May 2016 Newsletter: Let your voice be heard. Let your vote be counted.

May is here, the sun is out (finally), and it's time for our Spring General Membership Meeting! This gathering has been months in the making, and we've got a ton to share. We hope you'll be there in person on May 25 as we:

  • Present the results of our Product Preferences Survey, through which 160+ folks (both members and not-yet-members) weighed in on how we envision our future store;

  • Report on the state of the Co-op, from our current financials to the recent work we've done with local business consultants to position us to find a great, viable location for our store;

  • Vote on the next slate of candidates for our Board of Directors (learn more about this smart and dedicated bunch here); and

  • Get a (caffeine) buzz on! We've got a special treat for our coffee-loving co-operators, so be sure to join us on the 25th for the scoop.
I hope I'll see you later this month at the East Passyunk Community Rec Center! Remember, voting for the Board is the right of all fully paid member-owners, so if you haven't joined or you have outstanding equity, you have a few more weeks to get that in order. 

Cooperatively yours,

Leigh Goldenberg, Member, South Philly Food Co-op Board of Directors



Board Elections: Know Before You Go

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Did you know that seven of your fellow member-owners are running for positions on the Board of Directors this spring? We hope to see you at our General Membership Meeting, where all members are encouraged to cast their votes.

Please spend a few minutes reading our nominees' bios and voter FAQs, so you can make an informed decision on the 25th. See you there!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8 p.m. (check-in begins at 6 p.m.)

WHERE: East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St. (click here for directions)

This spring's nominees:

Jessica Calter
Angel D'Ippolito
Alison Fritz
Anna Kiesel
Matt Stern
Katy Travaline
Emily Wyner

More information on this year's candidates can be found here. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can still vote via absentee ballot until 5 p.m. on May 24. 

Welcome our Newest Shop South Philly Member!

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We're excited to welcome another Shop South Philly partner to the fold: CityCare Pharmacy

This locally owned independent pharmacy on West Passyunk accepts most major insurances, and offers services including free delivery within a 1-mile radius. 

Best of all, our newest partners is offering Co-op members a 10% discount on over-the-counter purchases over $10!

Be sure to pay them a visit, and don't forget to flash that membership card for all sorts of sweet discounts at CityCare and dozens of other local businesses. 

 

Co-ops in the News

From the St. Catharine's Standard: A grocery co-op in Ontario, the Garden City Food Co-op, has launched a capital campaign to raise money for renovations; the former night club with 660 members is awaiting renovations. Good luck, co-operators!

From the Sierra Vista Herald: The Sierra Vista Food Co-op in Arizona celebrates its five-year anniversary this spring! This Co-op began with a community meeting in 2006 with the grassroots efforts of a dedicated group of neighbors. Congratulations!

Upcoming Conferences: The 2016 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, Disrupting the Future: Cooperative Food and the Next Generation, will be held June 9-11 in Amherst, MA. Locally, the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Association (PACA) will host Co-Up: A Teach-In for Cooperators on May 14 at Temple. The South Philly Food Co-op will be in attendance at both events, so stay tuned for updates and lessons learned!