July 2006

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General Manager's Report

Summer Plans

Business matters...

Happy New Year. We started our new fiscal year at the beginning of this month, and we finally settle into a regular four-quarter, 52/53 week cycle. The change in the fiscal year has forced us to stagger the annual elections. Previously the budgets and Board were elected in September for the next fiscal year—the budget is now voted on in June for the new fiscal year and the Board is elected in September to begin their term in October.
Proposed operations and capital budgets pass

The membership approved the proposed operations and capital budget for the FY2007 year. The results are: total ballots cast: 259, yes: 218, no: 5, and invalid: 36 (duplicate, courtesy/non-equity membership, expired membership, no name or member number or no vote cast). Thank you for voting and participating in the cooperative decision-making process.

Annual Membership Meeting (AMM)

The annual business meeting and celebration is scheduled for August 10th. The choice of a band this year is a bit different than in previous years—the Gomers will be the band for a night of karaoke (what the Gomers call “Gomeroke”). They have been hired to back YOU up! The annual business meeting will precede dinner and entertainment. Childrens’ activities will be scheduled throughout the meeting to allow adults to attend the meeting—dinner will follow and an “adult with children” line will be figured out to help folks out. The music will immediately follow dinner with the first set for kids. We have opted to start the activities rain or shine an hour later in response to the feedback that five was too early!

Access to the parking lot will be limited throughout the day August 10th to allow for set up and then closed at 2:00pm for the final logistics. If you have special shopping needs and this would be an inconvenience, PLEASE call the store and we will arrange home delivery or will carry your purchases to your car.

Closing reminders

In a five day period the store will close early at 7:00pm three times:
• Saturday, July 1st for Rhythm and Booms.
• Sunday, July 2nd for our year-end audited inventory count.
• Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.
Also, the Eastside Farmers’ Market will NOT be open on July 4th, but will resume the following Tuesday until October 10, 2006.

RAH! Recycling Away From Home

Marquette Neighborhood Association has announced its volunteer recruitment goals for the 2006 RAH! recycling program. Program developer Paul Abramson is seeking 100 volunteers over the course of this summer’s four neighborhood music, food and fundraising festivals. If you volunteer for just one four-hour shift for one of the four neighborhood festivals, you will earn the respect of your fellow volunteers, Mother Earth, and a five percent discount off any regularly priced purchase at Willy Street Co-op. “I RAH... U RAH... We all RAH!”

I RAH volunteer opportunities include: La Fete de Marquette in Central Park, July 15th–16th (15 volunteers needed); Orton Park Festival, August 25th–27th (20 volunteers needed); Willy Street Fair, September 16th–17th (40 volunteers needed).
Please contact Paul Abramson, RAH Project Coordinator, to volunteer or for more information at 255-2167 or email:


This issue contains our annual member survey. I’m always curious to know what we can do to meet your needs better. Please fill it out and return it to us. Thanks!