Before we get into this month’s column, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Fall Food Fest a smashing success! From the farmers, producers, and restaurateurs to the musicians, to the face painters, to all the volunteers who helped move tables and chairs, hung posters around town, and more. This is what it means to build community. This is what happens when people work together for a cause. It’s amazing to see. I can’t wait to see all the good things that happen after we open a store!
Now, on to our topic…
One of the most important benefits of being an owner of the Cedar Falls Food co-op is the ability to have a voice in your cooperative. YOU can help shape the direction of the Co-op. And right now there are two great ways for you to exercise your rights.
The first if the right to vote. If you haven’t yet voted for the Co-op board candidates be sure to do so before the polls close at midnight on Thursday, October 25. Emails have been sent to fully-paid members with complete instructions on how to vote online. If you haven’t received any of the voting instructions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also vote in person at the Annual Owners Meeting (see details below). You can vote for up to 3 candidates running for the board, so let’s hear your opinion!
One of the trademarks of a co-op is the annual owner meeting, something like a shareholders meeting. This year the annual meeting will feature a popcorn bar, so you’ll be able to enjoy some snacks while you get an update on the state of your Co-op! Please be sure to attend:
See What’s Poppin’ at the Co-op: Annual Owners Meeting
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7-8:30pm
Location: One Strategic Place, Cedar Falls
Mark your calendars now! This is a members ONLY event, but you can sign up to be a member at the event. At this meeting you’ll hear updates on the Co-op’s progress, be able to ask questions of the board, and let you opinions be heard. Find out about what’s coming up next in the Co-op’s development.