2018 Annual General Meeting

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 43rd AGM last week!  Thank you for bringing your passion, your concerns, and your community-oriented conversations to the meeting. For those of you who were not able to make it, here is 2018 Annual Report.

True Local banquet catered by Alligator Pie

This year we shared a delicious locally-sourced meal before the meeting so that members had a chance to connect over our shared passion – good food!  We had a few special presentations during the dinner: our Outreach Coordinator Sadie Yancey shared some highlights from our Community Giving program and our HR Assistant Manager Shannon McAllister showed us pictures from her trip to a Fair Trade cocoa co-operative in Peru this past June.

During the meeting we heard from Ari Derfel (General Manager), Abra Brynne (Board President), John Kingsmill (Treasurer), and Maggie Jones (Board Member).   We approved last year’s AGM minutes, appointed our auditor, approved the rules change and acclaimed John Kingsmill and Maureen Kelsey to serve another term on our Board of Directors.

Based on members’ questions we had rich discussions about some complex topics that will inform our operations over the coming year.  Thank you for sharing your stories and giving our Board the chance to listen and respond!

We’re already looking forward to next year, with more chances for facilitated small group discussion guided by member input before the meeting.  If you’d like to help plan next year’s AGM, as well as our other member outreach initiatives, consider joining our Outreach Committee – contact the board of directors for more details.


At the meeting, we invited members to submit questions that would be answered in a followup. One person submitted a question and asked for a public response:

Q. Could the Co-op purchase one of the currently used empty store spaces at Nelson Commons to utilize for on-site storage instead of maintaining an off-site warehouse? If not, why not?

A. Our storage requirements are much greater than any of the retail spaces in the Nelson Commons building can provide. Buying more than we can display in the store helps us reduce the cost of buying the goods, so we need to store lots of “backstock” to help keep prices down.