by Brendon Smith, Communications Manager
At 10:00am on August 11th, the Willy Street Co-op managers held an emergency meeting. The weather forecast promised rain all day and thunderstorms at night. Should the Annual Membership Meeting go on as scheduled? Should the food order be trimmed? Would the bands play? After some deliberation, General Manager Anya Firszt said that our luck has held in the past and that we should carry on as if there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. While this was difficult to do when there was nothing but clouds, it turned out that she had made the right decision.
All equity-paying members who registered received either a cap or a bandana; those who were at the business meeting entered to win one of the nine door prizes. The 2005 Annual Membership Meeting officially began at 5:00pm with the Business Meeting. Board president Reneé Lauber made the open remarks. Anya listed our many successes this past year and discussed the role our Co-op plays in the community. Board candidates were introduced (see their statements on pages 6-8), Barb Irvin outlined the voting process, Doug Johnson talked about our expansion this year (the Off-Site Kitchen) and planned expansion for the future, and Megan Christiansen gave the financial report.
At the end of the meeting, the door prize winners were announced:
• Joe Grant won 25 Willy Street Fair raffle tickets.
• Todd Gray won a $25 gift certificate to Roman Candle.
• Selma Wright won a $25 gift certificate to Bandung.
• Rink Davee won a $25 gift certificate to Star Liquor.
• Kristy Jackson won a $50 gift certificate to Hempen
• Debra Allison won a $50 gift certificate to Bon Appetit Café.
• Daniel Rosenthal won a $100 gift certificate to Gayfeather Fabrics.
• Maruti Landau won the three one-month memberships to Monkey Bar Gymnasium (kindly donated by the Gym).
• Steve Weynand won a $500 gift certificate to Ace Hardware.
Jerry Stoddard, whose name is also on the local brats we carry in the store, and his crew served up grilled brats and veggie brats and organic corn on the cob from Tipi Produce. RP’s Pasta celebrated their 10th anniversary by dishing up samples of their Four Cheese or Porcini Tortellini Salad. Co-op staff also served watermelon grown by West Star Farm and the Co-op’s own Cowgirl Cookies. The Crystal Corner served the root beer and New Glarus beer. Face painting and an inflatable “bouncer” kept the kids busy while adults listened to Westside Andy and the Mel Ford Band. Later, the band 8889 played until the end of the event. In all, over 800 meals were served—not bad for an almost rainy day.