New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation

Sunday, January 4th, 11am-1pm

Remember to:

  • Arrive on time.
  • Plan to stay the entire time.
  • Sign in and sign out.
Find out about the history and direction of the Coop, and how to be a member.  Tour the store, and review Membership Policies, and Join.
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Mandatory* for new members and recommended for those interested in becoming members.  This is also a good 411 for older or returning members who haven’t had a formal introduction to the Coop.
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At the Orientation, you may join the coop by filling out our Membership Agreement, signing up for an in-store work shift, and paying your membership fee.  If you choose to not join during orientation, you may join by coming into the store during open hours and speaking with the manager.
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Other Upcoming Orientation Dates will be announced soon.
*Can’t ever make an orientation?   E-mail orientations@bushwickfoodcoop.org for more information!

 

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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, April 7th: 7 – 9 pm

As always, our annual membership meeting promises to be a fun and festive event!

Please join us to vote on important issues, elect Board Members, eat popcorn, enjoy BYOB and enter to win the Snack-O-Rama contest for a $25 store credit (or simply enjoy the submissions. Details below).

It will be a productive, fun meeting, so long as we have you there!

WE NEED ALL MEMBERS TO COME MAKE QUORUM!  
The Coop needs all Active and Alert members that can make it to be present to cast their votes.  Meeting attendance counts toward the work requirement.  Please be sure to sign in and out to get work credit.
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NOT A MEMBER?  Please still come!  We welcome friends from the community.  This meeting does not count toward the orientation requirement, but attendance does count toward the work requirement if and when you decide to join the coop.  Please be sure to sign in and out to get work credit.

The Night’s Events in Detail

7-8pm Schmooze, Vote

8-9pm Formal meeting portion:

  • Year in Review
  • Membership/Investment Fee Discussion
  • Announce voting results

SNACK-O-RAMA SNACK CONTEST

Rules: make a snack food that can be eaten with your hands (no forks, spoons, knives necessary!).  Please consider that we have a lot of vegans and people with nut allergies in our midst, but it is not a requirement for entry. 
The Prize: A $25 shopping spree at the BFC, and your recipe will be posted on our website! The winner will be determined by vote during the meeting.
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DI-O-RAMA COLLABORATION

What?: In the spirit of true collaboration and in celebration of the art that surrounds us in our beautiful neighborhood, we are planning to create a diorama window display inside our new wooden fruit crates.
Participate: We want everyone to get involved! Bring photos, drawings, figurines, fake food, fake flowers, etc. to contribute!
Rules: Nothing perishable or generally “unsanitary” or “unwholesome” (the definition of which will be determined by our wonderful management team).
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POPCORN

Let’s get it popping… There will be popcorn! 

November = Committees Month

NOVEMBER is
COMMITTEES MONTH

Committee meetings for this month’s jumpstart on committee involvement continue all month. Don’t miss the Coop’s first ever Potluck Study Hall on Monday the 18th that’s combined with the monthly all Committees Meeting!
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  • Facilities Committee Walk-through:
    Monday, Nov 4th 11:00am  (Follow-up meeting Wed 11/13)
    @the Coop
    Store design, build, purchase, maintenance.
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  • Governance Committee Meeting:
    Monday, Nov 4th 6:30-8:15pm
    @the Coop
    Meetings, bylaws, cooperative decision making, legal questions.
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  • General Meeting  |  Special Discussion Topic
    Monday, Nov 4th 7-9:30pm
    @the Coop

    Agenda
    7-7:45pm General Meeting
    8:15-9:30pm Special Discussion Topic: Hours expansion and hiring

    *Attendance 7-8pm at this General Meeting counts toward the Orientation requirement.
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  • Communications Committee Meeting:
    Tuesday, Nov 5th 7:00-9:00pm
    @the Coop
    PR, Branding, flyer design, website, newsletters, facebook, twitter, instagram, radio.
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  • Membership Committee Meeting:
    Monday, Nov 11th 7:00-8:30pm
    @the Coop
    Database – status tracking, Orientations, and Work scheduling and coordination.
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  • Sourcing Committee Meeting:
    Tuesday, Nov 12th 7:00-9:00pm
    @Siegel St
    Research, choose, and order food for the store.
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  • Facilities Committee Meeting {and prelim Store Committee Meeting} POTLUCK:
    Wednesday, Nov 13th 6:00
    @241 Himrod st #1r
    Store design, build, purchase, maintenance.
    {Store design, flow, merchandising, labeling, ethics, tastings, receiving managers, shift trainer/documentation writer.}
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  • POTLUCK Study Hall  |  All Committees Meeting 
    Monday, Nov 18th 7:00-9:00pm
    @the Coop

    Agenda
    1) Share nosh
    2) Committee reports
    3) Meet committee co-heads and get started on committee projects and training.{8:15pm Technology Committee mini-meeting.
    Database design and migration, work scheduling software migration, POS improvements, membership cards, website design and migration.}
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  • Outreach Committee Meeting:
    Tuesday, Nov 19th 7:00pm
    @Kave (cafe in the Loom — 1087 Flushing Ave)
    Community outreach, tabling, flyering, events.
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  • Finance Committee Meeting:
    Tuesday, Nov 19th 7:00pm
    @TBD (email Finance@bushwickfoodcoop.org)
    Bookkeeping, accounting, budgets, analyzing finances, business planning.
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Meeting times are in the CALENDAR.
Attend the All Committees Meeting on the 18th to get in touch with the committee of your dream, or send them an email.
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Please peruse the tabs in the Available Committee Work spreadsheet for committee work that you’re interested in (it is hopefully mostly up to date ;D ).
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NOVEMBER = COMMITTEES MONTH!
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Recent Coop work analysis shows that we need TRIPLE, or even QUADRUPLE the number of people working in Committees.  About half of members should be working in committee.  WE HAVE TO INCREASE COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT or members won’t be able to fulfill the work requirement and will drop off.  We have to make committee involvement easy and accessible.
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We will be holding meetings for each committee in the month of November to encourage active and sufficient involvement to keep the Coop growing.
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RSVP and invite friends on Facebook.