Harvest Co-op Supermarkets
Board of Directors Meeting
September 8, 2003
Present: Sujatha Byraven, Andrew Weaver,
Betsy Adams, Jeff Rosenblum, Eliza Strode, Mike
Wiecek, Ed Barsamian, Melitta Jakab, and Elisa
Approval of August Minutes:
Postponed since it was not included in the packet
President's Report - Mike Wiecek President
has nothing specific to report.
Eyes and Ears of the Board
- Andrew: Need to pay more attention to our presence
at fairs and drives. At the
.Fair, for instance,
we did not have a big booth like others, only a
small stand. We could have had a a nice fruit stand.
Ed explained that we lost the reservation on the
van that was going to transport the big tables.
Andrew concluded that we need to pay more attention
to logistics then.
- Jeff: In the Cambridge store, there
is still no sign that explains customers where the
organic versus non-organic produce are.
- Recycling report has been prepared by Erica
Mintzer. There will be no increase in costs with
the new hauler (relative to the current solid waste
removal we have) if we share with neighbors. Ed
will provide implementation plan.
- Jeff explained the community fund proposal. Mike
said it was a great system but was concerned about
timing. Jeff explains that Melitta will help select
10 organizations and write paragraph about each while
Jeff is away.
- NASRO. Since proposal did not get into the packet
on time, the board did not vote on it. Mike suggested
we needed more information.
- Survey: Jeff described delays with typing information
into data set. Andrew suggests to find 2-3 member
workers. Mike is concerned about time frame. Melitta
suggests we may be able to do it for next meeting
if there are 2-3 member workers lined up. Ed said
he will speak with Chris.
Nominations and Elections Committee: · Betsy:
Three people have applied.
- Ed reported that Chris is in charge of the annual
meeting. He has reserved space and speaker (Middle
East and Didi Emmons)
- Mike is concerned that we are relying on Chris alone
to organize annual meeting. Ed needs to supervise
this process. Andrew mentioned that last year, there
was a lot of confusion about who was supposed to do
what, and Jeff did a lot of stepping in last minute.
All these things need to be done in house this year
and supervised tightly by Ed. Ed suggests that they
are on the ball, and they will let the Exec Com know
if there is a problem.
- Eliza said that we should ask non-members to leave
when the formal part begins. The board discussed the
difficulty of enforcing this.
Planning Committee Reports - Eliza
has nothing to report.
- Jeff asks Sujatha if she was
willing to be more actively involved in the planning
[Board moved into executive session
at this time]
[Minutes submitted by Melitta Jakab]