We have not provided an update for a while, but we’ve certainly been busy! In October, the Committee met with a couple of staff members to get some “on the ground” perspective about what characteristics would be ideal in the next GM. Normally, due to the strictures of policy governance, Board members do not reach out to employees directly (“The only official connection of the board to the operational organization, its achievement, and conduct shall be through the general manager.” – Policy C.1), so this was a rare opportunity to get a window into staff sentiment that will help ensure our next GM will be a good fit.
Holiday Staff Special
The holidays are here, and our staff must be thanked tremendously for creating an amazing atmosphere at the Co-op. From stocked shelves to handmade food to great customer service we are fortunate to have such a thoughtful and talented group of people serving in this community owned grocery store. For this reason, we are taking a pause from our Producer of the Month feature and focusing on staff and their holiday gift selections. Additionally, you may have already seen many of our staff on social media; and we will continue to post portraits throughout December in an effort to highlight so many of our wonderful people! In this Holiday Gift Guide, we will feature some of the familiar faces you see here at the Co-op with their favorite products for the holiday season.
I want to take some time, in this season of gratitude, to thank all of the people who have taken on the challenge of bringing us at the Co-op along on the initial journey of understanding our part in our racist culture and policies. I can’t imagine how exhausting and frustrating it must be, day in and day out, to teach—often ever so gently—basic understanding on topics that our teachers have dealt with every day of their lives and have physically experienced from their ancestors’ lives.