Your co-op, February 2007

This article was originally published in February 2007

Talk to the board

Kanwal Kaur, Don DeSantis and Julie Tempest

Board members (l-r), Kanwal Kaur, Don DeSantis and Julie Tempest in discussion.

Members are encouraged to ask questions or share ideas or concerns with board members during monthly Talk to the Board visits. These events have become a regular venue for the board and members to interact on a one-on-one basis.

This year, we’ll have a question for each board visit to elicit more discussion and input from members. Here are some coming dates and the discussion question for each:

  • Saturday, February 24, 2 to 4 p.m., PCC West Seattle
    Question: What added value does membership offer?
  • Saturday, March 24, 2 to 4 p.m., PCC Issaquah
    Question: What is the value of PCC as a co-op?

Should you wish to give the board some feedback on these questions or any issue, you may contact the board at

PCC board report

There was no board meeting in December. The January 30th board meeting report will be published in March.

The board will meet in retreat this month to work on our Ends policies and to do some strategic planning. They worked throughout December and January on pre-retreat preparation and will report on the retreat in the March or April Sound Consumer.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. at the co-op office. Members are welcome at all public sessions of the board meeting. Member comment period is at 6 p.m.

Member satisfaction survey planned

At least once every two years, the PCC Board of Trustees conducts member opinion research. Chair Bob Cross notes, “One of the board’s most important jobs is to learn as much as possible about what members want from their co-op and how they feel the co-op is doing to meet their needs.”

This year the board has hired Gilmore Research Group, a Seattle-based independent marketing research and public opinion firm, to survey our members. This month, some PCC members will receive a phone call from Gilmore.

The survey will help PCC determine what we’re doing well and where improvements might be made. We encourage you to participate if you’re called. The survey takes seven to eight minutes to complete. Your comments to the researcher will be kept confidential. The results will be reported as they become available this coming spring or summer.

Cedar Grove Composting's Green Scene program

PCC is Green Scene partner

PCC is one of the first local businesses to partner with Cedar Grove Composting in its Green Scene program. Green Scene Members recycle their organics and food residuals, reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.

Green Scene Members rescue valuable material that otherwise would be wasted in the garbage. These organics are recycled into rich, earth-friendly compost made in Cedar Grove Composting’s state-of-the-art system.

“The composting program in place at all our stores is just another example of our effort to ‘close the loop,’” says Lori Ross, director of store development. “PCC works on many fronts to reduce waste and energy usage.”

Residents also may become Green Scene partners. Get more information at

Also in this issue

News bites, February 2007

Hain Celestial buys Avalon; WSU helps rebuild Iraqi agriculture; Genetic engineering unfriendly to bees, organic is best; and more

Letters to the editor, February 2007

Shopping around food sensitivities, Who owns organic?, Standing for values, and more