I’m told that the turnout for Sunday’s New Deal Cafe Co-op Member meeting was unusually large. Despite the kerfuffle over some handouts and a by-law amendment petition that was creating quite a stir, the meeting was very civil. Yes, there were some emotional moments, but when asked to respect the times allotted or when told that the subject that was being spoken about was not appropriate, each person heeded procedure. That by-law amendment that created quite a Facebook buzz (of which I was a part) ended up failing by a large margin.
I signed up to be a member and even made a motion that passed. The motion was related to the $50 membership fee and how long that it would cover a person as an “active” and “voting” member. The website form I printed and filled out said the $50 covered two years and I learned that renewals were $25 each year, so it made sense that a new member would be covered for two years. The set up is a little different in that you are forever a member, but this organization has designation for active and non-active members. Apparently, despite what the website member form said your new member fee covered one year. But, now it covers two.
Also, your membership must be renewed before voting because it expires the day before the annual meeting. That assures you are “active” and therefore be able to vote. Don’t want to wait until the DAY OF the meeting to re-new? That’s ok. Send your check early and indicate it is from the date of the future meeting forward and that will allow you the ability to vote. This was according to the speaker/moderator for the evening, Bill Jones, who I felt did a great job.
The new Board of Directors is as follows:
Neil McConlogue and Nancy Melandry remain on the board with 2-year terms expiring next year. (Thanks Tom Jones for that 411).
Below are some photos from the the meeting.