Veg Fruits Unity

Minutes of October 9, 2012 Membership Meeting

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

Minutes of October 9, 2012 Membership Meeting

Members Present: Joseph Bryant, Sam Eschenbrenner, Naqia Kent, Margie Gantt, Matt Gantt, Howie Hawkins, Yaschia Kinsey, Baye Muhammad, Charlie Pierce-El, Shirley Rowser, Randy White, Amatullah Yamini

All decisions were made by consensus unless otherwise noted.

1. Progress Report

Naqia Kent and other members reported on the development of the co-op over the last year, including bylaw development, board training, membership recruitment, and website development.

2. Construction Report

Joseph Bryant reported on the fundraising and construction bidding done by the Southside Community Coalition. Construction should begin in November and be completed in about six months.

3. Membership Status

Members who had not paid their membership certificate in full but signed a statement promising to pay in full were considered members with voting rights for this membership meeting.

4. Bylaws

Howie Hawkins presented the bylaw draft developed by the board and moved that it be adopted. Baye Muhammad seconded the motion. The bylaws were adopted by unanimous consent of the members present.

5. Election of Board of Directors

Howie Hawkins nominated the five current board members: Howie Hawkins, Naqia Kent, Yaschia Kinsey, Baye Muhammad, Shirley Rowser. No other nominations were made.

After discussion of how the five nominees should be sorted into three classes of rotating board members of one-year, two-year, and three-year terms, Howie Hawkins moved that the five nominees be elected by acclamation and instructed to sort themselves into the classes of terms at their next board meeting. The motion was seconded by Shirley Rowser. The motion was adopted by unanimous consent.

6. General Discussion

The members discussed a number of ideas, including a public meeting to update the community and recruit new members, food education and recipe sharing, and marketing the co-op. Margie Gantt and Baye Muhammad expressed interest in being part of a Marketing Committee of the co-op.

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