Board News: What You Missed If You Missed the Co-op Annual Meeting

By Laurene Sorensen, Co-op Board President

The 2017 Moscow Food Co-op Annual Meeting took place on April 9 at the 1912 Center. Over 50 owners and their families attended, and enjoyed appetizers, wine, soft drinks, and pies catered by the Co-op Deli, as well as locally brewed beer from Hunga Dunga, a Co-op business partner. Many hands made light work: the fantastic 1912 Center staff, the Owner Engagement Committee, and other owners assisted the Co-op Board and staff with setup, cleanup, and technical details.

Members were able to review the printed Annual Report, which was expanded upon by Melinda Schab, General Manager, Colette DePhelps, Board Past-President, and Laurene Sorensen. In between these official presentations, and at intervals throughout the meeting, Education and Outreach Coordinator Misty Amarena raffled off Principle Six-themed prizes. (Want to learn more about Principle Six? Go to

Steven Peterson, Assistant Clinical Professor of Economics at the University of Idaho, gave an illustrated presentation of the ways the Co-op contributes to the local economy. Some of these are direct: jobs created, dollars spent by owners, and revenue to local producers. Others include property taxes paid by Co-op workers and the amount of money out-of-towners who visit the Co-op spend at other downtown Moscow businesses.

Two features that distinguished this Annual Meeting from prior ones were the presence of voting terminals so owners could vote for or against the proposed new bylaws, and a display of Co-op logo merchandise for sale.

At the end of the meeting, owners were invited to take home the floral table decorations, which were created by Swallowtail Flowers using found objects and a variety of seasonal blossoms, foliage, and succulents.