General Meeting: October

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

  • John Jay H.S. Auditorium, 237 Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets
  • You must be a Park Slope Food Coop member to attend the General Meeting.
    Please bring your Coop I.D. card to be admitted.
  • Times in parentheses are suggestions. The Chair has the discretion to change the order of the agenda or the time allotted to each item.

I. Member Arrival and Meeting Warm-Up (7:00-7:15)

II. Open Forum (7:15-7:30)

III. Coordinator and Committee Reports (7:30-8:00)

IV. Meeting Agenda (8:00-9:30)

Item 1: Annual Agenda Committee Election (15 minutes)

Election: Five current members of the Agenda Committee will be presented for re-election to two-year terms. — Submitted by the Agenda Committee

Item 2: Interim Dispute Resolution Committee Election (10 minutes)

Election: Two members will be presented for election to fill current openings on the DRC. — Submitted by the Dispute Resolution Committee

Item 3: Changes to the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc. 401(K) Plan and Trust (15 minutes)

Proposal: Resolved, that in order to take advantage of the positive changes that will be provided by a new service provider for the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc. 401(K) Plan and Trust that, when we change to the new provider, the 401(K) plan change as follows:
A) Applicants wanting to join the 401(K) plan will become eligible whenever they reach 1,000 hours of service (rather than also having to wait until January 1 or July 1 to join);
B) 401(K) plan participants can change the amount of their 401(K) plan weekly contribution at any time rather than the current constraint of having to wait until either January 1 or July 1. — submitted by Lisa Moore and Joe Holtz, Trustees of the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc. 401(K) Plan and Trust

Item 4: TerraCycle Squad: Budget Renewal – April 2019 – end of March 2020 (15 minutes)

Proposal: 1) $6,000 for this budget period (4/19-3/20). 2) If the year ending March 31, 2020, expenses are less than $6,000, the budget will automatically be approved for the next year through March 31, 2021. The squad will attend the March 2020 meeting and make a Committee report to attendees to announce the expenses for the year ending March 31, 2020, and to announce the continuation of the program for an additional year. — Submitted by Sarah Chandler of the TerraCycle Committee

Item 5: Proposal on Plastic Reduction Program at the Park Slope Food Coop (35 minutes)

Proposal: The General Coordinators propose a two-step approach to study and develop a program for plastic reduction at the Coop. The goal is to move the Coop towards a measurable reduction in plastic packaging and bags, used in Coop operations or/and consumed by members, in the most environmentally-, operationally-, and financially- sustainable manner.  

The first step will be for the Coop staff to leverage internal and external existing resources to help the Coop develop a plastics reduction program. Examples of existing external resources are Climate Collaborative Project (as a NCG participant), engaging the PCC sustainability program and NCG plastic reduction task force, and consulting with other coop partners to learn and implement best practices. Our goal is to report back to the GM and the Coop at every GM in the next 12-16 weeks with the steps we can take immediately or in the short-term to reduce plastic packaging and plastic used or consumed by members. If possible, the General Coordinators will implement immediate actions, and report to the GM and membership. The GCs will also report monthly to the GM and in the Gazette on an ongoing basis.

The second step will be to form a staff-member committee to guide Coop progress on reducing plastic and to continue to study and suggest ways in which the Coop and Coop members can reduce their plastic consumption. The committee will be formed no later than mid-2020. The details of the committee — its mission, composition, number of members, responsibilities, etc. – will be reported to the GM when the GCs present the results of the first step in 12-16 weeks. — submitted by the General Coordinators

IV. Board of Directors Meeting (9:30)

V. Wrap-Up (9:30-9:45)

Includes member sign-in for workslot credit.