Veg Fruits Unity

Minutes of January 8, 2013 Board Meeting

Eat To Live Food Cooperative
South Side Communications Center
2331 S. Salina St., Syracuse NY 13205

Minutes of January 8, 2013 Board Meeting

Board Members Present: Howie Hawkins, Naqia Kent, Shirley Rowser
Board Members Absent: Baye Muhammad, Yaschia Kinsey
Co-op Members Present: Joseph Bryant

Next board meeting: 6:00 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

All decisions were made by consensus unless otherwise noted.

1. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the December 11, 2012 board meeting were corrected and approved.

2. Business Plan Development

Work has been stopped by Coopewrative Development Services Consulting Co-op because their payment from South Side Initiative had been delayed. They have now been paid. Joseph Bryant will contact them to get the work going again.

3. Construction Report

Joseph Bryant reported that contract negotiations have been delayed in order to ensure adequate Minority Business Enterprise participation in the subcontracts. A contract is now drafted and should be signed soon. Timing is an issue. The state grant expires December 31, 2013. The co-op has to hire its four employees in order for the grant to be issues by the state. Southside Community Coalition has already borrowed against the grant in order to finance construction.

4. Member Development and Marketing

Several ideas were discussed:

  • monthly or bimonthly meetings for members and prospective members with progress reports as construction is undertaken and the store opening approaches
  • use mailchimp or constant contact to keep members and prospective members informed
  • invite Kathy Mogle to discuss possible partnership with county Health Department and Department of Social Services to buy memberships for SNAP participants
  • Partner with health care providers who write food prescriptions for dealing with obesity, diabetes, and other problems
  • Partner with Syracuse Community Health Center

Out of this discussion it was agreed that:

  1. Shirley Rowser will invite Kathy Mogle of the county Health Department to make a five minute presentation at the next board meeting.
  2. Board members will invite members and prospective members to an Eat to Live Dinner and Dialogue at 6:30 pm, February 12 after the board business meeting. Shirley Rowwer will ask Chef Blue to prepare a health dinner. Naqia Kent will update Joseph Bryant’s power point on the co-op. Howie Hawkins will update the email list and send out a notice.

Respectfully submitted,
Howie Hawkins, Secretary

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