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Co-op members engage with their Co-op

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At the Co-op’s recent 42nd Annual General Meeting held at the WISE Hall, members got a chance to engage with their Co-op.

They heard reports from the Co-op’s auditor, from President of the Board Graham Anderson, and from General Manager Gus Abato. Members learned that the Co-op managed to earn a modest profit last year, compared to a small loss the year before. Board members and Manager Gus Abato answered a number of questions from members.

Members also heard about the Co-op’s plans for transformation and growth. A resolution was passed that authorizes the Board of Directors to develop a new share structure that will allow members to invest in the Co-op to help it grow. The resolution also included an endorsement of the Board’s plan to explore expansion opportunities at a new location. And the resolution stipulated that if the Board identifies a concrete expansion opportunity, it will put the expansion proposal to a vote at a special general meeting of the membership.

Later in the evening, members took part in an exercise to help refine and update the Co-op’s Mission and Vision. A number of vision elements and possible vision statements had been posted around the room, which members read, discussed among themselves, and responded to with written comments. Members seemed very engaged in the process and provided lots of valuable feedback for the Board.

Before the meeting got underway and during the Mission and Vision exercise, members enjoyed snacks and refreshments that had been prepared by staff members Angie and Anna.

At points throughout the meeting, door prizes were distributed to a number of lucky members.

If any members who weren’t able to attend the meeting would like a copy of the financial statements or the Board or General Manager’s reports, they can contact Norman at eastendfoodcoop@gmail.com


Date set for 2017 Annual General Meeting

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Announcing the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the East End Food Co-op!

The Board of Directors is developing plans for the Growth & Transformation of our co-op and we are seeking your input. Join us to hear about the emerging plans and have your say in the future of the co-op! See the agenda below, which includes a ‘Growth and Transformation Motion’.

Where: The WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
When: Thursday, May 11th, Doors 6:30 pm, Meeting Starts at 7 pm sharp
Details: Snacks and refreshments provided; children are welcome, with their parents.

The board is also seeking new candidates for the board of directors. See the Nomination Form at this link for more information on how to apply!

Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you there!

2017 East End Food Co-op Annual General Meeting Agenda:

Procedural items (20 mins)
1. Call to order by Board of Directors Chairperson of 2017 Annual General Meeting
2. Introduction of:
a. Board of Directors
b. Staff
c. Guests
3. Review meeting guidelines and quorum requirements
4. Adoption of the 2017 AGM Agenda
5. Approval of minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting
6. Election of Directors
Guest Presentation (15 mins)
Reports (40 mins)
7. Year End reports- Discussion and Adoption of Reports
a. Auditor Report
b. Manager’s Report
c. Board Report
8. Growth & Transformation Motion
Whereas:
The East End Food Co-op is constrained in the range of goods and services we can offer our members and the quality of experience we can offer our staff at our current location;
The natural foods market in East Vancouver is highly competitive and nearby competitors are aggressively growing their range of offerings and increasing their market share;
Our status quo operation is not likely sustainable in the face of this increasing competition; and There are many examples of food co-ops in similar markets that have successfully grown their operations to achieve sustainability with a much larger scale of member service and impact.
Be it resolved that:
The East End Food Co-op pursue Growth and Transformation of the Co-op through the development of:
a) New location opportunities that can serve a larger number of members with a greater range of quality products; and
b) Investment share and/or loan structures that encourage members to provide the co-op with the financial resources necessary to enable Growth and Transformation; and That the East End Food Co-op report back to membership with further detail on these options at a Special General Meeting later in 2017.
9. Report of the election scrutineers
Vision & Mission (15 Mins)
10. Co-op Mission & Vision
11. Other business
12. Announcements
13. Adjournment
Social & Mission/Vision Engagement (30 Mins)
Open time for members to mingle and respond to Mission/Vision engagement boards


 Co-op AGM: Members heard about progress in 2015

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At our Co-op’s recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), members heard reports on the Co-op’s progress over the past year, elected directors to the Board, and worked together to brainstorm around the Co-op’s mission and vision.

In the Board Report, Co-op President Graham Anderson said that 2015 had been a positive year for the Co-op. Accomplishments included the creation of a strategic plan for the Co-op, the development of an updated purchasing policy, and the production of a new logo and graphic materials to promote the Co-op.

General Manager Gus Abato noted in the General Manager’s Report that progress had been made on the goals of increasing the marketing and visibility of the Co-op, bringing profit margins up, and controlling expenses. He mentioned that store clerk Norman Hill had begun a new, part time marketing position to promote the Co-op and its member engagement. Gus also said that changes to the store layout and shelving had increased grocery capacity and resulted in a more attractive storefront with fruits and vegetables more prominently displayed in the front window area.

The Marketing Committee report included the introduction of the new logo and design materials, while the Personnel Committee report highlights included the renewal of the General Manager’s contract for a term of four years.

New directors were elected, including Anna Vinelli (staff representative), Clay Braziller, and Guillaume Colley. Directors Marie Dickens & Dragana Panic were re-appointed. Continuing in their terms on the board are President Graham Anderson, Vice-President Bill Bargeman, and director Skye Lowry.

After a brief break for refreshments, members, directors, and staff got together in groups and brainstormed around three points related to the Co-op’s mission and vision: what the Co-op brings to the community, why it’s unique and special, and a vision for the future of the Co-op.

If you’d like a copy of any of the Annual General Meeting reports, please contact Norman at eastendfoodcoop@gmail.com

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