Busy Weekend…

June 1 – Summer Workshops Open

Registration for the Summer 2012  Reskilling Workshops opens tomorrow (June 1). Please sign up by email or phone (237-0996).

June 2 – Trash to Treasure at Beaver Stadium

The 11th Annual Trash to Treasure Sale is set for June 2! $5 early bird 7:30am – 9:00am. Free Admission 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parking in Stadium West – Enter Sale at Gate B. Penn State football memorabilia raffles and more.

June 2 – Spring Creek Day Festival at Millbrook Marsh

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center – 8:30 a.m. 5K Race; 10 a.m. Children’s Fun Run; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Festival.

ClearWater Conservancy will hold its annual celebration of Spring Creek June 2 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The event starts in the morning with a 5K run and continues through early afternoon with a host of educational events, conservation displays, programs, food and music for all ages. The festival is a free, rain or shine event.

Activities for children typically include a sing-along, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, an aquatic bug hunt, giant bunnies, ambulance tours, animal tracking, rocks and minerals and pressed flower bookmarks and necklaces.

News from StateCollege.com – May 30 – June 6 Edition

Bellefonte Children’s Fair (June 2), Nittany Antique Machinery Show (June 1 – 3), Bike Rodeo (June 2) and more community events…

June 2 – More Mulching at the Friends Meeting Community Garden

Saturday, June 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the garden on Keller. We’ll be layering cardboard, compost, hay and switchgrass on the western half of the lower section. Bring sunscreen, work gloves, water bottle, and shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows if you’ve got them. Beers at Otto’s afterward!

June 6 – Next Friends & Farmers Co-op Meeting – 7 p.m. at Webster’s

Agenda/update from Sarah Potter:

Hello All – We will be meeting next Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in Webster’s Bookstore. The agenda is packed! Come prepared with your research to share or review. Here are the items that have been discussed since last meeting that are on the to-do list:

Housekeeping

  • Minutes keeping/ Meeting facilitation
  • June 13 Co-op Conference at Drexel University
  • Voices article for July edition, due June 15.
  • Meeting schedule for the summer – dates, times, events
  • Email communication between meetings

Blog/Website Discussion (suggested limit of 30 minutes)-

  • What does transparency mean? How do we decide what is ready for public release?
  • Website Domain name: .coop and .com

Next Steps

  • Logo designs/ideas
  • How do we decide what’s the right order for some of the formal steps? (Electing officers; signing up new members; opening bank accounts; filing legal documents)
  • Hiring a consultant. When would we know we were ready for that? How would we know we were getting someone really good?
  • Can we start a master to-do list where we can keep ideas even if we aren’t ready to do them yet? Maybe  a Google Drive site for sharing?

Reporting back on research (suggested- 30 minutes)

  • Sarah will research what other cooperatives are doing, especially about how memberships are structured (i.e., lifetime, annual, dues, membership levels, work v. investment, equity shares, etc.) and whether/how to sign up members and raise capital before the store opens.
  • Daryl will look into bylaws templates, calling Tim Bowser about professional help via PASA
  • Maureen will look into business plans and SCORE (retired business executives who may be able to help with business plans, etc.)
  • Mark will gather info about applicable food co-operative food safety laws and send an email to Centre County Bar Association and law school students about possible pro bono legal help.
  • Katherine will register the co-op with the PA Department of State and create a temporary blog for use until the marketing group gets their new website up and running.
  • Elizabeth, Doug and Carolyne (Marketing/Membership team) will research what co-ops do in the early phase to get new members: (what benefits to offer, how to frame the pitch, and how many members to aim for); and will work on soliciting logo designs and setting up a website. Specifically will share some feats of the Friendly City Co-op in Harrisonburg. Particularly the idea of member loans, and generally the fundraising they accomplished.

Obviously this is a pretty formidable list. But we will try to stay on task and we can always revisit topics at future meetings. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please let me know.

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