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Storm Damage, Remodel, Board Elections, Third Retail Site & More

Fiscal Year 2014 ended with a bang last month! I for one am happy to be ringing in Fiscal Year 2015 this month.

Wrapping Up FY14…

Willy Street Co-op hosted CCMA, a national cooperative grocery conference, from June 12-14. It was a great success, with nearly 600 co-op staff and board members attending from around North America! Many thanks to the UW Center for Co-ops for their tireless organizing, the Concourse Hotel for giving our group great spaces in which to learn, and to the Madison Children’s Museum for being an amazing party venue. A HUGE shout out to Eldorado Grill, our catering partner for the CCMA party—you were a true pleasure to work with!

Centralized Office
At the end of May we finally got everyone moved into the Centralized Office, only to have it badly damaged in the severe weather of mid-June. We’re working on getting the office back into tip-top shape, and hope to settle in again over the first couple weeks of July.

Willy East Store Damage
Willy East also sustained damage from the storms mid-June. Our solar panels were completely destroyed, and the new structure for our receiving dock was also broken. We are working on rebuilding and getting back on track for ourmid-August remodel completion date. Our thoughts are with our neighbors who lost trees, roofs and vehicles to the same storm system.

Looking ahead to FY15...

Annual Meeting & Party
The Annual Meeting and Party will take place on July 10th, 2014 in the brand new Central Park! We are once again planning for a Zero-Waste event, with as high a landfill diversion rate as last year. Be sure to pick up your tickets ahead of time at the East or West Customer Service desks. There won’t be any tickets available at the event and only 5,000 meal tickets are available. This event is 100% free for Owners!

Board Elections
Are you passionate about your Co-op? Have an avid interest in policy governance? If so, consider running for the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors! The voting will take place in August, but candidates must submit their nomination materials by 9:00pm on July 10th to be placed on the ballot. For more information, check out this month’s Boardreport.

Willy East Remodel
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel getting bigger, and it’s not because of a speeding train! Despite our weather-related setbacks, we are still on track to finish this project in August, and I hope you’re enjoying the new Juice Bar and other remodel amenities. Unfortunately, we will need to close the customer bathrooms for a portion of this project. We will be creating alternate options for Owners—keep an eye on in-store signage for more information. We’ll have our grand re-opening in September!

Third Retail Site
Management is nearing a final recommendation for a specific site, which will in turn go on to the Board of Directors. We will also be asking for Owners to pre-approve an expenditure of funds for a third location. You will find detailed information on page 6 of this month’s Reader, and the exact language included on the Board election ballot next month. I am very excited about the potential of a third retail site—we have some really excellent options in front of us.

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