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Chicago Market's New Board Members

When an organization is vibrant and healthy, lots of people want to be a part of it. That's why we were so encouraged by the large group of awesome candidates who stepped up to run for the Board of Directors of Chicago Market. The Co-op is headed into a critical phase, and these Board members will have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the Chicago Market's future.

Elections are over, and many Owners voted and met candidates at our annual meeting. We're proud to announce Chicago Market's newest Board members:

Sara Dinges
Yanira Doyle
Lee Herman
Dana McKinney
Ankit Mehta
Xuan "Sunny" Nguyen

In addition, incumbents Anthony Todd and Greg Berlowitz were re-elected to new terms. See their candidate statements to learn more about all of these Owners and what's important to them.

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Help Kickstart a New Book on Food Co-ops: Grocery Story

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Author Jon Steinman is a journalist and producer of a multimedia (podcast, television series and annual food documentary film festival) initiative, Deconstructing Dinner. He's also been a leader of Kootenay Co-op in Nelson, British Columbia. Now he's bringing the idea of "Community Supported Authorship" to a new project. His book, Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants, will explore the role food co-ops like ours can play in today's food system - why change is needed, why co-ops are the right model to make it happen, and how they already empowering local communities. 

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Chicago Market's 2017 Annual Meeting

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Chicago Market's 3rd Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, July 20. 

Board President and Owner #3 Grant Kessler covered a "Year in Review" including progress on Ownership growth, site selection, funding & finance, and some important organizational development, including an evolved strategic mission & vision statement. He also reviewed the extraordinary work that came together across Chicago Market's volunteer organization and over 45 supporting community organizations, behind our bid for space at the CTA's renovated Wilson Station. This team effort gave us an impressively strong bid document, and has also renewed energy and excitement among current and prospective Owners. One clear sign of this energy: robust and creative discussion at the meeting! Many Owners shared their questions and ideas about how we can build on our momentum now to recruit more Owners and engage more volunteers.

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Karen!

 

Chicago Market's new Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Owner #43 Karen Jacobs says that for her, #foodalwayswins. Read what else she has to say, here.

Click on the blue OWNER PROFILES tag at the bottom of this page for more Profiles. And then fill out your own profile, so we can meet you, too! 

 

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Introduce yourself and tell us about who else shares your fridge.  Karen Jacobs. I share my fridge with my husband Andy, our dog Rosie and (when they're in town...) my kids Ben & Katie.

Why are you a Chicago Market Owner?  Because I'm passionate about food, community, sustainability and Chicago. I feel like I *should* maybe put those other factors ahead of "food" but being honest: #foodalwayswins

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Kjerstin!

Chicago Market's Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Here, meet Owner #691 Kjerstin Jacobs - experienced Co-operator, compassionate Veterinarian, aspirational beekeeper :)

Click on the blue OWNER PROFILES tag at the bottom of this page for more Profiles. And then fill out your own profile, so we can meet you, too!

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What's your name and tell us about who else shares your fridge at home or work?  My name is Kjerstin (pronounced "Keerstin"). I share my home fridge with my 22-year-old daughter, and my work fridge with 20 amazing and conscientious Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Client Service Representatives at Metropolitan Veterinary Center.

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Chicago Market Board Meeting Minutes for May 24, 2017

7 p.m., May 24.

Karen's house
Present: Dan, Bill, Heather, Kelly, Jen, Karen, Grant, Emily, Greg, Larry
Guests: Hanh, Lee, Carolyn, Edward
Notes: Heather

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Andy!

 

Chicago Market's new Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Our first Profile was Owner #148 Annette. Now, meet Owner #670 Andy Kalish...whose businesses the Ravenswood Event Center and Kālish Short Order Vegan have been huge supporters of Chicago Market.
  
Click on the "I'm An Owner!" link  and fill out your own profile, for us to feature in our next newsletter!

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What's the story behind how you adapted your last name for your business? It was a gift from our architect, Ferdinanda Marcic. She was instrumental in our vision for going vegan and recognized the potential in crafting our name with an accent and apostrophe. Kāl'/Kale + 'ish. We are plant based, but not in obvious ways. 

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Local Food Lobby Day

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Chicago Market Owner #615 Terri Reardon is a passionate advocate for urban agriculture and the local food movement. Last month, she was part of a group who headed to Springfield for "Local Food Lobby Day," meeting with our Illinois state legislators and making them aware of how their vote impacts Chicago communities.

Here's her terrific summary of the day and her experience.

 

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A Chat with Wild Root Market

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One term you'll hear a lot from anyone who's been involved in starting or running a co-op is "P6," aka "Co-operative Principle #6: Co-operation among Co-operatives." Chicago Market has been fortunate enough to learn from and share knowledge with food co-ops from around the country, and at the recent Up And Coming Food Co-op Conference in Milwaukee, we were excited to hear that neighboring Wild Root Market in Racine, Wisconsin has just signed a purchase agreement for a site!

Author, Board member and Owner #17 Heather Lalley caught up with them for a chat about the challenges of being a startup, and their next steps.

 

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Annette!

Chicago Market Volunteer & Owner #148 Annette Mambuca recently had an idea: what if we invited co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, and share with the rest of us?

We've enjoyed meeting Owners at our new monthly Meet-Ups and our newsletter 'Volunteer Spotlights' are a popular feature...so here's another way we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other.

Check out Annette's profile below...and then, click on the "I'm An Owner!" link and fill out your own profile, for us to feature in our next newsletter!

 

Annette Mambuca

What's your name and tell us about who else shares your fridge (i.e. is part of your household's Ownership)? I'm Annette Mambuca, and I have shared my fridge (and other appliances) with Peter M. Cooke since college, albeit when we lived bicoastally for about 8 years. I had my own appliances then. 

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