A. CONVENE AND PRELIMINARIES
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Gail Graham in Minneapolis. Gail introduced herself and the members of the CGIN board present and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
B. MEETING PRELIMINARIES
- The agenda was approved as presented.
- Minutes from the meeting of 13 June 2003 were presented.
M/S: Doug Walter/Annie Hoy — to approve the minutes from the 2003 CGIN annual meeting as presented. Approved with no dissenting votes.
- Final call for ballots.
C. REPORT AND DISCUSSION ON STATUS OF CGIN
Gail recounted CGIN’s origins — from the initial discussion among Twin Cities co-op managers that spawned the idea that became CGIN. She thanked everyone who has contributed to building our organization over the years. She then turned the meeting over to Pam Mehnert and Karen Zimbelman who presented special certificates of thanks and new CGIN desktop coasters to members that have made contributions thus far this year to our scholarship fund: Hanover Consumer Co-op Society, Community Food Co-op – Bozeman, Whole Foods Community Co-op (Duluth), Concord Co-op Market, Lakewinds Co-op, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Community Mercantile, and The Community Store (now Astoria Food Co-op).
Gail then made a brief board report noting that CGIN now has 123 retail co-op members — all of whom contribute to making our site a valuable resource. She noted that we have almost 750 items now on the site, including the newly updated Livable Wage model, our “How to Start a Food Co-op” online manual, photo gallery exhibits, deli recipes, and lots more. She noted that the board had its annual strategic planning session the day before, once again facilitated by Michelle Schry (People’s Food Co-op, LaCrosse).
Finally, Gail noted that David Fowle and Rochelle Prunty are leaving the CGIN board. She thanked them both for many years of service to CGIN and presented them both with certificates of thanks from the board and KZ.
Gail then turned the floor over to KZ to present an operations report. KZ provided an overview of changes made to the site in the past year — the login for the listserve to insulate subscribers from spam “bots,” expansion of the resources on our site, our new M&M (membership and marketing) listserve service, hosting the NCGA web discussion board, addition of a search function to the site, and others. In addition, KZ announced two improvements to the site in the works: users will be able to directly post their job announcements and classified ads soon, and resources specifically for board members will be posted to a new section of the site that will be accessible to directors. KZ also noted that the updated Livable Wage model was posted to the site earlier this week; Carolee Colter summarized the changes made to the model in the “upgrade.”
Finally, KZ reminded all members that password will need to be changed by the end of July and to watch the listserve for reminders.
D. ELECTION RESULTS
Gail called on Kelly Wiseman on behalf of the Nominating Committee. Kelly thanked the five great candidates willing to contribute to the CGIN board: Steve Cooke, Gail Graham, George Huntington, Ginger Oppenheimer, and Doug Walter. He announced that we received a total of 56 ballots and that the results are that Steve Cooke, Gail Graham, and Doug Walter were elected to the board this year.
E. OTHER BUSINESS
Members were given a chance to “pledge” to contribute items or to the scholarship fund for four of the new CGIN coaster. Thirty-eight members offered to contribute at least 5 items, 10 deli recipes, or a photo gallery exhibit, or to donate $25 to CGIN’s scholarship fund by the end of the year. In total, $2,000 was raised for the scholarship fund — an all-time record. KZ will follow up with pledgers. Next, members brainstormed items that they would like to have available on the site or that they might offer including:
link to master cook website
co-op clip art gallery
downloadable sign templates
Gail Graham reminded members that the next CGIN annual meeting will be held in conjunction with next year’s CCMA conference at a time and location to be announced.
Motion: to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Minutes by Karen Zimbelman