Monday, May 6, 2013
Fowler Family Center
Welcomes and Intros, sign in sheet for new folks
*If you have any interest in helping out one of our committees – Communications (Colleen), Finance (John), Membership/Outreach (Amber and Heather).
Colleen and the rest of the board have been working hard on developing a plan for our membership. Membership and outreach are key at the moment – looking to begin our membership drive very soon!
Colleen and Cathy review co-op basics – check out the website and the blog for further information.
*Due to the C-Town going in on southside, the board is reconsidering and working with Keystone Development Co-op to determine the next step for an alternate location. Given this development, the board has put together a *short* new survey to help determine study the appropriate next move. Send it to as many local folks as you can!
Also through KDC, a few of our board of directors members had the opportunity to visit 3 Philadelphia area cooperatives. A few thoughts taken away from these visits: What do we want from this coop? What feel do we want? Where is an appropriate starting point size-wise? What food principals does our co-op want to stand for?
Santiago suggests some group trips down to the co-ops during the summer to explore those!
At last board meeting, guests from Primera – financial planning group. Currently exploring options as to how they might be able to help us out.
Joe Amedeo is going as our Bethlehem Food Co-op representative to the Consumer Cooperative Management association meeting in Texas. The board of directors is sending a Moravian Star as our contribution to the silent auction that benefits the scholarships for new start-up coops. If you can, please consider donating to this cause – donate using the paypal contribute button to the co-op paypal account.
We need business and health department licenses to continue having bake sales and taking donations. Just a heads up.
At this point the goal for the opening is still April 2014, but the board will begin developing a timeline to meet certain membership and financial goals to be certain that it’s feasible to move forward.
John – finances: (not meeting often quite yet, but will need help soon)
We’re incorporated, have a bank account, can begin legitimate fundraising. Will begin looking for and writing grants to get money. We need folks who have expertise in finding and writing grants. Also need help with developing business plans, if you’ve run a business and have that knowledge base – basically any financial help . Any help or expertise you could offer – talk to John and/or Cathy. John@bethlehemfood.coop, Cathy@bethlehemfood.coop.
Heather & Amber – membership and outreach update
Household membership equity – $300 one time, $250 for initial founding members. Payment plan available
Perks: discount on certain items through year, discounts on classes and workshops, discounts at local businesses.
Upcoming outreach events – sign up to help us out! Emails going out from Heather shortly. Need folks to drop brouchures around, update brouchures, table at events, make baked goods, let Heather or Amber know about any appropriate opportunities for tabling.
Southside film festival – June 12-15
Secret art Space – June 9, baked goods and tabling
Familia festival – June 8 10am – 4pm
Fundraising ideas (since we can collect money now) – ANY ideas to take in money, get in touch with Amber, Amber@bethlehemfood.coop.
Working on materials to support the membership drive. Also working on trying to figure out a new website. Using Nationbuilder software to help maintain records. If you have any experience or interest in working with the new site or that software, contact Colleen, Colleen@bethlehemfood.coop.
Mike is working on a new newsletter – be on the lookout for it.
Folks have brought up using Kickstarter as a possible funding option. Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing fundraising website, though it could also help gain more national attention for our cause and coops in general, in addition to raising money.
Communications is also working on a general information presentation as a way to easily and consistently share what our coop is all about. Once that’s taken care of, we will get that information out to you. Share it with your friends, family, neighbors – ANYBODY!