GM Meeting June 2013 Notes
The Greene Hill Food Co-op General MeetingThursday, June 20, 2013, 7:00PM-9:00PM
DK – Facilitator, Michael - Secretary
INTRODUCTION Welcome and explanation of what/who the Co-op is: 100% working, member owned Lawrence; need a facilitator for future GMs; need to put in classified/newsletter for position; can be a work credit; e-mail email@example.com if interested. From now on, GM will always begin with finance and membership report and then select discussions. DK: adding renovation report to this GM
FINANCE REPORTS –Sean, treasurer and chair of finance committee Finance will set up a binder in the Store for any member-owner to look at. The binder will contain the latest financial information, such as: this report; weekly, monthly, annual and year-to-date sales (soon); and, eventually, the Co-op quarterly financial reports: income statements and balance sheets. GHFC could also place the Board Minutes in this binder (from the General Meetings and the Board Work Meetings). The general consensus is that the Minutes posted to the Web Site should not have Co-op financial data (as a safety precaution), but that the full Minutes with financial data will be available in the Store. The binder will be labled "Greene Hill Food Co-op: Meeting Minutes and Financial Reports."
MEMBERSHIP REPORTS – Nick, Chair membership committee Membership: Increases: May 2013 - 23 new members June, 2013 - 19 new members so far 188 new members for the year 1262 overall 1042 working <220 on leave> Recruitment is an issue; need to coordinate with other committees to increase members For a coop that’s striving to be representative of our community GHFC need to increase “Apple” memberships – lowest entry price for GHFC membership. Report from refund team; new exit survey provides critical data as to likes and dislikes of members who leave. It’s anonymous feedback that can be quantified Nick: 19 responses so far, comments are useful for evaluating GHFC Membership: Withdrawals 6 - 2011 231- 2012 199 so far in 2013 8 out of 10 withdrawals are due to moving. DK, Sean: Park Slope membership is declining; they are losing more members then they are accruing Park Slope not drilling down in their data; have 16K members, no concerns about why they loose anyone.
Ways to detox your home with natural products: Jill Hoffman – health and lifestyle coach
Environmental toxins everywhere – specifically plastics which are cheap, lightweight, convenient
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxin found in baby bottles, thermal paper receipts, canned foods – and endocrine destructing chemical; cause individuals to gain weight; heart disease, delayed development; children are most prone to toxic overload.
Food is #1 entry point for toxins; because plastics are not molecularly sound; 5 components that make plastics degrade faster: heat, oil, acidity, abrasion, time
Look at what comes in contact with your food and make sure that you use high quality containers
Glass is fine; put items in at room temperature and do not fill to the brim.
Coop stocks ideal food containers
Plastic is horrible for the environment; a double win when you eliminate plastics in your pantries
Metal cooking pots; move away for non-stick pots, stainless steel or ceramic are best. EWG is a great resource for information.
Ron Finley’s TED talk “A Guerilla Gardner in L.A.”-
NEWSLETTER - Matthew
CONSTRUCTION – Pablo + Lawrence
Incredibly necessary improvements to the back wall; prepare expansion space and storeroom for Phase 2
Nick – Facebook posting of work in progress as well; what’s being done and why – Matt will write about this; talk to April and Pablo; communication on this project needs to be increased.
Business as normal in the store while work is in progress
Pablo; will meet foreman on 6/21; construction will start 6/22 Saturday AM
Back wall and expansion space will get rat-proof; once done move from stockroom to expansion place; this will happen approx 10 days after construction begins
Jerrick Waterproofing carrying out construction; coordinate member labor (Nick); need to motivate people to work; communication is essential to motivate members
Pablo - need people Friday during the day; expansion space is half empty but needs to be cleared out as expansion area must be empty before work can begin
Storage pod is in place; select items still need to be relocated
Lawrence - estimates 3 – 5 days for moving stock room into expansion space
Document before and after views of space
OPEN FORUM DK on Saturday will paint the grills and bring out pictures for new promo pieces; spiffing up the front! Member relief council – change their shift/financial obligations; this council can assist. Kelsey – non-member shopping day; coordinate with outreach to promote the store; have the event when the gates are open in the back.
CLOSING Next Meeting: July 18 at 7pm To be a future facilitator, secretary, or to propose items for next meeting’s agenda contact the Events Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org