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Thanks for considering joining our volunteer team. Everyone’s efforts are appreciated. This is a grassroots effort! Literally.

Summer Festivals and Downtown Market – We seek a volunteer team to represent Co-op Market at the new Downtown Market every Monday and at the Midnight Sun Festival. Call 457-1023 or email today.

Office Shifts!

Two hour shifts in the office. Tasks include answering the phone, checking the mail, writing thank you notes, research, filing, printing, entering new memberships in the database and preparing membership packets to be mailed out.

To sign up for a weekly or biweekly office shift call 457-1023 or email Co-opMarket@ak.net.

Tasks can be tailored to match your talents and interests. Plus we have things that can easily be done from home. Research and Essay Writing are just two of those.  Contact Mary about this. Call 347-4463 or email co-opmarketoutreach@ak.net.

One committee needs a chairs or co-chair.

 Health and Wellness committee: This committee got off to a good start and is vital to our outreach and core cooperative values of education and service. We need someone to lead the charge with this committee.

To Help with Finance Committee – Call us at 457-1023

Two really cool jobs! Be our Twitter person or work with our Blog or start a food blog.


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Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee has a lot on its plate! We could use more help! We have a Member Loan Campaign team and we now we need a team to work on the rest of the financing we need to get the go ahead to start the Building Phase of our project.

If you would like to volunteer to work with this committee please call 457-1023.



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Last June we started a series of meetings of the Communications/Outreach committee. At the time we had only $6,000 in the bank and now thanks to this effort, today, we have over $90,000 in membership equity dollars.

Those meetings launched an outreach effort that included two large events, last year’s first annual Harvest Fair and the 2nd annual Dessert Auction. The challenge put forth the to the Outreach committee was to raise membership equity dollars and to raise the funds necessary to pay for the outreach promotion expenses and our monthly office expense.

In September of 2009 we qualified to receive volunteer service through the Americorp VISTA program, an office was set up and Evan Daigneault began a year of service to Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market which we also call, Co-op Market. Evan led outreach efforts with our Partners in Business program. Now over 50 businesses have joined us in these efforts and many businesses have memberships in Co-op Market.

The biggest challenge has been raising the money to fund our outreach efforts. In October we started a Breakfast to raise funds the old fashioned way. Good food. Good conversation. Sometimes good music and good folks. Four breakfasts were held over the winter and over $4000 was raised.

In November we raised another $7000 at the second annual dessert auction. You may have also seen us at outreach booths at the Winter Show, a Women’s affair, the midnight Sun Festival, Golden Days and the fair. We also had a presence at numerous other events around town. Those events paid for themselves and gave yet another opportunity to build our membership base.

We would not be at this point were it not for the help of an army of “enthusiastic volunteers”. Some people have given us the generous “in-kind” donation of their valuable time and skills that have saved us thousands of dollars.

A few deserve mention here for going above and beyond the call of duty to help with this amazing effort. Sue Sprinkle, of 5th Ave. Design, has given us an enormous gift of an amazing logo, print advertisements, a brochure and a beautiful member letter. I extend my immense gratitude for this magnificent undertaking.

In January, two new members joined our ranks ready to share their considerable talent. Johanna Carson is responsible for the beautiful breakfast flyers you will see posted at our Member Loan table and for the advertisements for today’s event.

Paul Delys created a new look for our website and continues to assist us in improving and streamlining the site. My thanks to both of them for their considerable efforts on this project.

Helen and Mike McClean and Tom and Barbara Bradley have been our breakfast team. At each breakfast they arrived promptly at 8 am and within an hour a delicious breakfast of freshly ground whole wheat pancakes, potatoes and reindeer sausage appeared. To Helen, Mike, Tom and Barb thanks for all you have done to help us come this far.

There are other people to thank for the many tasks and they include Richard Seifert and Hans Geier for their unfailing efforts with the finance committee, Evan Daigneault for his work on the Sprout Fund and Member Loan campaign materials, Shaun Lott for her continued enthusiastic efforts, not the least of was to put together the wonderful event we have enjoyed today. Cora Kelley and Morgan Macchione for their work on the second annual dessert auction and Morgan for giving us the idea of the breakfast series. Sharon Alden for leading the charge with the Health and Wellness Committee and Leila Ryterski for always being ready to jump in and do stuff. Gary Toth for once again being the “sound” man and Jose Luis Martinez for hosting this afternoon Andrew Crow of University of Alaska Anchorage deserves special thanks for finding available funds for the upcoming trip to Fairbanks of a professional grocery store planner.

