Veg Fruits Unity

Minutes of July 17, 2012 Board Meeting

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

Minutes of July 17, 2012 Board Meeting

Board Members Present: Naqia Edwards, Howie Hawkins, Yaschia Kinsey, Shirley Rowser
Board Members Absent: Baye Muhammad
Others Present: Ian Grant

Next board meeting: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All decisions were made by consensus unless otherwise noted.

1. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the June 12, 2012 board meeting were approved.

2. ArtRage Film Series on Food Sustainability

The board agreed to co-sponsor a film series on food sustainability to be held at the ArtRage Gallery on September 10 and 19, October 17 and 23, and November 3 and 19.

3. Inquiry from Kathy Mochel, Onondaga Health Board

Kathy Mochel of the Onondaga Health Board sent a letter to the co-op offering support. The board agreed to schedule a meeting with her at a later date.

4. ACTS Onondaga Food Action Network

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) Onondaga Food Action Network asked the co-op to work them on collaboration and policy advocacy for food justice. They are submitting an $85,000 grant application to the CNY Community Foundation, which would include funding for a food summit. The board agreed to sign a letter to agree to collaboration.

5. Logo Preference

The agreed to option no. 5 with the fork theme as the preferred logo among a set that were reviewed.

6. Business Plan Report

Mel Braverman and Bill Gestner from the CDS Consulting Co-op began on July 16 to review our business plan and work up pro forma financial projections based on their experience working with some 250 co-ops. They expect to have the financial projections available for the board’s review by the end of the week.

7. Market Survey

The board reviewed and approved Ian Grant’s survey of potential customers on the South Side.

8. Parking and Delivery Service

The board noted that these will be issues and that the business plan should discuss them. The board noted that SNAP has delivery allowances, which could help support a van and/or bike delivery system.

9. Website

The website committee will meet at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 14 before the next board meeting to review the website.

10. 2012 Membership Meeting

The board scheduled a membership meeting for Tuesday, September 18 at 7 pm at the South Side Communications Center. Howie Hawkins will draft a notice to be sent to the members and contact list.
The agenda will include progress reports, adoption of bylaws, and elections of the 2013 board.

11. Mary Nelson Book Giveaway, August 18

The board discussed having a presence at the Mary Nelson Book Giveaway on August 18 to generate interest and recruit participation in co-op activities.

12. Empower Youth/Race Against Obesity Day, Kirk Park, July 21

Howie Hawkins will attend with copies of the progress report and sign-up sheets for the contact list.

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