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Thank You!

Thanks to all who helped out with Auction 2010.

Thanks to the Auction committee who prepared for this event: Robert Leach, Helen McLean, Sharon Alden, Shaun Lott, Barbara Bradley, Catherine Whitney and Mary Christensen.

Thanks to our Dinner Sponsors: Cook, Schuhmann, and Groseclose, Kenneth & Susan Risse, Homegrown Market, Huffman Ranch/Mid-State Meats LLC, Spinach Creek Farms, Calypso Farms and Rosie Creek Farms.

Special thanks to Chef Jameson Kapec, who prepared a fabulous supper.

Thanks to our Dance Demonstration Sponsors. Loren and Victoria Rotroff, Jenny Holland and Lillian and Jeff Misel

More special thanks to Jersey Jones for his lively and fun auctioneer style.

And to The Flyers for making the evening even more special and memorable with wonderful rock and roll tunes.

Thanks to Sue Sprinkle of 5th Avenue Design for her contributions to the art and graphics you see in all of our publications. And to Johanna Carson for yet another beautiful poster.

Thanks to those who volunteered the day of the event or helped get ready. Terese Kaptur, Suzanne Kowalsky, Barbara Bradley, Amy Nordrum, Rhema Demoski, Catherine Whitney, Mariah Tarhaar, Christopher Friar, Sharon Alden, Helen McLean, Ben Berthold, Mike McLean, Mikey McLean, Heather Angeloff, Lorrie Arthur, Tom Bradley, Susan Wilsrud, Jackie Sunnyboy, Rilene Ann, Flyn Luddington, Sandi Trumbower, Kate Millburg and Aaron Stierle.

Thanks to the dancers who gave fabulous demonstrations. Felix Bambury Webbe, Mary Christensen, Melanie Johnson, Rulon Jensen, and Lara Lotz. And special thanks to Okaijda Afroso for sharing the music of Ghana with us.

Finally to the many people who donated auction items! A Taste of Alaska Lodge, Alaska Awalim, Alaska House Art Gallery, Anytime Fitness, Arctic Traveler’s Giftshop, Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks, Felix Bambury Webbe, Basically Basil, Anna Berge, KG Bergmann, The Magic Carpet, The Wheelhouse Pottery, Doug Sims, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Chartreuse, Annabel Christensen, Ross Coen, Denali Mountain Works, The Great Alaska Bowl Company, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Far Above Rubies, Fireweed Consignment Boutique, Homegrown Market, In My Element, Chi Jones, Nikki Kinne, Dave Lanni, Donna Lanni, McCafferty’s, Helen McLean, Northern Originals, Pangaea Adventures, Risse’s Greenhouse, Riverboat Discovery, Leila Ryterski, Stan Stephens Charters, Kim Stone, Mariah Terhaar, Mary Anne Borchart, Holly Byrnnes, The Whispering Willow, Valdez Museum, We’re No Angels, Catherine Whitney, Bill & Cheryl Wood, Mariska Wright, Deborah Koons and Kathy Turco.

And to those who brought such gorgeous desserts: (to be added by end of the day Monday, November 29)




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All about our Dessert Auction

With the theme of Food and Fun in the Land of the Midnight Sun (It’s Not Just Desserts Anymore!) we are planning a fun packed evening with Live Auction items related to Food and Fun around Alaska PLUS silent auction tables full of Delicious Desserts just in time for Thanksgiving.

Special Musical Guests are The Flyers – Pat Fitzgerald, Robin Dale Ford, Alex Clarke and Ron Veliz. They will play during dinner before the Live Auction and again at 9 pm for two sets.

Put this day on your calendar! It’s going to be FUN! Saturday, November 20, 2010

  • Dinner and Silent Auction – 5 pm
  • Live Auction – 7 pm
  • Music by The Flyers – 9 pm

All this will take place at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. They have a warm, inviting atmosphere and a great space for events. Plus, they provide us with a no-host bar.

Admission at the door is $25.00.

But, you can get a better deal by purchasing advance tickets for $20 each at the following places:

(Call about Family Rates for Advanced Tickets – available only at our office.)

542 4th Ave. Suite B100

Call 907-457-1023 for information or email Co-opMarketOutreach@ak.net

Businesses (or individuals) can participate in the following ways:

  • Donate an auction item or dessert
  • Sponsor our Locally Grown Dinner
  • Sponsor our “Fun in Fairbanks” Auction items

Call Sharon Alden at 388-6895 to donate a dessert, Helen McLean at 388-4330 to sponsor dinner or Mary at 457-1023 to sponsor “Fun in Fairbanks” auction items.

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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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Sunday, March 28, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm
JP Jones Community Development Center
2400 Rickert St.

Join the Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market for a full breakfast including whole wheat pancakes. Visit with board members and find out more about our progress or share your thoughts and ideas.

The Xtra Tuffs—Emily Anderson, Ryan Bowers and Sabe Herreid Flores—will be joining us as a special treat. This extraordinary trio of young musicians are not to be missed. Their unique sound is a genre by itself. The Xtra Tuffs will play at 11:30 am and again at 1 pm. (Tips encouraged!)

Admission is only $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under and free for children under 5.

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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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December Meetings and Events

Saturday, December 5, 2009

           Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market Annual Bazaar!

           10 am to 4 pm 

           Find our fundraising booth at the Bazaar! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

          Board Meeting

           5:30 pm 

           Volunteer Center – 546 4th Ave. Suite 100 B – Downstairs

           Call 457-1023 for more information


           Communictaions/Outreach Committee Meeting

           Health and Wellness Education Committee Meeting



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Food Co-op Days at The Magic Carpet this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 27, 28 and 29

10% of your purchase goes to the food co-op. Members or new members can sign up for a $50 gift certificate drawing to be given away on Sunday. Call 479-2433 for directions.


See us at the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market Annual Bazaar on  Saturday, Dec. 5. Call 456-3276 for more information.

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