Hello to you all on what appears to be the 7th day of February.
I’ve seen daffodils starting to come up and other plants that never really died back. We have much to be grateful for.
Our co-op has taken a turn for the better! Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to come in to do cashiering and cleaning and staying for deliveries, there is light at the end of the long tunnel. We are expanding our product lines and have begun the process of figuring out how to change the inside of the co-op while creating more places for new products. Our debt is going down and after we have our bookkeeper Shari come in to reconcile, I can give you better numbers to validate what I am saying. I am relieved and energized by this.
Without further ado, I would like to introduce to you our new President, Joseph Bernard. He will be taking Erin Leonard’s place though she will stay on as VP and help where it is needed. Thank you Erin!
Hi To Everyone In Our Co-Op Family,
I was recently selected to be the president of the board for our co-op. I am very excited about this opportunity to serve all of you. I am confident that together we can grow the co-op to better meet the needs of all the owners and our community.
With the help of our expanded board, the recent past president Erin and all the engaged owners, we can take what we have and help make co-op thrive. We can do this filling our shelves full of good products, increasing the flow of income, providing more pay for staff and offering the kinds of foods that meet your needs for the best kind of health.
Together let’s hold the vision in our minds about how we want the co-op to look when it is very successful and how we want to feel in our hearts when we are there. If you can see it, feel it, sense how you want it to be, you can make it happen. Together let’s create a big vision for our cooperative adventure that makes us the owners happy and the community grateful for being such a resource for the well-being of everyone.
Over the next year there will be changes in how the store looks. There will be more products on the shelves and a renewed sense of how the co-op can flourish.
Your help is needed. Your ideas are welcomed. Your time, your resources, and your feedback is essential. Your support and encouragement will be greatly appreciated by the board, the staff and all the owners.
Please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to respond. My email is: email@example.com.
Much peace and joy to each of you,
Joseph Bernard, Ph.D.
The next board meeting will be at the library in the Bromley Room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16th.
Every year, we must take inventory. The date for you to come and help, if even for an hour, is Sunday, February 21st at 10 a.m. Bring something to share snack wise so we can eat and work and of course talk and have fun!
Last week we had an incredibly delicious demonstration with Annie McHale of Roots Culinary School. She came with her wonderful husband, Curt Gray demonstrating how to make squash hummus and crackers made from scratch. We had about 12 people and let me just say, I have a renewed sense of adventure where food comes into play. It’s easy to feel like there just isn’t enough time anymore after a long day. Annie showed us that with only a few ingredients, we could make simple yet out of the ordinary tasting delicacies! She has graciously offered to come once a month to do different demonstrations so I hope next month you can make it. You will not be sorry.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten something so forgive me if I did. Please come in and check out our new products. We’re getting Straus milk in again, some fantastic snack pretzels from Mary’s, those great corn pizza crusts, coconut yogurt, Rebbl drinks in mocha and Ashwaganda as well as Millennium drinks. That’s just off the top of my head which is brimming about now.
Wishing you all the best,
Real Food Co-op