Marria Knight – Board Candidate

I am Marria Knight and have served on your Board for two years. My background is 40 years of Special Education and 5 years in retail. I feel that it is imperative that the Baker Food Co-op lives on for many years in Baker City. With your support and creative thinking, we can come together to flush out ideas that make this co-op strong and more viable. It is my wish to glean from all of you what is important to grow a sustainable hub of choices of products and services for our communities. I am open to your thoughts and ideas. Each and every idea from you, the members, will have thoughtful consideration. It truly “Takes a Village”. I value what all of you do and I would appreciate your vote.

Seed Swap – March 3rd

Seed Swap
Saturday, March 3rd, Beginning at 10:00am.
at the Baker Food Co-op.
2008 Broadway in Baker City.

Everyone is Welcome!
Bring your labeled seeds to swap

Tables for vegetables, flowers, and heirloom seeds
conventional and organic
Assorted plant starts available
Information on seed resources and seed starting

seed swap flyer

December 16 2017 Board of Directors Meeting Notes

Convened: 6:07 pm
Present: Dennis Winkler, President; Lloyd Nelson, Vice President, Clyde Christian, Secretary: BoD Members;
Marria Knight, Ramona Webb, and Ken Krohn, Carol Morrison, General Manager, Gretchen Stadler, Staff
Larry Christian, and Barry Carter, members, and Esa Murrell, newsletter editor for 2018.

Secretary’s Report: Clyde
The report was circulated electronically. No one noted any corrections. A motion was made to accept the report as amended, seconded, and passed without objection.

Treasurer’s Report: Dennis
The report was circulated electronically.
A net loss of $400 was noted. Dennis noted that the checking account was down to $25,000.00 and that
the BoD would address that with the 2018 budget discussion in January 2018.
A discussion followed the notice that the daily average sales were once again down.
Discussion on the 3% credit card charge was held with input from Carol. The decision of whether or not to raise that figure will be taken up with the 2018 budget discussion in January 2018.
Carol noted that on Saturday, December 16m 2017 the sales of cash, check, and credit card were equal.
A motion was made to accept the report, seconded, and passed without objection.

Staff Reports: Carol
7 new members this month. 26 members working 10+ hours.
Department Head of the Month and Working Member of the Month would be chosen and announced along
with the December recipients.
Carol notified the BoD that Pat Cullen had tendered her resignation to be effective February 17, 2018.
Carol also notified the BoD that Phoebe Charbonneau would be ready to return to work January 2, 2018.
Gretchen Stadler indicated that she would be available to continue working in the same position and hours.
Carol informed the BoD that she had canceled the debit card used for vendor purchases due to hacking,
and again expressed her wish for a Visa card due to the liability issues with using the debit card.
Carol noted that the inventory was high and that ordering should be adjusted.
Barry noted that use of online classified ads in conjunction with the Facebook page may be worthwhile.
Ken noted that he had been doing that on a selective basis to determine the results.

Old Business: Dennis
Barry Carter made a presentation on a couple of items he felt me be profitable for the Co-op to carry.
Dennis thanked Barry for his input and told him that the BoD would review those products for their
viability in this area. Ken suggested that perhaps sales on a consignment basis would be worth
investigation. Dennis informed the BoD that the potential renter for the barber shop space has declined at this time. It was noted that John Busch had agreed to lead a work crew in reworking the space to entice renters and would prepare a list of work needing to be done to Dennis.
Clyde presented a work-up of a potential Working Member sheet for personnel to hand out to members
who express interest in working. BoD input was noted and would be taken by email until January 1, 2018.
The finalized version would be printed for the Co-op and digitally sent through the website, Facebook
and the newsletter.

The next BoD meeting will be on January 16, 2018, 6 pm, at the Library if available.
Recess was called at 7:05 pm.

Draft submitted December 19, 2017, by Clyde Christian, secretary.

Become a Working Member

Become a working member and save more on your purchases while helping the Co-Op. Save as much as 30% off your grocery bill! See Carol, Gretchen, or Phoebe at the Co-op or call (541) 523-6281

Did you know that certain jobs and shifts pay more than one hour for each hour worked? Did you know that you could work as little as 2 – 2 1/2 hours per week and earn 30% discount? Here are some of the jobs available at the Co-op.

Grant Researcher
Order processing
Order receiving
Produce receiving
Department Head
Outside maintenance
Produce processing
Newsletter writer
Facebook poster
Newsletter delivery


Call for Nominations – Elections coming April 2018

The Baker Food Co-op will have three positions to be filled this April and we are looking for qualified individuals who are willing to spend a few hours a month to help make decisions for the Co-op.

All you need is a willingness to help, be a member of the Co-op and over 18 years of age. Meetings are at 6 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

If you or someone you know would like to donate your time please call (208) 680-5005
Board Members receive a 30% discount at the store.

January Board of Directors/Member Owners Meeting Agenda

The next Board of Directors and Member-Owner Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16th, at 6 PM at the library meeting room. The agenda is below.

Baker Food Co-op Board of Directors/Member Owners Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:00 PM, at Library Meeting Room

Secretary’s report (5 minutes)
Treasurer’s report (10 minutes)
Staff reports (15 minutes)
– Carol
– Phoebe
– Gretchen

Member-Owners Comments/Suggestions (10 minutes)

Old Business
Barber Shop space work committee (5 minutes)
CDB products (5 minutes)

New Business
2018 Board of directors Nomination committee (10 minutes)

Financial discussion/decisions (30 minutes)
– 2018 Budget draft review
– Credit card costs/collections
– Financial health, do we need to raise our mark up?

How to engage/recruit working members – discussion (10 minutes)

Next meeting dates:
– Board of Directors Meeting, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6 PM, location TBD
– Board of Directors Meeting, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6 PM, location TBD