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August 2018 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Big news first: On Wednesday, August 22, the South Philly Food Co-op will host a special meeting of the members, to give our 920 member-owners the opportunity to vote on three proposed bylaw amendments. We'll also share some exciting news about our leadership team and celebrate some big milestones reached in our Capital Campaign!

Read on to learn more, and we hope to see you on the 22nd!

In cooperation,

The South Philly Food Co-op Board of Directors

P.S. Want to help us open sooner? Become a member today, or if you're already a member, deepen your investment through a member loan. Thank you for your support!


August 2: Happy Hour at Pistola's Del Sur

Join us TONIGHT for the latest and greatest in our series of Co-op happy hours! 

A portion of proceeds from select items on Pistola's Del Sur's happy hour member will be donated to the Co-op, so order lots of:

  • Yards Brewing Co. Saison
  • The South Philly Yo-Op (tequila, hibiscus, orange, lime, Champagne)
  • Margherita Coca (flatbread)
  • Traditional guacamole

Plus, our generous hosts (and future neighbors!) have donated a gift card/beer basket for us to raffle off to attendees.

Come for the guac, stay for the cooperation (and beer).

August 22: A Special Meeting of the Members

Save the date: Please join us Wednesday, August 22 for a special meeting of the members!

Come meet our newly minted members of the Board of Directors; learn some exciting news about leadership changes on the Board; and -- most importantly -- vote on three key bylaw amendments. 

Our Board proposes that we:

  • eliminate the requirement that member-owners volunteer 8 hours per year;
  • eliminate the requirement that member-owners attend a member orientation event; and
  • change our Board candidacy qualifications such that adult candidates must only be a member-owner in good standing, for any length of time. 

Voting "yes" on these measures would simply make volunteerism and attendance at an orientation optional; and provide more flexibility in Board development. Our bylaws are available for review here:

You can read more about the proposed bylaw amendments here. Primary member-owners will be receiving an email with an opportunity to vote digitally, or may choose to attend our event on the 22nd to vote in person.

Special Meeting of the Members
Wednesday, August 22, 6-8 p.m.
Location TBD
Facebook event coming soon!


Meet Emily Wyner, Capital Campaign Organizer

We're excited to announce that board member Emily Wyner is stepping into the role of Capital Campaign Organizer! Emily holds a master's degree in organization development and leadership, and focuses her consulting work on capacity building and expansion for mission-driven organizations. You'll be hearing much more from her in the coming months. Want to become a member-owner or deepen your investment through our member loan program? Drop Emily a line! She's treating anyone who reaches out to coffee — and a private store tour, in case you haven't seen the space yet. 

Cate Murray will still be raising funds for the Co-op in the near term with particular emphasis on larger and institutional investors. She's also working on a number of other food-related projects in the area. Follow her on Instagram at @freeandplenty or find her on Wednesday nights at Hale and True, Philly's Best Cidery

Comings, Goings and Leadership Changes on the Board

Our 2018 Board of Directors has officially been sworn in! At our most recent general membership meeting, we re-elected Jessica Calter, Angel D'Ippolito, Anna Kisiel and Emily Wyner; and in a special election last month, the Board also appointed Tanya Seaman! Our 2018-19 officers are:

Leigh Goldenberg, President

Jessica Calter, Vice President

Angel D'Ippolito, Treasurer

Nathaniel Cauldwell, Secretary

Welcome all, and thank you for your service to the Co-op!
Lastly, we'd like to take a moment to say thank you to outgoing Board members Matt Stearn, Katy Travaline and founding president Alison Fritz for your time on the Board. These folks brought tremendous energy, passion, insight and expertise to the table, and will be missed dearly!