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A Special Owners Meeting was held on December 2, 2017 at the Allen Neighborhood Center. Thanks to all who attended. Below are the outcomes of the two proposals voted on at the meeting:
Proposal #1: Should the co-op dissolve or move forward with another project?
Outcome: The majority of owners present voted to move forward with a new project. The Board of Directors is in the process of setting guidelines, goals, and time limits to ensure that the project proceeds in a productive and timely way. If it does not, the co-op will be dissolved. Watch this space for more on the approved proposal soon!
Proposal #2: Should the Plan of Distribution of Assets be approved? (See page 4 of the October 20, 2017 letter to owners. Owners who didn't receive the letter should contact <ownerservices.coop> or call 517-337-1266.)
Outcome: The majority of owners present voted to accept the Plan of Distribution of Assets, which will go into effect if the cooperative dissolves.
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ELFCO!
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***Listen to the Sept. 5, 2017 WKAR interview of ELFCO Board President Yelena Kalinsky here. ***
A Message from our Board
After 40 years of service to the community, ELFCO's storefront closed on January 28, 2017. Over the following months, we sought the input of our owners and many others as we actively explored ways to reopen our store in Lansing. In the end, however, our research showed that the cost of opening and operating a store more or less modeled on the one we just closed was unfeasible. On August 8, 2017, the board voted to discontinue its efforts to reopen, and to put to a vote of the membership, in accordance with the Bylaws, the question of whether the cooperative should be legally dissolved. The possibility does exist of creating an entirely new model for making great food available to our community, but that could only happen if owners not currently active in the co-op stepped up now to offer not only their ideas, but the solid time commitment required for helping to see a new model through to completion. (See the Contact Us page if this describes you!). To keep up with what’s happening, see the meeting minutes which are always posted on the Board of Directors Meeting Information page under the “Governance” tab. Remember also that all owners are invited to attend board meetings. The date of the next meeting is posted below, as well as on the ELFCO event calendar. Watch this space for more details.
ELFCO Board of Directors, August, 2017
Interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors to help with ELFCO's transition? Link here! ELFCO Board of Directors Self-Nomination Form
A Brief Timeline of Recent and Upcoming Events:
- We sold our building at 4960 Northwind Drive on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
- In May, we opened a temporary office at 780 W Lake Lansing Road, Suite #600 in East Lansing, which is currently staffed by our office manager. Our phone number is still 517.337.1266. We can also be reached via email; see our Contact Us page.
- After closing the store, owners and others interested in the co-op were invited to participate in several transformation events. In January, a survey was conducted and a visioning meeting was held. In March, a charrette (the Cooperative Community Design Event) also took place. For details, visit the Reimagining ELFCO page.
- The Board passed a motion on May 1, 2017 to focus on building space situated at Shepard and Kalamazoo streets as the most likely location for a new store. This site, on Lansing's east side, is in the same building as the Allen Neighborhood Center.
- Over a period of several months, the Board and staff met with various consultants and advisers, Even with this assistance, the Board was unable to come up with a viable plan for reopening.
- The Board passed a motion on August 8, 2017 to discontinue its efforts to reopen a store and to put the question of dissolving the co-op before the membership. However, it is still open to creative new ideas. Let us know if you have a great idea for how ELFCO could be transformed, and if you have the time to help make such an idea a reality.
- Friday, November 17, 2017: due date for owners to submit New Project Presentation proposals. To review those instructions, click here: New Project Presentation Instructions.
- December 2, 2017 (Saturday): A special owners meeting was held at the Allen Neighborhood Center. Owners present voted on whether to approve two proposals: (1) to dissolve the co-op or to move forward with a new project approved by the Board of Directors, and (2) to approve the Plan of Distribution of Assets, which would go into effect contingent upon the dissolution of the cooperative. Both proposals were approved.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you for all your support!
Next Board Meeting:
Date: Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
New meeting location! 780 West Lake Lansing Road, Suite #600 (lower level), East Lansing, MI 48823
ELFCO's office, located at the above address, is situated at the intersection of West Lake Lansing Road and Harrison Road. (The intersection has a traffic light and is just a few blocks east of the Lake Lansing Meijer store.) The 780 building is the second building to the right once you've turned into the office park driveway. The two entrances to the lower level, one on either side of the building, are accessible only from the outside of the building.
We are delighted to announce our 2017 Board of Directors:
Yelena Kalinsky (President) - Term Expires: 4/2020*
Heidi Porter (Vice President) - Term expires: 4/2018
Lily Woodruff (Secretary) - Term Expires: 4/2020*
John Reich (Treasurer) - Term expires: 4/2018
Michele Bridges - Term Expires: 4/2020*
Marshall Clabeaux - Term expires: 4/2019*
Chris Bardenhagen - Term Expires: 4/2018*