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OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

UPDATE FROM GM CHRIS ROLAND


Hello Co-op Owners, Neighbors & Friends:
 
We just finished a summer of owner engagement at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op.  Most recently the owners of the Co-op (1571 and growing) elected our newest board members.  Before that, over 730 of our owners and future customers participated in our pre-opening store survey and had direct input into what they’d like the store to be.  We’ve noted all those recommendations and promise you that we’re paying attention.  Probably the most valuable information we got was about the local farmers and makers you want us to work with and items you’d like us to carry.  That really helps us stock the store with the products you want from the folks and farms you know. 
 
If you weren’t able to participate in the survey this year, don’t worry, we’ll be listening for owner and customer feedback every day in the store.  We’ll also conduct a customer survey each year to make sure that we’re meeting all your needs.  This is a great way that our cooperative grocery store is different from our chain competitors.  You will have a big say in what’s in the store when you shop at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op.
 
In our recent election, we were very fortunate to have six great candidates vying for three seats on our volunteer board of directors.  The fact that we had so many folks running shows what an engaged community we have here in Fredericksburg.  Congratulations to Angie Noll, Jonathan Stevens and Lonnie Williams who were elected and will be serving a fresh, three-year term. 
 
Along with these three, Els Van Wingerden, Gerald Anderson, Kathy Carmine, Mike Spagins, Rich Larochelle and Valerie Setzer will continue to spend many hours making sure our Food Co-op is set up for success.  These volunteers donate their time, energy and experience to make sure the owners' (your) assets are taken care of and that the store has strong, prudent plans in place for the future.  Working with the Co-op’s board of directors is one of the highlights of this job for me and another way that our cooperative model differentiates us from conventional grocers.
 
Thank you to all who exercised your ownership right and voted in our board elections this year and an even bigger thank you to all the candidates who put themselves out there, signing up to serve your local Co-op.  I look forward to working with our nine board members to make the Fredericksburg Food Co-op a thriving grocery store and engine for good in our community, that serves our almost 1600 owners, the Fredericksburg area and beyond … with wonderful owner engagement, of course.

Cooperatively Yours,
 
Chris Roland
General Manager
Fredericksburg Food Co-op

EXCEPTIONAL OWNER GROWTH!


Nothing makes us happier than new owners joining our Fredericksburg Food Co-op.  The most important asset of any co-op is its owners.  Your Food Co-op is thrilled that in the past year over 350 households have become owners.  When our Co-op grocery store opens, everyone will be welcome to shop.  We exist to serve our owners and everyone else in this growing and thriving Fredericksburg community.  If you haven’t become a Co-op owner yet, why not join during October National Co-op Month?
 

FOUNDING OWNERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED


We are planning something really special for our Founding Owners, anyone who joins the Co-op prior to opening day.  Founding Owners have a special place in our hearts and in the history of our Co-op and are deserving of our appreciation.  If you -- or your friends and neighbors -- haven’t joined yet, there is still time before opening day -- but the clock is ticking, so don’t wait too much longer!  We'll be honoring our Founding Owners in a way you'll never forget -- join the Co-op today to receive this special recognition!
 
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!
October is National Co-op Month in the United States, when people across the country will be celebrating the cooperative movement’s history and economic impact on communities nationwide.  Co-ops have a rich legacy of making a difference in America — for example, electric co-ops brought light to rural America, credit unions offer financial services to everyone, food co-ops provide access to healthy foods, and agricultural co-ops support local farmers.

Can you imagine a world filled with businesses owned and directly controlled by the people who depend on them?  Cooperatives have already built such a reality for hundreds of millions of people across the globe.  For 2020, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International has identified “Co-ops Commit: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” as the theme for national co-op month, celebrating the way cooperatives are working to build more just, resilient, and inclusive communities.

Join us for a lively and timely discussion on Tuesday, October 20 at 6 pm online with Doug O'Brien, CEO of NCBA-CLUSA to explore how cooperatives provide an opportunity for people to own, control and benefit from the businesses they use.  Register now for the Cooperative Moment online event.

Angie Noll
Lonnie Williams
Jonathan Stevens

2020 Food Co-op Election Results
Congratulations and Gratitude


We are deeply grateful to each of the six candidates who ran in our Co-op board election. These outstanding individuals demonstrated their commitment to our co-op and their willingness to serve this community.

Our congratulations to the three candidates who received the most votes and will represent Co-op owners on the Co-op board of directors for the next three years, October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023:  Angie Noll, Jonathan Stevens, and Yolanda (Lonnie) Williams.

In addition to electing these three Co-op board members, Co-op owners also approved the four bylaw amendments proposed by the board. View the updated Food Co-op Bylaws.

OCTOBER EVENTS

All are welcome!

Watch for upcoming emails with registration links for online events.
 

Monday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOARD MEETING.  You are welcome to attend our board meetings to learn more about the Food Co-op.  Please email us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com if you plan to attend a meeting.

Thursday, October 8, 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, online event.  Food Co-op owners are discussing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver in October.  In November, the Book Group will read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Please email us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com for information about participating.

Saturdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, 7:00 am-1:00 pm, FREDERICKSBURG FARMERS MARKET, Hurkamp Park, William & Prince Edward Streets, Fredericksburg VA.  The Fredericksburg Food Co-op is very happy to have a booth at the Farmers Market this month.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00-7:00 pm, RECYCLING FACTS & FICTION, online event.  Diane Jones, Recycling Manager, Rappahannock Regional Landfill, will update us on changes in recycling, including the impact of the pandemic, what’s happening with China and global markets, and how you can make a difference with your recycling.  Registration link coming soon.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:00 pm, NOW MORE THAN EVER: THIS IS A COOPERATIVE MOMENT, online event.  Join this fascinating discussion with national co-op leader Doug O'Brien, CEO of NCBA-CLUSA, as we explore how co-ops provide an opportunity for people to own, control and benefit from the businesses they use.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00-7:00 pm, COOKING FALL VEGETABLES WITH JOY CRUMP, online event. Chef Joy Crump, owner of Foode restaurant, will show us how to cook local fall vegetables.  Registration link coming soon.

Friday, October 30, 6:00-7:00 pm, MOVING AHEAD: UPDATE FROM GM CHRIS ROLAND, online event.  Hear the latest update from GM Chris Roland on our progress towards opening!  Registration link coming soon.

Our mailing address is:
Fredericksburg Food Co-op
PO Box 1398
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

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