Annual New Leaf Market Membership Meeting

Annual Member-Owner Meeting Announced

Hello New Leaf Market Member-Owners!

We are excited to invite you to the Annual Member-Owner Meeting that will be held on

Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UW-Extension (1150 Bellevue St.), Green Bay. Join us from 5:30-6:00 p.m. for a social gathering with light refreshments to get to know fellow co-op member-owners. The official meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m.

 The agenda will be as follows:

1. Welcome/Introduction of board of directors

2. Review & approval of minutes

3. Determination of quorum & proof of due notice of meeting

4. Reports from officers and committees:

i. Report on progress

ii. Report with discussion on financials and member equity

iii. Report from Membership & Marketing Committee

iv. Report from Finance Committee

v. Report from Site Selection Committee

5. Old Business

6. New Business

i. Introduction of nominees for board of directors

ii. Election of directors

7. Question & Answer Period

8. Announcement of board of directors

9. Closing comments & adjournment

This meeting will be a great place to meet your fellow co-op members and the board of directors, to sign up for volunteer opportunities, to hear the latest news on the status of the food cooperative and most importantly - share your thoughts! We hope you will join us! As member-owners you will have the opportunity to elect board members for three open positions. Info will be available shortly on nominations and the election, watch for details!

We are also inviting member food vendors who would like to have a table to sell their food products at the meeting to get in touch with us if you are interested. It will be based on a first come-first served basis. Please contact us for more information and questions, or to sign up.

Finally, if you have friends, family, colleagues or neighbors who want to be part of this exciting initiative - they can join the night of the meeting too! We will have volunteers and current board members on hand to assist.

New Leaf Board Nominations

Interested in Working on the Most Exciting, Innovative Board in Green Bay?

Nominate yourself or someone else to run for the New Leaf Market Co-op Board of Directors!

New Leaf Market Co-op is a startup, and we really need your time, expertise, and leadership. There are three open Board of Director positions for owners interested in working hard and smart.  Here's your opportunity to help make New Leaf’s vision of sustainable food security for ourselves, our children, and future generations into a reality.

Complete the attached Nomination Form and return it by November 20, 2015.  After that time, the Nominating Committee will review nominees and propose a slate for the board elections. Nominees may be also be added by petition of 5 member-owners. Individuals nominated by petition will be automatically be added to the slate without review by the Nominating Committee.

  • Meetings:   Twice a month for two hours each and additional hours outside of meetings as needed.
  • Other:    A minimum of 5 additional hours per month outside of board meetings on preparation, planning, and implementation of board and committee leadership work.

Looking for Special Skills

We are especially looking for people who have experience in co-ops, retail grocery management, local food vendors and distribution, store design, marketing, legal, fund-raising, and financing.

Eligibility, Expectations, and Qualifications of Board Membership
  • Must be a New Leaf Market member-owner in good standing
  • Faithfully honor all legal obligations that come with Directorship, which include:
  1. Duty of care (make informed decisions in good faith; act as a prudent person; use a good process for decision making; be honest; ensure adequate record keeping)
  2. Duty of loyalty (always act in the best interest of the cooperative; disclose and avoid conflicts of interest; engage in no self-dealing; maintain confidentiality)
  3. Duty of Attention/Diligence (attend meetings; participate in discussions; be prepared; review             materials; ask questions; know and adhere to state laws and co-op bylaws; support Board decisions and policies; honor contracts; ensure payment of all tax obligations)
  • Must state all potential conflicts of interest on nomination form and must not have an overriding conflict of interest
  • During the startup period, the term could be either be for 1, 2 or 3 years.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to Co-op’s Bylaws and Policies
  • Prepare for and actively participate in bi-monthly Board Meetings
  • Attend Board training sessions and the annual owner meeting
  • Respond to frequent Board work-related online communications
  • Be willing to take responsibility for Board duties and to work together with understanding, mutual support and respect
  • Keep information and materials confidential
  • Have the qualities of honesty, integrity, flexibility, and common sense. 
  • Be able to communicate ideas with confidence, listen and respond with mutual respect 

Upcoming board activities:

The board will spend most of 2016 on the following activities:

  1. Finalizing a site
  2. Defining store layout and design
  3. Finalizing site build-out requirements and costs
  4. Finalizing general store equipment and inventory costs
  5. Conducting Member Loan Campaign
  6. Recruiting a general manager
  7. Marketing and communication, including

▪    Building community relations with similar organizations

▪    Branding the store and continue building community awareness

▪    Overseeing community-building social and educational event

▪    Growing the number of co-op member-owners

Contact Us: Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line: New Leaf Board Nomination, if you have any questions about serving on the board or nominating someone.  Looking forward to talking with you about your interest in serving on the New Leaf Market Co-op Board!


