Annual Meeting & Celebration: October 13, 2012

Monadnock Food Co-op
Annual Meeting & Celebration
From the Year of Co-ops to the Co-operative Decade

Saturday, October 13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Heberton Hall, 76 Winter Street, Keene

The Monadnock Food Co-op invites you to its second Annual Meeting and Celebration. Our Guest Speaker this year is Erbin Crowell from the Neighboring Food Co-op Association.  We’ll offer bowls of Stonewall Farm ice cream and opportunities to learn more about the Monadnock Food Co-op.  Member-Owners will vote for the 2012 Board of Directors and current Board Members will be available to answer your questions.  Before the meeting, Michael Faber, the Co-op’s General Manager, will offer construction tours of the building site.


1:00 Building Site Tour at Railroad Square (meet at the Co-op’s sign)
2:00 Stonewall Farm Ice Cream at Heberton Hall
2:30 Business Meeting
2:50 Q&A Session
3:00 Vote for Board of Directors
3:10 Guest Speaker: Erbin Crowell
3:55 Closing Remarks

Member-Owners, future Member-Owners and ALL are welcome to attend!

From the Year of Co-ops to the Co-operative Decade

The United Nations declaration of 2012 as the “International Year of Co-ops” brought unprecedented attention to co-operative enterprise and its contribution to local economic development, community resilience and food security at home and around the world.  Still, many people are unaware of the impact and potential of the co-operative movement across our economy.  How can we use the Year of Co-ops to launch a Co-operative Decade that will build more vibrant and resilient local communities?  How can our food co-ops be catalysts for a stronger co-operative economy in our region?  How can we build a better world, together?

About our Guest Speaker

Erbin Crowell serves as executive director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, a network of 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives – including the Monadnock Food Co-op – with a combined membership of more than 80,000 people across New England. Prior to joining the Association, Erbin worked with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops.

For more than a decade, he was a member of Equal Exchange, a worker co-operative and pioneer in the Fair Trade movement. Erbin holds a Master of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, and serves on the boards of the New England Farmers Union and the National Cooperative Business Association.  He teaches courses on the Co–operative Movement at the Universities of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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