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Board Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes "October" 2018

Frederic Myers

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2018


  • Board Members: Nick Licina, Fred Myers, Danielle Meersman, Judy Shroyer, Sarai Godwaldt, Charlene Rountree, Mike Keen, Mike Geglio;

  • Myles Robertson, GM;

Absent: Board Members: Chris Hebron




Member Owner input

  • No visitors


Review of prior meeting minutes

  • Minutes reviewed and approved


Corporate Memberships

  • GM reports progress in discussion with local business that has interest in buying a non-voting membership that provides some benefits to employees; more to come in next meeting


Board Calendar

  • Nick reported that Sarai has been working on the Board calendar for 2019. He is going to review her work and provide adjustments if necessary

  • The final version should be available for board review 2 weeks prior to the next meeting

  • Action item: Nick to send final revisions to Sarai


Grant Committee

  • Nick reported that the Howard Bowers Fund has decided to award $850 to the co-op for program improvements in the Farmers Market; there will be reporting on the uses of the funds required

  • An application has been submitted to DTSB for the funding they provide to downtown businesses for exterior storefront improvements


Board Member Announcements

  • GM took the opportunity to provide several items of interest

    • Myles traveled to the Rising Stars seminar 2 weeks ago

      • Among participants: cafe consultant, CDS reps, people from a wide variety of food co-ops

      • Workbooks, downloadable files, spreadsheet template planning tools

      • Very positive experience

    • Niko and Heather traveled to a conference in Minneapolis

      • Subsidized by a large co-op; cost was $20 and travel expenses

      • Visited 7 co-ops in 3 days

      • Very positive experience

    • Leadership meetings in store

      • Historically met in response to specific problems

      • Now instituting regular meetings every 2 weeks, with agendas prepared ahead of time

      • Using tools from the seminar to help structure the meetings

    • New staff program for staff to recognize of colleagues;

      • Written comments describing appreciation of a colleague

      • Monthly drawing of the comments, winner gets $10 food credit

    • New department: Receiving

      • Myles records invoices in COPAS, then Maureen records them in QuickBooks

      • Intended to keep the 2 systems in sync

    • Myles shared charts of cafe performance with board

      • 3 out of 4 weeks, labor/sales ratios have been met

      • The first 15 weeks of the year cafe performance was below last year; for the last 8 weeks performance has maintained 7+% growth

    • Member-Owner drive is on track to meet the low end of the goal range for the 4th quarter


Board Candidates

  • Need to find new candidates for next election

  • Nick is reviewing the candidate packet;

    • Action item: Nick to send out packets to board 2 weeks prior to next meeting

    • Action item: Myles to provide updated list of member-owners

  • People who are not member-owners can join the co-op and immediately become candidates


GM Assessments

  • To be reviewed quarterly instead of once a year

  • Action item: Mike to send out location of GM Evaluation document in Google drive to board

  • Board members are encouraged to add to the notes Mike adds after GM reports to the board


Policy Register Revision

  • Do we want to add a policy to limit non-operational spending? Example: capital improvement

  • Most organizations have a limit

  • The policy should include a clause that allows for emergency situations

  • Aside from possible new policy, consensus is that the Policy Register can be approved by the board

  • Action item: Nick and Sarai to write up a new policy for the board to consider adding to the register


Member-Owner Loan campaign (Mike)

  • Committee (Mike, Fred and Judy) met after reviewing the capital campaign workbook suggested by CDS. Judy had been involved in the original co-op loan campaign. Committee recommendations:

    • Yes in favor of a campaign

    • We need to find a person to direct the campaign, it needs to be someone who can devote a lot of time; none of the committee members feel they are available

    • We need to define the uses for the money to be raised

      • Store equipment for next 2 to 5 years

      • Possibly relieve current debt, relieve some pressure on GM

      • Engage new member-owners in deeper store support

      • Extra for flexibility

    • Need to engage legal counsel

    • Campaign will take months to plan and execute

    • Requires planning, support structure for record keeping

    • Phone bank

    • Budget for campaign expenses

    • Action item: Fred, Judy, Danielle, Myles - meet 11/2 to develop a list of store equipment needs and costs forecasted for the next 5 years; discuss the member-owner loans coming due in the next 2 years. (this meeting did occur, and notes will be sent out within the week)


C1 - Governing Style: discussion deferred until next meeting


GM Report: B1 Quarterly Financial Measures

  • B1.1 Sales growth is out of compliance

    • RV lower than last year 3rd quarter

    • High level of shrinkage eroded margins in cafe and produce departments

    • Need to make more frequent data evaluations to become aware of situations sooner and be more agile in reactions

  • B1.2 Net Income is out of compliance

    • Net income and depreciation as a % of sales must be above 3%; 3rd quarter was -5.81%

    • Plan to continue growth in cafe and deli; move self care items to more prominent location; manage cafe and produce shrinkage

  • B1.3 Liquidity is out of compliance

    • Ratios shrink as loan due dates move into the current liability

  • B1.4 Solvency is out of compliance

    • Short term debt increased due to UNFI invoice issue

  • B1.5 Member-Owner growth and equity are in compliance

  • Corrective Action Plans will be delivered by November 8

  • Acceptance of report deferred until then


Special session with GM


Special session without GM


Meeting adjourns