Board Meetings + Minutes

NEXT BOARD MEETING: thursday, november 10, AT 6 PM

The Board meeting begins at 6pm with an owner/public comment period.

Board of Directors Meetings are held in the Arts Workshop at the 1912 Center in Moscow.

The agenda will be available here when it is ready.


Approved meeting minutes are available by clicking the "Board Minutes Archive" button below; you can also find hard copies at the Customer Service Desk. To automatically receive minutes after they have been approved, you may join the Board of Directors email list by contacting


This is an exciting time for our Co-op! Following two recent community conversations about our plan to open a store in Pullman, the Board continues to encourage questions and feedback about the process as we research location options.

For more information or to be added to an email list that will receive updates about growth, please email For information about the owner-driven Strategic Plan process that led to growth being a goal for our cooperative, please click here.


The Ad Hoc Committee on Owner Communications has submitted its report to the Board of Directors. The Committee was formed to explore how to improve communications with Co-op owners. A group of owners asked to explore this topic after Community News become an online only publication. The report is a summary of ideas and concerns about communications that the Board will consider. Click here to read the committee's report.

Talk to us!

Owners: Please share your desired forum topics

The Co-op Board’s Owner Engagement Committee is reaching out to owners to submit topics for Co-op sponsored forums. We are considering hosting public forums that would sometimes address issues not necessarily directly related to the Co-op. But the concept is to have most forums center on issues specific to the Co-op and its Board, staff, committees, and owners (formerly known as members). Some topics suggested thus far include the Co-op Community News, Board Election Policies, Changes in Membership Policies, and Exploration of Expanding to Pullman.

The Co-op needs owner input to be as good as it can be. Without it, we will just be another business. We need more effective communication to owners, from owners, and between owners. Forums offer an opportunity to gather, meet each other, and discuss matters that affect what we have cherished over these many decades – YOUR Moscow Food Co-op.

To submit an idea for a forum, email your suggestion to

june 9, 2015

It is deemed to be in the best interests of the corporation and its owners that the Moscow Food Co‐op Board of Directors adopts the following resolution;

Now, therefore be it:

RESOLVED, that the Moscow Food Co‐op Board of Directors endorses adding the words sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Civil Rights Act. This will provide Idaho residents protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Moscow Food Co‐op Bylaws already provides these protections and we believe these protections should become legal requirements in the State of Idaho.

DATE: June 9, 2015

Moscow Food Co-op, Inc.

An open letter from the Board of Directors
June 3, 2015

Dear Moscow Food Co-op Owners and Community:

On behalf of the Moscow Food Co-op and its Board of Directors, I am writing to assure all of the Palouse-Clearwater community that the Co-op is an open and welcoming business that does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or otherwise. 

Our Cooperative is committed to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) values and principles. Voluntary and open membership is the first of seven stated principles. Non-discrimination is included in Section 1.4 of our bylaws and each of the Co-op’s seven Board members has publically affirmed his/her commitment to upholding the ICA values and principles and our bylaws.

The Moscow Food Co-op’s mission is to “nourish and nurture our community.”  Our unique business is owned by over 7000 community members and operates for the benefit of the community as a whole.  Everyone can shop at the Co-op and anyone can join.  In becoming a member-owner of the Co-op, individuals are ensuring that our community has access to healthy, nutritious food and are supporting the Co-op’s triple bottom line of People, Place and Profit.

Throughout our 42 year history, we have been committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all People. We are dismayed by opinions printed in the Daily News that imply otherwise.   We urge all members of this Place, our wonderful community, to practice respect and tolerance and to understand that the opinions and perspectives shared by individuals and printed in the Daily News, are their own – they do not represent or speak for the Moscow Food Co-op.  Finally, the Co-op will continue to share its Profits with the entire community through extraordinary programs like FLOWER, Mamas & Papas, the Dime in Time community giving program and our Good Food Film Series. 


Moscow Food Co-op Board of Directors
Colette DePhelps, President
Bill Beck, Vice-President / Secretary
Idgi Potter, Treasurer
Charlene Rathbun
Kurt (Sam) Obermayr
Alex Lloyd
Glenn Hollowa

This statement was submitted to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News as a Letter to the Editor on June 3, 2015.