Posts Tagged ‘operations’

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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Address Change

We just got a post office box down town.

The address is:

Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market

PO Box 72637

Fairbanks, AK  99707-2637

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Monday, October 12 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm – Board Meeting – All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 13 – 5:30 pm – Communications/Outreach Committee

Wednesday, October 14 – 6 pm – Joint Store Design and Operations Committee meeting

All meetings will be held in our NEW VOLUNTEER CENTER at 542 4th Ave Suite 100 B. It is in the basement below the Vet Center. Doors are locked after 5 pm. We will try to leave a door open. If you can’t get in call 347-4463.

Our Volunteer Center office hours are Tuesday-Friday – 1 pm to 5 pm – Stop by any time and find out how you can help out.

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Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, September 26
Board Meeting
5:00 pm

2371 Hawthorne Ct.

If you are not on the board and would like to attend please email fccm2010@gmail.com

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Communications/Outreach Committee meeting
5:30 pm
2371 Hawthorne Ct.

Thursday, Oct. 1
Operations Committee
6:30 pm
2371 Hawthorne Ct.

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Monday, August 18 – Operations Committee –

6:30 pm at Mary’s house – E-mail fccm2010@gmail.com for directions

Tuesday, August 19 – Communications/Outreach Committee – 6:30 pm at Mary’s

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FCCM Minutes for June 4, 2009 (as approved June 11)
Present were Mary Christensen, Rob Leach, Lela Ryterski, and Ian Olson.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

COMMUNITY/OUTREACH: Mary reported on the June 2nd meeting. Three new members came to that meeting: Shawn Lott, Sue Sprinkle, and Jackie Sunnyboy. Also present were Tom Bradley, Lela Ryterski, Mary Christensen, and Sharon Alden.

Mary informed the group that they were responsible for the initial membership fundraising since the fact that we could raise, among ourselves, a substantial portion of funds needed to begin operations would legitimize the co-op as viable and make it easy to receive other monies from matching grants and bank loans. Mary suggested we shoot for a goal of $100,000 by November. Five hundred people investing the proposed one-time $200 membership would satisfy that goal. The next newsletter will focus on the money issue.

Mary and Sharon went to Risse’s Greenhouse on Saturday and got a few names. Tom and Lela went to Clucking Blossom and got several more names. Mary suggested that if we all got on the co-op’s Facebook and each invite 6 people to join, we could be reaching thousands of people with one notice.

Twitter is set up. Sharon did the Pay Pal and Dru is working on the website to incorporate all aspects. Partners in Business is in progress. Other member equity: turkey dinner, calendar, fancy dinner at a producer, cookbook, coupon book, buttons, t-shirts, bumper stickers, tiles honoring big donors. Sue is working up a membership poster.

Next Communications Committee meeting will be next Tuesday, June 9th, at Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. Interested persons can go to themagiccarpet@gci.net and ask for directions to Mary’s house.

LOCAL PRODUCERS: Lela is contacting potential suppliers. Ian mentioned reindeer processing from a mobile unit at the university. He’ll look into that.

STORE DESIGN: Rob is the new chair.

BUSINESS PLAN: Robert Sullivan has material and is getting geared up, reported Rob.

FINANCE: Hans is out of town. Mary contacted two insurance companies and gave Rob the findings.

PRODUCT SELECTION: Lela spoke to Shawn Lott about being on the committee.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Lela reported that Sharon put a member’s donation in the bank and paid the phone bill.

OLD BUSINESS: The Bylaws got sent to the lawyer. Lela sent Deirdre the revised copy to replace the one on the blog. Rob is sure it will need another revision.


Pot luck dinner for volunteers to inventory the Foodland building and choose which committees they would like to work with. Bring flashlight and work clothes and a digital camera. Event pushed back 3 weeks to allow enough time to get the word out.

Delta Farm Bus Tour in mid-July.

Communications Committee to advertise for other health education events in our newsletter.

Rob is scheduled to speak at the Farmers’ Market Board Meeting on June 17th at 5:30pm. Other board members are welcome to join.

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS: Rob outlined how the committees work to provide input for the Business Plan: Puts all aspects together—start up costs, growth, working capital, employee training, operating funds, inventory, etc.

Product Selection: Needs to develop a statement with a clear criteria for products. Define local produce—meats, fish, Alaska, etc. List products we’re not going to carry, i.e.: tobacco. Set goals for increasing amount of local produce. Store services: coffee bar, juice bar, deli, etc. and future projections. Special events: plant starts, etc. Look at feasibility study and take recommendations.

Vendor Selection: Follows criteria for product selection.

Operations: Project how many managers we’ll need; how many people per day; rent, utilities, etc. Talk to grocery clerk union. Volunteers for community enrichment activities…

Health and Wellness Education: Speakers discussing co-ops at the Noel Wein Library or Universalist Church.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, June 11th at 6:00p.m. At the Foodland building.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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