Los Alamos Co+op Market celebrates the power of living connected to each other and to the places that surround us. The Co+op does this by using seven universal principles: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, members’ economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for the community. As members, your participation is key. Participation can take many forms, such as shopping, volunteering, promoting, voting, or running for the Board of Directors.

On October 22, the Co+op Board of Directors and Interim General Manager Tim Morrison met for an all-day retreat that included education, bonding, strategic planning, and of course good food. This important annual meeting is always well received and affords the Board and GM a chance for more in-depth discussion, team building, refocusing, and reflection. Topics of discussion for this year included reinvigorating board culture and looking toward the future.

The following weekend, four members of the board attended a Co-op Café in Albuquerque. The event was an opportunity to network with people from other co-ops around our region, to discuss challenges co-ops face in today’s changing marketplace, and to brainstorm solutions for keeping co-ops relevant in our local communities. Stay tuned as some of these great ideas become reality at our Co+op!

—Karen Kendall, Board Treasurer

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