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Happy Holidays; Food Pantry Donations; FY14 Annual Report; Union Update & More

Hello dear Co-op Owners,
I don’t know about you, but I am still full from the bounty of Thanksgiving this year! Turkey, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes—WOW. Now it’s time to shift gears and think chocolate peppermint truffles, gingerbread houses and other decadent treats. Is it ridiculous that I’m already excited for the delicious festivities of December?

Happy Holidays!
Since December tends to involve lots of gifting, I plan on taking my time strolling through the aisles. There are a lot of really awesome things popping up throughout the store, including some great gift ideas. Read on in this month’s Reader for some suggestions from staff! There’s also always a certain amount of stress that comes along with the rigamarole of the holiday season. I’m finding it helpful to take a deep breath and feel grateful for the upcoming solstice, and for all of the family and friends who light up these darkest months of the year. I’m reminded of the following quote from Donald E. Westlake, “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”

Food Pantry Donations
There are food pantry donation options at the registers at Willy East and Willy West! In addition to our longstanding donation shelves, this year your Co-op began the Pantries of Plenty (POP) Community Fund Drive. POP will collect donations from shoppers through Dec 31st, with the total proceeds divided equally between the Goodman Community Center, the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, the Lussier Community Education Center, and Middleton Outreach Ministry. Consider adding on $5, $10, or $25 to your next shopping trip to support our neighbors this year. The need is great—in November the Goodman Community Center alone had 3,000+ families register for Thanksgiving Baskets (500 more than previous years).

FY14 Annual Report
The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 will reach you in the coming week or two. We accelerated the timeline for completion compared to previous years to get you the prior year’s information in a more timely fashion. We also retooled the format of the report with a goal of making it more enjoyable to read with just as much information. Our designer, Hallie Zillman-Bouche, did a terrific job rendering a number of important statistics in a visually interesting and easy to digest format. I hope you all appreciate the changes and relish reading the FY14 Annual Report!

Union Conversation Update
We are working with representatives at the UFCW to move forward with the Unionization effort, and to make this process as simple as possible and enable staff to make an informed decision, which we will of course abide by. You can expect more updates over the course of December.

I wish you all of a wonderful end of 2014! Any wishes for the New Year? Any resolutions for January 2015?

Yours in Cooperation,
Mark E. SaundersAlchemy Painting

Monona Grove Nursery SchoolDan KrauseDon Samuelsen

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