We’d like to thank everyone who participate in our Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 28th. At the meeting, members enjoyed a healthy meal of soup & salad provided by our deli, coffee provided by Equal Exchange, and learned more about our new store’s design. Our panel presenters included members of the Relocation & Expansion Team: General Manager Luke Schell, Project Manager Tom Lundgren, Mark Wilkus of Wilkus Architects and Bob Gorksi of Robert Gorski Associates.
We’d especially like to thank our guest speakers Cindy Siewart and Jon Buck from Wood from the Hood who spoke about their company’s role in reclaiming wood from the Twin Cities’ urban forest, including our aisle signage made from reclaimed elm.
L. Peter Erickson and Rhea Sullivan have been re-elected by the membership to serve 3 year terms. The 3rd open seat is yet to be decided. That’s because, for perhaps the first time in our co-op’s history, we have a TIE! The board of directors will announce final election results following a thorough review of our bylaws and policies. Stay tuned for updates.
This issue is the annual Eat Local, America! edition of the Rollin’ Oats Journal.
•Discover how two local women, Lori Karis of Sweet Cheeks and Alison Levitt of Dr. in the Kitchen, began their food businesses.
•Find out about important changes to our sales flyers and member coupons, as well as an update on the solar panels from the Board of Directors.
Join us on Sunday, September 12th from 12 – 2pm as we commemorate our co-op’s history and look forward to our future at our new, expanded location at 3815 Sunnyside Avenue.
Naturally, there’ll be a bit of sadness as we prepare to close our doors at 2813 W 43rd Street. To capture this bittersweet sentiment, our “transition ceremony” will take the form of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral Parade. Leave it to Linden Hills Co-op to get quirky!
At noon, we’ll gather in the courtyard at 2813 W. 43rd where we’ll place co-op mementos in a time-capsule.
Bike, bus or walk to the co-op and you’ll have a chance to win cool prizes, garner a little recognition and reduce your carbon foot print. That’s right, the co-op is challenging YOU to a throwdown!
In an effort to inspire more people to use alternative transit, Linden Hills Co-op is offering a “commuter card.” The commuter card has spaces for 10 punches – each punch representing one trip to the co-op via alternative transportation.
If you missed our Ground Breaking Ceremony, check out this video of the event, produced by members Julie Eckhert and Peter Berman of Insight Photo Video. And, if you were there, check yourself out!
The co-op’s board, staff, project team,lenders, Minneapolis city councilperson Betsy Hodges and Joni Bennett of the Morningside Neighborhood Association and Edina City Council attended the groundbreaking celebration on April 9.
THANKS! *We’ve raised nearly 5,610 dollars/pounds of food for Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign. That’s 187% of our fundraising goal. All together, the Twin Cities food co-ops raised 77, 771 dollars/pounds of food.
Use It; Don’t Lose It
Your 2008-09 member rebate vouchers should be used at the co-op no later than FEBRUARY 28, 2010. Spending your voucher HELPS the store, since unredeemed vouchers are lost income and not a cost savings for the cooperative—it’s your deferred discount on the purchases you made at your cooperative between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Enjoy!
Background On Patronage Rebates
What is a Patronage Rebate?
In years when the co-op makes a profit, the board of directors has the option to distribute a portion of the profit to our member-owners.