BOD: 2007 Annual Meeting Report

The 2007 BCS Annual Meeting was held at Daisy Hinkle-Garten Farmstead on the late afternoon of October 21st. Music from local band Priceless kicked off festivities at 3pm. For the kids, there was ring toss, chalkboard drawing, football, sack races, and bales of straw for climbing - all on the grassy lawn of the farmstead, located at Highway 45 and Pete Ellis Road.

The business portion of the meeting began at 3:45pm with Board Secretary Susan Kornblum asking for member approval of last year's minutes.

BCS Board President Spyridon 'Strats' Stratigos talked about our changing food system and how Bloomingfoods fits into the big picture. Strats also thanked outgoing board members Matt Turissini and Susan Kornblum, who are retiring in November. He introduced the newly elected board members, Mary Beth Haas and Gretchen Handlos, as well as those who were re-elected, Joanne Orrange and Carol Bridges.

Board Treasurer Donna Stroup spoke about the financial statements made available at the meeting, noting our current financial success.

General Manager George Huntington thanked the membership, staff, and board for their contributions to the co-op as a whole, and specifically to the Near West Side grocery project. He talked about our local food system and the growth of co-ops in Indiana, mentioning the new Lost River Community Co-op in Paoli, IN.

We enjoyed more music and (of course) food: three types of chili - vegan, white bean and turkey, and beef brisket. Side dishes included cornbread, cole slaw, apple crisp, and pumpkin bread pudding. Fresh-pressed Musgrave Apple cider was served, and Nicki Christie, bulk buyer for Bloomingfoods East, was on hand with Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee and chocolate. Over fifty door prizes were given away over the course of the evening.

George introduced Cynthia Bretheim of Bloomington Restorations (BRI) to talk about the historic farmstead and their other projects.

Member services coordinator Jean Kautt introduced our 'Cooperate for Community' Local Food Heroes: first place winner Art Sherwood, of LIFE (Local Indiana Farm Enterprises); and runners up Brooke Gentile, executive director of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard; and Marcia Veldman, Market Coordinator of the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, and co-owner of Meadowlark Farm.

George Huntington introduced the 2007 winners of our Bill Krejci Cooperative Service Award, Dale and Lee Jones of Strangers' Hill Organic Farm.

The BCS Annual Meeting is held each year as an opportunity for member-owners, staff, and board of the co-op to socialize and have a good time. It's a way to celebrate our past, communicate about the present, and look ahead to the future of our mutually-owned business.

- Darcey Harvey, Board Administrative Support