November was certainly a busy month for us here at the Co-op. I want to start by thanking everyone who attended our Annual Meeting. We had an informative event and I wanted to thank our panelists again for their participation and insights. We did have one issue with the meeting size that took us a few minutes to fix, so I apologize to those of you who tried to join at the start but were unable. You can find the and on our website and recordings will be made available shortly. I am very happy to share that the Board is currently planning a return to an in-person Annual Meeting next year, so hopefully, Zoom meeting limits are a thing of the past. We are now looking forward to follow-up discussions with our shareholders regarding the meeting theme, “ensuring a thriving future,” and I am excited to continue the conversation.
I am excited to be writing my first contribution as the General Manager of the Brattleboro Food Cooperative! After a very eventful cross country move that included a U-Haul breakdown, a blizzard warning, and a high wind advisory my family and I are finally settling back into life in New England.
Our Commitment to Our Community
You have probably heard that staff shortages are the new normal. We at the Co-op have suffered this for quite a while, especially in the last few months. Some new hires have left, often relatively suddenly, due to either personal situations that have changed, or yet another lucrative job offer. Still, we soldier on, though we are now facing the reality of potentially not offering all of the services in our deli department to which you may be accustomed.
Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors