2008 fall membership meeting recap

Watch all five PCC Fall Member Meeting videos:
Call To Order And Welcome, PCC Farmland Trust Report, Special Acknowledgment, Steffan Soule, Sustainability Magician and Special Thanks To Our Wonderful PCC Staff

Overview

Nearly 350 PCC members met at St. Demetrios Hall on October 28 and celebrated PCC’s 55 years as a co-op.

A delicious fall meal was planned and executed by Rita Condon, Leon Bloom, Birgitte Antonsen, Alex George and Jill Edwards with the support of the Fremont deli staff, as well as the PCC commissary.

Each dinner table was hosted by a member of the board or management. Members reported interesting conversations around the topic the board floated for discussion:

According to PCC's Ends policies that define the board-driven vision for the co-op's future, an inherent part of PCC's business is the balance of economic, social and environmental responsibilities.

Share why you think social responsibility is an important value for our co-op? What does social responsibility mean to you?

Here are a few responses from the members:

  • It’s our social relationships that define us; without them we’re nothing. Caring about others is in all of us. Having that value in our co-op gives us a chance to express it. Common interests, common goals.
  • Treating employees well is an important factor. I’m glad PCC is union.
  • I’d like to see PCC help provide more affordable food for those with lower incomes.
  • Environmental practices
  • Food security
  • Educating members and customers about food issues

All members are welcome to weigh in on the social responsibility discussion topic. Simply send your feedback to board@pccsea.com. The board will be gathering member input on this topic throughout the next quarter.

Kathryn Gardow, executive director of the PCC Farmland Trust, announced a new fundraising mailing that will be coming to PCC members this winter. She also brought the members up to date on other Trust activities and mentioned the personal fundraising effort of Greenlake employee, Nil Tilija. He’s running the 2008 Seattle Marathon to raise money for the PCC Farmland Trust Future Farm Fund.

Trudy Bialic, PCC’s director of public affairs, awarded our first "Green Award" to PCC member Ellie Rose. After reading a news item in the Sound Consumer several years ago, Rose began a grassroots campaign that eventually led to the Seattle City Council banning "Styrofoam" in Seattle stores and restaurants. Rose was awarded a platter that was manufactured by Bedrock Tile from recycled glass that was salvaged from the old King County Administration building.

Another highlight of the meeting was a custom presentation by Director of Sustainability Diana Crane and Seattle magician Steffan Soule, who told the story of PCC’s sustainable efforts through illusions. Several audience members participated.

Members who attended the meeting, but did not complete the meeting evaluation form may do so here.

Follow the links at the top of this page for videos and sound slideshows from the meeting.

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