What's new from the Board and at the store, High5Picks,  Co-op & Community Events & more
GLEANINGS - February 2014
News from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667

New Store Hours: 7 days from 8am to 8 pm
951 Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

15% Off
Daily Member Benefit for
  • Organic Kumquats,
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic Mint
  • Organic Red Rice
  • Organic Shredded Coconut

Feb. Monthly Specials

Click here the February Monthly Specials

Co-op & Community Events

mark your calendars - Spring Rummage Sale April 12, 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Historian
  • Food and Product Demonstrators
  • Filing

Contact Julie Silvey, email julie@placervillecoop.org or in person at the store:  M-W, 1-4:00
Help your Co-op! Win Great Art! is a new fund raising effort to support PNFC Board development in 2014. In the past we have received grants from several Non-Profits who support Co-op growth. These funds are no longer available so it is up to all of us to raise the money for this important training for PNFC Board Members. Owner Scott Schroeder has donated a beautiful piece of chainsaw art called "Twin Pines". Buy a raffle ticket (or 2 or 6 or 15) for a chance to win this charming wall hanging and support the volunteers who serve as Board Members and are vital to the functioning of your Co-op! More details are available at the store. 

Breakfast with the Prez  
--  Come chat with Bill Scrivani, PNFC Board President; ask your questions.  Every 3rd Thursday morning, 8 am, upstairs.  Get your complimentary deli breakfast before you go up!

Hi, I am Gary Clark, editor of the newsletter. Please, if you know of a
a co-op event or activity that you think should be in the newsletter. Email me a sentence or two about it and I will do my best to include it.

From the Board
By Ruthie Loeffelbein

PNFC’s Strategic Planning Day (pictures above) was enjoyable and productive. 

Fifteen owners participated with enthusiasm and commitment, developing strategies to (1) become profitable,  (2) improve our visibility in this area, and (3) provide education and outreach  to our community.

We had a fine diversity: male-female, younger-older, long-time owners – newer owners.  Co-op owner Pat Price gave us excellent facilitation, supporting the flow of good ideas in our brainstorming session.

Early discussion centered on our Ends Statement, the over-all, long-term goal of what PNFC wants to accomplish.  We pondered whether we want a thriving business or a profitable one and decided that thriving seems to include profitable.  At this time, our Ends Statement still reads:    As a result of all our work, we will have –

  1. A friendly retail store that satisfies customers
  2. A strong and healthy local economy
  3. A thriving, cooperatively–owned business\
  4. Sustainable practices

Great stuff, huh?  Wish you had been there. 

What's New at the Store

by Melisa Clark, Store Manager

January was another record setting month including highest
customer count, net sales, and largest growth in one month over previous year at 37%. We also exceeded our projected sales goal for the first time in this fiscal year by $5,900.00. Whew! Those numbers make for busy days at the Co-op and keep our dedicated employees hustling to stay ahead of demand. If, however, we are out of something please inform us so that we can order it immediately.

The PNFC Owner Loan Campaign, sent at the end of January, has landed in your mail box by now. Several members have already returned their forms along with a check! Thank you for the quick response. Loan funds will be spent to improve services in the store with additional Deli selections including organic espresso drinks and an expanded Smoothie menu, additional signage in the Bulk and Wellness departments and equipment and work station improvements for our departmental Team Leaders. These Capital improvements insure the success of our Co-op and are necessary to support our rapid and continuing growth. If you have any questions about the Loan Campaign please feel free to contact me or PNFC CFO Mickey Kaiserman to talk about your concerns or get additional information. We will begin our call back campaign in February and look forward to talking to all of you soon. 

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The Co-op, together we own it!

Calling All Volunteers!
by Julie Silvey
It's time to start thinking about our Spring Rummage Sale, to be held this year on April 12th, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the 

parking lot just behind and above the co-op (see flyer elsewhere in this newsletter).  We will need volunteers to help set up, operate the sale and clean up at the end. Mostly right now, however, we need you to start getting your donations together.  Clean out those closets and garages and bring your donations to the store any time!  
There are many opportunities as a co-op owner/member for you to give of your time, skills and talents.  If you are already an "official" volunteer and are wanting to be more involved, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss the possibilities for you.  Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the store are usually best, or e-mail at any time.    
If you are not yet a volunteer and would like to be we can take care of that through a brief orientation, which includes going over our Volunteer Policy, filling out an application and getting more familiar with the store and its staff.
Did you know that PNFC has a low income discount program Read all about it at our website.
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