PT Food Co-op

The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Annual Meeting 2018 Recap

It’s the Time of the Season

It’s that time of year again! Yes, the sun is shining more often, the rains are receding, and The Co-op has just had its Annual General Meeting. And what a meeting it was. If you missed it, let me fill you in.

For starters, we had five of our local vendors (Alpenfire Cider, Mountain Spirit, Bunny’s Bath, Cape Cleare, and Lamb Farm Kitchen) show up to help us play a game of “fun facts that you may not know” about each one of them as part of the drawing for two wonderful gift baskets chock full of goodies for our members in attendance.

Owen Rowe, our newest President of the Board of Directors, initiated the business part of the meeting and introduced the other members of the Board, as well as thanking our out-going President of two years, Monica le Roux, for her outstanding service to our organization. Yours truly retired from the Board as a Regular Member, to inaugurate a newly created Board position: The Emeritus Board Member.

Next, our General Manager, Kenna Eaton gave us a report on the record-breaking year we had in 2017. If you are interested in the details, please see the Annual Report here. Kenna also reported on the Patronage Dividends we will be receiving as a result of that banner year, and on what we can expect as a result of the store expansion construction project. Both of those are made possible by your support and purchases, so thank you, and keep up the good work.

After Kenna, Monica talked about the periodic update of our Strategic Plan, found here, which we worked very hard on, and I am very proud of. It will provide us clear direction moving forward into the future until we update it again in 2022. I think you will find again that it reflects our values, mission, and principles quite well, while covering a broad range of issues and areas that are critically important to what we do.

Finally, I was very happy to introduce five of our local food system “superstars” to the stage to tell us all about the amazing work they are doing to help build a strong, resilient, and local food system that will allow us to weather both natural and economic disruptions, as well as enhance our health and local economy. Those superstars are Judy Alexander, with the Jefferson County Local Food Systems Council; Amanda Milholland, working on the “Eat Local First” Campaign; Alison Hero of the Silverwater Café, working on getting local food into our local restaurants through the Farm Chef Expo; Stacey Larsen, the Director of Food Services for the Port Townsend School District; and Dave Seabrook, with the Food Bank Farm and Gardens. Should you meet any one of these great people, please give them a hearty “Thank You” for making our community the best it can be!

Well, that’s all I have to report for now. If you were not able to attend the Annual General Meeting this year, please consider coming next year. Oh, I almost forgot the most important part. There was plenty of really tasty, healthy food for everyone in attendance after all that talking was done (except that the talking continued while we were eating!)!

Thanks for reading!

You humble servant, David Wayne Johnson.

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