Board Announcement: Invalid Election

  The 2015 People’s Food Co-op Board election failed to meet the required quorum of 10 % of the membership, 816 votes. Only 531 members voted during the 28 day election period ending on April 27th.   The two Board members whose terms were to have expired with this election will continue to serve until the 2016 election unless they decide to resign from their position on the Board. This is in accordance with bylaw 5.2 which states “Directors shall serve for three (3) years or until their successors are elected, whichever is longer.”     The Board was sad that quorum was not met. We acknowledge that more could have been done to get out the vote. The Board wants to do all it can to correct this problem going forward.   In response to failure to meet quorum, the Board of People’s Food Co-op held a special meeting on May 4th. The Board discussed options and decided to try to conduct a repeat election in a timely fashion if this was determined by our lawyer to be a legal option in accordance with our bylaws. However, in consultation with our lawyer it was determined that a repeat election prior to next year was not a legal option.    At our regular May board meeting the Board of Directors accepted the advice of our lawyer and decided not to pursue a prompt repeat election.    The Board has begun an initial effort to better understand our membership activity as a first step towards assuring that quorum is achieved in the...

Board Announcement: Board Member Resignation and New Appointment

Vanessa Marr notified the board in early March 2015 of her intention to resign from the board due to work commitments that made it impossible for her to continue. The Board accepted Vanessa’s resignation at the May 2015 Board meeting. We appreciate Vanessa’s many contributions to the Board and to the Coop. She has been a valuable presence on the board since she joined us in 2013 and will be missed. At the June board meeting, Bruce Curtis was appointed to serve out the remainder of Vanessa’s term. That term ends in the Spring of 2017, two years from now. Bruce was a candidate for the Board in the April Board election. Bruce has been a long time supporter of the Coop and served on the original Coop board. We look forward to working with...

Make Your Own Natural Insect Repellent

Do-It-Yourself Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients: 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water and 1.5 fl. ounces of witch hazel or high-proof alcohol (Drinking alcohol, NOT rubbing alcohol.) 50-60 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice Directions: Fill the spray bottle with the choice of either 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water and 1.5 fl. ounces of witch hazel or alcohol or 3 fl. ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.) Then, add the essential oils. To Use: Shake the bottle before each use. Essential oils do not fully dissolve in water and alcohol and will settle. If you do not shake the bottle, you risk having concentrated droplets of essential oil irritate your skin. Mist onto your skin and clothing and reapply as necessary. Discontinue use if you feel sensitivity from the repellent. Great oils for repelling mosquitos include: Cedarwood, Clove, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Tea Tree. For a pocket sized option, you can combine essential oils with a carrier oil inside a roll-on container. Some good carriers include vegetable glycerin, castor oil, jojoba oil and almond oil. Reapply your natural repellant frequently, especially during times of strenuous activity. Not only are mosquitos attracted to the elevated amounts of carbon dioxide and lactic acid that we produce, but the oil will roll off with the sweat! If you aren’t concerned about oil spotting on clothing, you can always apply the repellent to pants, shirts, hats, socks and shoes...