey dinner, calendar, fancy dinner at a producer, cookbook, coupon book, buttons, t-shirts, bumper stickers, tiles honoring big donors. Sue is working up a membership poster.
Next Communications Committee meeting will be next Tuesday, June 9th, at Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. Interested persons can go to email@example.com and ask for directions to Mary’s house.
LOCAL PRODUCERS: Lela is contacting potential suppliers. Ian mentioned reindeer processing from a mobile unit at the university. He’ll look into that.
STORE DESIGN: Rob is the new chair.
BUSINESS PLAN: Robert Sullivan has material and is getting geared up, reported Rob.
FINANCE: Hans is out of town. Mary contacted two insurance companies and gave Rob the findings.
PRODUCT SELECTION: Lela spoke to Shawn Lott about being on the committee.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Lela reported that Sharon put a member’s donation in the bank and paid the phone bill.
OLD BUSINESS: The Bylaws got sent to the lawyer. Lela sent Deirdre the revised copy to replace the one on the blog. Rob is sure it will need another revision.
Pot luck dinner for volunteers to inventory the Foodland building and choose which committees they would like to work with. Bring flashlight and work clothes and a digital camera. Event pushed back 3 weeks to allow enough time to get the word out.
Delta Farm Bus Tour in mid-July.
Communications Committee to advertise for other health education events in our newsletter.
Rob is scheduled to speak at the Farmers’ Market Board Meeting on June 17th at 5:30pm. Other board members are welcome to join.
COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS: Rob outlined how the committees work to provide input for the Business Plan: Puts all aspects together—start up costs, growth, working capital, employee training, operating funds, inventory, etc.
Product Selection: Needs to develop a statement with a clear criteria for products. Define local produce—meats, fish, Alaska, etc. List products we’re not going to carry, i.e.: tobacco. Set goals for increasing amount of local produce. Store services: coffee bar, juice bar, deli, etc. and future projections. Special events: plant starts, etc. Look at feasibility study and take recommendations.
Vendor Selection: Follows criteria for product selection.
Operations: Project how many managers we’ll need; how many people per day; rent, utilities, etc. Talk to grocery clerk union. Volunteers for community enrichment activities…
Health and Wellness Education: Speakers discussing co-ops at the Noel Wein Library or Universalist Church.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, June 11th at 6:00p.m. At the Foodland building.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
You can help the market get on its feet, and it’s easy!
2. Join our Facebook group. If you have a Facebook account, you can keep tabs on the latest news, participate in discussions, and see who else is involved with the market.
3. Join an FCCM committee. There are many ways you can use your expertise to help make the market a reality. The committees are: Business Plan Committee, Finance Committee, Store Design Committee, Vendor Selection Committee, Health & Wellness Education Committee, Operations Committee, Product Selection Committee, and the Communications/Outreach Committee.
4. Attend a board meeting. The next one is Thursday, June 25 at the old Foodland building at 6 pm.
5. Sit a table for the FCCM at your favorite festival. E-mail the Outreach Committee for more info.