Finally, I especially want to thank our chairman, Robert Leach, for his compassionate leadership, his thoughtfulness and steadfast efforts on this journey. Robert has contributed countless hours to special projects such as the two beautiful fair booths. Mostly, he has been a tireless advocate for consensus building and problem solving and has helped us to get along well with his unfailing positive attitude. Thank you Rob.

There are numerous other volunteers who help out. I can’t list them here but you will find their names posted at the door. If I left anyone out please feel free to place your name there.

Here is how you can help! Attend our fundraisers. The next one is the 3nd annual Dessert Auction that will be held on November 20, 2010 at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford will be the featured entertainment.

You can also join our efforts today by helping out with our, Each One Bring One Campaign. And we will reward you. When you bring one more person who becomes a member of Co-op Market You can activate the $7 gift certificate we passed out today. It is good anywhere you see our Co-op Market Mini Store. If all of us bring one more member we will have a community grocery store in no time.

Thank you for your time today.

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At present we have $97,949 in membership funds (as of 9/11/2010)

Our committee has been relentlessly pursuing financial well-being for the Co-op Market. We have written lease proposals and submitted them, and contacted many sources of possible financing and loans. We are close to a lease offer, at least one we are comfortable with . We have met regularly with the Bachner group since May of this year to attempt getting a lease agreement.
We have also investigated several other financial options, including USDA loans ( REDLAG: the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program), direct loans through USDA, and a revolving loan option which Brian Newton at GVEA has promised to help with, and which could provide up to $300,000 at low interest.

We have also contacted private “angels” who want to use their money for worthy community investments, along with the Rasmuson Foundation, AIDEA, and local banks. We continue to face a major barrier in financing the Co-op Market. It is the fact that we have no collateral. And of course we have no building which could serve as collateral.
To cope with this , we have engaged legal help to allow us confidence in approaching our members for what are commonly called “member loans”. These are simply loans which our members offer us to solve our problem of collateral.

We have a major effort planned and should be able to launch it within a month which would help us greatly in getting a sound financial footing for the Co-op Market. you, our members, are being asked to help us by loaning us money to provide equity collateral so we can borrow what we will need to open, and perhaps fund fund a major portion of our co-op with these member loans.
( At this point a member asked how much we need, The answer is ~$300,000. More would of course be wonderful.)

Our loan solicitation is nearly ready for you, and we’ll give you much more information soon. Also, Board members have committed to giving member loans to the Co-op Market. I have personally committed $5000 to a board member portion of the financial nest egg we want to use to build the co-op. This can and likely will be one of the most important community actions we can take for our future. Won’t you join me in a community effort to build a food source and market we can be proud of?

submitted 9/20/2010 Rich Seifert

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Minutes from Health and Wellness Education Committee
June 14th, 2010
The Health & Wellness committee met and decided on sponsoring a lecture series.
The topics we came up with were:
  1. Holistic Health: What is it?
  2. Cook on Sunday, Eat All Week-Healthy is Cheaper – This would be a potluck.
  3. Farm Lecture from a local farmer/rancher
  4. Local Grains we can grow in Alaska
  5. Alaska Food Policy Council-what is it and what roll wil it serve and what roll can WE serve.
  6. What is Organic?
The other idea was to sponsor a book discussion group through the Library.
At our next meeting we will be parsing out tasks to make this lecture series happen.  We will need people to take on both large and small tasks.
We also need recommendations for the first 6 months of books for our discussion group.  The theme of course being Health and Wellness with somewhat of a focus on food.  You can send your book ideas to the Co-op Market web site or make a comment on the facebook page.
Our next meeting will be July 12th at 6 PM.  Our “normal” meeting place will be at the downtown volunteer center unless otherwise noted.

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The Health and Wellness Committee will be screening the movie, “Diet for a New America” and planning a healthy food related showing of this film as an event on Wednesday, April 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Noel Wein Library.

Bring your ideas for other committee activities.

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Roll your sleeves up and join us.

Note: Our monthly board meeting is now being held the first Monday of every month

Wednesday, January. 27 2009
Finance Committee Meeting
5 pm

Monday, February 1
Board Meeting
5 pm

Tuesday, February 2
Product Selection Committee Meeting with focus on creating a survey
5 pm

Wednesday, February 3
Outreach Committee
5 pm

All Committee meetings are held at the Volunteer Center
on 526 4th Ave.
Call 457-1023

Saturday, January 30
Membership Table
at Pioneer Park
starting at 10:30 am

Sunday, February 14
Pancake Breakfast
11am – 2 pm
Ken Kunkel Community Center


Admission: $10 Children 12 and under $7 – Children 5 and under – FREE!

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