PCC Board of Trustees report, September 2016

Sound Consumer September 2016

July Board Meeting

Bothell Store Director, Celeste Coxen, greeting shoppers at the grand opening.

Bottom: Bothell Store Director, Celeste Coxen, greeting shoppers at the grand opening.

The board met on July 26. The trustees reviewed the co-op’s second quarter financials, which indicated strong results.

Each of the four standing committees — Board Development, CEO Evaluation, Finance, and Member Relations — presented their 2016-2017 work plans, which were approved by the board.

PCC Farmland Trust Executive Director, Rebecca Sadinsky, and PCC Farmland Trust Board Member, Betsy Lieberman, updated the board on trust activities over the past year. Noting the continued importance of PCC’s member contributions to the Trust’s annual funding, Sadinsky made an official request to the board for permission to access PCC’s membership list. She noted that all PCC member data, including members’ questions and donations, are handled with care, discretion and speed. The board approved the request. The trust letter will go out later this year.

The board also discussed the grand opening of the Bothell store.

Ends Policies

At least once each year, we share our Ends Policies and seek input from the membership. If you would like to share your input, please email board@pccmarkets.com.

Global Ends

PCC exists to create a cooperative, sustainable environment for our members and patrons where the natural and organic supply chains thrive.

  • Ends A: PCC members and patrons will have access to high quality, healthful food that is fairly priced.
  • Ends B: PCC membership is a respected and valued choice.
  • Ends C: PCC has a local focus.
  • Ends D: PCC members and patrons are well educated in matters of healthful foods, healthy sustainable living, and the cooperative business model.
  • Ends E: An inherent part of PCC’s business is the balance of economic, social and environmental responsibilities.

Next board meeting

The next board meeting is scheduled for September 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the new PCC co-op office located at 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA, 98121. Please email us at board@pccmarkets.com if you are planning to attend. This helps us in agenda planning.

Board recruiting ongoing

Nominating Committee members

Top: (l-r) Nominating Committee members Mary Simon, Jason Filippini, Janet Hietter and Sara Walsh.

The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee encourages PCC members to look into board service as a way to contribute to the co-op’s continued success. This Policy Governance board leads through policy development and monitoring management’s progress. Learn more at pccmarkets.com/member/gov.

Contact the nominatingcommittee@pccmarkets.com with questions or to request an application.

Related Reading

The real cost of food

Consumers don't pay the true price of food at grocery stores and restaurants — the social, economic and health costs often aren't factored into the prices we see on receipts. But some companies — including many brands sold at PCC — are demonstrating that meeting global demands for food, making a profit and doing so sustainably are not mutually exclusive.

Local malts for local beer

Hops have been the top emphasis for many local craft brewers. But hoppiness is not the only route to microbrew happiness, and a Skagit Valley company that is malting local barley, helped by university plant breeders, willing farmers and adventurous brewers, is poised to trigger a major change in our beer palate.

PCC's new office

Our office has moved! Our new address is: 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121.