New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Presented by Bellin Health

Join us for the 6th Annual New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Presented by Bellin Health! New Leaf Market, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Bellin Health support the event which will kick off its 2015-2016 season on December 12th.

  • Free to Attend!
  • Vendors: Over 80 vendors including local meats, cheeses, bakery, vegetables,canned items, coffee, handcrafted art pieces and various local restaurants.
  • Parking: Free parking in the Main Street Ramp with sky-walk to the KI Center.
  • New Leaf Market: New Leaf Market is working to open a cooperative grocery store. 
  • Dates: Select Saturdays (below) from 8 a.m. - Noon at the KI Convention Center (333 Main St.) in Exhibit Hall C.
  • EBT: EBT will be available on site for select vendors.

 Save these dates from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the KI:

-Dec. 12: Special extended Holiday Market with 30 additional holiday craft vendors. Free visits with Santa from 10 a.m. - Noon. 
-Dec. 19
-Jan. 2: 
-Jan. 16: 
-Jan. 23: 
-Feb. 6: 
-Feb. 13:

Would you like to volunteer for the New Leaf booth at one or more of the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Saturdays? We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

The market is at capacity with vendor registrations.  If you would like to be put on waiting list, sign up here.  Nonprofit organizations can download application here.

Update to Members

Hello New Leaf Co-op Members,

Financing New Leaf Market Co-op means continuing to grow our membership, to share our resources and to work very hard to realize our vision of a healthy community food hub owned by all of us. It also means finding a site where a professional market analysis projects profitability and cash flow attractive enough to secure external funds.

With the help of several downtown Green Bay business advocates, New Leaf Market Co-op volunteers looked for five years for that site in downtown Green Bay, where we saw a need and wanted to fill it. Because we were not able to secure a feasible site during a reasonable time period, at the end of 2014 we announced that we would expand our search area to include sites outside of downtown Green Bay, while also continuing to search in downtown.

At the same time, we commissioned another market study, which identified a De Pere site as a good one, because it had an existing building on a main thoroughfare with ample parking. Despite this, we still simultaneously explored another downtown Green Bay site with a potential developer; but it became clear that the timeline was too distant. As a result, in July of this year, we shifted our primary efforts to a De Pere site, all the while continuing to be alert to downtown Green Bay locations.

Our thinking is that it is better to open a full-service, community member-owned grocery store featuring healthy, local food and sponsoring programs to improve healthy food access sooner, rather than to wait even longer for another site to become available in downtown Green Bay.

Because the De Pere site aligns well with the market study and business plan, our plan is to develop a successful business there, then potentially open a second store in downtown Green Bay in the future.  We believe that downtown Green Bay is a great place to live and work and want to be a part of making it grow. Therefore, we continue to partner with the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market presented by Bellin Health in downtown Green Bay. Additionally, our non-profit organization, New Leaf Foods, is sponsoring the Green Bay Garden Blitz and promoting community-supported agriculture (CSAs), as well as many other programs that support healthy food education and access, especially for families with modest means. The non-profit will have an office and community meeting/classroom in the store, giving a permanent home to continue to expand its healthy food access programs in the Green Bay area.

Your dedication, ideas and support are critical to opening a cooperative grocery store in our community, one that works for everyone who wants and needs it and that helps support local farmers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, donating your time as a volunteer, recruiting others to be co-op members, and running for the board, where you can put relevant expertise to work in order to help us secure a site and make the co-op a reality!

New Leaf Market Board of Directors:

Peter Angilello, Library Media Specialist, Green Bay Area Public Schools (retired)
Karen Early, UW-Cooperative Extension
Katelyn Hanke, Manager of Financial Analysis for Mergers and Acquisitions, TeamHealth
Megan Olson-Hunt, Assistant Professor of Statistics, UWGB 
Lynn Walter, Founding Director, UWGB Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture
Jim Lemsky, SR VP Europe (Retired) Hain Celestial Group

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