I was out of town Saturday and forgot to get this information to you. I will be having knee surgery December 14th and I’m hoping some one can cover my regular shifts until I am able to get back to the Co-Op. I sure would appreciate it. Please call the co-op if you’re available. Thanks so much.
For this week we have only a few shifts to cover. You are amazing!
Monday, November 16 3pm-6pm
Friday, November 20 10am-12pm; 3pm-6pm
Thanks! for all you do.
Information will be coming soon regarding the new (to cashiers) procedures for opening and closing. For questions in the meantime call:
Karen Hazelwood, Co-op Manager 541 997-3396
Report from the Board (Ashland)
by Ian Crosby, Director
I thought board service at Ashland Food Co-op was challenging enough, but serving as interim General Manager at the Real Food Co-op in Florence, OR has been a real eye opener for me! Similarities abound! Co-op doppelgangers. Economic realities. Quality organics. Co-op people are a special breed no matter where you are.
One thing is for certain: people make Co-ops. Whether your co-op’s owner count is ten thousand or two hundred, we the people who put our equity down and say “we want to own this” are truly owners of our businesses. We participate by being loyal shoppers; by voting for our board of directors; and, by willingly volunteering when the call is put out.
No matter how large the cooperative enterprise is, co-ops “do” community better than any other form of business. Food Co-ops provide a place to shop, meet, eat and participate with community. I am glad so many people want to support community that is centered around food: buying food; growing food; cooking, sharing, and eating food. And what better time of year is there than this holiday season to focus on all the wonderful things cooperators have to be thankful for. What a great thing we have going. Support our Co-ops and support ourselves.
As the Co-op works on becoming more sustainable, it is essential that we, the owner/members not slip back into ennui or inertia, and leave its life up to “others”.
Many people put their dedication to saving the co-op on the line when they posted their names on job categories at the Members Meeting. The committees that were formed to work on “change” are our chance to solve those problems that have held us back. This time, committees have a signed agreement with the board to be given a free hand in making changes that are being well vetted. As I see no material changes in the store aside from its improved appearance, and the increasing number of volunteers, I feel the urgency of getting those changes made. They now have a small window of opportunity left to accomplish their tasks. And hopefully they will be supported by the board as well as the members. I would like to hear from those who are doing this valuable work, and the progress they re making or the problems they are having. Opening a forum of enthusiasm and ideas may be helpful to keep us moving forward.
And I’d like to hear from other members and non-members who can participate with their ideas if not with their bodies. What kind of Co-op do you envision for Florence? What excites you about its possibilities? What kind of products should we carry? What ideas do you have about how to sustain sales while competing with Fred Meyer? What makes you come in to the Co-op, or what makes you stay away? How do you feel about what the co-op is doing now, and what kinds of changes would you like to see?
I’ll be happy to post any or all ideas by our members and non-members, that are respectful, thoughtful and helpful, for the purpose of keeping our future open to discussion. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.