2017 Annual Member-Owner Meeting

Hello New Leaf Market Member-Owners!

We are excited to invite you to the Annual Member-Owner Meeting on

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Allouez Community Center (2143 S. Webster Ave., parking in the rear). 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 6:00 p.m.

The agenda will be as follows:

1. Call to order
2. Welcome/Introduction of board of directors
3. Determination of quorum
4. Proof of due notice of meeting
5. Approval of minutes
6. Annual reports:

* President - Report on progress
* Finance
* Site
* Membership & Marketing

7. Unfinished business
8. New business
9. Election of Directors
10. Question & Answer period
11. Closing remarks
12. 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 open positions.

Info is available below on board nominations and election.

Sincerely,

New Leaf Market Cooperative Board of Directors,

Pete Angilello, Green Bay Area Public Schools (retired)
Josephine Dobson Mann, Organic farm inspector
Jim Lemsky, SR VP Europe, Hain Celestial Group (retired)
Tracy Flucke, Vice-President, WE BIKE, etc.
Carrie Cameron McDonald, Sale Representative, Wine and Spirit Distributor
Lynn Walter, UW-Green Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture (retired)
Megan Olson Hunt, Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences (Statistics), UW-Green Bay

2017 New Leaf Market Co-op Board Nominations

Being a start-up, New Leaf Market Co-op needs your time, expertise, and leadership! There are three open Board of Director positions for member-owners interested in working hard to make the co-op a reality in your community. Serving on the Board is your chance to help secure New Leaf’s vision of sustainable food security for yourselves, your children, and future generations.

To be considered for Board membership, there are two options:

1.Complete the nomination form and return it by November 17, 2016 according to the instructions on the form. At that time, the Nominating Committee will review nominees and propose a slate for the Board elections.
2. Obtain a petition from five member-owners according to the instructions on the nomination form. Individuals nominated by petition will be automatically be added to the slate of nominees without being reviewed by the Nominating Committee.

Board time commitment
* Meetings: Twice a month for two hours each
* Other: Often at least five additional hours per month outside of Board meetings for preparation, planning, and implementation of Board and committee work

We’re in need of special skills – are you the one we’re looking for?
We’re 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
* Be a New Leaf Market member-owner in good standing
* Faithfully honor all legal obligations that come with Directorship, which include:

o 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
o 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
o 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

* State all potential conflicts of interest on the nomination form and do not have an overriding conflict of interest
* Be familiar with and adhere to the 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 email 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
* Note that during the start-up period, the term could be either be for one, two, or three years

Upcoming board activities: The board will spend most of 2018 on the following activities:

Constructing and renovating building
Defining store layout and design
Finalizing general store equipment and inventory costs
Recruiting a general manager
Marketing and communication, including:

o Building community relations with similar organizations
o Branding the store and continuing to build community awareness
o Overseeing community-building social and educational event
o Growing the number of Co-op member-owners

Contact: Please contact the Board President, Lynn Walter, at 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.

We look forward to talking with you about serving on the
New Leaf Market Co-op Board!

Why Join New Leaf Market Co-op?

MISSION

* Provide healthy food for our community
* Operate an economically sustainable enterprise that grows with the community
* Cultivate local and regional agricultural and food enterprises
* Contribute to the revitalization of our community and region
* Sustain natural resources and the environment
* Nurture community engagement and regional food security

MEMBER-OWNER BENEFITS

* Patronage refunds
* Discounts on special items and events
* Having a voice by actively participating in democratic decision-making
* Electing and running for the Board of Directors
* Being part of a community committed to healthy living

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

* 40 quality jobs
* A 1.6 economic multiplier—employees and member/owners, and many suppliers are local.
* Support for local farmers and food producers
* Year-round market for local farm and food products
* An entry point for new farm and food products

DE PERE ENHANCEMENT

* Downtown community-owned grocery store
* Promotes wellness and lowers health care costs
* Adds to attractions that make De Pere a destination - Fox River Trail, Voyageur Park and Kress Library
* Strengthen existing shopping center • Higher assessed value of building with renovation and expansion
* Investment in community through construction costs • Renovation of long-term vacant property

HEALTHY COMMUNITY FOOD HUB and LEARNING CENTER

New Leaf Foods, Inc.—a non-profit organization supporting healthy food access and education—will have a community food hub and learning center on the 2nd floor of the building.

Seeking General Manager

New Leaf Market Co-op is seeking an energetic, community-oriented leader to serve as its General Manager, with the goal of opening the store’s doors in early 2018.

As the home of the Green Bay Packers, the greater Green Bay area is well-versed in the concept of a community-owned business. The store will serve as a regional destination for natural foods and the co-op shopping experience, since Northeast Wisconsin currently has few co-ops as compared to the rest of the state.

The chosen location of the store in vibrant downtown De Pere (in the Green Bay metro area) was the result of a market study that scored De Pere highest in the region with regard to demographics and community support of a co-op. All indicators show that New Leaf Market is positioned for steady and continued growth, and we seek a GM who is enthusiastic about continuing our successful start-up efforts. We are currently on track to have 1,500 member-owners before the store opens, with approximately two months until construction begins.

If you are interested in applying please see the General Manager Job Posting and Job Description.

Help Fund Membership for Healthy Food Access

At New Leaf Market's May 18 Celebration, founding members launch a new member drive with a generous anonymous gift of $2000 for scholarships for modest-income families who want to join the co-op. Need a scholarship? Click the Need a Scholarship tab under Join Us.