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Board Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes March 2018

Frederic Myers

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

March 27, 2018

Attending: Molly Moon (by phone), Nick Licina, Danielle Meersman, Chris Hebron, Charlene Rountree, Myles Robertson, Fred Myers, Sarai Godwaldt, Mike Geglio;

Guest: Judy Shroyer




Minutes of last meeting reviewed and accepted


Retreat Date: July 13/14

  • Review and approve changes to Policy Register

  • Discuss capitalization campaign

  • CB101, Kalamazoo May 5 - extend to new board members, interested co-op staff or member-owners


Board Election Updates

  • Candidate slate to be sent to Myles by Mike for publication: Nick, Fred and Judy


Capital Campaign

  • Research for available grants (Nick and Genevieve Crum)

  • Maple City Market has been working on a similar campaign; they need more time to finalize their plans


Policy Register Committee (Sarai)

  • Some minor tweaks to wording and formatting.

  • Sending the draft to Thane for review

  • Saria will present to the rest of the Board at the next meeting

  • Goal is for the Board to approve the changes at the retreat.


Habitat for Humanity event planning

  • We want member-owners involved as well as Board members

  • Hoping for 10 participants

  • Saturday Sept 22


Annual Meeting Committee

  • Nick talked to a representative from the Maennerchor Social Club, 219 Sycamore St in South Bend (by Fire Arts). The location is available, tables provided, for $50.

  • April 22, 11:00 to noon

  • Nick and the manager will set up at 10:00 am

  • Voting will be held at 11:30 (in-store voting will be available from 8:00 am April 16 to 8:00 pm April 21), and the results announced as soon as the votes are counted

  • The event will be posted on Google Calendar and FaceBook, emails will be sent to member-owners, and a poster will be set up in the co-op store

  • The slate of board candidates will be posted in the store on April 7

  • A store neighborhood cleanup will be arranged for prior to the meeting, and store grounds landscaping for after the meeting

  • Projector for the meeting: Nick will check if the Maennerchor can provide; Saria and Danielle will check on availability of alternates

  • Review potential questions and answers: Corby’s April 10, 6pm to 8pm


New GM evaluation process

  • Monthly calendar projects the expected deliverables

  • Mike will capture the presentation and response data at meetings, and then copy to a Google worksheet in the format Thane shared.

  • Comments can always be added later, with dates of entry

  • Actions Taken refer to board actions

  • Compliant status refers to board opinion

  • May want to review with GM quarterly

  • Motion to follow this plan offered and approved


GM reports: B4/B5

- sales data helps understand something about member-owner needs

- 2 or 3 comment cards are filled out weekly

- staff record comments they overhear;

- Health Dept visits once a year for inspection

- GM reported compliance across all subtopics

- Board followed the decision tree on each report and accepted the reports.



GM: State of Co-op February - March

  • 1st 13 week metrics, compared to last year same time span:

    • Sales growth

    • Sales/labor hour

    • Labor as % of sales

    • Basket size

    • Customer count

    • Number of employees (may account for lower customer count)

    • Labor cost / pay period

  • First payout on this year’s member-owner loans went out today

  • EBT reader functioning after 2 week outage. Now integrated directly with CoPOS (functionality existed but we did not know how to implement), which means saving $700 on fees.

  • Jacob Titus employer, CodeWorks, is spreading his work across 4 people instead of just Jacob. This will save PPC $100 monthly.

  • Kitchen:

    • Katie is halfway through period as interim manager, and doing well

    • Menu items moving from those requiring high labor effort to some others requiring less skill and time

    • Kitchen labor high compared to industry standards

    • Head cook left PPC, but replacement is doing well

    • Cross-training between some front staff and some kitchen staff is underway

    • Produce section is meeting industry standard metrics

    • Jessica and Heather share management of the front area. Jessica set some performance goals, and so far we are meeting them

    • Had to dip into savings for member-owner loan payments to handle the penalties reported last month, but should be back on track with $5,000 replaced at end of this month

    • Myles is leaving May 31 for vacation, working with Heather and Maureen to manage responsibilities in his absence


Proposal to push April board meeting to May 1 due to busy April; no objections. May meeting will remain at May 22.


Introduction of board candidate Judy Shroyer

  • Prior member of PPC board

  • Professional background in the local courts system

  • Experience on multiple boards


Conflict of Interest Statements: proposal to renew annually for all board members; no objections.


GM evaluation input reviewed; Nick to meet with others to fully define comments and recommendations to deliver to Myles on April 10


Meeting adjourns