Please join us for our Annual Owner Meeting on Tuesday, May 8th
5:30 to 8:00
222 Water St. (The new location!)
Hello Just Local Food Owners,
The staff at Just Local Food has been busy improving the current location on Farwell Street AND planning a move and expansion to a bigger, better location on Water Street. They’re working their tails off and we appreciate everything they’re doing to expand the business and advance our community, economy, and environment. The board has been working to get us ready for a move, too. Part of that work is communicating to our owners about the important things you, as an owner can do to help make sure our plans come to fruition.
One, we have announced the plans to expand and move the grocery operation. It’s extremely exciting. Just Local has been talking about expanding since they moved to the current, very small location in 2010. Of course, an expansion project requires financing. Our plan includes funds from grants, conventional bank loans, and investment from owners in the form of purchased shares. Details about investment possibilities will be shared, soon. Please consider investing in our co-op and our community and purchase shares when they become available.
Two, in order to offer the investment shares of the co-op, we must amend our by-laws and our articles of incorporation. We will vote on these changes at the Annual Owner meeting on May 8th. Please plan on coming and supporting the changes to our governance documents that will allow us to meet our funding goals. We need atleast 50 owners present to reach a quorum, so tell everyone you know!
Third, we have a slate of wonderful candidates running for the board of Just Local Food. There are six people interested in two spots on the board. One of the important aspects of being a co-op is that it allows owners to vote for those in charge of its governance. Please check out their candidate statements and vote for the candidates of your choice. If you can’t make up your mind, candidates are also invited to speak at the annual meeting on May 8th and you can cast your vote after hearing them speak.
We’re excited to be moving Just Local Food into the future and we’re so glad you’re a part of it!
JLF Board President