We started our meeting by welcoming new board members, Sara Carroll-Muniz and Mike Strohauer, as well as Jo Ann Mundy who will be our new board chair! Kama Mitchell will now be serving as Secretary, Chris Moore as Vice Chair, and Charles Henderson will continue as Treasurer. We honor and thank Matt Lechel (former board chair) and Elizabeth Forest (chair of the education committee) for their years of service as committed PFC board members. They truly put their hearts into their work and it shows. We will miss them.
The transformation team met for their first training in March.
Chris Dilley shared his interpretation of our Ends Statement:
"The People’s Food Cooperative of Kalamazoo exists to create access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy."
Interpreting the Ends means that Chris breaks down every word of this statement (along with the sub-ends) and explains what it means to him. It's an inspiring document that reminds me what we are working toward.
Here is an excerpt from his report:
"Exist to create access to food: I interpret this to mean that People’s role in the community is to engage in activities that connect people to sources of food either through our store front or other mechanisms. I interpret the use of the term “create” to mean that we are actively working to bring systems into being and to maintain those systems. I interpret the term “access” to imply that all beings that we affect deserve to be served by our values, regardless of their species, income level, race, religion, color, creed, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, marital status, gender-identity, height, weight or mental or physical disability. I interpret the presence of the word “food” in this statement to mean that all our activities should revolve around food, not insurance, not tires, not housing."
We also discussed the annual meeting. If you have opinions about the annual meeting (why you did or did not attend, what you'd like to see in the future, what you thought if you did make it, etc), we'd love to hear them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org any thoughts or ideas you'd like to share.