|Karen Kendall||Immediate Past President|
You may contact the board at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board meetings are held the 3rd Wendesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Drive, Los Alamos (just east of the co-op). All members are invited to attend the monthly Board of Directors meeting. There is a period of time scheduled at the beginning of the meeting to allow members to voice concerns, comments or questions.
Note: the Board will listen and take under advisement any member input, but will defer to answer questions until a later time so that the board can have discussion, agreement and can speak as one voice. The General Manager may answer any operational questions posed if possible.
Co-op Annual Member Meeting April 28
Join us on Sunday, April 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Annual Member Meeting to meet the Board, enter a raffle, enjoy free Co-op desserts, and ensure good governance of the Co-op.
1. Financial Report and Annual Goals
2. General Manager Report
3. Vote on Proposed Changes to the Bylaws
4. Prospective Candidates for the Board Qualification Presentations
This meeting is open to all active Co-op members.
Thank you for your support.
Your chance to get involved!Here is an exciting opportunity to participate in the governance of your Co-op! Come to an informational meeting to learn about serving on the Board of Directors.
The informational meeting will be Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
If interested, please RSVP prior to January 22 by signing up at the Co-op front desk or emailing email@example.com.
Cooperation, Collaboration and Local Beer
September and October are traditional months for beer festivals and beer dinners and our neck of the woods is no exception. Many may know that I volunteer as the festival coordinator for Pajarito Mountain as well as being a board member for your Co-op. I mention this because festivals like UllrFest on September 29 (shameless promotion) are a collaboration of many entities benefiting the community at large. Proceeds benefit your local non-profit ski hill and local businesses as well as educating people about beer. Not unlike the Co-op, our local craft brewers (1) use locally grown ingredients when available - Bosque Farms hops, (2) care about recycling - those new cool cans, and (3) utilize alternate energy - solar panels at Santa Fe Brewing. Your Co-op is also involved in collaboration with local Brewers. On October 4, we will host our third beer dinner. Dinners with Blue Corn and Santa Fe Brewing have been very popular and we plan to continue at them Spring and Fall. Coming up, Second Street head brewer Rod Tweet will present his version of OctoberFest complete with his own sausage. I have found that the local brewers really appreciate coming up to our town. Stating that the folks in LA are both educated about beer and responsible. I'm also excited to report that in the spirit of cooperation we are helping the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative get started. Their purpose is to investigate and, if feasible, implement a taproom and/or brewery and/or brewpub in Los Alamos as a place for the community to gather and enjoy great beer. The LA Beer Cooperative will investigate ways to support and promote the local craft beer community. If this sounds great to you, consider becoming a member and supporting their effort. They plan to kickoff their efforts at UllrFest at Pajarito Mountain. I encourage you to support Cooperatives.
-Thad Hahn, Treasurer of the Co-op Board
More to a Co-op than meets the eye.
Behind those shelves and cases and smiling faces is a simple idea that just might change the planet: that small groups of like-minded people
can pool resources to make the world a better place. It's an idea that's catching on: witness Elinor Ostrom's 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics for work suggesting that cooperation can overcome the Tragedy of the Commons; witness the recent growth of B (Benefit) Corporations, a promising new business model; and witness our very own Los Alamos Co-op Market.
There's more to your Coop than watermelon and gluten-free muffins. Take a moment now to remember that it's a business, part of the System, playing by the rules. And now remember that it's *your* business: you fund it; own it; direct it; and share in its growth and success. How will that change your perception the next time you walk in the store? How will that change the way you see other businesses?
We in the US often see the world in terms of cost, trade, profit, trying to get the upper hand. What if it doesn't have to be that way? The Cooperative business model is a fascinating one. The devil is in the details—the devil is *always* in the details—but decades of practice and learning have shown it to be remarkably successful. Sustainable. Resilient. And without having to Maximize Shareholder Profit or prey on homeowners. Worth thinking about the next time you have a business idea?
The annual Board election was concluded in May and the results are that Wendee Brunish, Cecile Hemez, Karen Kendall, and Tracy McFarland were elected to the Board. We would like to congratulate the candidates and welcome Wendee and Tracy to the Board as new members. Following the election, the Board selected its officers for the next year with: Andrew Erickson as President, Cecile Hemez as Vice President, Ed Santiago as Secretary, and Thad Hahn as Treasurer.
The Board is looking for a volunteer to help with note taking during our monthly Board meetings. Volunteers would receive an 18% discount coupon for their service. If you are interested, please contact either the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or the General Manager at email@example.com. The Board is also looking for members interested in becoming Board members next year and invites you to attend a Board meeting or talk to a Board member to find out more about this vital part of the Co-op.
The Board acknowledges and thanks two departing Board members Jane Riese and Paul Frederickson for their service on the Board over the past few years to get this Co-op started.
The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, April 22nd. During the Annual Meeting, the 2011 Financial Results, Board 2012 Goals and 2012 Budget were handed out. Members who were unable to attend the Annual Meeting can request a copy of these handouts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Annual Meeting, the Board announced that it voted for no patronage rebate or Member Investment Certificate dividend for calendar year 2011.
The highlights of the 2011 Financial Results are:
|Cost of Goods Sold||$ 1,411,461|
|Gross Profit||$ 920,641|
|Total Net Expenses||$ 967,004|
|Net Income||($ 46,363)|
The Board presented the 2012 Annual Goals:
1. Increase number of members shopping in the store
2. Meet budget targets
3. Normalize operations (e.g. we are not a startup anymore)
4. Establish Co-op as a part of the Community
5. Increase awareness of cooperative values
6. Co-op continues to return the trust the Community placed in the Co-op
7. Continue Board maturation
The Board also announced that an additional sustainable initiative was being undertaken. Solar panels will be installed on a carport in the parking lot to provide solar energy to the store. It will not fully generate all electricity needed to operate the store, but is an important green step. More information will be provided next month as this project progresses.