Placerville Co-op Newsletter August 2015
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Specials & Sales 8/2 - 8/16
General Manager’s Letter

I write this letter with mixed emotions, as I know that I will be thousands of miles away when it is published. My time at PNFC is over and the Co-op is prepared to move into a new era. It does not seem like six months have gone by, but it is true. It has been quite a ride. There have been many changes, adjustments, and opportunities during this time 
that have helped move the Co-op into the profitable category, while still keeping with the mission of supporting our local producers. 

As I leave the Co-op in the very capable hands of Brad Salmon, I feel confident that the positive momentum will continue and he will lead Your Co-op into greater opportunities.I have made a lot of friends that help me with the accomplishments. I would like to thank each one by name, but they are too many and I may forget some. Anyway, thanks to all the acquaintances that made this possible (members, staff, local producers, and farmers).

On behalf of all the member/owners and staff, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work in the PNFC Co-op. I will never forget Placerville Natural Food Co-op and if my future travels take me anywhere nearby, I will definitely return for a visit.

Thank you,
Garland McQueen
Outgoing General Manager, PNFC
General Manager's Letter, part 2

Having arrived just before the newsletter goes to ‘press’ I wanted to say just a quick hello and to express my gratitude to those who helped me to embark upon this journey. I am grateful to have been selected as the new General Manager of Placerville Natural Foods Co-op and I look forward to contributing my energy, experience and resources toward the continued development of our PNFC.  

Those who have come before me have made tremendous contributions to the cooperative and I am in their debt. We have great momentum flowing right now and our future seems bright. I wish to assure the member owners of PNFC that I am committed to doing my best to carry on in the footsteps of the founders of this cooperative.  

Enthusiastically yours,
Brad Salmon
General Manager, PNFC
Our Farm to Table Dinner is next month!

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Manzanita Kitchen. Join us at 5:30 for passed appetizers and beer & local wine (cash bar). Wine will be available for purchase by the glass and by the bottle. Local wineries include Madrona, Skinner, Sierra Vista, Chateau Davell, David Gerard, Lava Cap, and Narrow Gate.
Tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets online or at the Co-op. Visit PlacervilleFarmDinner for more information. 

Chef Kim of Table Nectar Catering has announced our menu...check it out and start counting down the days until the 19th! Please note that the menu is subject to change, depending on availability.

From the Board

At our July board meeting, the Directors and a number of Owners in attendance as visitors welcomed our newly hired General Manager, Brad Salmon, to Placerville Natural Foods Co-op. Brad arrived in Placerville a few days earlier;  spending his time settling into temporary quarters, meeting Co-op staff & owners, as well as getting a crash familiarization course in the Co-op daily operations from Interim General Manager Garland Mcqueen.

As I write this article Garland is on the road to his home in Georgia for a brief respite then he will move on to his next assignment at another co-op in Columbus Ohio. Staff, Owners, Owner-producers and the Board all expressed high praise and much gratitude to Garland for his six months tenure here in Placerville during which time many improvements in practices, pricing, and the look of the store,  all of which have brought our Co-op to our first profitable quarter since we started operations in 2011.

The Board of Directors are planning for our election of directors and our Annual Membership Meeting in October. We are always looking for good candidates to stand for election to our Board of Directors. Candidates should have an active interest in community, organization and governance as demonstrated by attendance at Co-op Board meetings and participation in volunteer activities in support of the Co-op. The Board regularly meets on the last Monday of every month at 6:00 PM in the meeting room above the store. Our bylaws call for the Co-op to be governed by a seven person Board of Directors, however, we currently have only six persons sitting on the Board due to two resignations of directors in the past year. If you think you might be interested in this opportunity please contact one of the Directors or the General Manager.

Volunteer Opportunities
Farm to Table Dinner: Prepping for the Farm to Table Dinner will so much fun! We need volunteers to help on Thursday, Sept. 17Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19.
Ticket Sales: We need volunteers to host a ticket selling table at the Co-op. Pick a day and time!
Farm to Table Meeting:  Please join us on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Co-op for the Farm to Table Dinner Meeting. We are in the home stretch. Let's finalize our plans and get ready for a great evening. 

Thank you! Please remember volunteers get 10% off at the Co-op for every 4 hours of volunteer service.

Twyla, Volunteer Coordinator
Email / 916-521-4569
Beyond Insomnia: Tapping into your natural power to sleep
Tired of tossing and turning at night, watching the clock in frustration while anxiously anticipating how exhausted you will be the next day? Followed everybody’s advice on how to get a good sleep, but nothing seems to work?
In this 90 minute seminar, Beyond Insomnia Coach Jennifer Jackson will talk about how she moved beyond 28 years of chronic insomnia and how you can too.  Come learn a powerful technique to clear busy, anxious thoughts, and move the body out of a stress response and into a relaxation response so that sleep comes easily and naturally.  Say good-night to sleeping pills and tap into your natural power of sleep.
Monday, August 24th 6:30-8:00 pm
Please sign up in advance. We need a minimum of 3 participants and space is limited to 8.
$15 Co-op Owner/members                    
$20 non-members
FREE Health & Wellness Workshops
Presented by Danielle Murphy, Masters in Health Education.

What are Inflammatory Foods?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
12:00 noon
Healthy Foods & How to Cook Them!
Saturday, August 22, 2015 
3:30 pm

All classes are 1 hour and are held in the PNFC Community room (upstairs). Placerville Natural Foods Co-op, 535 Placerville Drive. For more information please contact Danielle 916-521-4568
FOR SALE: Omega Juicer 8005 $150 (530) 204-7773
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