Join Us for the Annual Meeting
Celebrate Small is Beautiful!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 6:00–8:30 pm
St. Cecilia's • 2357 Bayless Place
We are member powered, and the Annual Meeting is one way to make your voice heard! It's a chance to learn about the state of your co-op, have a say in its leadership and future, and make a statement that you care about this little Hampden Park Co-op community.
If you were at one of the last two events, you might recall (or for the benefit of those who were not) that we brainstormed about our co-op’s future. Two years ago we discussed what we valued – our deli and delicious soups were singled out. Last year we talked about what is important to our future – it was clear that 928 Raymond Ave. is our home and we're here to stay.
As a result of those sessions, the board and general manager have been working on a strategic plan that reflects our cooperative values and keeps us competitive while celebrating our unique niche and size – because "Small is Beautiful." So join us for an informative and inspiring evening, plus a chance to win door prizes including a $100 gift certificate!
Connect with each other over a buffet (including vegan & gluten-free options). Menu: Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili, Southwest Three Sisters & White Chicken Chili soups • Breads with butter, jam & nut butter • Beverages • World Peace chocolate cookies & Scandinavian Blondie bars • Feel free to bring a dish to share if you like.
Enjoy music by First Rodeo – the duo of Dawn Tanner & Shawn Patrick – with their acoustic blend of folk, alt country, old time, maybe even a jig. Dawn is a long-time friend of the co-op and has released two albums.
Hear from the board including Kate Gray about the strategic plan, and Luca Cowles with financials. P.J. Wehrwein provides a membership update, and GM Chuck Parsons will share his vision.
Learn about the board candidates and vote for those you think will help guide the co-op over the next few years. They generously and enthusiastically stepped up, offering to serve our community, and your vote does count.
Guest Speaker: Mitra Jalali Nelson
Welcome St. Paul Ward 4 Councilmember Mitra Jalali Nelson. Even if you don't live in this area, you might have seen Mitra signs in the neighborhood this summer. The proud daughter of immigrants, she is devoted to fighting for opportunities for all families including increasing attainable and affordable housing, promoting transit and sustainability, and building community wealth. Mitra states: "Our city is steadily growing, and that’s good for our future. It’s also our collective responsibility to ensure that every resident benefits from this growth."
We like to think that our co-op is part of the heart of Ward 4. Mitra is a spirited new voice for our city – indeed, for the entire metro area. Hear her perspective on the small actions we can take as a community that add up to create big change!
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All members invited and childcare provided – hope to see you there!
Posted by Christine DeMars with contributions from Brianna Darling • September 2018