Welcome and thanks for coming. Why we are doing this—opportunity to turn your enthusiasm into action and support the Co-op opening. We want you, as Co-op supporters/member-owners to stay in the loop so you can communicate with others
Co-ops started in the 1840's in England as a way for people to save money. People pooled their money and bought food in quantity which got them a volume discount. And the fact that they didn't need to make a profit also helped to keep costs low.
Visualize: 12,000 square ft in downtown Keene behind Armadillos Burritos. Place to eat outside, etc.When you walk in the doors, you see local food displayed and you recognize the names of the farmers/local producers who grew it. Bulk, etc.Full service food store
The Board has been working on our Co-op’s mission and vision with feedback from member conversations, surveys, emails, etc. It will change and grow with our Co-op over time. But…before we share the current mission and vision, we want to know: Why are YOU here?
ON Avg., NH farmers make: $6,112 dollars/year and VT triple that…more markets. Education and training: (cooking, nutrition, and food preparation and preservation classes, etc.)
Model/timeline that we are following—we will walk through the 4 cornerstones we have been working on in the past year. We have already completed the Organizing Phase, and are wrapping up the Feasibility and Planning phase, preparing to move into our final phase of Development: IMPLEMENTATION!
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Co-op Volunteer Orientation Powerpoint
MCMCo-op Volunteer Orientation<br />
Agenda<br />What is a Cooperative?<br />What will OUR Co-op offer?<br />Why are you here? (Quick go-around)<br />Mission and Vision<br />How do we get there?<br />Why YOU are so important!<br />Break out Volunteer Superworker Groups<br />
What is a Cooperative?<br />An organization of people who work together <br />for a mutual benefit<br />All cooperatives are:<br /><ul><li>Member-owned
Accountable to internationally recognized principles</li></li></ul><li>What will OUR food Co-op offer?<br /><ul><li>Local, natural, and healthy food for the Monadnock Region
A community gathering place, offering education around food issues.</li></li></ul><li>Mission and Vision<br />
Our Mission<br />The Monadnock Community Market Co-op<br />welcomes neighbors, connects community, and <br />contributes economically to build a healthy & <br />sustainable food system and community.<br />
Our Vision<br /><ul><li>Making healthy, local food accessible to our community members all year round
Creating more local jobs and keeping money in the community
Supporting the region’s farmers and producers and helping to preserve the rural landscape
Offering education and training to employees, members, and to the region</li></li></ul><li>Our Vision…continued<br /><ul><li>Working with other businesses on sustainable development in the downtown
Serving as a community gathering place with workshops and community service programs
Grants</li></ul>What Have We Been Up To?<br />
Timeline for Opening<br />January 2011: Preliminary Store Design<br /> Revised Pro Forma<br />600 Member-owners<br />March, 2011: Launch Member Loan Drive<br />April - June: Begin Construction<br />2011 Hire General Manager<br />800 Member-owners<br />April 2012: Open the Co-op doors!<br />1,000 Member-owners<br />
Wheredo YOU fit in?<br />Volunteers and member-owners are the ambassadors of<br />the co-op, helping to spread the message about: <br /><ul><li>Whoowns the Co-op (we do!)
Howthe co-op will benefit not only the member-owners, but the whole community and region
Share why you joined!</li></li></ul><li>How can YOU help?<br /><ul><li>Recruit new members: 430 more by April 2011!