General Meeting: August
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
- Meeting presented on Zoom. You need to register for the General Meeting by 5:00 p.m. on July 26 to receive the Zoom invite: https://www.foodcoop.com/gmsignup/
- Only Park Slope Food Coop members may attend.
- 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. Meeting Warm-up and Chair Committee Introduction (7:00 – 7:10 p.m.)
II. Open Forum (7:10 – 7:25 p.m.)
Members will have up to one minute to ask brief questions regarding the operations of the Coop. Appropriate staff or committee members may respond, and a brief follow-up may be taken.
III. Treasurer’s Report (7:25 – 7:40 p.m.)
IV. General Coordinators’ Reports (7:40 – 8:00 p.m.)
V. Member Committee Reports (8:00 – 8:15 p.m.)
Depending upon the number of Committees prepared to report, Committees will have up to 5 minutes to make a report. Committees need to notify the Chair before the meeting to help the Chair plan time allotments.
VI. Agenda (8:15 – 9:15 p.m.)
Item 1: Collecting Member Input on the GM Agenda (30 minutes)
Item Sponsor: Beth Ruck
Discussion: How can the GM be more engaging to a wider range of members? Can we create a mechanism that will allow members at each GM to help shape the agenda of upcoming meetings?
Item 2: Returning Childcare for Member Workers and Shoppers (30 minutes)
Item Sponsors: Lauren Belski and Brian Russ
To recognize the current need for childcare for member-workers, the importance of childcare as a founding principle of our establishment, and to initiate a timeline for reinstating it within 90 days of passing this proposal.
The cost of living is sky-rocketing and families need the coop now more than ever, yet many families left the coop after work requirements returned, and those parents who stayed are often behind on their shifts. Why? Because child care did not return alongside the member requirement to work. Without childcare, many parents are struggling to schedule work shifts that don’t require also footing a bill for a babysitter. Paying for a babysitter in order to complete your required work hours cancels out the savings of the food coop. The lack of childcare also sends an unfriendly message to working families in the community. We are asking that the community comes together to recognize the needs of member families by reinstating childcare.
IV. Board of Directors Meeting (9:15 – 9:30 p.m.)