Attending: Chris, Nick, Danielle, Eli, Tama, Mike, Molly, Fred, Greg
- Approved minutes from May 19 meeting
2. Member-owner input opportunity
- No visitors
3. Manager’s Report - Greg
- 730+ member-owners, averaging 1.8 new people per week
- Store performance metrics continue to look good:
- Sales / labor hour increasing
- Labor as % of sales is constant; if it goes low, could be a sign of abusing workers and if it goes high could be a sign of inefficiencies
- Margin minus labor is trending flat
- Switching remaining employees to hourly status by year end. The policy will be that everyone works 40 hours a week or less, or they get paid overtime. In the past, some kitchen managers worked too many uncompensated hours. Their workload has become more reasonable.
- Looking for ways to bring employees to a minimum of $10 / hour. City is moving there, BrewWerks is there already. We want to hang on to good employees. The cost would be an additional $500 per week or $2000 / month.
- Marketing events
- next First Friday: July 1 (American as …)
- Art Beat: Aug 20
- First Friday on October 7 (Oktoberfest theme)
- WVPE sponsorship continuing
- Building: parking lot needs resealing. With neighboring stores, talked to a likely provider.
- Local sourcing
- Market night RV has increasing, peaked around 5% of total RV
- Discussion about the level of business and number of providers
- Small number of producers at present for a variety of reasons, but a couple of new ones will be joining the mix soon.
- Local products continue to make up a higher % of overall RV, trending upward steadily
4. Danielle reports on financial statements:
- P&L: loss for May, reflects the unexpected payment for 3 years of property taxes: $11K+; Questions about amount, last month the tax plus penalty was reported to be $6000; Danielle will look into that; Aside from the taxes, May was almost as good as April. Memorial Day had an impact.
- Balance Sheet: total equity up for May despite profit loss; must be new membership
5. CDS consulting decision:
- Eli talked to Ralph K Morris Foundation about the likelihood of a leadership grant to help underwrite the cost of a CDS membership. Typically $300 to $500 can be granted, but the Foundation person recommended a higher request; no guarantee, but a higher amount might be granted. They like to see additional support from other funding sources as well.
- Molly presents arguments for subscribing, including very positive info from calls to GMs at co-ops in Buffalo and Kalamazoo
- Mike presents arguments for alternative actions
- Motion to buy the consulting for the remainder of the year is unanimously approved by the board
- Molly will be the point person to make the arrangements
- Around a half dozen people will be able to go to the CDS session in Chicago on July 9. Possibly some employees as well. Need to firm up and make car-pooling arrangements with Maple City
- Mike to look up customer survey suggestions and develop a draft survey for member-owners with Chris and Greg
- Eli, Tama and Molly will work on the Morris Foundation grant
6. Food Justice Summit:
- Eli and Tama are developing a plan to bring together the different groups in the local area who are concerned with Food Justice issues
- Want PPC to sponsor a meeting
- Proposing September 24
- Maybe in Charles Martin Center
- Asking for a supporting budget of maximum $500 from PPC
- GM agrees to support the project at that level
7. Chris proposes an executive session of the Board; officers agree to meet on June 30 at 7:30 pm
8. Meeting ends.