Latest News from the
Placerville Food Co-op
Summer is finally here! Can't wait for those tomatoes!
It has been 6 weeks since our last update, but remember you can always check out our Facebook "Placerville Food Coop" for short and current updates or follow us on Twitter - "Pville Food Coop".
We have 36 fully paid new Co-op members and 40 members who have made partial payment. We now have a total of 76 Co-op members! We have nearly reached our original goal of 100 members. Let's keep the momentum going! If you are receiving this e-newsletter and have not yet a member follow the instructions below.
When we reach our goal of 100 members we will begin our Name the Co-op contest for members only! You can't play if you haven't joined.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A MEMBER?
Pick up at membership form at Noah's or download a membership form at:
Pville Food Co-op Membership Form
You can drop your completed form & payment at:
Noah's Ark Natural Foods
535 Placerville Drive
Or mail your membership to our new mailing address at:
Placerville Food Co-op Organizing Group
619 Canal Street
Rummage for the Co-op - Saturday, September 11th at 2900 Cold Springs Rd. 8am to 3pm (across from the DMV behind Noah's). Your donations will be used to fund general expenses for the Co-op. Small items may be dropped by Noah's Ark, larger items may be brought on the morning of the sale to the location of the sale or dropped by Melisa's house (874 Green Street, Placerville) to be delivered on the morning of the sale. To drop off large items for for more information, call Melisa at 530-626-7794. Tell all of your friends to stop by! This event was successful in May, netting about $475.00 with very little notice so I wanted to try again!
Cans for the Co-op- Bring your "CA CRV redemption" (California Redemption Value) recyclables (most often plastic, glass or aluminum bottled or canned water, soda, drinks, or small juice bottles) by Noah's Ark. Leave them in the side yard by the dumpsters, and Melisa will recycle them for cash. Cans for the co-op is currently netting about $70.00/mo. Only a very few people are participating so there is still untapped potential on this project. Don't be shy!
Change for the Co-op - Just drop your change in the canister at the register at Noah's. If you own a business and would be willing to have a "Change for the Co-op" cannister in your store please let Melisa know and she will deliver one.
New Fundraising Projects
We are currently working on three new fundraising projects. If you want to get involved contact our new volunteer coordinator Janette Dodge at email@example.com
Locavore Dinner: This event will be a dinner featuring a menu solely consisting of locally produced food. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. If you are a business owner and a supporter of The Placerville Food Co-op and would like to make a donation to this event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefit Concert: Jorden Mingle is working on putting together an afternoon and evening of musical magic. We'll keep you posted as details become available.
Kickstarter: This amazing platform for launching new endeavours will be our next venture in fundraising. If we get invited to participate we will let everyone know. In the meantime check it out at kickstarter.com
Steering Committee met on Thursday May 27th, June 10th and most recently on June 24th . The Treasurer reported we have $ 1434.00 in our general fund and$11,000.00 in our Membership fund.
Legal Committee has been very busy for the last three weeks and presented the final draft of the by-laws. We will be having the lawyer review them this week. Our goal is to file our Articles of Incorporation and bylaws with the State of California in July.
Finance Committee is continuing to pursue "due diligence" (meaning we're looking into the background information and details) regarding the sale of Noah's Ark Natural Foods to the Placerville Food Co-op. We have been working with the USDA and will be interviewing with Safe Credit Union,(Credit Unions are co-ops too!), next week to see if they can work with us to fund the purchase.
Melisa Clark, General Manager at Noah's Ark and Steering Committee member, will be hosting an informational meeting upstairs at Noah's Ark every second Saturday of the month. This is the place to come if you have questions or you want to get involved in the Co-op project. Next meeting is July 10,2010.
Our first meeting, on June 12th, was attended by only one person and as she signed up it was 100% successful. Way to go Karen!
The next Steering Committee meeting is Thursday, July 8th. If you are a fully or partially paid member of the Placerville Food Co-op and would like to attend the next Steering Committee meeting, please contact Melisa and let her know.
For more information on the time of the Informational Meetings, or to attend a Steering Committee meeting, contact Melisa at 530-626-7794
We are sad to report that Heather Clapp has resigned from the Steering Committee because of other commitments.
We deeply appreciate her work on behalf of the Placerville Food Co-op project over this past year and a half, especially her help on the brochures and setting up information tables at the Earth Day event at the Placerville Library in May and also one in Georgetown.
WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION
Visit our web pages are at:
Our email address is:
And here's one new addition, a download link to our Membership Application! Yes, you can fill it out and send it in with your partial and full payment and become a member! Download at:
Pville Food Co-op Membership Form
Other resources and links are listed in the column to the left.
Thanks everyone for your support!
Melisa Clark - Placerville Food Co-op Steering Committee.