Sound Consumer | June 2005
PCC’s annual membership meeting
On April 27, an overflow crowd gathered at the Washington Park Arboretum for PCC’s annual meeting. Following a brief business session that featured state-of-the-co-op reports from the board and management, the board candidates were introduced to the membership and each gave short presentations.
The business meeting was followed by an energetic question and answer session on food security issues. PCC members posed their questions to a strong panel of experts who had been invited by the board to lead the discussion. The panel included Nash Huber, Craig Winters, Goldie Caughlan, Trudy Bialic and Joel Huesby.
Board member Julie Tempest moderated the informative 45-minute exchange of ideas. Tempest noted, “It was clear from the overflow crowd and the number of members who stayed on to ask questions even after the meeting was adjourned that the food security Q&A was of great interest to our members.”
The panel strongly urged the members to continue to educate themselves about these issues and to make their voices heard by advocating on local, state and federal levels for legislation that will help to safeguard our food and water supplies. All of the panel members spoke about the importance of supporting local farmers and other local food vendors.
A delicious organic meal from the Fremont PCC deli was another of the meeting’s highlights. The board thanks Tony’s Coffees & Teas and Columbia Gorge Organic for their beverage donations. Twenty door prizes, donated by PCC vendors, added an element of celebration.
Thanks to the following vendors for their generous contributions to the gift bags: Kettle Nut Butter, Choice Organic Teas, Yogi Tea, Golden Temple Cereal, Equal Exchange Chocolate, Dagoba Chocolate, Oregon Chai, Pacific Foods Soup, Sehale Snacks, Tony’s Coffee, Nature’s Path, This Can't Be Soy, Think!, Masala Maza, Bob's Red Mill, Pacific Atlantic Salmon and High Country Honey.
PCC recognized with awards
Over the past several months, PCC is proud to report that our co-op has been recognized for our commitment to sustainability and excellence in retailing. In April, we received an award from the Equal Exchange coffee company as recognition for 10 years of dedication to the Fair Trade industry and for helping to bring the concept of Fair Trade to western Washington.
In May, at our annual membership meeting, PCC received an award from Bastyr University to recognize our support for the university and our passion for natural health, community involvement and the environment.
In July, we will receive an award from the National Nutritional Foods Association as its 2005 Socially Responsible Retailer of the year. We will also be honored in July as one of five outstanding U.S. retailers by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.
The ballot count meeting for the 2005 election was on June 1, so results were not known at publication. Check for results in the stores, co-op office and on our Web site after June 3.
There was no board meeting in April. The report on the May 31 board meeting will be published in the July Sound Consumer.
The next board meetings are scheduled for June 28 and July 26. Both meetings will be held at the co-op office and will begin at 5 p.m. Member comment period is at 6 p.m.